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Huawei Ascend D Quad Review

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Huawei Ascend D is one of the devices which was launched at MWC 2012, The device powered with a quad core processor and running the latest version of Android (ICS) and The device is being billed as the "world's fastest quad-core smartphone".


The Design

Huawei Ascend D is measuring at 139 x 64 x 8.9mm and weigh only 130g. The actual hardware design itself takes a cue from Nokia's Lumia 800, with a screen that blends into the device's edges, creating an "infinity feel."

The Huawei Ascend D shares the same form factor as the rest of Huawei's new ‘Diamond' range, and can best be described as a slightly narrower and more softened take on the Samsung Galaxy S2-style slab design. This is something that works well, in our view, as the proportions and shapes are appealing to the eye.

There's a slight bump or ‘chin' at the bottom of the rear panel ( just like Galaxy S2), which is presumably to give better grip of the handset when using it with one hand, but this has been well integrated into the device's shape and doesn't detract from the overall aesthetic. The bezel round the screen is very narrow which we think helps the whole look of the phone.

The Display

This Ascend D Quad has 4.5-inch display screen 720P high definition touchscreen, with 32-bit true color graphic processor , resolution of 1280 x 720. Huawei has been much more impressive display design, keeping in-line with current trends followed by other manufacturers such as LG and HTC. The D Quad has multi-touch Super IPS + LCD capacitive screen with a 1280x720 pixel resolution. This gives a much more competitive pixel density than its opponent despite having a larger expanse of glass, density is sharper at 326ppi. Huawei is claiming that as it has 330 pixels per inch, the screen will be able to be seen even in direct sunlight so no squinting and trying to find shade then.

The device screen is within a touching distance of the iPhone 4S's 330ppi Retina screen often used as a yardstick by which to measure others. The result will be some excellent picture quality for viewing pictures, videos, games and web pages.

Storage

Ascend D has a 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM alongside a micro SD slot that can allow a further 32GB via memory cards, this will help things run smoothly.

Engine Room

Ascend D is powered with a 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor (Based on 4 ARM Cortex A9 core), Huawei is using its own chipset with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit (GPU) at 384MHz and fast dual-channel memory to make the best use of the two cores.

While Ascend D1 uses a KV32 quad core chipset architecture based on Texas Instruments' powerful TI OMAP 4460 chipset and a 16 core GPU and according to the company its customised hardware is up to 30 per cent faster than Nvidia's, and If the KV32 runs 30% faster than Nvidia.

In addition to the four ARM Cortex A9 cores, the new Huawei K3V2 chip also comes with 16 GPUs. Unfortunately, Huawei wasn't specific regarding the GPU inside the K3V2 but it did claim that K3V2 is currently the fastest quad-core on the market with lowest chip temperature in smallest package.

The secret behind the K3V2 is actually its 64-bit memory controller as opposed to the 32-bit one on Tegra 3. According to Huawei's slides it ends up 49 percent faster in normal operation and in Quadrant Advanced, Antutu and Coremark benchmarks it pull ahead of Nvidia's Tegra 3. In GPU Basemark ES 2.0-Taiji and Nenamark, the K3V2 with its "16 GPUs" again moves ahead of Tegra 3.

The processor will give good performance on the current crop of apps, games and multimedia.

Operating System and other

Ascend D run version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which brings a wealth of new features and a great new interface to the Android smartphone platform. There's Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart voice technology. Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 is a much more fluid Android experience than its predecessor with smoother navigation and overall performance and some useful new interface and menu changes.


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Camera

The device has a 8-megapixel primary cameras with resolutions at 3264x2448 pixels resolution, autofocus, dual-LED flash and geo-tagging. Video capture is at 1080p video and video calling capability with a 1.3 MP secondary camera capable of 720p video capture.

The Huawei Ascend D Quad is a bit better off here with a back-illuminated sensor (BSI).

Battery [ Update]

The device comes with a decent 1800mAH battery which should get you about two days of battery life before you need to juice it up the power again, it is thought there's 30 per cent more juice on board when compared to other smartphones of its calibre.

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