Huawei Ascend P6 Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
1. darkskoliro (Posts: 736; Member since: 07 May 2012)
If you could include ff camera picture samples that would be great :D
2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 729; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Not a bad deal for $400. Especially with a 4.7" display in such a small chassis.
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1511; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Nice cute design n specs but l'il bit costly.
5. _Bone_ (Posts: 1741; 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. :)
6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 960; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I love how narrow it is. I hate wide phones; so uncomfortable to hold.