- Editor's Rating
- Elegant, modern and convincing design
- Thin and light
- Intuitive Emotion UI
- Solid back-facing camera
- K3V2 chipset features are not on the same level as other quad-core processors
- Insufficient display response
- Lack of LTE and NFC support
Quick TakeThe Huawei Ascend P6 is not without its flaws, but its elegant design, respectable performance, and unique software make it an appealing option for Android users
The Huawei Ascend P6 is an Android smartphone measuring in as the slimmest smartphone in the world, at least at the time of its launch. The device marks Huawei’s first serious attempt to enter the high-end smartphone market, and is on par with last year’s flagship models. Brighthand noted the smartphone leaves an “unexpectedly pleasant and positive impression.” The device is priced at $600 on the open market (sans two-year commitment) at the time of the review.
Brighthand called the Ascend P6, “the most beautifully designed Android OS mobile device.” The smartphone is 132 x 65 x 6.2mm and weighs 120 grams. The front of the device is void of any physical buttons, featuring just the display, five megapixel front-facing camera and speaker. The back has an eight megapixel camera and flash. The device also has a microUSB port, secondary microphone, power key, volume control buttons, microSIM slot, microSD slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Ascend P6 has a unibody build and Brighthand notes it closely resembles the iPhone 5. It is available in black, white and pink.
The 4.7-inch IPS+ LCD display with 312 dpi resolution produces exceptionally sharp lines, excellent brightness, and color interpretation, according to Brighthand. Reviewers at Brighthand also noted the display has above-average contrast and looks good in bright sunlight and is not prone to reflection or glare. However, Brighthand did find the display was sometimes slow to respond to touch.
The Ascend P6 runs on a Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz clock and has 2GB RAM. The device comes with 8GB of onboard storage, which is expandable to 32GB via microSD. The smartphone does not support LTE or NFC. Brighthand noted the Ascend P6 runs basic tasks quickly and easily, but has some starting lags when completing more demanding tasks. The smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the Huawei Emotion UI, which Brighthand notes is just a slight modification of the Android UI that adds the intuitiveness of the Apple iOS interface.
Brighthand said the eight-megapixel front-facing camera produces sharp images with the right exposure, but noted sometimes the focus didn’t work. Brighthand also called the five megapixel rear-facing camera “praiseworthy.”
In the end, Brighthand said the Huawei Ascend P6 “hit the bull’s-eye” in honing in on current consumer interest and Huawei produced a smartphone that puts the company in the ring with the best smartphone manufactures. Brighthand was impressed with the design, Emotion UI and rear-facing camera, but was disappointed in the display response and lack of LTE and NFC. Brighthand said the Ascend P6 is an ideal smartphone for Android users who are jealous of iPhone owners.