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Hands-on with Huawei’s Ascend D2

The 5-inch Huawei smartphone boasts a 13-megapixel camera.

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei released its new flagship smartphone at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ascend D2 has a 5-inch screen and runs Android 4.1 on its 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. 

We got to play with the Ascend D2 today at Huawei’s booth. The phone is large but not quite in “phablet” territory and the 1080 HD resolution display is great for showing off the 13-megapixel camera.

The florescent lights of the show floor did not permit us to see the Ascend D2’s full photographic capabilities, but our initial impressions of the Ascend D2 were good. Huawei allows for locked focus and manual exposure as well as Hipstamatic-esque shooting filters. This being an Android phone you of course have the option to install third party capturing or editing apps if you're not happy with the pre-installed Huawei apps. 

On the unlock screen, the Ascend D2 offers super-quick camera access. If you drag the unlock tool up to the camera icon, the phone will automatically open to the camera.
Manual options in the Ascend D2 include ISO, white balance and different auto-adjusting scene modes.
On the capture screen, standard tap-to-focus will work for basic snapshots while a focus lock can help for more complicated compositions.
The focal range of the Ascend D2 is very close. Photos of Huawei's table display allowed me to get an intimate look at a shell. This photo was slightly zoomed on the phone to show the details of the shot. (I also cleaned up the levels inside the phone for this shot to better show the detail.)


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Did you notice how close it looks visually the Apple phone? Looks like a great design. Hope fully if will help bring fair competition and change on the Apple monopoly.
Regarding it security risk and gov fuss,

1. Look around and see what high tech goods are made in china, maybe 80% if not 90%.
2, when Nortel Network went bust, and USA companies could have racked in the talent an customers but they did not so Huawei made the mist of it,why? Because we Americans have been brain washed by the rich corporates and their buddy senators to dislike government ownership of companies. Time we Americans become more patriotic then supporting greed corporate CEOs. Who will be glad to make money in china.
3. Chinese are not dumb people they are smart, they say very little, example; they bought and copied a complete Russian space rocket so why not copy a USA tech company or product after the make most of the components and will soon be controlling global minerals since the are not afraid to have government companies making money?


Isn't Huawei the mfr. that recently got into trouble with the U.S. Govt for supposedly providing the opportunity for govt (theirs, not ours) spyware to be pre-installed on their phones? Of course, the same could probably be said for many, if not all, Chinese-mfrd phones.

I wonder if JellyBean has a rootkit detector?


And the same U.S. congress commitee announced that it found no indication of such spyware or connection with the Chinese government after months of extensive investigation.

It's just a typical conspiracy of the U.S. government and media to kill out competition in favor of American companies. Since Huawei, a humble company that was started by a single electric wire repair worker in the 90s, growing so quickly as to have overtaken Siemens last year, poses a serious challenge to the American telecomunication companies. It's just unfair competiton under the name of natinal security, plain and simple.

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