Hands-on preview: Huawei Ascend P6

18 Jun 2013Last updated at 06:03 GMT
Hands-on preview: Huawei Ascend P6
We prod and poke the thinnest smartphone around

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

Huawei has just launched the world's latest slimmest smartphone, the 4.7-inch Huawei Ascend P6, and we had the chance at the global launch event to get our sweaty mitts on this slender piece of tech...

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

At just 6.18mm, the Huawei Ascend P6 is officially the world's thinnest smartphone - for now. Huawei previously held this esteemed title for the Ascend P2.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

You can't prise the back off the solid metallic body, so the SIM card slot and memory card slot are accessed via the side of the Ascend P6. You'll need a sharp jabby instrument to get in there...

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

...which luckily the Ascend P6's headphone jack cover doubles up as! It took us ages to realise the slot was covered up by this metallic prong, although the positioning is very odd indeed - at the corner of the left edge. That means that earphones will jut out sideways, which is gonna cause all sorts of problems when the phone is in your pocket.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

Huawei's Emotion UI sits atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and looks drastically different thanks to a range of different themes - hundreds in all - that you can download for free. As usual, your apps are all dumped there on your desktop.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

Here are a small selection of the themes we had pre-installed on our demo unit, including an awesome pink effort.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

The Emotion UI has been tweaked with hundreds of new features apparently. Here's one example, a revamped power settings menu which allows you to either save battery life or put the Ascend P6 through its paces.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

You can even see how much battery life you can eek out with various apps, which we'll be sure to give a thorough testing in our full review.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

As with Nokia's Lumia 925, you can change colour saturation to suit your personal preferences.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

This is the 'Me' widget, which allows you to throw photos, media widgets etc into a cluster on your homepage. We've seen similar on Motorola phones such as the Razr HD in the past.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

A quad-core 1.5GHz processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM, keeps games and the like ticking over nicely.

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

We only had a brief time with the eight megapixel camera but so far it seems like a great little snapper, thanks to the capable auto mode which brightened up a dingy location. Whether it'll beat Sony's excellent Superior Auto mode remains to be seen...

 

Huawei Ascend P6 hands on preview

Huawei has also packed a five megapixel front-facing camera into that uber-thin chassis, which like HTC's One and Windows Phone 8X gives you a countdown before taking a snap. The 'Beauty Mode' seemed to do nothing to our ugly mug, but maybe that's because we're beyond help. Full review coming very soon...

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