By Stephen Schenck | February 13, 2014 3:26 PM
Back at the CES, the news from Huawei was the big-ol’ 6.1-inch Ascend Mate2 4G phablet. Now with MWC coming into focus, we’ve been talking about what might be next for the company; rumors have suggested that it might introduce a smartwatch, a pair of tablets, and at least one smartphone. While we were told that we wouldn’t be seeing a follow-up to the Ascend P6, that sure left open a lot of possibilities for what might be in store. One contender that’s risen to the top of the pile is the Ascend D3, and it may arrive running a new SoC.
Huawei’s used the HiSilicon K3V2 in past phones like the Ascend P6, which was a quad-core A9 chip. We thought we might be looking forward to the K3V3 for the Ascend D3, which uses dual A-15 and dual A-7 cores in a big.LITTLE arrangement, but now rumors suggest that the D3 could get a Kirin 920, which is an octa-core component. While there’s no heterogeneous multi-processing, forcing it to choose from one bank of four cores or the other, it could still be a big step forward for Huawei.
Beyond that SoC choice, we’ve heard the D3 could get a five-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel main camera, and may feature at least partially metal construction. None of this is adding up to a phone that will compete on the same level as the GS5 or M8, but with the right pricing, Huawei may do just fine with it.