Chinese manufacturer Huawei's flagship Android device, the Ascend D1 quad has been made available in the company's online store for 2,699 yuan (about $425). Previously known as the Ascend D quad, the phone features a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, all powering a 4.5-inch Toshiba IPS+ HD display — according to its product page, "the first batch is sold out, shipped within this week," while a second batch will be shipped within two weeks.

Announced at MWC, where it was billed as the "world's fastest smartphone," the D1 quad's production schedule was pushed back due to problems manufacturing Huawei's homegrown K3V2 system-on-chip — at the time, Huawei Device chairman Richard Yu took to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo to reassure customers that the company was "stepping up efforts" to get the device ready.

For the occasion of the D1 quad's release, Yu has again posted on Weibo, touting the quality of the device over those of cheaper Chinese competitors and slamming the price / performance ratio of Samsung's Galaxy S III.