Huawei Announces The Ascend G615 With 4.5-Inch HD Display, Quad-Core CPU


Despite announcing a number of new smartphones at CES just two weeks ago, Huawei has more handsets up its sleeve. In Germany today, the company announced the Ascend G615, another high-end smartphone with a 4.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Although the Ascend G615 won’t be competing with devices like the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC Droid DNA, or the recently announced LG Optimus G Pro, its specifications are far from disappointing. In addition to its 4.5-inch HD IPS display, the device offers a 1.4GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V2 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage — which is expandable via the microSD card slot (thankfully!).

There’s an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash that’s capable of shooting 1080p video, plus a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The device also offers 21Mbps HSPA connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 2,150 mAh battery. It measures 134 x 67.5 x 10.5mm and weighs 145 grams.

The Ascend G615 will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, which is arguably its biggest disappointment. The latest devices are now running the latest Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean software, and those who want the latest Android features won’t want to be stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Huawei says a Jelly Bean update will be available in March, but it’s unclear whether that’ll be Android 4.1 or Android 4.2.

The Ascend G615 is priced at €299 (approx. $398) in Germany, and it’ll make its debut there at the beginning of February. Huawei hasn’t yet announced when the device will make its way to other markets.