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Huawei Ascend P6 Unboxing and Initial Review: Surprisingly Delightful

Gorgeous new smartphone from Huawei now available in the Philippines
Gorgeous new smartphone from Huawei now available in the Philippines

Huawei Ascend P6: Stunning Piece of Tech

Huawei is back with a vengeance with the new Huawei Ascend P6. Measuring just 6.18mm thin, the Ascend P6 is rightfully considered to be one of the slimmest smartphones in the world! Add to that the high quality premium materials used for the chassis and the highly competitive internals then you have a potential hot smartphone on your hands!

We’ve had the P6 in the Unbox HQ for a few days now and we’d like to share with you guys our unboxing as well as our initial impressions. Before anything though let’s quickly go over the specifications.

Huawei Ascend P6 Spec Sheet

  • 1.5GHz quad core Huawei K3V2 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage with expandable storage via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.7 inch LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 312 ppi
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with BSI, autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jellybean with Emotion UI

As you can see, it ain’t no slouch. What stands out there is probably the 5.0-megapixel front-facing camera. Consumer usage of smartphones is definitely starting to impact manufacturers. With the popularity of selfies it’s really only a matter of time before front and back cameras would produce the same quality of photos, lol.

Huawei Ascend P6 Unboxing Video

As usual we came up with an unboxing video for the Huawei Ascend P6. Check it out in full below. It’s only short so it won’t take up too much of your time. It should also give you a better feel for the design of the device.

Not bad right!?

Initial Impressions on Hardware and Software

iPhone 5S is that you?
iPhone 5S is that you?

As you probably saw in the video, the Huawei Ascend P6 sports a very clean, minimalist, but premium look. At the sides we have an aluminum band which houses the controls, ports, and slots of the device. This includes the micro SIM and micro SD slots which you need to pop open with a pin. Up front we have the 4.7-inch display and the front-facing 5.0-megapixel shooter. Turn it around and you’ll find the 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash.

Look at how thin that is!
Look at how thin that is!

When it comes to the form factor, the Ascend P6 truly is crazy thin, but it doesn’t feel cheap. In fact there’s a comfortable and natural heft to it which gives you the feeling that it’s durable and sturdy.

Emotion UI is Android simplified
Emotion UI is Android simplified

For the software we get Huawei’s new Emotion UI. Now this one will be kinda polarizing. Instead of the usual Android app grid, we get something more of a mix between Android and iOS. You can still put widgets on the home screen and re-arrange them but all of your apps will be displayed in a grid on succeeding pages (you can customize though). It’s definitely a simpler take on Android but those who are already familiar with the original UI might get a little confused at first. We’ll tackle this more during the full review.

Huawei's Emotion UI
Huawei’s Emotion UI

Full Review Coming Soon

Watch out for our full review of the Huawei Ascend P6 next week. We’ll also feature this device more in detail during next week’s podcast episode.

Congratulations again to Huawei Philippines for bringing the Ascend P6 to our shores! If you want one you can get it from gadget stores for Php18,999.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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