Feb, 27 2012

Quad-core processor. Android 4.0. The fastest phone in the world? That’s the claim Huawei is making about their brand new Ascend D Quad. These boastful statements are a fun PR ploy for launches, but their truthfulness is usually short-lived as bigger, better, faster, thinner, and whatever-elser devices seem to out-awesome their predessors on a daily basis. Even so, the D Quad is pretty impressive for an Android manufacturer who has come a long way in the past couple years.

CORRECTION: The D Quad leverages its own Huawei made 1.5GHz K3V2 processor, not an NVIDIA processor as mentioned in the below video.

While the D Quad leads with it’s 4 cores and Android 4.0, there are a few other reasons to consider this phone a beast, including:

  • 4.5-inch screen
  • 8MP camera
  • Front facing camera
  • Only 8.9mm thick

The D Quad has an 1800 mAh battery but you can upgrade to the D Quad XL with a 2500 mAh battery for extra juice. Of course that will come with some extra thickness too.

When Huawei first entered the Android scene in North America their devices worked and felt like they were, shall we say, more on the economical side. The D Quad completely diverges from that path. It’s meant to be a high end device, and from what I can tell after my limited use with the phone, it succeeds. Huawei is really becoming a contender, whether or not the D Quad remains the “fastest smartphone” for very long.