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Huawei Ascend D Quad XL Benchmarks Leaked: Is It Really the "World's Fastest"?

February 26, 2012

Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei devices, took the stage today (Sunday Feb 26) at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2012, and made some pretty bold assertions and promises. More specifically, the Chairman of one of Android’s rising stars told us that the Ascend D Quad and Quad XL smartphones will be powered by a specially made quad-core chip from Huawei themselves called the K3V2. Not only did Huawei choose not to follow the crowd and put a Tegra 3 chip in their new devices, but they also claim that the Ascend D Quad and Quad XL are the “world’s fastest”. Although they are the first to announce a quad-core phone at MWC 2012, there is reason to believe that Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2-GHz and 1.5-GHz processors could still be #1 after March 1st (The end of Mobile World Congress 2012).

Huawei has impressed a lot of people over the past few months.  Almost to 2 months ago, Huawei revealed world’s thinnest smart phone at CES, the Huawei Ascend P1S (Just over .4 mm thinner than the Droid RAZR). And, for the time being, Huawei appears to have done it again by creating two of the first quad-core phones. To make the deal even sweeter, “Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei Device, said the phones will be 20 to 50 percent cheaper than competing products” (PC World).

Ascend D Quad Specs

  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • CPU: K3V2 quad-core 1.2-GHz
  • Display: 4.5-inch 1280 x 720
  • Battery: 1800mAh
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8 GB Internal
  • Device Dimensions: 8.9mm by 64mm by 129mm
  • Camera(s): 1.3 MP Front/ 8 MP Rear
  • Audio: Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus

Ascend D Quad XL Specs

  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • CPU: K3V2 quad-core 1.5-GHz
  • Display: 4.5-inch 1280 x 720
  • Battery: 2500mAh
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8 GB Internal
  • Device Dimensions: 10.9mm by 64mm by 129mm
  • Camera(s): 1.3 MP Front/ 8 MP Rear
  • Audio: Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus


Huawei says that the quad devices will come to China first, then to Europe and North America. Currently, both Ascend quad devices support five UMTS bands and four GSM bands with LTE on the way for a projected third quarter release. Be on the lookout for a price-drop in the smartphone market. As mentioned before, Huawei is looking to price the quad devices 20 to 50 percent cheaper than competing products.

What is the fastest Smartphone in the World?

As for the record setting, Nenamark, an Android benchmark/demo for advanced hardware accelerated graphics), has the Huawei Ascend Quad D listed with a score of 60.40. The scoring is based off of frames per second that the device is able to pump out. Keep in mind that when Android 4.0 was released, the creators touted 60 frames per second. Now that we know that the Huawei Quad can create 60fps with a 1280×720 display (330ppi), it most certainly could be world’s fastest smartphone.

Note: This score trumps “Android Reference Design” for the #1 score on the NemaMark2 results list. That being said, there is a mystery device, dubbed the “F12arc”, with a Tegra 3 SoC running at 1.5Ghz, that manages to best Huawei’s latest powerhouse.  For now, we have no idea what that device could be, but we will leave no stone unturned in our quest to find you today’s most powerful mobile hardware! Either way, what Huawei has done is downright impressive, and, from what we have discovered, it is packing some serious power under the hood.

What do you think? Has Huawei created a truly incredible device that will hold its #1 spot for long? Let us know in the comments below. We’re on the verge of a quad core revolution! Where are you iPhone? Oh, right…