Huawei releases the Ascend P6S, with 0.1GHz processor boost

January 20, 2014
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Huawei Ascend P6S

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?

Comments

  • Jack Parker

    Its a pretty cheap phone at £250 here in the UK and battery life is meant to be pretty good at 4 hours screen on time +

    • Luka Mlinar

      We are seeing some brake troughs when it comes to mid range price. After the G i wasn’t sure anyone would follow but then came ASUS with the amazing Zenphone 5. £250 seams a bit high at this point.

      • Jack Parker

        Remember its got a 5mp front camera and its body is the slimmest in the world and its made of aluminum, Although you’re right, £250 is a lot, £199 and you’ve got a deal ;)

    • Jayfeather787

      4 hours? That’s terrible.

      • Jack Parker

        Its a hell of a lot better then my old GS3

        • Jayfeather787

          Put Cm11 on it and turn off location reporting, use ART, and it will last forever.

      • Azeem

        In what world is 4 hrs terrible? You don’t even know if he meant at light, moderate, or heavy use.

        • Jayfeather787

          4 hours of heavy is not good. My friend’s Nexus 5 with heavy use will last more than a day.

          • Jesus

            “My friend’s Nexus 5 with heavy use will last more than a day.”

            BS. Nexus phones are known to have POOR battery life. VERY poor and disappointing.

          • Jayfeather787

            Not BS, he installed franco kernel, and modified it. He uses his data wisely, and never has it on airplane mode. Look for yourself.

          • MadCowOnAStick

            does he like not use any apps at all LOL

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah, he uses a ton of apps. Four pages on nexus 5, with the google experience launcher. I forgot how many apps per page, but he has quite a lot of apps, and many apps running in the background. He is running stock clock speed on CPU 2.3 GHz ondemand governor.

          • Jesus

            “My friend’s Nexus 5 with heavy use will last more than a day.”

            …and your screenshot shows that most of the drain came from Phone Idle, Wifi and Standby…

            i.e. NOT HEAVY USE.

            That’s not even using it. That’s called leaving your phone on, and doing nothing with it.

          • Jayfeather787

            Wifi was on, and it lasted for 20 hours at 94%, so it would still last longer than 4 hours.

          • MadCowOnAStick

            what i call hax

          • Jayfeather787

            It is a hack yes.

  • MasterMuffin

    I think they’re making fun of Apple. They released almost identical phone as the last one and added “s”, sounds like Apple to me :D

    • Jayfeather787

      Indeed it does.

  • Jayfeather787

    Nexus 5 just beats this thing in every way, and even the Moto G I would take any day over this.

  • Groud Frank

    WOTLESSNESS from Huawei!

    A little lesson in Trinbagonian creole. WOTLESSNESS was derived from the word ‘worthlessness’. Its meaning has evolved somewhat however. It can be used to described someone who is lazy, unhygienic, sexually promiscuous or someone who is a slacker. In Huawei’s case it’s the first and the last. They did the same thing with the Ascend Mate 2. SMH

  • Brendon Brown

    I dont know if im the only one, but, the User Interface on the P6 was SH#T

  • RanRu

    “S” is for “same”. :D

    Also I missed the last word in the headline at first and was about to be astounded that someone was able to make a functioning phone with a “0.1 GHz processor”.

  • tony solinan

    It’s a pity that they didn’t upgrade this phone, it’s cheap for its spec’s but it should have been upgraded?

  • tony solinan

    They should have upgraded the p6,its cheap for the spec’s but it would have
    Appealed to a more wider people who are looking for a mid range phone?