By Anu Passary email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 29, 2012 10:45 AM EST
China-based Huawei's Android-powered Ascend D2 smartphone has been in the news for sometime now and the company is expected to take the wraps off the device at the CES 2013 in January. With barely a few days to go for CES, images of the Ascend D2 have leaked online.
Web site GizChina has shared the leaked images that show off the elegant looking 5-inch phablet in white. Additionally, the site also divulged the specifications and pricing of the Ascend D2.
"Hot on the heals of the Nubia Z5 launch are leaked photos, pricing and specs of Huawei's 5-inch quad-core phablet the Ascend D2!" noted GizChina.
The Ascend D2's design seems a little plasticky and, at first glance, may put off some consumers. However, the phablet's features pack in a mean punch, putting it in the same league as OPPO Find 5, HTC Droid DNA, and ZTE Nubia Z5. The Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution) with a pixel density of 440 pixels per inch (ppi).
According to the GizChina report, the Ascend D2 will have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The smartphone is apparently 9.9mm thick and weighs 170gms, making the device bulky. However, the weight could possibly be owing to the hefty 3000mAh battery the Ascend D2 packs inside.
It is not known if the Ascend D2 will offer LTE and microSD card support and there's no word on the on-board storage.
The Ascend D2 is expected to compete with OPPO Find 5 and ZTE Nubia Z5 and "is priced directly between those 2 phones at 3299 Yuan ($528)," making it more expensive than the former and cheaper than the latter.
It remains to be seen if the Ascend D2 is unveiled at the CES 2013 as announced by Huawei's chairman Yu Chengdong on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, and whether it is released in markets other than Asia.