Sunday, February 26, 2012

Huawei intros three smartphones, MediaPad at 2012 MWC

It's Mobile World Congress so what would you expect? That's right, a lot of mobile announcements, even from manufacturers you may not be all that familiar with. Huawei, the multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services giant, announced a number of devices on Sunday, just ahead of MWC, which officially begins Monday.

Cue the Ascend D quad, a 4.5-inch 720p Android phone that the company bills as the "world's fastest quad-core smartphone," sporting the Huawei's own K3V2 CPU (also introduced) clocked at 1.2 or 1.5GHz.

The 8.9mm thick device will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), come with 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM, along with an 8 megapixel rear camera, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, LTE support and an 1,800mAh battery that, using proprietary energy management software, Huawei claims will last for up to two days (key on the "up to").

Along for the ride are the Ascend D quad XL, which is basically the same device with a larger 2,500mAh battery (slightly thicker at 10.9mm), and the Ascend D1, which swaps out the quad-core processor for a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU using a 1670mAh battery.

The Ascend D quad and quad XL will be available in North and South America, China, Australia, EMEA, and APAC in Q2 2012. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets starting in April 2012.

In addition, Huawei introduced a tablet, the MediaPad 10 FHD which comes with has a 1920 x 1200 10.1-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, and Huawei's quad-core K3 in a package just 8.8mm thick. The Android 4.0 device is so early that the model on display on Sunday was hand-made for the event, but despite that the tablet's due to be available in Q2. It's unclear where it will initially go on sale.

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