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Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL Review

The Ascend D1 Quad XL is Huawei’s first entry into the local quad-core smartphone market. With a retail price of just Php18,990 it seems very affordable feature-wise for a major brand. But is the overall package good enough to compete for your hard-earned money? Read on to find out.


The Ascend D1 Quad XL doesn’t look and feel cheap when you hold it. At 145g it’s not as light as other phones in its class but has a nice heft to it. It’s also a bit thick compared to other flagship phones at 11.5mm.

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Gorilla Glass 2 covers the 720 x 1280 Retina Display-like screen and a front camera. On first impression, the screen is impressive and comparable to other high-end phones. Sunlight readability is also acceptable.

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The audio jack and power button can be found at the top of the unit; volume buttons on the right and the micro USB jack at the left.

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This phone sports a rubberized textured back that makes it easier to hold and won’t leave any fingerprints. You get an 8MP camera, an LED flash and the speaker at the back. I like the fact that it doesn’t have any sharp edges, which makes it a pleasure to hold and store in your pocket.

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Once you open the phone you’ll find the SIM slot and a microSD card slot. I’ll consider the battery non-removable as you would need tools to be able to replace it. The Ascend D1 also has a little over 5GB (out of the 8GB) worth of user accessible space.


Huawei has chosen to use it’s own K3V2 quad-core processor (clocked at 1.4 GHz) which in my opinion is comparable with other current quad-score in terms of performance. It runs a modified version of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich which is unfortunate considering other quad-core phones are already in Jelly Bean.

The D1 Quad XL scored 5188 in Quadrant’s benchmark tests, which seems at par with the Galaxy SIII.

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There’s an option where you can choose from 2D and 3D mode, which makes for good eye candy but isn’t really that essential to me, and sticking to 2D actually makes using the Ascend D1 a lot faster.

I’ve watched the HD version of Django Unchained on its 1280×720 IPS+ display and did not encounter any noticeable lags for the videos. I did encounter the graphics stuttering while playing Fruit Ninja, and there would be times that my swipes didn’t seem to get a response even if I was swiping hard on the screen.

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I also encountered an issue with the Google Chrome browser. When I updated it via Google Play it didn’t display the pages properly if at all (it’s like abstract art). The only way to make it work again is by uninstalling the updates and sticking to the factory-included version.

Playing music through the built-in speaker sounds tinny, you’ll need to use headphones or speakers to take advantage of the device using Dolby Digital Plus.


The camera snaps up to 8MP and is quite fast in capturing images, but the colors turn out a little bit washed. The dual LED flash is mighty bright which is helpful in lighting up subjects better.

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The camera app comes with several filters and effects as well like HDR and Panoramas. It’s not the best camera out there, but it does its job if your sole purpose for it is Instagram and other social photo-sharing apps. With regards to recording video, the Ascend D1 records at a frame rate of 24.8 fps, which is slower than the SIII.

Here are a few sample shots taken with the Ascend D1 Quad XL:

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Battery Life

With its 2,600 mAh battery, I was able to get a full day’s charge out of it, with a little more left for the next day. That’s with moderate use such as browsing, texting, calls and watching videos.


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So going back to the question at the beginning of the article: is it worth your money? My answer is yes. It definitely does not slouch in performance, and despite some of the kinks that this phone has I would still recommend it because of the price. Power users may not be so hot about it because of the fact that it runs ICS when others already have JB, but this would be a definite winner for average users looking for a phone that does the job and does it well.

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL Specs:
4.5 inches, 1,280 x 720 pixels (330ppi), IPS+ (made by Toshiba)
1.4GHz quad-core Huawei HiSilicon K3V2
40nm, 16-core GPU, 64-bit memory
8GB Internal (5.29GB available to users), microSD up to 32GB
8MP with backside illumination and autofocus, 1.3MP front
1080p (back), 720p (front)
HSPA+ / UMTS: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 (max 21 Mbps down / 5.76 Mbps up)
WiFi: 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz only
Supports MHL and DLNA
Bluetooth: Version 3.0 HS
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
2,600 mAh
129.9 x 64.9 x 11.5mm
SRP: Php18,990
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  • alvir


    • mas panget ka ok nga eh mura na

    • zhey potter


  • xprimer

    not worth it. . .outdated specs with that price. No thanx. . .

