The Huawei Ascend D Quad, the Chinese company’s upcoming quad-core smartphone, has hit a manufacturing snag and production will be delayed until sometime during the fall of 2012.
According to CNMO, by way of UnwiredView, Huawei has confirmed the delay saying that the reason is because of technical issues that have developed with the company’s new quad-core chip. The company is hard at work in an attempt to remedy the situation but expects that issues will set back the production of the Ascend D Quad until August at the earliest.
That means that the device might not hit shelves until September. The Huawei Ascend D Quad was originally announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during the month of February.
This isn’t good news for the company that is trying to establish a name for itself in the Android world. The Huawei Ascend D Quad boasted some of the most impressive specifications at MWC 2012 but it likely won’t once the fall rolls around. Going up against the Samsung Galaxy S III and then, Apple’s iPhone 5, might be insurmountable for the device.
That’s unfortunate as we came away impressed by the smartphone at CTIA 2012 where we spent some hands-on time with it.
Our hands-on video can be seen below.
The Ascend D Quad sports a 1.5 GHz Huawei quad-core processor which we found to be extremely snappy. It also handled Android 4.0 very well. It includes a large 4.5-inch HD display that offers 720p resolution, a rear 8MP camera that Huawei touts as “best in class”, and a large 2,500 mAh battery that should be able to handle both HSPA+ and 4G LTE quite well.
Its design is also both thin and light. Needless to say, it’s Huawei’s most intriguing device to date but one that the company should have had on shelves earlier this year, not the fall.
We’ll keep those interested in the Huawei Ascend D Quad posted on a release date, once we get closer to production.