Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Introduction

One need only look at the Ascend Mate phablet and now at the Ascend P6 design piece to conclude that the Chinese company has shifted some serious focus towards its smartphone department. While the Ascend Mate we found to be with barely a weak spot, but understandably a niche device due to the 6.1” display, the Ascend P6 is trying to provide what many think Android is not strong at in this moment – a well-designed midranger with adequate pricing.

The phone is not only the slimmest samrtphone at 6.18mm (0.24”), but the generous use of metal and some design twists in the chassis gives it a more premium feeling than your average plastic Andro. Is this going to be enough to lure buyers and has Huawei done the rest of the smartphone experience right? Read on to find out...

Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Huawei Ascend P6 Review
In the box

  • Silicon case
  • Wall charger
  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • microUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

Brushed aluminum backplate, metal band around the sides with diamond-cut edges and a rounded bottom – the Ascend P6 is undoubtedly a catwalk star, and a very light one at that. With the metal rim on the sides, and the two notches interrupting it, the Ascend P6 resembles very much the iPhone 4/4S design concept, which might be an effect sought on purpose, although there are enough exterior differences so Apple doesn't jump off the proverbial chair.

The Huawei Ascend P6 has sharp edges, which make for a more secure grip - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The Huawei Ascend P6 has sharp edges, which make for a more secure grip - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The Huawei Ascend P6 has sharp edges, which make for a more secure grip - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

The Huawei Ascend P6 has sharp edges, which make for a more secure grip


Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP

Dimensions

5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

4.69 oz (133 g)

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP

Dimensions

5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


The Huawei Ascend P6 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The Huawei Ascend P6 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The Huawei Ascend P6 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right) - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

The Huawei Ascend P6 (left) and the Apple iPhone 5 (right)


Being the slimmest out there has its virtues in terms of looks and portability, and disadvantages in terms of feel as it is often uncomfortable to operate such a thin device, or pick it up from a desk. Thankfully the Huawei Ascend P6 has sharp edges, which make for a more secure grip, though the phone feels, well, a bit too edgy against the skin because of that.

Front - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Front

Android on-screen keys - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Android on-screen keys

Front camera - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Front camera


Huawei has also provided a silicon case in the box to protect your precious, and give it a bit more girth, which is, however, a simple silicon wrap for protection. If you want something that actually looks good, Huawei will be selling you a premium metallic case.

Huawei has also provided a silicon case in the box - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
Huawei has also provided a silicon case in the box - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Huawei has also provided a silicon case in the box


The metal power/lock key and volume rocker on the right are well-placed, wide and easy to feel and press without looking, with good tactile feedback. Overall, the phone feels like Huawei has paid a lot of attention to detail, which has been somewhat of a goal with the P6. The phone appears crafted with precision, and the side rim runs uninterrupted with gaping ports and openings, save for the microUSB one at the top.

Right side - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Right side

Top - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P6 - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Bottom

The sides of the Huawei Ascend P6


Huawei even went so far in terms of plugging openings, that it inserted the tray ejector for the microSIM and microSD card slots in the headphone jack on the bottom left. The circular metal piece looks intriguing there, and it is easy to pry out if you have inserted it in the correct position. You'd have to remember to slide it in your wallet's dime compartment each time you use the headphones, though, or it seems bound to be lost.

The tray ejector for the microSIM and microSD card slots is in the headphone jack - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The tray ejector for the microSIM and microSD card slots is in the headphone jack - Huawei Ascend P6 Review
The tray ejector for the microSIM and microSD card slots is in the headphone jack - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

The tray ejector for the microSIM and microSD card slots is in the headphone jack


Back - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Back

Rear camera - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Rear camera

Loudspeaker - Huawei Ascend P6 Review

Loudspeaker



Display

The Ascend P6 flaunts a 4.7” 720x1280 pixels IPS-LCD panel with 312ppi density, which is more than enough for your daily needs.

The screen sports the modern in-cell touch technology that contributes to the slim waistline of the P6. That means a slimmer packaging, letting more backlight go through, increased contrast and better responsiveness.

Color representation is very good and you can also adjust the display's color temperature from cold to warm with a slider in the display settings.

The screen has good viewing angles, and is sufficiently bright outside with its 470 nits, but has a bit too much reflectance, which diminishes sunlight visibility and makes it hard to tell in direct rays due to the mirror reflections.

There is a gloves-on mode that lets you operate the display while on the ski lift, for example, which can be turned on and off from the display settings.


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8 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

What a beautiful beast! *o*

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

7. cowakami

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Where did you buy it for $400?

8. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq
Ascend P6
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Huawei K3V2E, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh

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