18 June 2013

Huawei unveils world’s slimmest smartphone.


Unveiled at an event in London earlier today, 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 Jelly Bean, the device is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and comes with 2 GB of RAM.  Its 4.7-inch HD 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 lenses, with a 5-megapixel camera up front and an 8-megapixel rear camera.  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 pink and will begin shipping in July at around £449 SIM-free.

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