The Huawei Ascend D Quad is a phone that we have been quite interested in since it was first announced at Mobile World Congress. The initial announcement was quite intriguing because Huawei claimed that it would be the world's fastest smartphone, but even more surprising when some leaked benchmarks actually showed the Ascend coming out ahead of the Tegra 3 and Exynos processors.
Of course, one of the things I mentioned during our initial coverage was that Huawei will have to get the Quad out the door pretty quick if they want to hold their self-applied title for even a small amount of time. Unfortunately, it looks like it might be a little while before we see the device available for purchase. A website from Huawei's home country, China, is saying that the Ascend D Quad won't go into mass production until June, and won't go on sale until July.
Although July is only one month past the projected release date of Q2, I'm sure many users were still hoping for a release earlier in the quarter. Not only that, this doesn't even take into account that the device will frist go on sale in China and Europe, and will likely take a bit of extra time to get to the US.
With Samsung quick on their heels with the Galaxy SIII, and HTC soon to release their One series, Huawei will have to hurry if they want to have the world's fastest smartphone. Of course, even if it isn't technically the fastest, the Ascend D Quad's 720p display and quad-core processor should hold their own, and I would still keep a lookout for a stateside release.[Ubergizmo]