Huawei Ascend D2 features 5in 1080p screen

Huawei shows off the "world's most powerful smartphone" at CES – will it be enough to unseat the Samsung Galaxy S3?

Not content with unveiling the 6.1in Ascend Mate, Huawei's gunning for the "most powerful smartphone" crown with the Ascend D2, revealed at CES today.

The Ascend D2 crams in a 5in, 1080p IPS+ screen that delivers 443 ppi into a 9.9mm thin, 170g frame – with a screen-to-frame ratio of 0.693. You also get a 1.5GHz quad-core processor along with a 13MP, f/2.2 camera with hybrid IR filter – and powering it all, a whopping 3000mAh battery.

Despite that massive battery, the Ascend D2 is still energy-conscious – Huawei's packed in smart Quick Power Control and Automated Discontinuous Reception tech that it claims reduces power consumption during standby mode by 20 per cent. The Ascend D2 also charges up 25 per cent faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3, Huawei reckons.

Like its bigger cousin the Ascend Mate, the Huawei Ascend D2 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei's Emotion UI. It also features a "super hands free" call mode, using its stereo microphones to record sounds from up to 1.5m away.

Want to get your hands on the Ascend D2? You'll have to be patient – Huawei's launching it in China this January, and in Japan later in the year – no word on a European launch as yet. And for those who find the trend towards bigger smartphone screens strains their dinky digits, you'll be pleased to hear that Huawei's launching a 4.7in version of the Ascend D2.

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