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Huawei Ascend D2 confirmed: water resistant and two-day battery

At CES Huawei has officially confirmed the Huawei Ascend D2, a water and dust resistant smartphone, with a 5-inch screen and two-day battery.

CEO Richard Yu took to the stage at CES to finally reveal details of the Ascend D2 which replaces the Huawei Ascend D1 (which never officially made it to the UK) in the company’s line-up.

Available in in pure white or crystal blue the Ascend D2 is made from stainless steel that takes 116 individual manufacturing processes to create and Huawei claims uses “more advanced manufacturing technology than the iPhone.”  Surprisingly the phone is also water and dust resistant to IPX 5/4, something we’ve not seen before in a flagship.

The Huawei Ascend D2 includes an edge-to-edge 5-inch full HD screen 443ppi (pixels per inch), making it sharper than the iPhone 5 and Huawei even cheekily calls it ‘Super Retina.’ Big screens need large batteries and the Ascend D2 is no exception, Huawei claims the the 3000mAh battery should last around two days, while fast-charging technology means it charges 30 per cent faster than other smartphones.

On the back there’s a 13-megapixel camera with a bright f2.2 lens HDR mode, high ISO sensitivity levels and manual colour temperature adjustment feature, all interesting features, but perhaps not ones the everyday consumer will use.

Find out more about the phone below and check out our Huawei Ascend D2 hands-on.


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What features does the Huawei Ascend D2 have?

  • Processor: Quad core 1.5GHz 2GB RAM
  • Screen: 5-inch Super Retina 1080×1920, 443ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Camera: 13-megapixel, LED flash, autofocus and HDR mode
  • Storage: TBC, microSD
  • Connectivity: 4G, microSIM, HSDPA
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Dimensions: 9

What operating system will the Huawei Ascend D2 have?

The Huawei Ascend D2 will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean overlayed with Huawei’s Emotion UI.

Where does it sit in Huawei’s mobile line-up?

The Ascend D2 is Huawei’s flagship Android smartphone, sitting alongside the Huawei Ascend Mate – Huawei’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet rival. 

What are the alternatives?

Huawei is taking on the current Android king, the Samsung Galaxy S3 with this phone, along with the LG Optimus G2 and anticipated Sony Xperia Z, which both include full HD screens and quad-core chips. It also looks a little bit like the Apple iPhone 5, although it has a more powerful processor and bigger screen than Apple’s phone.

When does the the Huawei Ascend D2 launch?

The Huawei Ascend D2 will be available in China in January 2013 and later Japan. There’s no news yet about when or if it will come to the UK. Huawei is making a 4.7-inch version of the Ascend D2, so it will be interesting to see which version comes to the UK.

How much will the Huawei Ascend D2 cost?

Huawei hasn’t revealed pricing for the Ascend D2, but we’ll bring you news about this as soon as we get it.

What do we think?

The Huawei Ascend D2 looks very impressive, we like the design and the spec sheet is really impressive. We’re keen to test the battery – with such a powerful screen it will be interesting to see how long it lasts. 



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