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The "world's fastest smartphone" coming to UK, we just don't know when

April 11, 2012
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Oy, are there any British blokes around here who were intrigued about the Huawei Ascend D Quad, but were worried the smartphone might not come to the UK anytime soon? If there are, they should be glad to hear that the super-phone, dubbed by Huawei “the world’s fastest smartphone”, has just been officially confirmed for a British release.

Unfortunately, while Huawei officials contacted by Pocket-Lint said that the gadget will “absolutely” see the light of day in the United Kingdom, they avoided to specify an exact release date (or an estimated one, for that matter).

Huawei’s people only stated that we will be hearing from them “later in the year”, meaning that we still have no idea when to expect the quad-core “beast”. Early rumors pointed towards a July release, so, for the time being, we should (reluctantly) accept that as the most possible launch date.

There is no news on the pricing front either, so again we have to either wait and see, or trust early rumors and speculations. However, nobody was gutsy enough to offer some clear figures or price tags, so we only know (or think we know) that Huawei is planning to make the smartphone available for a 20% to 50%  lower price than its direct competitors.

What will be the gadget’s toughest opposing forces? Well, for starters, there will be the HTC One X, set to start shipping in the US in a couple of weeks, with similar tech specs to the ones featured by the D Quad (different processors under the hood, but overall comparable performance). The Samsung Galaxy S3 might be another serious competitor for the Ascend D Quad, but we don’t know anything sure about Sammy’s flagship for the time being, so it’s still hard to tell.

For those of you who’ve missed the D Quad’s unveiling back at the MWC, you should know that the smartphone is set to sport a 4.5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, and feature a quad-core Huawei K3V3 processor, as well as 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera.

For a full spec sheet, as well as a couple of benchmarks showing the phone’s power and speed, you should check out these articles here and here. And don’t forget to check back to our website for details on the handheld’s release date and pricing, set to be revealed in the near future!