Updated: Huawei Ascend D quad to be 'world's fastest smartphone'

It is quite hard to keep anything discreet nowadays, and Huawei has just experienced this issue. An advertising board at Barcelona Airport has started displaying a handset called the Ascend D quad. This hasn’t been showcased before, so the chances are; Huawei will make an official showcase of the device at its upcoming MWC press conference today. Its name suggests that this will be a quad-core smartphone and could be "the world's fastest smartphone".

Despite most smartphone manufacturers planning to use Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset, Huawei is rumoured to use its own quad-core chipset. This chipset is rumoured to be twice as fast as the Tegra 3 and includes optimized power management features.

What do you guys think? Has the Ascend D quad got your attention? Let us know your thoughts. We’ll learn more later.

Update: The D quad was showcased at MWC and sports a bright 4.5-inch 720p display. The device is 8.8mm's thick and supposedly; feels smaller in the hand than most 4.5-inch phones. The device also runs Google's stock Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) build.

Image credit: The Verge

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it would be pointless buying a quad core phone at this time until an OS supports it properly, lets face it apple and google phones barely use both cores on the phones they have at this time and software developed for both dont really take advantage of both cores, so now you have a quad core that uses just over a 1/4 of it processing power????
really whats the point, just another useless gimmick at this point in time

korupt_one said,
it would be pointless buying a quad core phone at this time until an OS supports it properly, lets face it apple and google phones barely use both cores on the phones they have at this time and software developed for both dont really take advantage of both cores, so now you have a quad core that uses just over a 1/4 of it processing power????
really whats the point, just another useless gimmick at this point in time

I agree, we need more hardcore software before we deliver the hardware.

It's like: You don't widen the stream, first you must build a larger ship that will barely fit in, if at all.
THEN widen the stream.
Unless software becomes barely operateable, there is no need for hardware advances.

GS:ios

korupt_one said,
it would be pointless buying a quad core phone at this time until an OS supports it properly, lets face it apple and google phones barely use both cores on the phones they have at this time and software developed for both dont really take advantage of both cores, so now you have a quad core that uses just over a 1/4 of it processing power????
really whats the point, just another useless gimmick at this point in time

And yes, at least for iOS there are already uses for dual core.

And bear in mind that more cores open the door to more energy efficiency.

GS:ios

Beyond Godlike said,
XDA will probably love this phone if its running Stock. I may consider it over the SGSIII..

I hope Huawei release the source for this. If they do, it'll easily be a real seller. SGSIII let me down with its size, it just seems impractical now.

Zeikku said,

I hope Huawei release the source for this. If they do, it'll easily be a real seller. SGSIII let me down with its size, it just seems impractical now.

I miss the size of the Galaxy S 1's to be honest. Iphone is too small, and my SGSII can be a bit big. the SGS1's tho were perfect.

Zeikku said,

I hope Huawei release the source for this. If they do, it'll easily be a real seller. SGSIII let me down with its size, it just seems impractical now.

With it's size? Nothing in the BGR post is even confirmed. BGR and "their source" are pretty much guessing from a render that was over 3+ months old of what it could have been. Seriously NO ONE knows what the S3 is going to look like or even know it's specs other then Samsung themselves. Just wait for something official from them about it till that time anything released about it seriously needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Wombatt said,
Wait until the SIII officially gets released
Agreed. The dual-core exynos Samsung is using is a LOT more battery efficient.

Wombatt said,
Wait until the SIII officially gets released

With its amazing processor that will still have lag due to the terribad OS?

W7phone is the way to go at the moment and unless other companies get out of this "d*ck size contest" with hardware then im sorry but W7phone is just going to destroy all other Os's

SickDave said,

With its amazing processor that will still have lag due to the terribad OS?

W7phone is the way to go at the moment and unless other companies get out of this "d*ck size contest" with hardware then im sorry but W7phone is just going to destroy all other Os's

Get off the lag BS. My GNEX and my ASUS Transformer DOES NOT lag at all. IF you were talking about earlier versions of the Android OS, that would be different. Most likely, this phone will be released with ICS as well.

WP7 has yet to prove itself and has yet to make a significant dent in the market. Hopefully it will be a contender but it was WAY to soon to tell. And hardware will continue to get better and better. Just because WP7 doesnt use a dual core processor, doesnt mean its a contest. Phones are progressing like PCs did.

SickDave said,

With its amazing processor that will still have lag due to the terribad OS?

W7phone is the way to go at the moment and unless other companies get out of this "d*ck size contest" with hardware then im sorry but W7phone is just going to destroy all other Os's

The lag argument is getting old...

techbeck said,

Get off the lag BS. My GNEX and my ASUS Transformer DOES NOT lag at all. IF you were talking about earlier versions of the Android OS, that would be different. Most likely, this phone will be released with ICS as well.

