Why choose the Huawei Ascend D Quad, when there are so many more impressive smartphones from more established manufacturers? Although it is a relatively unknown brand in the UK, the Huawei Ascend D Quad has the makings of a great smartphone. In this article I will look at why it makes a great choice for those not won over by the latest offerings from the likes of Samsung and HTC.
At this year’s MWC event in Barcelona, Huawei wowed the crowds with its latest entry into the high end smartphone market, and it looks like it could make the brand very popular in the UK.
The Huawei Ascend D Quad has all the features found on many of the latest flagship smartphones, sharing traits found in the likes of the HTC One X which is arguably the most advanced smartphone currently available. For starters, it has a very impressive screen. At 4.5 inches, it is sizable enough to ensure a great multimedia experience, which is further enhanced by the brightness and colour rendering provided by the IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen panel. The resolution of 720x 1280 results in pixel density of 326ppi which is just 4 short of the famous retina display found on the iPhone 4S. This is made all the more impressive considering the screen is a full inch bigger than that of the flagship Apple device.
As a camera phone, the Huawei Ascend D Quad is every bit as impressive as that on handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S2 for example. At 8 megapixels, it can capture impressive images, and comes with all the usual features like autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging. The camera can also capture video footage, with the maximum resolution of 1080p allowing you to capture full HD videos, which can then be streamed wirelessly via DLNA to compatible devices like TVs and computers.
Although you may not have heard of the Huawei brand before, you will be left in no doubt about the quality of its software. The latest version of Google’s Android platform (v4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich) is the operating system of choice, and this has the default Android interface rather than a manufacturer specific UI such as HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz. This means that apps can be downloaded from Google Play (previously known as Android Market), with apps which rival the AppStore in terms of quality and quantity.
A quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz puts the Huawei Ascend D Quad at the very top of the premium smartphone market in terms of its processing power, joining the ranks of very few other handsets to boast this technology including the HTC One X and LG Optimus 4X.
The handset also has some of the fastest internet browsing speeds on a mobile device, expandable storage in the form of a microSD slot (a feature which the HTC One X lacks), and many more impressive features besides.
As you can see, although Huawei is a relatively unknown brand, its latest addition to the smartphone market ticks all the boxes; on paper its hardware is up there with the best, and its software is renowned for its innovative features and is shared with some of the most popular smartphones in the world.
It is very hard to find anything bad to say about this phone. If you are looking for a new smartphone but do not want to follow the crowd, the Huawei Ascend D Quad is worthy of a place on your shortlist.