Judging by its recent actions if Huawei has been building privacy-invading backdoors into its network equipment, something it has been accused of recently, it would have blabbed about it on Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter, already; as it seems incapable of keeping anything secret.
Huawei’s CEO, Yu Chengdong, has spoken about the company’s plans for CES 2013 on the Chinese social network, confirming the arrival of its Ascend D2 smartphone/tablet hybrid along with its first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W1. All three of these were rumored to be on Huawei’s roster for the show last week, but as this comes from Huawei’s boss, we can now take the news as fact.
He says, “Seeing friends starting to release 5-inch 1080p phones, we will release a flagship phone – Ascend D2 – at the CES global consumer electronic show in January next year.” He continues, rather cryptically, “I’m worried that if the D2 specifications are too high, the cost is too high. So, will it become the super enthusiasts favored dream phone? Anyone can guess.”
What he means by this may have been lost in translation somewhere, as it’s doubtful he would express concerns over his own product being too expensive in such a public manner. Perhaps he means we shouldn’t be worried about it? Anyway, he closed his post with, “We will also launch the Windows Phone 8 phone, W1.” He did not mention the Ascend W2, the supposedly higher-spec Windows Phone 8 handset also rumored to arrive at CES.
Ascend D2 finally pictured
The Ascend D2 has already been vaguely announced in China, but it has been strangely elusive since then, with not even a picture being released. This has changed today, as Unwiredview has posted a press shot said to show the phone, complete with the screen showing its Emotion user interface. This is a big change for Huawei, who has previously left Android alone on its phones, but announced its Emotion UI in August and subsequently installed it on top-end, internationally available devices such as the Ascend P1.
As for the D2’s specification, the 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution is a given, however the processor could be the K3V2 1.5GHz quad-core chip of Huawei’s own design, as seen in the Honor 2. A 13-megapixel camera and a 3000mAh battery are also rumored.
Huawei will be up against rival ZTE at CES, as it will be releasing the 5-inch, 1080p Grand S, also confirmed before the big day. CES 2013 begins on January 8 in Las Vegas.