Huawei Ascend P6 debuts with 4.7-inch display, Android 4.2.2 and body that measures 6.18mm thick [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
We're not exactly strangers with the Huawei Ascend P6 thanks to the string of leaks that the device has appeared in recently, but today's the day that Huawei has given us a formal introduction to its newest Android smartphone. Announced at a press event in London this morning, the Ascend P6 features a body that's 6.18mm thick, making it even thinner than the 6.68mm Ascend P1S that Huawei debuted last year.
Packed into the Ascend P6's crazy-thin frame is a 4.7-inch HD display that features Huawei's "MagicTouch" tech for increased touch responsiveness, even if the user is wearing gloves. There's also a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2,000mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running beneath Huawei's Emotion UI, which includes software add-ons like a Me Widget, enhanced security and new camera features like panoramic shooting and facial recognition.
Speaking of cameras, the Ascend P6 features a 5-megapixel shooter crammed into its frontside as well as an 8-megapixel BSI rear camera with F2.0 aperture and 4cm macro view. Huawei has also included its IMAGEsmart software on the Ascend P6 that offers photo-editing capabilities such as contrast and color enhancers, automatic scene recognition and "instant facial beauty support."
Huawei says that the Ascend P6 will be available in black, pink or white versions with matching color cases. The super-thin phone will begin hitting China in June and Western Europe in July, with carriers and retailers such as Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount expected to offer the device. There's no word yet on which other parts of the globe that the Ascend P6 will travel to, but Huawei does promise that other markets will follow.
Now that it's officially official, the Ascend P6 certainly looks to have the makings of a flagship smartphone for Huawei. The device features a very thin body but still manages to include a large display and quad-core processor, meaning that buyers won't have to settle for lower-end specs in order to get a thin handset. The inclusion of Android 4.2.2 is also a welcome sight, as the latest version of Jelly Bean is still somewhat of a rarity outside of Google's Nexus family. What do you all make of the Ascend P6? Does it have the makings of a smartphone that you'd consider buying?
UPDATE: Huawei has shared a few more details on the Ascend P6 at its official London unveiling. The new handset packs in 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for additional memory and 2GB of RAM. Huawei says that the Ascend P6 will launch in more than 19 countries by July, including Britain, China and Germany, with contract-free pricing set at €449 (around $600 USD). There's no word yet on when or if the P6 will make its way to the U.S. I'll update you once I hear more, but until then you can find a Huawei video on the Ascend P6's design below, as well as a gallery with some more images of the device.