Huawei Ascend D Quad now only expected in September

Huawei Ascend D Quad now only expected in SeptemberHuawei promised big things for 2012, and looked well on the way to achieving them too when the blisteringly fast Ascend D Quad touched down at Mobile World Congress in February.

Problem is we're about to tick over into the second half of the year, and the Ascend D Quad is still nowhere to be seen. Now we're hearing it may only go on sale in September, and that it's Huawei's own quad-core processor that's causing all the problems.

Just to remind you, the Ascend D Quad (not to be confused with the dual-core D1 Quad) is a quad-core 4.5in Android heavy hitter picked to the brim with all the latest goodies the smartphone world has to offer.

Or at least it was back in February. Four months later and that spec is looking less impressive with each passing day. So why are we still waiting to get our hands on it? Turns out it's issues with Huawei's own quad-core CPU.

Huawei consumer business group CEO Yu Chengdong says the processor has hit unspecified “technical problems”, and as a result mass production of the Ascend D Quad is only expected to get underway in August, which means it'll likely be well into September before we see the self-styled "world's fastest smartphone" hit the shelves.

One potential bit of good news is that given Huawei's ambition to gain a foothold in Western markets, the Ascend D Quad was always likely to be aggressively priced when it went on sale. Factor in a six-month delay, and that price tag is likely to end up being even more attractive.

Via Unwired View

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 10:59

It's now distinctly uninteresting. Why you'd buy this (with its inevitably terrible resale value) over an S3 is beyond me. It may have been the most powerful phone when it was announced in February, but I highly doubt that's still true today.

I think Huawei bit off more than they could chew trying to act like Samsung.

Pondlife  Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:53

Ship it with JB and a shocking price and maybe they could have something.
Wondering if JB is more quad friendly too could make a difference to the market

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 12:02

It's not the OS that's not quad-core friendly, it's the 3rd party apps which can't take full advantage of the extra cores. It'll ship with ICS and it'll be £400 and something, they've already missed the boat with it, September will just be the final nail in the coffin.

Pondlife  Jun. 28, 2012 at 12:14

Not convinced on that point so far.
If it ships then on ics at that price then yep will vanish without a trace, will make wp7 and rim seem successful.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 28, 2012 at 12:18

Not convinced on that point so far.
If it ships then on ics at that price then yep will vanish without a trace, will make wp7 and rim seem successful.

Even if it comes out at £400, you'll be able to get a One X or S3 for around that price by then...sorry, Huawei, you can act like a big boy, but Samsung actually have the bank balance to fund it.

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