Huawei’s daring to dream big — at least, that’s what prior leaks regarding its latest Android lineup have seemed to indicate. And here at CES 2013, the company’s finally formally introduced the Ascend D2, referred to by company Chairman Richard Yu as the “dream phone.” Its top shelf specs — 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core 1.5GHz K3V3 CPU, Android Jelly Bean, 13-megapixel rear camera and 3,000mAh battery — certainly merit that distinction, but as pie in the sky smartphone ambitions go, its 6.1-inch stablemate, the Ascend Mate, takes the cake. But for more details on the Ascend 2, join us after the break.
The aforementioned display panel on the Ascend 2 is a FHD IPS+ 443 ppi “Super Retina” LCD with 1,080 x 1,920 resolution. As for the camera, the 13-megapixel BSI shooter has an f/2.2 aperture, a 5P lens and a hybrid IR filter. Audio-wise, “super hands free” will allow you to talk to the device (and hear the conversation) up to 2 meters away. It has a whopping 3,000 mAH battery which is optimized by the company’s QPC and ADRX power-saving tech that helps reduce power consumption. Further, a quick charging feature apparently lets it recharge 25 percent faster than the Galaxy SIII. WiFi sharing is also apparently two- to three-times faster.
Protected by Corning Gorilla glass and an IPX 4/3 shell, it’s apparently both dust and water resistant — Yu even dropped the phone on stage to demonstrate its durability. Made with an aluminium frame, the phone weighs in at 170g and measures 9.9mm thin. The Ascend 2 will launch in both pure white and crystal blue and will be available in China this month and in Japan at a later date. Though the device announced at CES has a 5-inch display, there’ll also be a 4.7-inch version. No word on pricing and availability in the rest of the world, but we’ll update you with more details as we get them.