Huawei Ascend D2 Android phone (preview)
The dust and water resistant Huawei Ascend D2 has a full HD 5in display
- 5in Full HD display
- Dust and water resistant
- Large 3000mAh battery
- Not really thin or light
- No 4G connectivity
- No AU ETA
The Huawei Ascend D2 boasts a full HD 5in display, has dust and water resistant capabilities and is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera. However, there's no word if or when it will be released Down Under.
Huawei is still building its brand in Australia and has previously focussed on lower-end smartphones at affordable prices. Its latest offering, however, is the Ascend D2 Android phone and it has been designed to compete at the top-end of the market. The Huawei Ascend D2 boasts a full HD 5in display, has dust and water resistant capabilities and is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera.
Full HD screens are clearly going to be the number one feature when it comes to smartphone specs in 2013 and the Huawei Ascend D2 doesn't buck this trend. It features a 5in full HD IPS+ screen that boasts a pixel density rating of 443ppi. While the 1920x1080 resolution is set to become a standard feature on flagship smartphones released this year, that doesn't make it any less impressive.
Huawei has followed the Sony Xperia Z's lead with the Ascend D2, as the phone is dust and water resistant. Along with a screen that's coated in Gorilla glass, the Ascend D2 should be able to withstand some harsh user treatment. The phone is constructed using a combination of an aluminum body, a metal frame and glossy plastics. Naturally, the ports are covered in flaps to ensure water resistance.
The Ascend D2's 5in screen means it is far from the thinnest or lightest smartphone on the market. It weighs a rather hefty 170g and is 9.9mm thick — by comparison, the Xperia Z weighs less than 150g and is only 7.9mm thick. Huawei says the Ascend D2 will be available in 'pure white' and 'crystal blue' colours.
Huawei will launch the Ascend D2 with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) but the company is likely to upgrade the phone to the latest 4.2 version in the coming months. Like the larger Ascend Mate, the Ascend D2's software is skinned with Huawei's Emotion UI. There are a few interesting features including a redesigned set of icons and the lack of an applications drawer. Instead, all apps sit either on the home screens or the dock.
The Ascend D2 comes with a 3000mAh battery and Huawei says that built-in software automatically turns off the transmitter circuit when data transmission is not in use. According to the company, this reduces power consumption during standby mode by over 20 per cent. In addition, Huawei promises the Ascend D2 can be fully charged in less time than other smartphones, though the company hasn't clarified this claim any further.
The Huawei Ascend D2 is powered by the company's own K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of internal memory. However, there's no microSD card slot for extra storage and no 4G connectivity. Other features include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
The Ascend D2 will go on sale in China later this month but there's been no word yet on if or when it will be officially launched in Australia.
A promotional video of the Huawei Ascend D2 can be viewed below.
• Huawei Ascend Mate preview
• Huawei's D1 quad ascends into JB Hi-Fi
• Huawei Ascend P1 review
• Huawei bolsters pre-paid range with Vodafone
• Huawei Ascend P1 arrives late, gets no telco love
• Huawei Ascend G300 review
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Huawei Mate 9
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Surface Pro 4
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4
- Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, charging up iPhone 8 rumor
- Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required
- Everything we think we know about the LG G6
- Report: Snapdragon 835 will launch first in Galaxy S8, others have to wait
GGG Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSenior Java EngineerACT
- TPProject OfficerQLD
- CCIT Procurement OfficerNSW
- CCArcSight Security Engineer - Contract - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- CCTest AnalystQLD
- TPNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- FTOracle Forms PL/SQL Analyst ProgrammerQLD
- CCADABAS Natural DeveloperNSW
- TPAgile Project Manager. Sharepoint / PeoplesoftNSW
- TPBI Commercial AnalystVIC
- CCPMO ManagerNSW
- TPIT Project Officer - TMRQLD
- TPLinux Desktop Support SpecialistWA
- FTSolutions Software DeveloperVIC
- FTMicrosoft Dynamics AX Technical ArchitectACT
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerNSW
- CCIntegration DeveloperNSW
- CCLevel 2 IT Service DeskQLD
- FTSalesforce AdministratorQLD
- TPProject Support OfficerQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- CCTest ManagerWA
- TPSpatial Science OfficerQLD
- FTStorage Solution ArchitectVIC
- CCBPM DeveloperVIC