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Huawei unveils world’s slimmest smartphone – again


June 19, 2013

The Huawei Ascend P6 is touted as the world's slimmest smartphone

The Huawei Ascend P6 is touted as the world's slimmest smartphone

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With all the different makes and models of smartphones available, manufacturers are always looking for something to make their handsets stand out. China’s Huawei chose size as its differentiating factor at CES in 2012 when it unveiled the Ascend P1 S, touting it as the world’s slimmest smartphone. The company is at it again with its new Ascend P6, which it is calling, you guessed it, “the world’s slimmest smartphone.”

Unveiled at an event in London last night, the Ascend P6 is just 6.18 mm thick, but manages to cram plenty of features into its metallic body. Running the latest version of Huawei’s Emotion UI over Android 4.2.2, the device is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and comes with 2 GB of RAM. Its 4.7-inch display packs 1,280 x 720 pixels at a density of around 322 ppi. The 8 GB of built in storage can be expanded upon by an additional 32 GB via microSD card.

There’s also front and rear snappers, with a 5-megapixel camera up front and an 8-megapixel backside illumination (BSI) camera with F2.0 aperture and 4 cm macroview on the rear. These will benefit from the panoramic and facial recognition photography functions that have been added to the aforementioned Emotion UI for the first time.

Huawei claims the phone’s 2,000 mAh lithium-polymer battery offers 30 percent better performance than other smartphone batteries of equal size thanks to the company’s Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) and Quick Power Control (QPC) battery optimization and power saving technologies. However, Huawei hasn’t yet provided battery life estimates for the P6, saying only it should recharge in under four hours.

Aside from the 6.18 mm thickness, the P6 measures 132.65 mm high, 65.5 mm wide, and weighs 120 g (4.2 oz) including the battery. The current model doesn’t support 4G, but Huawei says it plans to release a 4G model in October.

The Ascend P6 will come in black, white or pick and will begin shipping in China this month, followed by a release in countries including the UK, Australia, Italy and Spain in July at around €449 (US$600) SIM-free. Other markets will follow but no word on a US release date as yet.

Source: Huawei

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Very impressive! But you still need to put a quarter inch thick bumper case around it to protect it and keep it from being as slippery as an eel.

Billy Sharpstick

who really cares...? Nobody is looking for the slimmest phone. We're all looking for a phone with the longest lasting battery! We like a phone with a battery that lasts a week! After all... the first thing we do after buying any phone is to buy a protective case for it and nobody then cares about how slim the phone is. We want power !!!


I beg to differ willemco. I bought a Motorola RAZR XT910 about 1.5 years ago (which I am still using) and one of the biggest selling factors for me was that it was the slimmest phone on the market at the time. And to this day I have never stuck a protective case or screen guard on it (why would I need to if the phone is built decently?). My 1.5 year old phone's charge easily lasts a full day, and since it is normal habit for me to put it on charge every night on my bedside table when I go to bed, why would I need any more power?!


Unless every component used in making this device is flexible to an extent thinner is not necessarily better. Thinner you make it is more prone it is to damage by any kind of bending force.


What is the supposed advantage of making the phone even slimmer?


I beg to differ with ClubDoug. Give us a smart phone with battery enough for a week, I don't care if it is a bit heavier and thicker, I am a man, not a 5 year old. Thicker would allow for a better more resonant, fuller spectrum speakerphone that could double as music box. Also stop with the glare-full glossy screens - make it matte! The phone is not a phone anymore, is a hand computer. Design it as such!

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