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Photos : Huawei Unleashes Ascend D Quad Super Smartphone

Chinese Telecom giant, Huawei, has finally unveiled its new flagship smartphone and incidentally the first quad core smartphone on the market.

In the same vein as the iPhone 4 and 4S, Huawei has used its own application processor rather than silicon from either Texas Instruments, Nvidia or Qualcomm, all of which are incidentally US-based.

The Ascend D Quad will come in a white or black colour scheme and in a number of variants as well with different clock speeds, connectivity options and even different battery capacities.

At the heart of the Ascend D is the Huawei K3V2, which is a quad core powerhouse that comes with a 16-core GPU (which may be the first time Imagination Technology POWERVR SGX544MP2-16 has appeared in flesh).

It runs Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel capacitive display with a 330ppi pixel density and uses IPS+ technology (no details as to whether it uses Corning Gorilla Glass).

Other features include a proprietary IPPS power management service, 5.1 surround sound with Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus, dual microphone noise reduction with Audience earSmart technology which reduces background noise, an eight megapixel BSI rear-facing camera with AF, 1080p full HD video capture, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, 1GB RAM and 8GB onboard storage (no microSD card slot apparently).

The phone will come with an 1800mAh battery and a thickness of merely 8.9mm. Another version, the Ascend D Quad XL, will come with a 2500mAh battery while upping the thickness to only 10.9mm. is live-blogging from Barcelona from Saturday evening, covering the pre-MWC 2012 events happening on Sunday and from Monday to Thursday, the event itself. You can follow our real-time running thread here.

Check the pictures of the Huawei Ascend D Quad below.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.