We headed over to the Huawei booth to check out the Ascend D Quad and get some photos of the device and some physical impressions. The device includes Huawei's own HiSilicon K3V2 SoC which consists of a quad core Cortex A9 running at 1.2 GHz (4 cores), 1.5 GHz (1 core), and "16 core" graphics from an unknown IP vendor. The phone also packs a 720p 4.5" LCD display which looked awesome in person.

It's clear that Huawei has come a really long way in the build quality department, as the Ascend D Quad feels very good in the hand and like something at the high end of any other Android smartphone vendor. The styling is superficially close to Samsung's SGS2, and includes a bulge at the bottom with speakerphone and camera centered at the top. The backside has a repeating visual appearance but a smooth soft-touch surface. Huawei is definitely going for the high end market with a vengeance, and I found myself impressed with how far their designs have come since their first Android handsets.

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  • jjj - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    any clue about at least the process the CPU is made on?
  • JNo - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    Where I'm from, the primary meaning of "backside" is a person's arse. Although it is the correct word, just saying, "the phone's back" might not elicit such a laugh! :)

    Not sure what a 'repeating' visual appearance is...

    On a more serious note, is it quad core or single core? Or quad core at 1.2ghz but a single core on its own can go to 1.5ghz?
  • minhajmsd - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    I think there are 4 cores at 1.2 Ghz and also a fifth core at 1.5 Ghz.
  • Kumouri - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    I'm pretty sure it's 1.2GHz when 4 cores are used, and 1.5GHz on 1 core. So if you are only using 1 core, it will be 1.5GHz, but if you start using a second core it'll go down to 1.2GHz.
  • samismad - Saturday, March 3, 2012 - link

    it's 40mm cortex A9, quad core, 1.5Ghz for each of them, max.
    main source : http://www.hisilicon.com/news/news/k3v2_20120226.h...

    the d quad may introduce this k3v2 at 1.2Ghz, battery 1800mAh, while the d quad xl version may run at 1.5Ghz, with a better 2500mAh battery.

    the cpu will be a "tegra3 killer", the gpu is a 16-core chipset that performs "twice the other high-end chipsets"... Beyond huawei communication, we should benefit to wait... tests. Marketing is sometimes wrong, isn't it?

    Then, what about the screen quality, will these phones be rootable, aso.
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