Huawei has come forth with the release date of the Ascend D Quad smartphone. The quad-core device, which Huawei envisions as its bridgehead to the bustling Western markets, will only go into production this June, with a shipping date set for July.
If the report from CNMO is accurate, this late debut will put the Huawei Ascend D Quad behind the other quad-core smartphones that will compete for mindshare and the consumer's money. Two other Android flagship devices are coming out this summer, the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3. The former will come this April to the UK (and probably Europe), and in June to the US. As for the Samsung Galaxy S3, depending on which rumors you believe, the rollout date ranges from April to June.
The Huawei Ascend D Quad is just one of the two quad-core smartphones that the Chinese mega-company is releasing this year, the other one being the Ascend D Quad XL. Both phones come with the K3V2 quad-core processor (developed in-house and leading the benchmarks as the fastest chip in the world), 4.5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The processor clock speed is set at 1.2GHz for the Ascend D Quad and to 1.5GHz for the Ascend D Quad XL. To accommodate that power-hungry proc, the XL version comes with a bigger 2500 mAh battery, compared to its sister's 1800 mAh.
We’re still clinging on the hope that both Huawei phones will be priced competitively against the other upcoming quad-core handsets. If Huawei can keep its commitment to price the phones 20 to 50% cheaper than the competition, we see no reason why the Ascends wouldn’t set the Android world ablaze. Any doubt about the performance of the in-house SoC can be put to rest, with the benchmarks favoring Huawei's K3V2 over both the quad-core Tegra 3 and Samsung’s dual-core Exynos chip.
Would you choose the Huawei Ascend D Quad over the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy S3?