Huawei has very quietly released another mid-tier smartphone, the Ascend P6S. This isn’t a new handset though, just an upgrade to last year’s Ascend P6. And before you ask, I haven’t been able to figure out what what the “S” stands for either.
When the Ascend P6 first launched we were not very impressed with the handset’s rather meagre battery capacity of just 2000mAh. Perhaps then Huawei would seek to address this fundamental issue with the handset in the “S” revision?
Sadly not. The only noticeable change on the product’s spec list is a clock increase of just 0.1 GHz. Some further digging reveals that Huawei has updated the handset with its new K3V2+ SoC, but is the new chip really worthy of a handset refresh?
The K3V2+ is still based on the same quad-core Cortex-A9 design as the original Ascend P6 but throws in a more powerful Mali450MP graphics chip. On the plus side Huawei has moved over to the 28nm HPM manufacturing process, which should make the chip slightly more power efficient. The rest of the hardware remains identical – a 4.7” LCD 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and the same disappointing 2000mAh battery. There’s still no sign of LTE support either. The Ascend P6S remains a distinctly midrange handset with limited battery capacity.
The Ascend P6S doesn’t strike me as a particularly marketable product, at first glance I had no idea why I should pick the P6S over the original P6. A slight processor upgrade is likely to be the least important feature for the majority of consumers, compared with more noticeable changes like a higher resolution display or more internal memory.
What do you think about the Huawei Ascend P6S? Should manufacturers regularly refresh their handsets with the latest processors, or do you prefer bigger hardware upgrades across the board?