Today I’ll show you the Huawei Ascend P6 – a very good smartphone for a pretty mid-ranged price. This phone is a pretty impressive one, especially for the price it is sold for. However, before we begin, I need to tell you something about this phone. The Huawei Ascend P6 is available in a Dual-SIM version as well, but with a small catch. The Dual-SIM phone has a fixed storage of 16 GB and it comes with no Micro SD card slot, so in essence, you’ll have to deal with the space given to you with more care than usual.
Now all the phones in the Ascend series ended up being quite large hits in the phone industry, in my opinion. This phone can be acquired for a price classified in the mid-range, as I’d call it. I’ve been able to locate cases where it costs between 400 and 500 dollars ( which is 200-300 dollars cheaper than high-end phones ). Now you may be asking yourself: is the phone worth such a steep price ( because let’s be honest here, that’s not the cheapest price you’d pay for a phone )? Well, looking at the specifications of the device and the amount of new and interesting features it offers, I’d say it is more than worth the demanded price.
As far as networking goes, there are a few slight differences for the Huawei Ascend P6. All versions of the phone use standard 2G and 3G netwoeks, for instance, all except for the China version of the device, which uses CDMA networks. The SIM type for this phone is Micro-SIM, and in case you were wondering about the Dual-SIM phone, that one works in Dual Stand-By mode. The Huawei Ascend P6 is currently available, having been announced and released in the same month – June.
The Huawei Ascend P6 isn’t all that large ( slightly above average, I’d say ) with a 4.7 inch screen on it, around 132.7 x 65.5 x 6.2 mm ( or 5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 in ) in size and 120 g ( or 4.23 oz ) in weight.
The screen of the Huawei Ascend P6 is quite a piece of work. This phone has an IPS+ LCD 16 million color screen that uses resolutions of 720 x 1280 pixels and has a pixel density of around 312 pixels per inch. This fine screen is also protection with a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass covering it. Also, while on the topic of the display, it’s worth pointing out that this phone also has Emotion UI 1.6 installed on it ( a couple of you may not be so glad about the UI, but personally I like some of them as long as I don’t see them on too many phones ).
As far as audio is concerned, the Huawei Ascend P6 doesn’t have any hardware-based enhancements, but it does have software ones. You can find the Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement on this device, for all your music listening pleasure.
The memory of this phone is quite good, I might say. The regular Single-SIM version ( since I already told you that the Dual-SIM one only comes in 16 GB with no card slot ) is available in two storage versions: an 8 GB one and a 16 GB one. Also, the Single-SIM version has a card slot on it as well, which can take any Micro SD card of up to 32 GB. All versions of the Huawei Ascend P6 have the same amount of RAM on them, and that is: 2 GB. With that much RAM, it should be able to run just about any apps without a problem.
The Huawei Ascend P6 has both GPRS and EDGE ( both at Class 10 ) and a decent internet speed. The phone only has Bluetooth v3.0, but that one has A2DP, EDR and LE on it. The Wi-Fi found on this device is 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot. This phone also has a MicroUSB v2.0 port on it with USB On-th-Go support.
The cameras found on this device are really something. There is a frontal 2 MP camera to be seen on this phone that records video in 720p and a main 8 MP camera on the back that can record video in 1080p quality at 30 frames per second. The features of this camera include: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR and face and smile detection.
The battery of the Huawei Ascend P6 is a pretty powerful one. This phone has a Li-Po 2000 mAh battery that can provide you with quite a bunch of hours of functioning – allegedly the life-span is at: 416 hours of stand-by or 315 hours of stand-by ( in 2G and 3G, respectively ) or 28 hours and 14 hours and 30 minutes ( in 2G and 3G, respectively ). Whether or not this is true, remains to be seen. I have yet to stress-test it myself and see the truth with my very eyes.
The hardware found on this device is somewhat mixed. While the processor and chipset are great, I have yet to find out what type of graphic card this phone has installed on it. Even so, I’m sure that the Huawei Ascend P6’s Huawei K3V2 chipset and Quad-Core 1.5 GHz processor will be able to cut it for most of the apps and games on the market right now.
The Android OS version that you can find on this device is v4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is a pretty good version if you ask me. As far as being able to handle other versions, I’m afraid not much is known at the moment. If you’re absolutely determined and don’t want to wait, you can always install an unofficial version on this phone, but that’s not really recommended.
The Huawei Ascend P6 is loaded with all sorts of neat features. It has a ton of sensors ( accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and temperature ), HTML5 for the browser, FM radio, Java through MIDP emulation and a GPS that has built-in support for both A-GPS and GLONASS alike. Messaging on this device can be done through: SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, IM and Push E-Mail. The colors in which this phone can be acquired vary between: Black, Pink or White ( personally I prefer the Black version, as it has that very distinct Brushed look on it ).
Below I’ll offer you a brief list of some of the things this phone can do:
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
This is the end of our little review of the Huawei Ascend P6. I tried touching most important parts here and talking about everything as briefly as I could, without going into too many technical or boring details. I do hope it has proven somewhat enlightening to you all and that at the very least it offered you a bit of extra info about the device.