The slimmest smartphone in the world, Ascend P6, is also Huawei's most serious attempt to join the big leagues of the smartphone market. This is the first case of the company presenting users with a series of features, craftsmanship and design quality and price that turns heads -- including the competitions'. With a 4.7-inch HD resolution display, a quad-core processor running a 1.5 GHz clock, a 2000 mAh battery, an 8-mega pixel back-facing camera, and Android OS 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with Emotion UI, the Ascend P6 matches the level of last year's flagship smartphones according to its features. But it is clear to see at first glance that this is a truly premium product.
Above all, this is mostly due to Huawei's good vision of what sort of smartphones we would want to be using in the near future and what we would pay attention to the most when buying a new device. Instead of technical features, the harmony of design, hardware and intuitive software options is now important, a combination that most top Android OS models still lack and something that Ascend P6 has mastered. Furthermore, with a price of approximately $600 on the open market, this is a device worth keeping in mind. There is still room for improvement when it comes to Ascend P6, but in general, this smartphone is different, special, and leaves an unexpectedly pleasant and positive impression.
Build and Design
Apart from being the slimmest smartphone yet at 6.2 millimeters thick, many will find the Ascend P6 to be the most beautifully designed Android OS mobile device as well. This is quite surprising for a manufacturer that generally has not cared one bit about the design of its phones in the past. This is why Huawei has managed to get the interest of possible purchasers with this truly beautiful product. In addition, the Ascend P6 is rather light (120 grams) and feels great when held in the hand, due to its good ratio of height and width (132 x 65 x 6.2 mm).
It is hard not to notice that the Ascend P6 resembles the iPhone 5, but this is not necessarily a bad thing and secondly, it soon stops being noticeable due to the larger screen diagonal.
The front is dominated by the Gorilla Glass-covered display, beneath which there is just the manufacturer's logo without any physical keys. There is only a speaker and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera above the display. Navigation keys specific for Android OS 4.2 (back, home, and tasks) appear at the bottom of the screen after an upward swipe, starting from the bottom of the screen.
The back only includes an 8-megapixel camera, located along the upper left edge (again, just like on the iPhone 5), equipped with an LED flash. The back is made out of cut metal, giving it a modern look and it comes in black, white, and pink. It has a unibody build, which means its battery cannot be changed. Despite being unpractical, this contributes to the impression of exceptional elegance.
Huawei has used a 4.7-inch IPS+ LCD screen for the Ascend P6 with an HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels), resulting in a pixel density of 312 ppi. Such a resolution proved to be ideal for this screen size if you look back on last year's flagship telephones, given that the naked eye cannot spot the difference between HD and any greater resolution (like Full HD). Any imaging above 300 ppi is sharp enough to be pleasant for frequent usage when it comes to the human eye and the same goes for this display. All the lines are exceptionally sharp, even when the angle of sloped lines is changed with animation.
Equal praise goes to the display brightness, as well as color interpretation vivacity, as they seem convincing and realistic. The contrast is above average, with very dark blacks, but not entirely pure whites. Despite this imperfection, contrast sustainability and visibility angles are very good, thus Ascend P6's display looks good even when exposed to direct sunlight and brightness does not necessarily have to be manually adjusted.
There is one problem: the screen is sometimes slow to respond to touch, which is clearly a result of a default calibration set to avoid accidental touches and swipes as actual ones. But the Ascend P6 has a gloves mode which can be manually turned on and makes it possible to use the screen with gloves. When it is actually turned on, poor response problems disappear, which means it is best to maintain this mode at all times.
The upper and side edges are sharp and, just like the back cover, are also crafted out of cut metal, only silver-colored, while the bottom side is fully rounded. The upper edge includes a micro USB port and a secondary microphone, while all the control keys (the power key and the volume control), as well as the microSIM and microSD card slots, are located on the right edge.
At first glance, the left edge does not seem to include anything, because it is easy to overlook the 3.5mm headphone jack as it is covered with a silver lid. Once it is pulled out, it is revealed that it has a small needle on the other side, which is in fact a key that opens the microSIM and microSD slots. A truly genius solution which will facilitate reaching the microSIM and microSD slots on the go.
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