Huawei has announced its latest smartphone, the Ascend P6, which was launched at a flashy event in London on Tuesday afternoon. The phone comes with a bold claim to fame – as it’s the current holder of the world’s thinnest smartphone crown.
How thin? Just 6.18mm. For comparison, the Apple iPhone 5 measures 7.6mm, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is 7.9mm. The Ascend P6 is light too, at 120 grams, and has a stylish body shell that’s reminiscent of the aforementioned iPhone 5, but has a curved base which differs from the flat, squared top.
The screen takes up the majority of the front panel, measures 4.7-inches, and has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Powering the Ascend P6 is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, which is accompanied by 2GB of RAM, and a slightly disappointing 8GB of internal memory.
An 8 megapixel camera sits on the back of the phone, while around the front is a 5 megapixel video call camera, which is considerably more capable than most forward-facing lenses. Huawei has installed Android 4.2.2 on the device, and added its Emotion UI over the top, which does change several aspects of Android’s operation and could take some getting used to.
Other features include a 2000mAh battery and the ability to use the screen while wearing gloves, along with camera tweaks including 1080p video recording, and a macro mode, editing tools, plus a self portrait mode.
Huawei will launch the Ascend P6 in 19 countries, with the UK seeing the phone in July. It will be available through networks including O2 and Vodafone, plus online retailers such as Amazon, for a SIM-free price of 450 euros, or about £385.