Huawei delays Ascend D Quad flagship again, at least until August this time. Blames its own quad core CPU

Huawei’s bid to carve a place among the top of the line Android smartphone makers just hit another speed bump. Their new flagship – Huawei Ascend D Quad – has been delayed. Again. This time at least until late August, maybe even September.

The main culprit for the delay? Huawei’s own quad-core CPU inside D Quad.

According to Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO Yu Chengdong, their new quad-core chip “has encountered some technical problems which caused the delays in production” . Huawei, of course, is “working hard to overcome them” and now expects to start mass production of D Quad smartphones sometime in August. Which means that first D Quad smartphones may not ship until September.

A pretty bad blow to Huawei’s ambitions.

When Huawei D Quad was announced in Barcelona this February – it was one of the the best specc’ed Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress. Had it launched sometime between March and May – the new flagship had a chance to really stand out from the crowd. By the time Ascend D Quad will now ship – Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X sales will be in full swing all around the world. With iPhone 5,Windows Phone 8, and the next iteration of Android flagships like HTC XXL due in a matter of weeks.

The chances for a smartphone upstart to break through new device frenzy that we’ll see this fall, with a phone that announced 8 months before, will be slim to none. Unless Huawei D Quad is priced well below competition. Which it most likely will.

Despite Ascend D Quad delays, Huawei still insists on its goal to sell 60 million smartphones this year. Right now it is ramping up the marketing of aggressively priced mid-range Ascend P1 smartphone, is doing quite well with low-end Ascend G300, and promises to be among the first vendors to come out with mid range Windows Phone 8.

If Huawei D Quad flagship ships with mid range smartphone price tag – it can achieve moderate sales and propel the Chinese vendor into the top 5 of smartphone makers by the end of 2012.


Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • jame

    that is not true the reason is that until apples iphone dont come out or anounce its 4 core nobody will come out with any 4 core if you think its not true ask sansung why its 4 cores its not in the states really get a grip

  • Tanya

    Wooooow… I have not heard of these devices

  • Staska

    Samsung (and all other vendors – HTC, Motorola, etc;) are shipping dual core smartphones in U.S., because carriers demand LTE in their flagships in U.S. And there is no adequately integrated chipset – that combines quad-core CPU and LTE modem – yet available. The best option they have is the latest dual core Snapdragon S4 with LTE.

    In the rest of the world, where HSPA networks are prevalent, Samsung is already shipping Galaxy S3 with it’s own quad core Exynos CPU, HTC One X ships with quad core Tegra 3 CPU, etc;

    So Apple has very little to do of whether and when others adopt quad core CPU’s for their LTE smartphones in U.S. It will happen when Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, NVidia and/or Samsung have necessary chips available