Last year Huawei announced the Ascend D Quad (its flagship smartphone for 2012) in February and then needed many months to actually bring it to the market. And it eventually did so in a very limited number of countries and territories.
This time around though, things seem to be different. The Huawei Ascend D2 was unveiled at CES one week ago. And it will become available tomorrow. Caveats aplenty, though.
First off, this will only happen in China. Second – it’s only one specific version of the phone. Third – stocks will be limited.
With all that out of the way, if you’re in China and have nothing else to do around 5 pm local time tomorrow, you might as well grab an Ascend D2 from Huawei’s online store. You’ll need to pony up no less than 3,990 yuan. That’s around $643 or €482 – so this is certainly priced like a flagship.
It will be the version designed for China Telcom on sale. However, it will feature dual-mode support so you’ll be able to use it on GSM networks as well (China Telecom being a CDMA carrier). Dual-mode is essentially just like dual-SIM, only instead of one of the SIM slots you get CDMA connectivity.
We have no word yet on availability in other countries, but let’s hope that it won’t take half a year. The first signs do seem to be pointing toward a better managed launch than last year’s.
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