Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL Smartphone Review

The Chinese telecommunications manufacturing company Huawei has again introduced another smartphone in their ever-growing product line. This addition is in the form of the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL. If you have read reviews about the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD, the company’s Full HD tablet, you can expect the same components to be present in the Ascend D1 Quad XL. The only difference is that the smartphone has been improved in terms of processor speed. On the other hand, if you are not that knowledgeable in the MediaPad 10 FHD, you will find this review quite helpful.

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In this review, we will discuss the major components that consumers often take a closer look at when shopping around for smartphones. Read this review to find out whether or not the smartphone will be able to meet your telecommunications requirements, especially business-related ones, or if it will be better for you to invest your money on high quality VoIP services, such as those being offered by RingCentral.

Design and Build Quality

The first thing that you will notice when you handle the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL is its thickness. At 1.5 mm, this new smartphone from the Chinese telecoms company is considerably bulkier and thicker compared to most of its competitors. It is even quite thicker than the tablets you will find in the market today. While many may think of this as a drawback, you will be surprised at how well it will fit into your hand. In terms of dimensions, the Ascend D1 Quad XL sits at 129.99 mm high and 64.99 mm across. This measurement makes it smaller than the One S from HTC. However, it is considerably heavier (weight of 12 grams) than the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is bigger.

The rear panel of the D1 Quad XL is made completely out of black plastic that features an engraved pattern. This has led to a lot of consumers wondering how the phone became so heavy. The most possible explanation is because of the phone’s rigidity, which makes the phone quite durable – more durable than many of its competitors.


Even with theincrease in the number of Windows 8 phones, Huawei still opted to incorporate the already tried and tested Google Android operating system in the Ascend D1 Quad XL. This recently launched smartphone runs on Android 4.0.4, more commonly referred to as Ice Cream Sandwich. One distinguishable feature of the smartphone is its ‘Power Saving Profile’, which provides users three different options for power efficiency presets.


The Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL features two different cameras, one at the rear and one at the front. The front snapper comes with a 1.3 megapixel resolution, while the one at the back has 8 megapixels. The back camera comes with a dual LED flash system, HDR effect, and BSI with autofocus. Both cameras can record videos in HD quality. The back camera also offers recording capabilities in Full HD. However, both snappers did not perform quite well, as the colors are quite pale and are considerably dependent on how light and dark the shooting condition is.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a sturdy and durable smartphone for daily use, the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL is a nice choice. If you can stand the short battery life and the battery itself is non-replaceable, then you may want to consider getting this new smartphone from Huawei.



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