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Huawei Ascend P6 official: just 6.18mm thick, to start selling in June

Huawei Ascend P6 is finally official and it's a handset with impressive specifications and a super slim profile. The flagship will be launched in June in China and should arrive in Europe next month.
June 18, 2013

Huawei has officially unveiled the Ascend P6, its latest flagship that arrives in a very thin body and with impressive specifications. To be sold in black, white, and pink variants, the handset is set to be released this summer in markets around the world, for a price that is believed to be quite affordable.

As several leaks previously indicated, the Huawei Ascend P6 is going to be the slimmest smartphone on the market, with a profile that is only 6.18 mm thick and weighing just 120 grams. While no official hands-on images have been shared, newly leaked images confirm the good looks of the handset but also the uncanny resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 5.

Huawei Ascend P6 specifications

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On the inside, the Huawei Ascend P6 features a powerful quad-core processor and a decent battery. Running the latest Android, the P6 will feature the “MagicTouch” technology that allows users to operate the touchscreen even with gloves on.

While MagicTouch is not a new thing in the Android world, the use of brushed metal will certainly make the Ascend P6 stand out in the crowd.

Here are the full Huawei Ascend P6 specs:

  • Body: 6.18 mm thick, 120 grams, metallic case
  • Display: 4.7-inch LCD, HD resolution, 312 PPI pixel density
  • Platform: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 1.6
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 8GB built-in, extendable up to 32GB through an SD card
  • Front-facing camera: 5-megapixel with feature support for “selfies” and capable of capturing 1080p videos
  • Rear-facing camera: 8-megapixel BSI with F2.0 aperture, LED Flash and 4cm macro view, can record Full HD videos
  • Battery: 2000 mAh with power saving technology

As you may have noticed in the list above, Huawei bets heavily on the 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and on people who love taking pictures of themselves. To support that trend, Huawei has included an automatic technology that is said to enhance the quality of self portraits.

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The main camera is also enhanced with Huawei’s proprietary IMAGESmart software, which helps novice photographers with color and contrast modifiers, auto-scene recognition, object tracing focus, and figure improvement support.

When it comes to the battery, that 2000 mAh may not seem too much, but Huawei boasted the use of two battery-saving technologies – Automated Discontinuous Reception technology (ADRX) and Quick Power Control (QPC), which are claimed to improve the battery performance with more than 30 percent, when compared to other batteries of equal size.

Huawei P6 Software features

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The Ascend P6 comes out of the box with the latest version of Android, 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. On top of that, Huawei has added an upgraded flavor of its Emotion UI, now with improved security features, Me Widget, MagicTouch, SmartReading, and a new panoramic shoot and facial recognition feature.

Besides the modified interface, Ascend P6 users will also have access to a multi-screen sharing capability called AirSharing, which allows users to connect to a broad range of devices and share files or play them remotely.

Huawei P6 body and design

The Huawei Ascend P6 features a narrow body with a curved bottom and iPhone 5-like sides, which appear to be made of some sort of alloy. Also, on the right side of the device we can spot the SIM card and SD card trays, alongside a volume toggle and the power button. On top we can spot a microUSB port, while the 3.5-mm headphone jack can be seen on the bottom.

The back-plate is made of metal, with the only element disturbing its minimalism being the Huawei logo. In the upper left corner, we can see the rear-facing camera and the LED flash.

Huawei P6 availability

The Huawei Ascend P6 is going to be sold in three different color versions: black, white, and pink. Shipments will start in China from June and move to Western Europe in July. The company also released a short list of carriers that will receive the phone, including Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn and TIM. The handset will also sell online through Amazon and CDiscount.


Elegant and edgy, the new HUAWEI Ascend P6 is the world’s slimmest smartphone
At 6.18mm slim, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 is impossibly beautiful and always intuitive

London, United Kingdom, June 18, 2013: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled the HUAWEI Ascend P6, the world’s slimmest smartphone measuring 6.18mm. The smartphone features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a sleek metallic body. With its 4.7-inch high definition in-cell display, industry-leading 5MP front-facing camera, and outstanding software, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 is the embodiment of elegance with an edge.

“The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface, Huawei’s proprietary Emotion UI,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Building on the success of our Ascend P series of fashion smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 provides unsurpassed technology and a design that is simply stunning.”

HUAWEI Ascend P6 is ultra slim at 6.18mm and weighs just about 120g. While it is small enough to slip into the tiniest of pockets or clutch bags, the stylish HUAWEI Ascend P6 is designed to be seen and coveted! It features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 operating system, 2000mAh battery, 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD screen technology, and ‘MagicTouch’ for enhanced screen responsiveness even when wearing gloves.

As the flagship smartphone of the Huawei Ascend P series, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 embodies a cutting edge design for the fashion conscious. The smartphone’s brushed metallic look with a naturally curved base is both elegant and intuitive. Impossibly beautiful, the Ascend P6 balances fashionable features and user-friendly functions.

Perfect for ‘selfies’, the HUAWEI Ascend P6’s industry-leading 5MP front-facing camera and auto facial-enhancing capabilities create model-gorgeous shots you’ll want to share. Its 8MP rear-facing BSI camera with F2.0 aperture and 4cm macro view also enables 1080P full HD video recording and playback. With Huawei’s proprietary IMAGESmart software, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 turns even the most novice photographer into a professional, with contrast and color enhancement, auto scene recognition, object tracing focus, and instant facial beauty support.

The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is even more intuitive and able to be customized with Huawei’s Emotion UI. Inspired by people, for device users worldwide, Huawei has gathered input from over 5 million consumers to help us optimize the latest version of Emotion UI. The proprietary user interface includes updates to Uni-Home including enhanced security, Huawei’s Me Widget, MagicTouch, and SmartReading. New to Huawei’s Emotion UI are the panoramic shoot and facial recognition photography functions.

Huawei’s unique Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) and Quick Power Control (QPC) battery optimization and power saving technology improves performance by more than 30%, compared with smartphone batteries of equal size. With its multi-screen AirSharing capability, you can connect to a range of devices to boost your productivity at work or play by easily sharing documents or enhance your gaming experience with minimal lag time.
The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is available in black, white and pink with matching color cases. It will begin shipping to China from June and to Western Europe from July through Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount with other markets to follow.