Huawei Ascend D1 Quad (core) flagship ships on September 12th. Will cost $425 in China
Waiting for the Huawei’s Ascend D1 flagship, running on its own proprietary quad-core CPU, was like waiting for Godot.
Announced in February during Mobile World Congress, called Ascend D Quad at the time, and promised to ship in the first half of 2011, the new smartphone made quite a splash during the trade show. With Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and 4.5” 1280×720 330 ppi IPS display, it was the best specc’ed Android device in Barcelona.
However, few months after the announcement, Huawei learned that creating its own mobile CPU from scratch, and getting it into production, is not so easy. Delay after delay followed and here we are – 7 months later, still waiting for the new flagship to show up.
But the wait is almost over. Huawei finally solved their production problems and will start shipping the new quad-core smartphone in China on September 12th, under the name Ascend D1 Quad.
(Previously announced D1 with TI OMAP dual-core CPU appears to be cancelled).
The official price for the device – 2699 Yuan, or $425. Which would have been great if Huawei managed to get D1 to ship in the first half of 2012, as promised. Today – with quad-core Xiaomi phone 2 selling for $315 and Lenovo’s 5” K860 going for $345 – Ascend D1 looks really overpriced for China.
And, when Huawei decides to launch D1 internationally, even at a higher price – it will run into Galaxy S3, leaving Samsung a lot of room to respond.
With the phone line-up presented in February in Barcelona, Huawei’s ambition to sell 60 million smartphones and break into the top-tier of smartphone manufacturers internationally, looked ambitious but achievable. Today – after months of delays for the new flagships – not so much.
I guess we will have to wait for the next year for the real Huawei’s coming out party.