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Huawei Ascend D Quad delayed by production glitch

The unfortunately named Huawei Ascend D Quad has been delayed until August, thanks to production niggles.

A latecomer to the quad-core battle, the unfortunately named Huawei Ascend D Quad (don't say it too fast) looks to have been delayed by manufacturing issues, the Verge reports.

The news comes via comments from Huawei chief Yu Chengdong, posting on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. Peering through the fog of Google Translate, it looks like "technical problems" have held back the D-Quad's production back until August.

The issues appear to stem from the phone's chip, though it's mentioned that Huawei is "stepping up efforts" to get the phone ready for its debut.

I'm keen to see the D Quad go on sale, as I thought it was definitely one of the funniest more impressive mobiles on show at this year's Mobile World Congress extravaganza.

In design terms, Huawei's gone for a simplistic, rounded style and I was particularly keen on the red accents present around the camera and grilles on the back of the 8.9mm thick D Quad.

The phone is a bit smaller than its quad-core competitors, stretching our rulers at 4.5 inches on the diagonal, and packing 720x1,280 pixels. The 1.5GHz quad-core processor certainly pulled its weight when I tried playing graphically demanding games, and I'm keen to see how it fares against the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X in our benchmark tests.

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Promising stuff, but what I'm really looking for is a low price. Huawei has proved itself capable of making good value mobiles -- the Ascend G300 is one of the best ways to spend £100 -- so my fingers are tightly crossed hoping for a wallet-friendly price tag.

Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to find out how classy Huawei's quad-core effort really is, however. In the meantime check out our hands-on preview, and let me know if your curiosity is piqued in the comments, or over on our Facebook wall.