While CES is normally a little devoid of the bigger names when it comes to mobile and Android, Huawei are more than a dead-cert for the show, with the Chinese company looking to show that they can play with the big-boys as well. Not only did we know that they were coming but, we knew that they were bringing something big, we've already heard about the positively massive Huawei Ascend Mate and now it's time for the big - but not that big - Ascend D2.
1080p is going to take over 2013 in a big way and it's going to be pretty difficult to escape that fact when talking about higher-end smartphones. Huawei are no stranger to showing off the latest and greatest when it comes to smartphones and the Ascend D2 is no different. First of all, let's get the all important specs out of the way first shall we:
- 5-inch FHD IPS+ 443 PPI Super Retina LCD display
- Huawei's Own K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU
- 13 MP BSI rear-facing camera, there's no word on the front-facing resolution but we're guessing around 2.0MP
- 3000 mAh battery
- There's no word on storage just yet, we'll update this post when we know more.
Huawei have put together a video to show off their new smartphone:
All of this sounds like a great package and it certainly sounds as much however, the most interesting thing surrounding this new device is that a company like Huawei - who were once a little-known Chinese manufacturer - can now deliver a phone of this caliber with their own processor design inside it. With a relatively stock build of Android to boot, it looks like the Chinese company is more than happy to invest in Google's platform and let it shine on its own, which is pretty great.
Unfortunately, there is no word of where the Ascend D2 will be shipping other than China this very month and Japan later in the year. It's hardly surprising that they've not got American availability worked out or anything like that and it'd be very interesting to see if Huawei do ever ship this smartphone in the States. We'd certainly like to think so but, we highly doubt they'll be able to sort out distribution and such.
Take a look at the full Press Release from Huawei below:
Las Vegas, U.S.A., January 7, 2013: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled the HUAWEI Ascend D2 at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today. The latest hero product in Huawei's Ascend series of smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend D2 runs on Android 4.1 and features a 5-inch FHD IPS+ 443 PPI Super Retina LCD display, Huawei's K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU and a 13 MP BSI camera. With its 3000mAh battery and Huawei's proprietary Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) battery efficiency technology, the Ascend D2 has a stand-by time of six days on WCDMA .
"The HUAWEI Ascend D2 has the style, power and all-round performance capabilities you would expect from a HUAWEI Ascend smartphone, but with a revolutionary FHD screen, unsurpassed camera quality and power saving technology to maximize your enjoyment," said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. "We are excited to introduce the HUAWEI Ascend D2, the latest addition to our series of Ascend range of smartphones, as we continue to put great technology into the hands of more people around the world."
The HUAWEI Ascend D2 has a 5-inch Super Retina fast response IPS panel display and a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080, perfect for full HD 1080 video playback. With its 443 PPI, the Ascend D2 provides unprecedented color accuracy and clarity. Protected by the anti-scratch Corning® Gorilla® glass, and the dust and water resistant IPX 5/4, the Ascend D2 is tough enough to withstand everyday use.
The HUAWEI Ascend D2 features a 13MP BSI rear-facing camera with detail capturing technology and an ISO sensitivity level higher than other smartphones in this category. HUAWEI Ascend D2 also has a tailored manual color temperature adjustment function to provide a professional-level photography experience.
HUAWEI Ascend D2's 3000mAh battery is optimized by Huawei's QPC and ADRX smart power-saving technology. Leveraging Huawei's more than 20 years of telecommunications know-how, QPC technology lowers battery consumption by automatically turning off the transmitter circuit when data transmission is not in use. Its ADRX technology identifies and automatically adjusts the DRX cycle based on the network status, reducing power consumption during standby mode by over 20%. In addition, Huawei's properiatery fast battery charging technology enables the HUAWEI Ascend D2 to be fully charged in 30% less time than its takes other smartphones under the same electricity conditions.
The HUAWEI Ascend D2's 'swift sharing' makes it easier than ever to share. With a Wi-Fi connection, uploading pictures, videos and other files is two- to three-times faster with the Ascend D2 than other smartphones in the market. Its 'super hands-free' function transforms the Ascend D2 into a conversation sharing portalable to receive sounds within a radius of 1.5m. The Ascend D2 also supports Dolby® surrounding sound and stereo recording.
The HUAWEI Ascend D2 has a stylish and elegant design with an aluminum body and metal frame. Weighing just 170g and measuring 9.9mm thin, its curved design fits comfortably in the hand. Available in pure white and crystal blue, the HUAWEI Ascend D2 will also be produced in a 4.7-inch screen version. The HUAWEI Ascend D2 will be on sale in China in January 2013, and in Japan in the future.