Hands-on with the world's thinnest smartphone, Huawei's Ascend P6

We take a first look at the Huawei Ascend P6 Android phone

  • Chinese manufacturer Huawei claims its new [[artnid:465292|Ascend P6]] phone is the "world's slimmest smartphone". It has also equipped it with an "industry leading" 5-megapixel front-facing camera. We've been lucky enough to get a first look, so let's go hands-on!

    Our Ascend P6 review unit arrived in an unbranded box. Australian packaging will obviously differ.

  • There's no reference to a smartphone, until you get to the label on the bottom.

  • Unboxing the [[artnid:465413|Huawei Ascend P6]].

  • Huawei has put some detail into the packaging, but the absense of its logo is surprising given the company's push to market its brand.

  • The Ascend P6 comes with an AC adapter, a USB to micro-USB cable and a pair of headphones with in-line microphone. Obviously Australian models will come with our local AC adapter and not the one shown in the image above.

  • Huawei also bundles a case with the Ascend P6, a rarity for today's smartphones.

  • The case is a simple, soft-touch silicone sleeve.

  • The Ascend P6 weighs just 120g so its size and weight compares very favourably against the alternatives from more established brands like Samsung, HTC and Sony.

  • The metallic body feels very well constructed and we can't fault the craftsmanship at all. It will be available in black and white colour variants in Australia.

  • This is what the world's slimmest smatphone looks like. That's 6.18mm thick, if you wanted to know.

  • Huawei has had to make some odd decisions in order to keep the thickness down. The micro-USB port is strangely located at the top.

  • The headphone jack is on the left side of the Ascend P6, right near the bottom. It's plugged by a metal pin that conveniently opens the micro-SIM and microSD card slots on the opposite side. However, it's easily lost due to its small size.

  • The right side of the Ascend P6 is certainly busy. There's micro-SIM and microSD card slots, along with a power/lock button and a volume rocker. The buttons are a little flat and do require a firm press.

  • The rear-facing 8-megapixel camera has an f2.0 aperture, a 4cm macro view, and a panorama mode. It also doubles as a full HD video recorder.

  • The speaker on the back is pretty well positioned, so it shouldn't be blocked regardless of which way you hold the phone.

  • The front-facing camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor. Most competing smartphones use a 2-megapixel front camera.

  • The 4.7in display of the Ascend P6 has a 720p resolution of 1280x720, so it won't display the same crisp text as full HD screens. However, the difference is pretty small and shouldn't detract from the overall user experience.

  • The Huawei Ascend P6 runs the latest 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's operating system, but is skinned with Huawei's proprietary Emotion UI.

  • The Emotion UI doesn't include an applications drawer, so all apps sit either on the home screens or the dock.

  • We aren't a real fan of the look, take for example the boxes that third-party apps are placed in.

  • [[artnid:472325|The Huawei Ascend P6 will go on sale through retailers JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith]] for $499 from Monday, 15 July. As with most of Huawei's smartphones, it won't be sold through traditional carriers like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

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