Huawei Ascend P6: Sexy and smart


Remember Huawei’s earliest phones? Yeah, you probably don’t. And we can’t blame you. But Huawei has grown up—and the new Ascend P6 should make you sit up and take notice. In fact, it’s so desirable you’d ache to touch it. The all-metal body feels luxurious without being ostentatious. This finely crafted device is a perfect example of minimalist beauty. It’s one of the world’s slimmest phones, which means it can fit in your jeans pocket without creating an unsightly bulk. The P6’s 4.7-inch touchscreen is bright, brilliant, and offers good outdoor visibility. Viewing angles are great as well. The aluminum rear offers minimum resistance to heat and can be uncomfortable to hold for extended periods of time. The 2,000mAh battery is a bit of a letdown. You will need to charge it every day or carry around a power bank so you won’t have to worry about losing juice. Like most 8MP cameras on other premium phones, the P6’s rear shooter is great for shooting outdoors. Photos come out sharp and nicely saturated. Because the sensor captures a good amount of light, indoor shots also come out good. The P6 is also capable of taking awesome 360-degree panorama shots. The stitching is great, albeit a bit slow (about 10 seconds). What do you need a 5MP front-facing camera for? HD selfies, that’s what. And the P6’s 5MP shooter doesn’t disappoint. Use the Beauty Shot mode, which intelligently removes blemishes, and you’ll get flattering self-portraits you won’t be embarrassed to upload. No need for Photoshop. The phone feels responsive thanks to its sufficient power and memory. Navigation and transitions are smooth and apps load quickly. Since it’s a flagship phone, we expected the P6 to have LTE support. Unfortunately, we’d have to make do with HSPA for our internet needs. Verdict This is a premium phone that feels well-built and performs well. The battery life and lack of LTE may be disappointing, but overall, the Huawei Ascend P6 is a worthy contender in the mid-tier race. Review by Katrina Rivere-Diga First published in Speed November 2013