The Ascend D2 is Huawei's jump into the world of high-end superphones.
Huawei is making a big splash in the North American smartphone market here at CES. No longer content to be the company that provides the budget option for low-cost phones, the Chinese company is showing that world that it can make high-end phones with the rest of its competitors – particularly those from South Korea.
Even before the start of CES, Huawei boasted that it will have the most powerful smartphone on the planet on demo. While we haven't been able to put those claims to the test just yet, we were impressed on first impressions of the Ascend D2 Android phone.
It's powered by a 1.5GHz K3V2 quad core CPU created by Huawei itself, while the operating system will be Google's Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Like some of the other top-tier handsets, the D2 sports a 443 PPI display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution crammed into 5-inches.
In terms of design and feel, the Ascend D2 is completely competent and minimalist. This is partially because of the use of Android's soft keys, which we are fans of. There's the right amount of heft and the phone feels solid, though some may wish for a more premium backing other than glossy plastic. Still, the use plastic hasn't hurt Samsung one bit, so consumers definitely won't mind.