The problem is the inconsistent performance from devices to devices. The Samsung GS2 is best known for its performance. But the GS2 from TMobile is still laggy and stutter when the international GS2 is flawless. Why is that? Granted they have different GPU and CPU, but both are dual cores. What does this say about software?

With that said, I think WP7 needs multicore support and native programming as soon as possible to compete with android, at least for spec and marketing.

KevinN206 said,
The problem is the inconsistent performance from devices to devices. The Samsung GS2 is best known for its performance. But the GS2 from TMobile is still laggy and stutter when the international GS2 is flawless. Why is that? Granted they have different GPU and CPU, but both are dual cores. What does this say about software?

Blame hte carrier for loading up bloat/crapware on the their devices.

techbeck said,

Blame hte carrier for loading up bloat/crapware on the their devices.

Actually....It's not the bloat on the phone that's the issue. Do a bit of research on the T-Mobile version of the S2 and you will see that T-Mobile changed out the processor in the phone to an OMAP one because the original S2 did not support T-Mobiles HSPA+ 42 network. Even with their phone being 1.5ghz 300mhz faster then say a Sprint S2 (which is what I own) it pails next to my E4GT and not just cause of the CPU either.

acidic-e- said,

Actually....It's not the bloat on the phone that's the issue. Do a bit of research on the T-Mobile version of the S2 and you will see that T-Mobile changed out the processor in the phone to an OMAP one because the original S2 did not support T-Mobiles HSPA+ 42 network. Even with their phone being 1.5ghz 300mhz faster then say a Sprint S2 (which is what I own) it pails next to my E4GT and not just cause of the CPU either.

Well, bloat does matter but in any case, blame the carrier. Glad I switched from TMO. Been with them for 9 years or so but moved and their coverages sucked so switched to Verizon last December.

Dot Matrix said,
One question: Why do I need a quad core in my pocket? Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?

Completely agree. It will just drain the battery faster.
I know there are improvements for games etc, but I don't using my phone for gaming.
This is Microsoft's thing with their Windows Phone 7. Speed on a phone is about the simplicity and layout of the software, not how fast the hardware is.

Dot Matrix said,
One question: Why do I need a quad core in my pocket? Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?

Better looking games? High quality video playback?

Dot Matrix said,
One question: Why do I need a quad core in my pocket? Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?

Because not everyone uses their phones for texting and making calls.

Dot Matrix said,
One question: Why do I need a quad core in my pocket? Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?

You're either very narrow minded or just being plain stupid... If you want a phone that makes calls and texts people, why don't you buy a 'dumbphone'?

Wombatt said,

Completely agree. It will just drain the battery faster.
I know there are improvements for games etc, but I don't using my phone for gaming.
This is Microsoft's thing with their Windows Phone 7. Speed on a phone is about the simplicity and layout of the software, not how fast the hardware is.

You may not game on your phone, but many do.

And the Tegra 3 uses less battery power than the tegra 2. Not sure about hte processor Huawei is using.
http://androidandme.com/2011/1...uces-backlight-power-by-40/

Dot Matrix said,
One question: Why do I need a quad core in my pocket? Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?

If you're asking this question you really don't know how a processor manages energy, surely you think that they're always at their full frequency in all of the cores and that's just plain wrong.

I suggest you to check some wikipedia pages.

Wombatt said,

Completely agree. It will just drain the battery faster.
I know there are improvements for games etc, but I don't using my phone for gaming.
This is Microsoft's thing with their Windows Phone 7. Speed on a phone is about the simplicity and layout of the software, not how fast the hardware is.

Ah a subscriber and spreader of FUD. Check out the reviews for the Transformer Prime. It runs Tegra3 and has received praise for its worthy battery life even in comparison to its predecessor. Tegra3 as with other Quad core implementations have a low power companion core, used for basic tasks. As the intensity of the task increases the other cores kick in, providing the full raw performance possible when necessary.

As smartphones and tablets advance they'll be able to perform tasks previously unimaginable (Look at Ubuntu for Android). If you don't want to perform any of these types of tasks you can either take advantage of single/dual core soon becoming 'The Norm' or use these newer quad core devices as you previously would and gain from the improved battery life.

Regurgitating the same bull**** of 'Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?' is pointless. If all you wanted was to text/phone then a dumbphone from the 90's would do this perfectly. Say what you want about MS but even they will jump on the dual/quad core bandwagon in time. Technology advances and people seek to take advantage of this when beneficial, if it doesn't appeal to you then move along, stop berating it.

Dot Matrix said,
One question: Why do I need a quad core in my pocket? Will that put my calls through faster? Will it send my texts faster?
Sounds like you don't need a smartphone.