Huawei might have disappointed us all when it announced the Ascend D Quad’s release being delayed to late August or early September, but the company’s flagship phone might actually be worth the wait after all.
The device that Huawei enthusiastically called “the world’s fastest smartphone” back in February, but that doesn’t seem to stand a chance in a raw power battle with the Galaxy S3 or the upcoming HTC One XXL, might come at an unbelievably low price point, making us all reconsider what we thought was “fair” to pay for a high-end handheld.
According to Chinese website MyDrivers, the Ascend D Quad will be released for just 2,999 yuan in the phone’s native land, which would translate into around $472, based on today’s conversion rates. That would be the price for the unsubsidized beast, of course, and it would be a full couple of hundred bucks less than what Samsung is currently charging for their unlocked Galaxy S3.
Moreover, based on previous experience with high-end Asian phones, it’s safe to assume that the Ascend D Quad will in fact hit the States for a lower price point than the one in China, so a $400 starting price in the U.S. is not out of the question and is actually pretty likely. Then again, we have to take into consideration the report’s sources, which are unnamed and are cited by a website that doesn’t exactly have a record of providing us with the most trustworthy rumors or leaks.
All things considered, we can’t help but dream with our eyes open for a few moments and think about what we could get for just 400 bucks (or even less, if the phone will be carried by any one of the nation’s major networks).
A quad-core 1.5 GHz Huawei K3V2 proc that, even though it got beaten in benchmarks and tests by Qualcomm’s dual-core S4 chip, should still provide a whole lot of “oomph”. Other features incude 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, and a beautiful 4.5-inch IPS+ LCD touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution.
On top of it all, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Ascend D Quad with the new Emotion UI on top doesn’t look too shabby. Excited? You darn well should, as the smartphone might just well provide the most outrageous bang for the buck we’ve ever seen!
Once again, try not to take that price for granted just yet, as it’s far from being confirmed, and keep it cool for the time being. But seriously now, how awesome would it be if the rumors were to prove accurate?