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Huawei Ascend D3 teased as top-end phone-tablet hybrid

At the launch of the Ascend P7 Android phone, Huawei teased the release of its next phone-tablet hybrid, which is most likely to be called the Huawei Ascend D3.

We talked to Huawei’s European vice president Richard Ren, who said that the company is planning multiple ultra-high-profile “iconic” grade mobile devices later this year.

When asked which would come next, Ren said, “It’s in the D series, in which we combine the tablet and the phone together, we call it phablet.”

He positions the next D-series phone as a very high-end device: “the screen, the chipset, memory, software – almost everything will have the latest technology.”

Although fairly non-specific, this suggests the Huawei Ascend D3 may have a 2K resolution display. These ‘more than Full HD’ screens are expected to start appearing in the next few months – starting with the LG G3, whose QHD 2K screen has already been confirmed.

Ren suggested the Ascend D3 may be unveiled at the IFA 2014 show later this year, saying “In the coming IFA, we are planning to launch one of our Iconic products.” IFA takes place on September 5-10 this year.

There have been relatively few Huawei Ascend D3 leaks to date, but you can expect to see the phone use a screen significantly larger than five inches. The D-series phones have traditionally used larger screens than the P-series phones, and the latest Huawei Ascend P7 has a 5-inch screen.

Last year’s Huawei Ascend D2 has a 5-inch 1080p screen, a 13-megapixel camera and quad-core 1.5GHz Huawei processor. You can expect the next model to improve upon all these specs, although in the UK the most important question is whether the phone will get a full release. The Huawei Ascend D2 was not widely distributed over here.

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