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VIDEO: Hands On With The Huawei Ascend D Quad

Eric McBride
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Huawei made a lot of noise at Mobile World Congress when they released a new quad core phone, a new quad core tablet, and a new quad core chip developed by Huawei. Spec wise, this phone is a beast. Look wise, Huawei nailed it in terms of design. Price wise, this will probably be one of the cheapest quad core devices of 2012. But with Huawei not being a brand that is all that known to consumers, is the Huawei Ascend D Quad worth investing in?

CTIA was in New Orleans last week, and Huawei had the Ascend D Quad on display for all to see and play with. Aaron from Phonedog was there and made a nice (3 min long) hands on video of the device which is reportedly due in Q3 of this year. In case you aren't familiar with this device, here is a quick spec rundown:

  • 4.5 inch HD Display
  • 8MP camera
  • 1.5Ghz Huawei K3V2 Quad-Core Processor (1.2ghz also available)
  • 5.1 Dolby surround with Dolby Mobile Plus
  • Full HD Video recording
  • Huawei skinned Android 4.0
  • Expandable memory via microsd
  • 8GB internal memory

The phone will be available in both black and white (for once, I actually like the white (pictured) phone better than the black), but no word yet on whether it will see a US release. If you're debating on buying the device, have a look at this short but informative video below to see whether it could be something for you (Youtube link here).

What do you guys think? I love the look of the phone, but I personally hate the skin. There was also a lot of lag on the when swiping, but I'm guessing this isn't the final software for it. Could this be on your watchlist for 2012?

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  • Stefan E. May 14, 2012 Link

    A menu key? And on top of that heavy lag on almost every input? Sad to see them going backwards...

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  • Eric McBride May 14, 2012 Link

    Yeah, I noticed that too. The lag was REALLY heavy. I wouldnt even let people do hands on with the device (or display it for that matter) if it was lagging that badly.

    In the end, quad core means absolutely nothing if the software is crap, and it really showed here. Damn I wish they would have just left it stock ICS as it was in the beginning. Guess the new processor could also have something to do with the performance.

    Disappointing to say the least.

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  • Ti Mo May 14, 2012 Link

    Im guessing thats fixed by time of the release.. Well I hope

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  • Eric McBride May 14, 2012 Link

    Same here. They still have a bit of time to get the bugs out.

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  • Stefan E. May 14, 2012 Link

    The "having a menu key" bug too? ;) Even Samsung has this bug in its flagship device... :(

    As to the lag - like Eric said, it might (SHOULD!) be fixed at release, but they shouldn't have shown it with such terrible performance in the first place.

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  • Eric McBride May 14, 2012 Link

    Yeah..I mean a little lag ok...but good GAWD that thing ran like sh*t throughout the entire demonstration. Embarrassing if you ask me.

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  • Ti Mo May 14, 2012 Link

    Whats so bad about the menu key?

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  • Eric McBride May 14, 2012 Link

    Other newer ICS phones dont have it. Guess its a matter of personal taste though.

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  • Ti Mo May 14, 2012 Link

    Well a lot of applications still require a menu key and don't have the menu key built-in in their applications, so i do see the menu key positive.. I mean you still have multitasking on the home button..

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  • Eric McBride May 14, 2012 Link

    ICS menu key is cooler :-D

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