Chinese smartphone marker Huawei has launched what it claims to be the world’s fastest smartphone in the new Ascend D Quad.

The company better known for its lower-cost models has dropped in its own 1.5/1.2GHz quad-core K3V2 processor into a 4.5-inch smartphone chassis, complete with Google’s Android 4.0 “Ice cream sandwich” operating system.

The phone was introduced today at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Ascend D Quad features a 4.5-inch 720p (1280×720-pixel) resolution touchpanel with 330pixels per inch (330ppi). With that amount of horsepower, the phone can capture and playback full 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution video through the 8MP rear-facing image sensor. In addition, there’s a 1.3MP front-facing sensor as well. At this stage, there are no details on whether or not the phone features HDMI output.

Despite having to power a quad-core CPU, Huawei reckons it has managed to improve power management by 30% compared to what it calls “industry average”. Having a decent 1800mAh Lithium-ion battery won’t hurt either. Huawei says the battery should last “one to two days with normal usage”.

No weight was given but dimensions for the D Quad are 64mm wide and 8.9mm thick.

The phone won’t be available in most regions around the world until Q2 2012. No pricing has been announced at this stage but as usual, the phone will likely be available outright or on a plan with a local telco.

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