Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL (unlocked)

The Good The Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL's camera is packed with editing features, and its user interface has several customization options.

The Bad The Ascend D1 Quad XL's screen is dim, its photo quality is poor, and it has a hefty build.

The Bottom Line While its processor may sound impressive, the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL is a mediocre phone in a sea of excellent quad-core alternatives.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.3 Overall

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Review

This quad-core phone whimpers instead of roaring

Back in February, when Huawei announced at Mobile World Congress that it would release the world's fastest phone in the form of the Ascend D1 Quad (and its bigger-batteried counterpart, the XL), our interest was piqued. At that time, a quad-core phone was a rarity, and if the Quad XL had come out when it was supposed to in April, it might have lived up to that promise.

Unfortunately, it was delayed until recently, and after a long string of quad-core phones from other companies, there are now a number of these devices to choose from. What's worse is that the Quad XL trails behind its rivals in several areas of performance. I could have forgiven those faults in April, but now it's just too late. Simply put, I can't recommend this $624 phone over its competition.

Design
Though I appreciate some of the Quad XL's design elements, like its red accents and soft-touch back plate, its aesthetic is nothing new.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 4.5 in
  • Weight 5.29 oz
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features Audience earSmart technology
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