Huawei is working on its own 2K smartphone. Ascend P7 out in May, Ascend D3 coming in June
2K smartphones are probably going to be all the rage this year, at least for niche players (we say that since the Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn’t come with a display with 2,560×1,440 resolution, or “2K”, and chances are neither will the new HTC One). The first company to get one of these out the door is Vivo, with its Xplay 3S, and Oppo will follow suit not long from now.
But Huawei is also working on a 2K smartphone of its own, clearly having spotted the emerging trend here. This device will reportedly be part of the Ascend D series, which is the company’s highest-end line of handsets. It should be out in September, and will retail in China for 3,888 yuan, which currently amounts to approximately $632 or €459. This D series phone will also sport a 2 GHz true octa-core HiSilicon K3V3 processor, and a 5-inch screen size (in which case the pixel density on it will be the extremely bonkers 587 ppi).
First, though, the D series will get to have the Ascend D3 as a member. This has been rumored for a while, and an announcement of it was expected to happen either at CES or at MWC. Well, both of those events passed with no mention of the D3, but it is still coming. It will be out in China in June, and will be priced at 2,888 yuan (which means around $469 or €341). The Ascend D3 will have a 1080p Full HD touchscreen, 4G LTE support, and a 1.8 GHz octa-core processor (that will have two clusters of four cores – one clocked at 1.8 GHz, the other at 1.5 GHz, using ARM’s big.LITTLE design, but apparently all eight cores won’t be active at the same time, in contrast with the 2K model we talked about above). The Ascend D3 should run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the gate.
A new P series flagship, which has so far leaked countless times as the Ascend P7, is set to debut in May. This will obviously be the follow-up to the very successful (for Huawei, at least) Ascend P6 from last year, and is the only one of these leaked devices that we’re sure will get an international release. No other details about it have been leaked at this time.
All of this information comes from a reliable source, according to Huawei News. So hopefully it’s all legit, but we can’t be sure just yet. Stay tuned for more, though.