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Last Monday Huawei’s MWC teaser revealed that the company planned to release a new smartphone with an “amazing front camera”. At their MWC 2014 press conference this morning, Huawei delivered on its promise by announcing the Ascend G6, complete with a 5MP front-facing camera.

As you may have guessed, the handset isn’t exactly aimed at the high-end market, though its faux metallic edging and rounded bottom make for an attractive enough looking device that is fairly similar to the Huawei Ascend P6’s design.

Specs and features

Under the hood the Ascend G6 offers a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU (unspecified type, likely MediaTek) with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 960×540, an 8MP rear cam, the aforementioned 5MP front cam, 8GB storage, microSD, a 2000 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The handset will also feature a 7.5-mm thick 3G version or a 7.8mm-thick 4G LTE (Cat 4) variant.

In terms of software features, Huawei hasn’t gone into too many details here, though we do know that the handset will feature the Emotion UI on top of Android. For those who aren’t familiar, this custom UI includes several changes to the stock Android experience including getting rid of the app drawer, opting for a style that is more akin to iOS (all apps on the homescreen).

A few other software details can also be seen in the video below:

Pricing and availability

This is where things get a bit fuzzy, as we don’t have an exact release dates for either the 3G or LTE version. Reportedly the 3G variant will arrive first in Q1 at an unspecified price. As for the LTE version? It is expected to arrive to Europe sometime in April with a price of €249 — or about $342.

No word on if or when the handset will arrive to the North American market just yet.

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