Surprising for some, but quite predictable after recent rumors, CES 2013 was more about Chinese tech companies mostly unknown in the West than about big names in the mobile industry like Samsung, LG or HTC.
Huawei was one of the OEMs that grabbed the spotlight in Vegas and quite deservedly, with two new Android-based giants – the Ascend D2 and Mate. Now the D2 is all ready for its official launch, so if you weren’t excited before, today’s the day when you have to acknowledge this big guy.
The Ascend D2 will go on sale in China for now, at an off contract price of ¥3,990, which comes out to around $635. The over 600 bucks will buy you all the goodies we saw detailed at CES, including that awesome 5-inch IPS Full HD panel, a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of on-board storage and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
As a little extra, you’ll even get dual-SIM capabilities, a very useful feature for a lot of folks, although the particular D2 model to start selling today is only compatible with China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network. Meanwhile, there’s still nothing official to report about D2′s global launch, but it can’t be long now.