Preview: Huawei Ascend D2

Huawei jumps on the full HD screen bandwagon

The Huawei Ascend D2 Android phone has a full HD 5in display, is dust and water resistant and includes a 13-megapixel camera.

The Ascend D2 features a 5in full HD IPS+ screen that has a pixel density rating of 443ppi. The 1920x1080 resolution is set to become a standard feature on flagship smartphones released in 2013, but it remains an impressive inclusion.

The Ascend D2 phone dust and water resistant and has a Gorilla glass screen. It's constructed using a combination of aluminum body, metal frame and glossy plastics. The ports of the phone are covered in flaps to ensure water resistance.

The Ascend D2 is a little heavy at 170g and is 9.9mm thick. By comparison, the new Sony Xperia Z weighs less than 150g and is only 7.9mm thick. Huawei says the Ascend D2 will be available in 'pure white' and 'crystal blue' colours.

Huawei will launch the Ascend D2 with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) but the company is likely to upgrade the phone to the latest 4.2 version in the coming months. The Ascend D2's software is skinned with Huawei's Emotion UI which includes a redesigned set of icons and no applications drawer. Instead, all apps sit either on the home screens or the dock.

The Ascend D2 comes with a 3000mAh battery and Huawei says that built-in software automatically turns off the transmitter circuit when data transmission is not in use. According to the company, this reduces power consumption during standby mode by over 20 per cent. Huawei also promises the Ascend D2 can be fully charged in less time than other smartphones, though the company hasn't clarified this claim any further.

The Huawei Ascend D2 is powered by the company's own K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of internal memory. However, there's no microSD card slot for extra storage and no 4G connectivity. Other features include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.

The Ascend D2 will go on sale in China later this month but there's been no word yet on if or when it will be officially launched in Australia.