Huawei announced the Ascend D2 during CES last year, and although the phone was the firm’s best specced device to launch during 2013, it was overshadowed by the swish Ascend P6. Rumours are now gathering that the company will update the D2 during Mobile World Congress. Unsurprisingly, the phone will potentially be named the Ascend D3.
The headline feature could be an octa-core processor, should the latest gossip prove to be accurate. The super chip will probably be one of Huawei’s own HiSilicon processors, possibly with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. Like MediaTek’s eight-core chip, but not the majority of Samsung’s, the HiSilicon model can work all the cores at the same time, earning it the title of a “true” octa-core processor.
There are no details on what size screen Huawei will fit to the D3, although as the D2 has a 5-inch 1080p panel, we shouldn’t expect anything smaller. Other rumoured specs include a 16-megapixel camera, and a chassis that’s just 6.3mm thick.
According to other recent reports, Huawei may also launch a smartwatch during Mobile World Congress. However, if you’re hoping for news on the the Ascend P7, we’ve been told it’ll be announced at a separate event later in the year.
Going back to the Ascend D3, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a Huawei phone coming with an eight-core chip, as we also expected the Ascend P6S to be powered by one, before it turned out to be a basic refresh of the P6. We’ll find out whether Huawei can deliver this time around in just over a week’s time.