Huawei's D1 quad ascends into JB Hi-Fi

Huawei Ascend D1 quad to retail for $499 outright through JB Hi-Fi

The Huawei Ascend D1 quad

The Huawei Ascend D1 quad

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has announced the launch of its latest Android device, but it will not sell the phone through traditional carriers in Australia.

The Ascend D1 quad, the first Huawei smartphone with a quad-core processor to officially launch Down Under, will be available from Friday 23 November but will be only sold outright through JB Hi-Fi retail stores for $499. Huawei confirmed the JB Hi-Fi deal is not an exclusive contract but that the store is simply first-to-market with the device.

Unlike most other smartphones sold in Australia, the Ascend D1 quad will not be available on contract through traditional telco carriers like Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

The Ascend D1 quad represents a slight shift in strategy for Huawei. The company is well known for producing budget, entry level Android devices that often retail for as low as $100. However, the Ascend D1 has specifications that lend it to being compared with high end devices like the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S III and even the Apple iPhone 5.

"The Ascend D1 quad is Huawei’s most powerful smartphone ever released in Australia, delivering the most advanced quad-core processor technology while actually increasing energy efficiency,” said Poh-Lee Koh, Huawei Device's marketing manager. "This device utilises Huawei’s own in-house chipset integrated with Huawei’s own power management technology, leading to significant improvements in media consumption, multi-tasking and productivity."

While the key feature of the Ascend D1 quad appears to be the processor, the phone also has a large 4.5in screen with a resolution of 1280x720. The IPS+ display has a pixels per inch (ppi) rating of 330ppi, superior to the far more expensive iPhone 5 (326ppi), Galaxy S III (306ppi) and One X (312ppi).

The Ascend D1 quad is powered by Huawei's own 1.5GHz K3 V2 quad-core processor, has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and comes with Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It is unknown if the Ascend D1 will eventually be updated to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version of Android.

Huawei says the Ascend D1 quad's 1800mAh battery can last between "one to two days with normal usage".

Related content

Huawei Ascend P1 review
Huawei bolsters pre-paid range with Vodafone
Huawei Ascend P1 arrives late, gets no telco love
Huawei Ascend G300 review
Huawei Ascend D Quad preview
Huawei Ascend D Quad XL preview

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesJB HiFiHuaweiandroid phonesIce Cream SandwichHuawei Ascend D1 quad

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?