LAS VEGAS: CHINESE HARDWARE FIRM Huawei announced its flagship Android smartphone today, the Ascend D2 with Google's Jelly Bean software.
Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday at an event The INQUIRER attended, the Huawei Ascend D2 is yet another smartphone to join the 'phablet' market, thanks to its large 5in HD resolution display. This big screen boasts a whopping 443ppi (pixels per inch), much higher than the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphones.
A huge screen isn't all this phone's got going for it that will help it compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone. The Huawei Ascend D2 also comes powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and Huawei claims that it's the fastest smartphone in the world today. We have yet to test this, so we'll reserve judgement for now.
Available in both black and white, the Huawei Ascend D2 features a toughend plastic casing, which Huawei tells us will withstand drops on the ground - and even proved to us by throwing it on the floor. It's a waterproof device too, which Huawei proved to us by pouring a jug of water over the device.
The Ascend D2 also comes with Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, giving it Project Butter, Google Now and all of the latest Android features. There's also a 13MP camera on its rear, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, "super hands-free" technology and a 3,000mAh battery, which Huawei claims has double the longevity of the iPhone 5.
We've already managed to get our mitts on the Huawei Ascend D2 smartphone, so check back for our hands-on review. µ
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