Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 18, 2013

If you compare the Huawei Ascend D2 and the Huawei Ascend W1 side-by-side, which phone stands out? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Ascend D2, surpass the Ascend W1’s screen? Does its quad core Huawei KV32 processor have more oomph? Will you be happy with the Ascend W1’s 5.0MP camera? Compare the key stats of each phone in the table that follows.

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Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it.

Huawei Ascend D2 VS Huawei Ascend W1
Display 5.0-inch IPS LCD 4.0-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Huawei KV32 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
Software Android 4.1 Windows Phone 8
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, face detection, touch focus and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 2.1 with EDR/A2DP
Size 71.0 x 140.0 x 9.4mm 63.5 x 124.5 x 10.15mm
Weight 170g 130g
Talktime TBC 10.5 hours
Standby 144 hours 470 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass GPS/A-GPS, NFC and an accelerometer

 

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 fight plays out…

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Connectivity

The innards of the Ascend D2 come packed with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. No 4G though. As for the Ascend W1, Huawei has built it with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. No 4G here either.
— The Ascend W1 wins (0-1)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Size/Weight

How do the two phones match up? The Ascend D2 and the Ascend W1 are 140.0 x 71.0 x 9.4mm and 124.5 x 63.5 x 10.15mm respectively. Overall the Ascend D2 is the slimmer phone. But, weighing a hefty 170g, the Ascend D2 is 40g heavier than the Ascend W1, which weighs 130g. The Ascend W1 takes the lead early on.
— The Ascend W1 wins (0-2)

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Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Camera/Video

Huawei has built a 13.0 Megapixel lens into the Ascend D2 together with features such as autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, face detection, touch focus and 1080p video recording. It also has a 1.3MP front camera for Skype-age.

Even with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording, the Ascend W1′s 5.0 MP camera underwhelms. A second 0.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Ascend D2 wins (1-2)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Display

Huawei has built the Ascend D2 with a massive 5.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The IPS LCD screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which means that the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is a lofty 440.6.

XXXX pointy arrow The Huawei Ascend D2 features a 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

In comparison, the Ascend W1′s touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen is 4.0 inches wide. Its low 480 x 800 pixel resolution is no match for the D2′s display. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a lowly 233.25.
— The Ascend D2 wins (2-2)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Processor

In terms of CPU prowess, the Ascend W1 uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 CPU, rated at 1.2GHz. The Ascend D2′s engine is the latest 1.5GHz quad core Huawei KV32 processor.
— The Ascend D2 wins (3-2)

Half-time: Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1

At the halfway point, the Ascend D2 has fought back from 2 points down to take an early 1 point lead. There are five more rounds to go. Can the Ascend W1 turn this around?

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Software

The Ascend W1 runs Windows Phone 8, the Ascend D2 uses Android 4.1.
— The Ascend D2 wins (4-2)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Applications

How many apps are available for these two phones? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the Ascend D2 (675000+) over the Ascend W1 (125000+). At the end of round #7, the Ascend W1 is still trailing. With a 3-point gap, it looks like it’s all over bar the shouting…
— The Ascend D2 wins (5-2)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (6-3)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Ascend D2 and the Ascend W1 share the points (7-4)

Huawei Ascend D2 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (8-5)

BPF Verdict: The Huawei Ascend D2 wins! (8-5)

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