Huawei announces Ascend D Quad, the 'world’s fastest phone'
Published 27/02/2012 | 09:29
HUAWEI’S Ascend D Quad is the world’s fastest phone, the Chinese technology firm has claimed.
In an aggressive presentation at the Mobile World Congress Show in Barcelona, Huawei repeatedly compared its new product to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Apple’s latest iPhone. Huawei claims the Ascend D Quad is faster because it contains the company’s own chip.
In demonstrations, the phone was shown opening its camera and then scrolling through picture galleries significantly faster than its rivals. Available in three variants, Huawei claims that its devices can last up to three days of normal usage on a single charge, while offering designs that are competitive.
Huawei was joined by LG and HTC in announcing quad-core phones at Barcelona. The company’s chairman, Richard Yu, said that “Migrating from feature phone to smartphone is the strong trend of the whole industry – but the speed is not so good. And the screen is getting as large as possible – but your hand is not so large. How can you handle it? And a smartphone is not just for voice to make a phone call – people thing the big headache is the battery life.”
The Ascend D Quad features four central processor unit chip cores and 16 graphics cores. Yu claimed it was the first 64-bit smartphone, rivalling modern computers, and said it was 49 per cent faster in normal operation than its rivals.
Huawei claims its new device will feature noise cancelling technology for phone calls, called earSmart, that will be able to detect a user’s voice even in a crowded room. Running the latest version of Google Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, the 4.5” screen device, will, Yu said, be 20 per cent cheaper than its rivals and feature a higher resolution screen than the iPhone.
Huawei is the latest of a string of Chinese manufacturers to try to find mainstream success. It hopes to ship 60million Huawei phones this year, up from 20 million last year. Its rival ZTE is set to announce its latest offerings in Barcelona tomorrow. Analysts at CCS Insight claimed that “tier one Android phone makers should be worried.”