New Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL with Longlife Battery

HUAWEI Ascend D1 Quad XL

Announced at IFA Berlin last week, the Ascend D1 Quad XL was one of five handsets and a tablet revealed by Huawei, making the Chinese manufacturer one of the busiest at this year’s event.

 

Despite not technically being new, as we’ve seen a couple of these new handsets before, these models represent the closest we’ll get to a final working demo before their expected release later this month. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the Ascend D1 Quad XL, a higher-end handset being positioned to take on the likes of the HTC One X and Samsung’s Galaxy SIII.

 

Originally announced in February, the final version of the Ascend D1 Quad XL isn’t quite as powerful as first muted, with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, instead of the expected 1.5. I was told that despite this, the handset had been optimised to run on Android’s 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, producing the quickest and most efficient handset on this release.┬áThe handset has 1GB RAM with 8GB on-board that can be increased to 32GB with microSD.

 

Huawei Ascend D Quad XL

 

It’s 4.5-inch HD IPS+ screen really is crystal clear and with a 1280 x 720 resolution and 330 ppi display, it looked terrific under the lights. The phone has a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 8MP on the back, which gives 1080p full HD videos that can be played back on a suitable TV using an MHL adapter.

 

What may set the Ascend D1 Quad XL aside from other higher-end smartphones is it’s battery life. I was assured that this would withstand two days of the same sort of usage that would render a competitor useless in less than 24-hours. ┬áThis increased 2600 mAh battery delivers 15 hours talk time and 500 hours on standby and does mean that it’s a bit chunkier in the hand, but nothing to be concerned about.
HUAWEI Ascend D1 Quad XL
Overall, this is an impressive handset from Huawei and should help the manufacturer gain some momentum in the market. Whether or not it will have the necessary marketing clout to get the attention to compete with the Android big boys is left to be seen.

 

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