March 2, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
While most Android enthusiasts in the United States still probably look at the likes of Samsung, HTC or Motorola as the most important smartphone manufacturers of today, a fresh name (at least for the US) might well be the star of 2012.
I’m talking of course about Huawei, the Chinese technology manufacturer that recently unveiled some pretty great Android-based devices, including a quad-core smartphone and tablet. Neither of their products unveiled at the CES or MWC this beginning of 2012 didn’t have release dates attached to their names up until today, so it’s very nice to hear something official from Huawei on this front.
The Ascend D LTE and the Ascend P1 LTE will be hitting Europe and Asia by July, according to an official press release, which we reckon means that both smartphones will actually be made available in those markets in July.
No word on whether the Android duo will be released to the US at the same time (or ever, for that matter), but our best guess right now is that the two will be coming our way a tad later. Hopefully, they will be in American stores by the end of the summer, though, as I for one am really excited about the Ascend D and P1.
On the other hand, you should know that the Ascend D featuring LTE connectivity will not be powered by a quad-core processor, but rather a more ‘’modest’’ dual-core Qualcomm S4 chip. Before you jump to conclusions and start booing Huawei, it seems that for some technical reasons that aren’t exactly my area of expertise, LTE doesn’t yet support quad-core processors. For more details about the Ascend D and its full tech specs, check out this article here.
As far as the P1 LTE goes, that was unveiled way back at CES and will be powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. However, I’m not sure that this P1 LTE set to hit Asia and Europe in July is actually the P1 or the P1 S (or maybe both), the second device of the duo being actually the one that Huawei marketed as the ‘’world’s thinnest smartphone’’.
You can take a look at Huawei’s full press release below, but don’t forget to check back to our website for more details about these smartphones’ releases, as well as other Huawei products set to impress during 2012.
Huawei LTE Mobile Products Available in Europe and Asia by July
Huawei showcases its strong suite of LTE products at Mobile World Congress 2012
Barcelona, February 29, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced its plan to introduce its full range of LTE mobile products, including its LTE wireless network card (E3276) and LTE mobile WiFi (E5776) into European markets and Asia Pacific by July 2012. The E3276 and E5776 support LTE Cat 4 and boast speeds that are up to 50% faster than LTE mobile broadband devices in the market, providing up to 150Mbps downstream speed in LTE FDD format, and 112Mbps downstream speed in LTE TDD format.
“As a pioneer in providing end-to-end integrated LTE solutions, Huawei is keen to promote LTE development globally, and providing a better Internet experience to consumers worldwide,” said Shao Yang, CMO of Huawei Device. “In 2012, Huawei expands our LTE mobiles series to European markets and Asia Pacific in an effort to consolidate our leadership position in the LTE market.”
At the Mobile World Congress 2012, Huawei is showcasing its outstanding suite of LTE products including its latest LTE smartphone, the Ascend D lte, which features a dual-core 1.5G processor and a 4.5 inch HD touchscreen, enabling users to take advantage of the unprecedented data transfer speed that LTE offers.
The Ascend D lte is accompanied by the Ascend P1 lte which was launched at CES 2012, the world’s first LTE TDD multi-mode Mobile WiFi Huawei E589, LTE TDD wireless broadband router Huawei B593 as well as cradle AF23 and AF22.
The Huawei B593 supports LTD TDD and FDD and reaches a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps. Additionally, it can be connected to a maximum of 32 sets of WiFi facilities or desktop via its Ethernet port. Two-way VOIP recording is also available.
The AF23 and AF22 cradle provide wide-area Ethernet connection via their Ethernet port for the E3276 and E5776 respectively. When the AF23 is attached to the E3276, it converts the E3276 to a Mobile WiFi, providing WiFi offload and WiFi repeater functions. Similarly, the AF22 base station acts as a battery charger to the E5776?s and enhances wireless cellular network signal through antenna connectors on its side.
Huawei’s mobile broadband LTE devices offer speeds and quality comparable to that of fixed-line broadband. Operators will benefit from its flexibility at low costs and excellent customer user experience. The technology has been well received by operators and consumers in Europe, Middle East and North America.