Huawei Ascend D1 Android phone (preview)
The crowning feature of the Huawei Ascend D1 is large 4.5in screen with a resolution of 1280x720.
- 4.5in display
- Only 8.9mm thick
- Likely to be competitively priced
- No word on Jelly Bean update
- No info on AU release
The Huawei Ascend D1 may not be a flagship model smartphone, but it has very impressive specifications. The crowning feature is a large 4.5in screen with a resolution of 1280x720. There's no word on an Australian release just yet.
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
Cheap, pre-paid phones like the $99 Ascend Y100 and the incredible value for money $169 Ascend G300 are normally Huawei's bread and butter in Australia. However, the Ascend D1 is a very different story. Boasting a 4.5in screen with a 720p HD resolution, the Huawei Ascend D1 will aim to compete with mid range smartphones like the HTC One S and the Sony Xperia S.
Although the Huawei Ascend D1 isn't a flagship model, it has very impressive specifications. The crowning feature is a large 4.5in screen with a resolution of 1280x720. This IPS+ display has a pixels per inch (ppi) rating of 326ppi, equal with the far more expensive iPhone 4S (326ppi) and superior to the Galaxy S III (306ppi) and the HTC One X (312ppi). This pixels per inch rating means the Ascend D1 should display a very high level of detail, significantly bettering many rivals in its price class.
The Huawei Ascend D1 is almost identical to the Ascend D Quad, with the exception of the processor. The D quad is powered by Huawei's own 1.5GHz K3 V2 quad-core processor, while the D1 uses TI's OMAP 4460 chip — a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. The quad-core processor is technically superior and is likely to benefit gaming first and foremost, but we'd be surprised if casual users would be able to notice a difference during everyday tasks. In other words, don't discount the Ascend D1 just because it has a dual-core processor.
Internals aside, the Ascend D1 measures just 8.9mm thick. It's certainly not as thin as the company's stylish Ascend P1 S (6.68mm) or even the recently released Ascend P1 (7.7mm) but it's comparable to many flagship Android phones on the market.
Other features of the Huawei Ascend D1 include an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a full HD 1080p video recorder and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video.
The Huawei Ascend D1 will come with Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box. It is unknown if the Ascend D1 will eventually be updated to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version of Android.
Huawei hasn't announced if or when the Ascend D1 smartphone will be launched in Australia. If the company does intend on launching it Down Under, it would certainly need to attract one of the big carriers to sell it, unlike the Ascend P1, which is only sold outright through retail stores.
Note: The below video features the Ascend D Quad, which is identical to the Ascend D1 aside from the processor:
• Huawei Ascend P1 review
• Huawei bolsters pre-paid range with Vodafone
• Huawei Ascend P1 arrives late, gets no telco love
• Huawei Ascend G300 review
• Huawei Ascend D Quad preview
• Huawei Ascend D Quad XL preview
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- This sticker can wirelessly charge your smartphone or tablet
- Microsoft kills off another chunk of its smartphone activities; lays off 1850 staff
- Google's modular smartphone project sacrificed its original vision to move forward
- Android device updates: HTC 10 is getting stability fixes and preview 3 is headed to Android N
- Google I/O 2016: Every Android app – really – is coming to Chrome
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCSoftware Engineer (Client facing) - Publisher SolutionsNSW
- CCDeemed Order Business SpecialistVIC
- CCSnr Technical System Engineer (IBM/Oracle/SQL) 160524/STSE/vmtAsia
- CCProgram Communications SpecialistVIC
- CCDevOps Software Configuration ManagerACT
- CCSenior Portfolio Analyst - Risk and MetricsNSW
- CCMS Dynamics CRM ConsultantVIC
- CCContract Computer Operator (UNIX/Windows-based) 1610524/CCO/vmtAsia
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (MS SQL Server/C#.NET)160520/AP/vmtAsia
- CCChange Manager- Success Factors/HCMNSW
- FTAzure ConsultantQLD
- CCProject SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior Technical Lead - Java and .NetNSW
- CCNetwork Architect VoiceNSW
- CCOracle Applications Team LeadNSW
- FTDynamics Project ManagerNSW
- FTBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTWeb & Mobile Solutions DeveloperNSW
- CCMS SCOM AdministratorVIC
- CCFront end and Full Stack DevelopersNSW
- CCSystems Engineer - Wintel, VMWare and CitrixNSW
- CCProject Manager NetworksNSW
- CCSoftware Licensing AnalystVIC
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Operational ReadinessSA
- CCSolutions Architect - SAP HANAQLD