Huawei Ascend P6 Review
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...
In the box
- Silicon case
- Wall charger
- In-ear stereo headphones
- microUSB cable
- Warranty and information leaflets
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.
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.
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.
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 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.