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Huawei Ascend P6 Review

 

Huawei is the new kid on the block. While Samsung, Apple, and HTC don’t have to start getting nervous just yet, Huawei’s Ascend P6 is a step in the right competitive direction. Huawei is betting that beauty will tame the beast in the case of the P6 as this device isn’t exactly the beefiest when it comes to performance but sure shines cosmetically.

The Huawei Ascend P6

With that being said, the first thing you notice about the Huawei Ascend P6 is the build. The P6 is a very pretty phone. It features a 4.7 inch screen, Gorilla Glass, a brushed-metal back, and a brushed-metal band around the outside. The phone doesn’t feel heavy in your hands, but it sure feels, shall I say, solid. Imagine the feel of an HTC One. Bottom line, this phone does not feel cheap.

Hardware wise, things are a little less solid. The P6 features a 1.5 GHz K3V2 processor and 2 GB of RAM. While these aren’t the worst specs on the market, they don’t exactly stack up to other top phones on the market. One area that is truly lacking is the minuscule 8 GB of internal storage. While this expandable to 32 GB, 8 GB is a slap in the face to anyone who doesn’t have the wherewithal to upgrade. Another slip up is the fact the P6 does not support LTE, something that is quickly becoming the standard. Trapped inside the phone’s metal case is our popular friend Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean.

The P6 features a rear and front facing camera. What is interesting in this case is the punch packed into its front facing shooter. At 5 Megapixels, this is a very high quality front facing camera. The main camera, which registers in at 8 Megapixels, is a reliable but unspectacular shooter which excels best in high light situations.

Lastly, the P6 features a 2000 mAh battery. Should last awhile right? Wrong. The battery life on this phone is pretty lacking. Getting through a workday shouldn’t be too difficult, but you’ll start getting nervous once you go out for dinner or a drink after work. This is particularly troubling when you consider that this doesn’t even feature LTE, which is a true drain on battery even on the best devices on the market.

It truly is Beauty and the Beast with this device. If you want a phone that looks and feels good, there are few better in that regard. If you want a phone that performs, I’d stay away. Huawei has a ton of potential to be a player if they get their hardware in order. Consider this a half-hearted warning shot across the bow to the competition.

 

Pros

-Great build

-Solid screen

-High performance front facing camera

 

Cons

-Lackluster hardware

-No LTE

-Not the strongest battery

 

Specs

Weight : 120 grams

Size : 132.7x65.5x6.2 mm

Screen : 4.7 inches

Os : Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean

Camera : 8 Megapixel rear, 5 Megapixel front

One thought on “Huawei Ascend P6 Review”

  • Oliver

    How will Huawei compete with the popular brands when they don't offer the vital LTE that has become the standard of smart phones and incredibly weak battery life? Weak battery life is usually a factor that many consumers dislike and will avoid if they can find a phone with the same quality but with stronger battery life in the end. Despite that it still appears to very durable.

    Will that make or break Huawei in the end though? That's something we all should keep an eye on.

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