  • bliss

    What a biased review…worth your money? a lot of your readers rely on your reviews and you tell the them that they could spend their hard earn money on this rather than the now php17600 samsung galaxy s3? so your saying that this phone has more value than the s3? hope next time you give a fair review…and at least see to it that it’s really worth it before recommending something…or better yet indicate if it’s a sponsored review…

  • zhonghua

    Nice info.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Where can we buy it? It is available here in the Philippines? thanks

  • not Bang-4-da-Buck! ;D

  • Griswold

    meh…. napag-iwanan na to. sayang mukhang maganda pa naman display.

  • blackmanta

    luma na yata yan, d ko ipagpalit cm titan ko dyan? tska ang mahal, konti nlng at samsung s3 na,

  • mczal

    pangit! at ang mahal old skol specs.. wlang wla yan s bago na cm omega hd 2.0 price tag is only 8,900

    • Ate or Kuya Cherry po yon…. iba talaga ang price tag ng Cherry..niyaaaaaaaaa

      • Mund

        Tama.. CM po yun at hindi huawei…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isip isip din pag may tym.. haha… tsaka maganda nman ang huawei.. medyo nahuli lng sa update pero ok sya..

  • loui

    7990 n lng po sya. kaya worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • wreckz

    At 7,990.00, really worth it !!!

  • ryan

    Now 7990. bang for the bucks naba?

    • Alain

      Yes, really. Ok na ito pero I don’t know kung bearable yung ibang issues. Sana may mag post ng experiences with this phone pero sa 7990. pwede na mas ok pa nga ung screen nya kaysa dun sa gusto kong sony experia L.

      • tama k jn..ung kaworkm8 q walang wala ang xperia L nya d2 s D1…

      • Mund

        Ako po Huawei d1 quad xl user po ako.. so far no issues po.. very smooth and fast po.. ๐Ÿ™‚ thumbs up for this unit.. walang wala tlga sya sya xperia L hehe

  • gerwin

    OK any phone using it

  • Yannick

    Sa una ramdan ang lag. Kailangan lang ng konting tweaks and utility like task killer. Disable nalang iyong mga unnecessary processes ๐Ÿ™‚ its worth thw price for me.

  • Nice phone, on sale only Php 7990.00

  • alex

    7,099 lng para ung pagkakakita ko knina eh. kya sobrang laki ng price drop d pla msyadong maganda

  • jackdee

    Just bought this fon today
    Ang ma sasabi ko lang very nice fon!

  • tong

    ok na sa p7990. maganda pagkagawa n malinaw kya lang ics pa

  • RJ

    So far, nice. kaya lang ang hirap ihanap ng accessories.

  • Ron

    i bought and it is better than any other smartphone at its price..

  • angeljr

    ang masabi ko lang dito sa phone na ito ay wow. nabili ko ngayong hapon lang…mas malaki pa ang inch display sa mga branded na nagkakahalaga 10-15k. Tanong lang hanggang ilang oras echarge kapag 1st charge o 1 month charge?

    • RENZ

      nkabili din ako nung dec.27,2013. So far ok nmn maganda,,sabi ng pingbilhan ko no required time for charging basta ng full charge daw po. Sulit na ang 8k 8mpwid flash cam d mo mabibili sa samsung yun 5mp nga lng 12-15k na.Palilipasin kulng ang 1yr pg tapos na waranty saka ko iaupgrade sa jely bean wla pa kc update mismo huawei sa XDA meron na.

  • brattgaldada

    pde na b to iupgrade sa jelly bean?

