When Huawei announced its Ascend D Quad back at the Mobile World Congress, the phone sounded like it had the potential to be a big hit for the company. With Huawei looking to raise its brand profile, releasing one of the first quad-core handsets, and one running the company’s own K3V2 processor, at that, sounded like a winning move. Since the time the Ascend D Quad was announced, though, we’ve seen the arrival of other quad-core phones like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III, stealing more than a bit of Huawei’s thunder. Now news of additional delays facing the handset’s release has us wondering if Huawei might have already missed its chance with the Ascend D Quad.
We first heard that the phone might see a release in Q2, but learned back in March that sometime around July might be more likely, as Huawei wasn’t planning to begin manufacturing the handset until June. Now word comes from Huawei Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong that technical issues with the production of the company’s quad-core chips mean that the Ascend D Quad won’t likely enter manufacturing until August, so it could be September or October before the model hits retail.
Now, if what Huawei’s been saying about its own quad-core chip being the fastest, most capable such component around is true, then maybe a few more months won’t affect the Ascend D Quad’s prospects that much. If it fails to really stand out, though, waiting this long just means time for more and more competition to arrive, and makes us apprehensive for the phone’s chances of success.