Huawei is not a manufacturer usually known for their high-end smartphones, but recently the Chinese company has been working to change that image. Their MediaPad offeres a solid budget device for T-Mobile, and their P1 S has a quad-core processor packed into a very thin body. At Mobile World Congress, however, they brought things to another level with the Ascend D quad smartphone, which they are claiming is the fastest in the world.
The basis of that claim is the device's quad-core processor, a chip clocked at 1.5GHz and designed by Huawei themselves. Huawei claims that the chip, called the K3V2, is 49% faster than current processors (presumably a knock on the Tegra 3), and that its 16 dedicated graphics cores make it the fastest smartphone in the world. Those cores will be put to good use rendering Android 4.0 on the 720p HD display, and the 1GB of RAM should keep things running smoothly. Other features include an 8MP BSI rear camera with 1080p video, 1.3MP front shooter, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and a 1800mAh battery all packed into an 8.9mm body.
In the same vein as the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, Huawei is also offering a version of the Ascend D quad with a massive 2,500mAh battery called the Ascend D quad XL. Other than the upgraded batter, the specs are the same, but I would expect the design to become at least a bit thicker to accommodate all the extra power.
Both these smartphones seem to have top notch specs, and as long as Huawei's processor performs as promised their performance should be quite impressive. They are slated for release in China, Europe, and North America, among others, by the second quarter of this year, so they may manage hold the "most powerful smartphone" title for a few weeks until someone else comes along.[Android and Me]