Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei unveiled the Ascend D Quad, a quad-core-based smartphone, well before Samsung even sent invitations for the release of the next in the line of its Galaxy series.
The Ascend is expected in shelves of countries like China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America and the Middle East in the second quarter of this year. There is as yet no information on the market availability of the new Galaxy device.
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The forthcoming Huawei Ascend D Quad features, according to The Verge, a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280x720pixels. A leaked video that emerged via a Vietnamese Web site called Tinhte suggested Samsung's device could feature a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 720x1148 pixels. The phone shows a model number - GT-i9300 - which is said to the model number of Galaxy S3, according to CNET UK. There were earlier rumours suggest Samsung would launch with a 4.8-inch display and a ratio of 16:9, as well as a five-column User Interface (UI).
The Ascend D measures 5.08x2.25x0.35inches and weighs approximately 130g. There is no corresponding information available for Samsung's device but an earlier IBTimes UK report speculated it could be thinner and heavier.
The Huawei smartphone will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Galaxy is expected to run on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The Chinese smartphone should be powered by Huawei's K3V2 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor and the company claims it will be the world's fastest quad-core smartphone. The Galaxy S3 will pack a 32nm Cortex A9-based Exynos 1.4GHz quad-core processor expected to deliver "superlative benchmark performance". Both devices are expected to have 1GB of RAM.
The Huawei Ascend D Quad sports a primary camera of eight megapixels, with auto-focus and dual LED flash. It can shoot at 1080p and has a secondary front-facing camera with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels. The Galaxy S3 could sport either an eight megapixel front-facing camera or a 12 megapixel unit; it should have a three megapixel front-facing camera.
The Huawei device offers 3G connectivity and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 n/g/b and Bluetooth version 3.0+HS. There is not much known about the S3 from this perspective although it can hardly offer less connectivity and features than the Huawei unit.
The Huawei smartphone has 8GB of onboard memory. The S3 could have 16GB of onboard memory. Both phones will support microSD cards.
The Ascend D Quad has a standard 1800 mAh power unit, whereas the Galaxy S3 could carry a 2050mAh battery with NFC capabilities.