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Huawei Ascend P6 Review

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Interface and functionality

First thing you notice about Huawei's new Emotion UI 1.6 overlay on top of Android 4.2.2, is that it does away with the app drawer, and centers everything around the homescreens. The widgets are compact, with minimized border distance, and thus you can fit a bunch of them on one screen. The apps are neatly laden into categorized folders on the next screen, the third houses the apps you download, and so on.

Emotion UI 1.6 is overlayed on top of Android 4.2.2 on the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Emotion UI 1.6 is overlayed on top of Android 4.2.2 on the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Emotion UI 1.6 is overlayed on top of Android 4.2.2 on the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Emotion UI 1.6 is overlayed on top of Android 4.2.2 on the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Emotion UI 1.6 is overlayed on top of Android 4.2.2 on the Huawei Ascend P6


Unfortunately the awesome ability from the Ascend P6 to hide and show the on-screen navigation bar at will with a small arrow from whichever app you are into doesn't seem to be present on the P6, reserved for the larger phablet display only.

Another nice idea are the so-called Profiles, with their own switch in the notification bar toggles. A ring dialer appears when you press it, and you can choose from several presets like Work, Home, Sleep, Normal, Outdoors and so on. Each profile can have a smorgasbord of settings for everything – from sounds volume through display options to connectivity choices, and you can add and tinker with your own, or make them automatically swap at a given time. There's an abundance of launcher themes as well, plus ways to customize your current theme manually.

Launcher themes - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Launcher themes - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Launcher themes - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Launcher themes


Amongst all its connectivity and profile toggles, the notification bar also offers a dedicated screenshot button, so you don't have to hold down the lock and volume down keys that are placed on the same side.

Profiles - Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Profiles

   
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Notification bar - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Notification bar


The default Emotion UI keyboard is very well spaced and the symbols are big enough so you don't tap on the neighbor when trying to key something in quickly. At 4.7” and an elongated profile, the display is just right for one-handed typing with a bit of a stretch, unless you have smaller hands.

The default Emotion UI keyboard is very well spaced - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The default Emotion UI keyboard is very well spaced - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

The default Emotion UI keyboard is very well spaced



Processor and memory

The upside of the "mere" HD resolution is that there aren't as many pixels to push for the GPU, so the homebrew 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2E processor is powering the handset relatively well, putting it somewhere in the golden middle of the benchmark ladder, though it feels sluggish compared to other quad-core chipsets.

The processor might not be a speed king, but Huawei has placed the generous for a midranger 2 GB of RAM in the handset, so some serious app queue can be formed before you run out of it. There are 8 GB of internal storage (3.73 GB user-available), and a microSD card tray load on the side for expansion when needed.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Huawei Ascend P6 5228 14220 2509 / 22 fps 1462/453
LG Optimus G 7669 9565

Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 15152

Sony Xperia SP 7866 16413 4970 / 44 fps 2013 / 755


Internet and connectivity

The default Ascend P6 browser is pretty barren as interface, but renders pages well, and has the added benefit of supporting sideloaded Adobe Flash, so you won't be left out when you come across a piece of the Web which needs Flash to run.

The default Ascend P6 browser - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The default Ascend P6 browser - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The default Ascend P6 browser - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

The default Ascend P6 browser


The phone is pentaband 21.1 Mbits HSPA phone, meaning that it supports all major frequency bands, so you can use it on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, for example, as well as Europe and Asia for international travelers.

There are also Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and A-GPS radios, and that's about it, while the wired connectivity is simply a regular microUSB port.

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posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:37

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 May 2012)


If you could include ff camera picture samples that would be great :D

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 04:39

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Not a bad deal for $400. Especially with a 4.7" display in such a small chassis.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 05:25

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2096; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice cute design n specs but l'il bit costly.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 06:20 1

4. MrKoles (Posts: 278; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


What a beautiful beast! *o*

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 07:21

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


For the price this should get a 8.5 based on the review. Very solid piece of gadget, someone any Galaxy, Lumia, Optimus, um... iPhone user will look at and ask what ti is. :)

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 14:26

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I love how narrow it is. I hate wide phones; so uncomfortable to hold.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 20:31

7. cowakami (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Where did you buy it for $400?

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Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

OS: Android 4.2.2
view full specs
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Huawei K3V2E, Quad core, 1500 MHz
2048 MB RAM
Size5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches
(132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)

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