Credible source says octa-core Huawei Ascend D3 with 16 MP cam is imminent

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Huawei-Ascend-D2Mystery solved. A seemingly hard to peg Huawei-made smartphone was yesterday tipped for a Mobile World Congress introduction, with intel out of China now suggesting the thing will be called Ascend D3.

Makes sense, and I actually can’t believe I didn’t think of the possibility myself, since the OEM currently has three high-end handheld families under its wing, of which two have already been refreshed this year.

So no, an Ascend P7 is not coming, given a P6S recently saw daylight, neither is a Mate 3 planned with the second-gen still extremely fresh. Ergo, that leaves the Ascend D line the only one missing a 2014 new member.

So what will the D3 be all about? Reportedly, octa-core speed and bitching photography skills, thanks to a 16 MP rear-facing camera. Just don’t get too excited, as the chip is believed to come based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture.

Translation: it won’t be a “true” octa-core, but rather incorporate two quad-core clusters for alternative use. Its clock speed isn’t so hot either, at 1.8 GHz, plus Huawei is to manufacture it in-house and brand it as the HiSilicon Kirin 920. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just the company isn’t exactly a leading global CPU maker.

Pretty much all the rest of the features are question marks, though the reliable insider who revealed the above also said Huawei’s Ascend Mate 3 should retain its predecessor’s size (5 inches) and resolution (Full HD) while narrowing the waistline to 6.3 mm. Supermodel incoming!

Via [Huawei News]

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