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Huawei D1 Quad is on its way, half a year late to the party

The Huawei Ascend D1 Quad is an impressive device, to say the least. It has a Huawei-made quad processor running at 1.5GHz and hit the Mobile World Congress with quite a splash. It was supposed to arrive on scene in the first half of 2012 to take the world by storm. But unfortunately, developing the K3V2 quad-core processor apparently was a lot more work than the company thought it would be, and they ran into several delays along the way. It's now September 3rd and finally the time for the D1 Quad has come to IFA, with plans to arrive this year -- way later than originally expected.
September 3, 2012
Huawei Ascend D1 Quad

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad

When the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad was originally announced, we expected great things from the device. It was a quad-core smartphone in a world dominated by dual-core devices. It was supposedly going to be priced very competitively, as well.

The launch date for the new Ascend D1 Quad was planned for Q2 of 2012. It’s now nearing end of Q3. What happened? Internal delays, for one.

The good news is that the Huawei D1 Quad is finally coming, for real this time. The bad news is that the D1 Quad is a half-year late, and technology changes quickly. Had a Q2 launch occurred, the Huawei would have been one of the best phones on the market.

Now it’s just another quad-core. The phones specs include the following:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Huawei K3V2 Processor
  • 4.5-inch 1280×720 330ppi IPS display
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • microSD
  • 1.3MP front cam
  • 1080P full HD video capture and playback

These specs aren’t bad, but they aren’t special either. The new smartphone will launch first in China, on September 12th. The phone will cost 2699 Yaun, or 425 U.S. Dollars. In comparison, the Xiaomi Mi2 and Lenovo K860 are both quad-core and priced under $350.

This means that the D1 Quad has similar power to its competitors, yet it’s more expensive. When the phone launches internationally it will also have to compete with the popular Samsung Galaxy S3.

The Huawei D1 Quad is still a worthwhile handset, but the company needs to rethink its pricing. What do you think of the new D1 Quad? Too little, too late?