Huawei Ascend P6: Super-svelte smart phone set to debut this summer
The Huawei Ascend P6 is very slim. But is it actually any good?
Chinese tech giant Huawei has debuted a smart phone that it claims is the thinnest in the world.¬†
The Ascend P6, which will launch in China and Europe this summer, is 6.18 millimeters thin ‚Äď or approximately 0.25 inches. (By comparison, the iPhone 5 is 7.6 millimeters ‚Äď or roughly 0.29 inches ‚Äď thick.) Weight, meanwhile, is a feathery 120 grams, or 0.26 pounds. Which isn't to say Huawei has stinted on the specs: The P6 gets a¬†1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch HD display, and the¬†Android 4.2.2 operating system overlaid with a custom Huawei "Emotion" UI.¬†
There's also an 8-megapixel back-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing one.¬†
But is the Huawei Ascend P6 actually any good? Well, a slow trickle of early hands-on impressions have begun hitting this morning, and the answer appears to be a qualified yes. Over at the tech blog Pocket-lint, Stuart Miles (who tested out a pre-production version of the P6), finds the camera adequate, the 2000mAh battery up to snuff, and the design solidly stylish.¬†
"This is the nicest looking Huawei device we've seen and much better looking than the Ascend P2," Mr. Miles writes. "A few tweaks to the software, even just opting for a stock Android option, could make this a great Nexus 4 alternative that delivers a thinner design and seemingly better¬†camera performance."¬†
About that UI: Luke Westaway of CNET isn't quite sold.
"The Emotion UI brings a host of quirky, optional visual themes that help to keep the interface feeling fresh, though unusually there's no app tray, so all your apps live on the phone's homescreen a la iPhone," he writes. "That's no disaster, but you will need to keep your apps carefully organised or they could become hard to track down in a hurry."¬†
Caveat: These are early impressions. If your interest is thoroughly piqued by this super-slim phone, we recommend waiting for a full review before tossing your iPhone in the trash and trotting over to the local mobile phone emporium.¬†
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