  • bennz

    as far is this huwaei d1 quad is concerned,i am using it for past 2 months pero no problem at all,batery life is good,nice ang camera,malinaw po….sounds so clear,natural ang dating ng boses ng kausap m,d msakit s tenga n naranasan k s ibang brand,modified it on your own.ok n phone ito.

  • can i ask, is huawei have a service center here in phil or where will we bring this phone if ever it needs repair under warranty? thanks!

    • mics

      Sulit 8k ko sa phone nto and im using it now. Pero d ko alam san nkkabili ng casing npaka rare

  • renz

    ang ganda tlga ng phone na to pnalo sa graphics hd tlaga,,mhirap nga lng sa accesories pinagkasya ko nlng sa chery mobile thunder casing hehe,,nabili ko po 2 sa sm tarlac,wlng cnabi ibang pc internal plng 5.29g ang available,waiting nlng 4 jelybean update pero ok nmn ics konti lng pingkaiba sa jelybean

    • Feza

      hi sir san po sa SM tarlac nio nbli? mgkno po? thank u

      • renz

        SM city tarlac po sa 3rd flr Cyberzone,,,7,790.00
        still enjoying this phone,downloding,gaming movie,,ok nmn batery compare sa iba umaabot ng 1 and half days basta disable lng mga d nmn masyado ginagamit na apps

  • gellean

    For me it’s worth it and so far for the past 2 months ko syang gamit auz na auz nman enjoy aqng gamitin sya and ang linaw ng cam nia at ganda ng graphics… Sa accesories nman merun sya online nillkin accesories…:)

    • Feza

      hi mam sang online shop po kau nkbli? thank u

  • Mund

    Sobrang ganda po ng phone na toh… with the price of 7990.. its worth it.. Luv it… 2months of use, no issues po.. ๐Ÿ™‚ clear cam, and very smooth… you should try this po//

  • zhey potter

    not worth a penny. 7990 and after 4 months the unit is already broke!!!! magandang tignan, elegant nga eh kaya nauto ako bumili pero the unit it self is worthless. 7990 is still a big bucks.

    nice cam….yes! but the totally its worthless.

  • honeymike

    San pa po pwede bumili ngaun?san po syang shop availble?any suggestion poh?

  • Arsie

    i'm currently using this phone, for me this is the good phone, long life battery, good for gaming, watching movie etc. rating for me for this phone is 5/5

  • JDX

    Grab a popcorn…
    And it goes a little something like this..

    After I lost my 1 month old Lenovo A706, nagplano ako bumili ng mura at sulit na fon na pandigmaan. I was lucky, I found this one na on sale at around 50 or 60% off so binili ko to last November 2013 at around 7-8k. I was in a construction industry (resigned lately) and since medjo hindi ako maingat sa gamit at nasa busy working environment, expected ko the possibilities na nahuhulog, unfortunately I had not just 1,2,3 but 5 times or more nahulog, at mga nasa more or less 5ft yung taas bawat pagkahulog. Bugbog sarado to sakin aside sa call and txt during working hours gamit ko rin pag pipicture sa site pag di madala yung company camera, then lagi akong online 24/7 specially sa gabi pagtulog hanggang umaga while naka viber, skype etc kasi nasa longdistance relationship eh (sad to say di pwde sa LTE). So far ok naman performance nya, the design and feel is ayos naman, the camera is good and the LED flash too, video and audio recording is also good (tested coz i also do video recordings at work) decent battery, the most noticeable concern talaga is yung Android ICS. Malaman mo talaga ang performance ng ICS at JB or mas advance. Another issue is one time lately, na iexperience ko na nag lag siya, while pinanood ko yung nirecord kong video, e nag hang… nagkataon na full batt ako at d ma restart kahit long press ang power button, so ayon hintay hanggang mag drain. Lately din, nag rerestart siya nag kusang loob and idk why.. With its super price drop sale, this warrior can kill its competitors in its division. Sana nga lang may upgrade nato. The ICS may be outdated but this machine is a beast, and it served me well.
    Bigbang for the buck!

  • RJ

    Still hoping for upgrades… ๐Ÿ™‚