It was love at first sight.
I opened the box that Huawei Device Philippines sent me a few days back and I was instantly smitten by the gorgeous handset that sits inside.
Measuring only 6.18 millimeters at its thickest point and flaunting an elegant aluminum frame, Huawei Ascend P6 - according to Mr. Johnson Ma, Huawei Device Business Philippines' Country Head - "is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface." That's, of course, on top of the fact that it is inarguably the thinnest smartphone in the world today.
Huawei Ascend P6 is a sight to behold and a joy to hold.
If iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z had a love-child, it would definitely be this stunning handset. Weighing only 120 grams, this feather light device sports a contoured, squarish footprint similar to the Japanese company's 2013 flagship release - albeit with a unique, curved base - complemented by a slick metal band similar to what you'll find on Apple's current smartphone.
Turning its 4.7-inch IPS+ HD display on, you will be greeted by crisp details and vibrant colors, which truly bring to life Huawei's beautiful Emotion UI version 1.6 serving as skin for the phone's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Swiping your finger on the scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen, you are sure to get a lag-free and enjoyable mobile experience, thanks to the handset's stellar innards, headlined by the ARM Cortex A9-based Huawei K3V2 Quad Core chipset and 2 GB of RAM for efficient multitasking.
The Chinese electronics giant's current flagship has got both the looks and power departments covered. But if you ask me, what makes it truly special are its remarkable imaging capabilities.
Huawei Ascend P6 features a whopping 5 MegaPixel front-facing camera - replete with BSI sensor and auto facial-enhancing capabilities - allowing you to take gorgeous selfies that you will definitely want to share on Facebook and Instagram. The handset's 8 MegaPixel rear-facing BSI camera with F2.0 aperture and 4cm macro view also enables 1080p Full HD video recording and playback. And with the company's very own IMAGESmart camera application, Ascend P6 allows the most novice photographer to take great shots, with contrast and color enhancement, auto scene recognition, object tracing focus, and instant facial beauty support.
I'm very happy with my Huawei Ascend P6 -- so much so that I've decided to make it a 2013 TechPinas Favorite, joining Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z, and a few other stunning gadget releases this year. I would highly recommend this smartphone to anyone's who's looking for a reasonably priced Android flagship with looks that effortlessly attract attention and a front-facing camera that delivers flattering photos.
To those who are interested, Huawei Ascend P6 dons an official suggested retail price of Php 18,990 (which I think is already low for a device of its calibre) and is now available in the following shops nationwide:
Manila: BSD TITANIUM - SM Megamall; BLUELITE – SM Mall of Asia; MEMOXPRESS SHOP - SM North Edsa, Trinoma Mall, SM Valenzuela, SM Marilao, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, SM Cubao, SM Marikina, SM Megamall, Robinsons Pioneer, Festival Mall Alabang, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Lucena, The HIVE Aabang, SM Mall of Asia Pasay, Robinsons Midtown Manila, SM San Lazaro Makati, SM Cash & Carry Makati, THE HIVE Glorietta Makati; POWERTEL SHOP – SM North EDSA, SM Mega Mall, SM Masinag.
Luzon: MOUNTAIN STUDIO SHOP – Session Road Baguio; MEMOXPRESS SHOP - SM Calamba, SM Dasmarinas Cavite, Ayala Imus, SM Clark Pampanga, SM San Fernando Pampanga, SM Tarlac, SM Rosales Pangasinan, SM Baliuag Bulacan, Harbor Point Subic Zambales.
Visayas: MEMOXPRESS SHOP - SM Cebu near Radisson, SM Bacolod; RC GOLDLINE – SM Cebu, Ayala Cebu.
Mindanao: MEMOXPRESS SHOP - SM Davao, Abreeza Mall Davao, Ayala Cagayan De Oro, SM Cagayan De Oro; TEKPONE – SM Davao, Ayala Abreeza.
|Name||Huawei Ascend P6|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Price Category||Midrange (Flagship Level)|
|Dimensions||132.7 x 65.5 x 6.2 mm|
|Available Colors||White, Pink, Black|
|Operating System||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean|
|Display||4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU, Vivante GC4000 GPU, Huawei K3V2 chipset|
|RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Internal Storage||8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, BSI Sensor, F2.0 aperture and 4cm macro view, Front: 5 MegaPixels, BSI Sensor|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, 720p HD front camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||DivX, XviD, MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21.6 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|GPS||Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100/td>|
|SIM Card Type||microSIM (Single SIM)|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 2000 mAh battery|
|Uptime||Up to 416 hours of Standby, 28 hours of Talktime|
|Value-Added Features||One of the Slimmest Quad Core Android Smartphones, Android 4.2.2 right out of the box, 5 MegaPixel front-facing camera|
|Announcement||Philippines: August 5, 2013|
|Availability||August 5, 2013|
|Price||Official SRP: Php 18,990|