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Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL and Ascend G600 (aka Honor 2) launched

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL and Ascend G600 (aka Honor 2) launched

The smartphone market is primarily dominated by the top 2-3 technology companies consumers tend to have a skiewed view of products, mostly basing purchase decisions on brand recognition rather than its merits. It is in this type of market that Huawei is making waves with its own Android mobile phone: the Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL and Huawei Ascend G600 (aka Honor 2).

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL

While relatively unheard of as a consumer brand, Huawei is a telecommunications giant, in fact it is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world. In the Philippines, Huawei is more known for its wireless 3G/4G mobile WiFi routers. Huawei entered the Philippine smartphone market silently late 2010-2011. In a sense Huawei is a relatively young competitor but it has not escaped the attention of techies around the world.

Huawei Ascend G600

Huawei Ascend G600

I was really excited about the launch of the Ascend D1 quad XL and the Ascend G600. Sporting 4.5 inch display and a quad core processor, the Ascend D1 quad XL was set to debut April 2012 as the world’s fastest smartphone. Unfortunately pushed it back to a December 2012 release, and other smartphone makers already beat them to the punch.

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL front

The screen of the Ascend D1 quad XL is gorgeous at 4.5 inches. It brags an IPS plus display panel capable of full HD resolution at 1280×720 and 330 ppi. The IPS panel is very important in this regard, which makes whites appear white and not yellowish unlike the famous Samsung Galaxy S3. It runs a modified version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and hopefully a Jellybean upgrade will become available soon.

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL back

Another aspect of the Ascend D1 quad XL that I really appreciate is the matte casing. The back portion had diamond grooves in it, which is very nice to hold and resists smudges. At 0.45 inches the phone is noticeably thick though, and 5.11 ounces feels a little heavy to the grasp. The 8-megapixel camera is capable of recording full HD videos as well, though I have not been able to test it.

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL and Ascend G600 (aka Honor 2) launched

In terms of performance the quad core processor ranks up there along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in Antutu benchmarks, which says something because it is amongst the fastest of any smartphone available today. Aside from the speed battery consumption is supposed to be much lower. Along with its 2600mAh battery, phone usage is supposed to be much longer though I have not been able to test this.

The best feature of all? The price. The Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL retails at 18990 PHP, while the Huawei G600 retails at only 13900 PHP. Check it out at a retail store near you!

For more details on the Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL and Huawei Ascend G600 check out the full press release below.

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL video

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