At the Mobile World Congress Show in Barcelona, Spain, Huawei has introduced the Ascend D smartphone. Huawei claims it to be the fastest smartphone in the world.
Huawei is comparing its phone to Apple‘s (AAPL) iPhone, and Samsung’s (SSNGY) Galaxy Nexus.
“We’ve listened to people’s top demands from smartphones: speed, long-battery life, high quality visual and audio capabilities, and a compact, lightweight handset. The Huawei Ascend D quad exceeds these expectations,” said Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei Device. “In January at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, we achieved a world record for the world’s slimmest smartphone with the Huawei Ascend P1 S. We are proud to once again introduce a world-first at the 2012 Mobile World Congress with the Ascend D quad, the fastest smartphone.”
The secret to the speed of this new smartphone is Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor. This appears to be a proprietary processor built on ARM Holdings (ARMH) architecture. Apple also uses a proprietary processor design based on ARM architecture.
Some analysts had supposed that the Ascend D would be powered by Tegra from Nvidia (NVDA).
Steve Jobs recognized that proprietary power management systems were a key ingredient to success in mobile devices. Jobs claimed that he had hundreds of engineers working on lowering power consumption.
It appears that Huawei may have beat Apple in power savings. According to Huawei the Ascend D quad comes with an 1800mAh battery, which lasts for one to two days with normal usage.
The smartphone’s prowess is enhanced by Huawei Device’s proprietary power management technology which provides a longer battery life of up to 30% compared to industry average by adjusting power consumption according to usage needs. It also ensures higher chipset performance and efficiency by maintaining a low chip temperature.
Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The Ascend D quad XL comes with a 2500mAh battery which provides two to three days of normal usage.
Today was the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, which runs through Wednesday. Yours truly is not in attendance, but some of folks from the Street were there and have filed some dispatches to clients.
Piper Jaffray chip analyst Gus Richard today reflects that Qualcomm’s (QCOM) estimates could go higher based on “robust” smartphone demand. A Q&A at the show with Qualcomm prompts Richard to write that “while we believe QCOM’s 28nm chip has yield issues, we expect them to be sorted out by year end, in time for production ramps.”
Richard writes that “the performance of its latest processor looks impressive and the company indicated a high level of customer interest.”
In addition, he is “seeing a shift to more powerful application processors at Mobile World Congress, benefitting ARM Holdings (ARMH),” which, of course, makes the instruction set architecture and CPU core designs incorporated by Qualcomm and others into their chips for mobile devices.
History Repeats in Silicon Valley as Mobile World Congress Begins
February 27 2012
History has a way of repeating itself in Silicon Valley. Back in the 1990’s desktops saw a race for market share between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and a growing band of ‘me-too’ PCs. Now, Apple may have a similar war on its hands — only this time the turf is smart phones and the opposition is Google (NASDAQ:GOOG).
Google’s SVP, Mobile and Digital Content, Andy Rubin gloated on the Google Mobile Blog that Android, Google’s mobile platform, is seeing nearly 850,000 activations every day. That’s 250 percent more than last year. Globally there are 300 million Google-sanctioned Android devices in operation, and about 12 million of them are tablets.
Saying “it’s all about the ecosystem,” Rubin is confident app developers could soon be producing apps for Android as a priority over iOS. Android Market has 450,000 apps compared to 150,000 it had at the time of the Mobile World Congress last year.
Intel Corp. (>> Intel Corporation) unveiled partnerships with handset makers in China and India, and said it is working with Visa Inc. (>> Visa Inc.) on securing mobile payments, continuing the chip maker's push in the fast-growing mobile phone market.
"What we hoped to do was show a number of new partners coming into the Intel family around phones, carrier operators and services built on the phones," Chief Executive Paul Otellini said during a presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "It's something we're doing slowly and surely. You will see more and more capabilities and partners announced over the course of this year and into next year."
Among the partnerships unveiled Monday was one with ZTE Corp. (ZTCOY, 0763.HK, 000063.SZ), which will be introducing smartphones and tablets in the China market. The first phone will hit the market in the second half of the year, followed later by tablets, said He Shiyou, executive vice president and head of the terminal division of ZTE.
Lava International Ltd., meanwhile, will make Intel-powered phones for India, with the first, dubbed the Lava XOLO X9000, becoming available in the second quarter.
"XOLO is going to be all about speed," said Vishal Sehgal, Lava co-founder and director.
Meanwhile, Intel will be partnering with credit card processor Visa on securing the use of mobile devices for payments. As part of the agreement, Visa has certified Intel's smartphone reference designs, which will incorporate Visa's payWave payment application.
Intel, the dominant supplier of microprocessors for computers, has been struggling for years to move its franchise into handsets. The pocket-sized devices are typically powered by chips based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC (>> ARM Holdings plc), in large part because those chips tend to draw less power and allow longer battery life in phones.
But Intel believes the latest version of a chip line called Atom, also known as Medfield, has achieved rough parity with ARM-based competitors on power consumption. Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (>> Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc) and Lenovo Group Ltd. (0992.HK) in January became the first smartphone makers to announce plans to use the chips, and France Telecom's (FTE) Orange late Sunday said it would be introducing an Intel-based phone this summer.
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