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Jun
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Huawei announced the company's first real superphone this morning in London, and it's called the Ascend P6. Catchy.

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This device has been leaked an absurd number of times in the last few months, so it's not exactly a shocker, but seeing it in all its press-ready photoshopped glory is a lot more impressive than through the lens of a mediocre smartphone camera in a dimly lit room. The P6 is undoubtedly the nicest looking handset Huawei has ever produced.

The selling points for this phone are definitely the more superficial aspects, however. Its mostly-metal body and exceptional thinness (just 6.18mm) are clearly gunning at out-iPhoning the iPhone. The P6 even kind of looks like an iPhone.

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For all the P6's beauty, then, there is a cost. LTE does not appear to be supported, only 8GB of internal storage are provided (plus microSD slot), its 4.7" LCD is a 720p panel (though it does work with gloves), and it manages to fit only a 2000mAh battery in that sleek frame. It's equipped with an f2.0 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP (yep, really) front camera that is, and I quote from the press release, "perfect for selfies." The processor is a 1.5GHz quad-core of unknown lineage with 2GB of RAM, and may even be Huawei's own in-house silicon.

Android 4.2.2, somewhat refreshingly, is hiding underneath Huawei's newly-unveiled Emotion UI (gag), which looks to heavily augment the stock Android experience, a trait increasingly typical of Chinese smartphones running Google's OS.

The P6 will start shipping in China this month, with Western Europe next on the list in July through a host of carriers and online retailers. Pricing was not announced.

Huawei via Android Central

David Ruddock
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  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Although I won't be buying one, I'm glad to see another competitor in the market. Good work Huawei!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    This phone is basically why Huawei doesn't market to the US - the specifications don't stand up to the high-end on-contract devices that most people buy here. I'm sure it will have a very compelling price in China, and a decent one in Europe, but there's just no room for a "value high-end" phone in the US market right now. Especially with Google selling a phone of basically equivalent specifications for $300 here. I guarantee the P6 won't come close to that price.

    Huawei's doing interesting stuff, but this device is clearly focused on China.

  • Amer Khaznadar

    5MP front camera, so this is basically the first phone aiming to gain the "forever alone" crowd?
    (Slightly) More seriously though, can more companies do that? Perhaps there would be a decrease in stupid mirror shots if iPhones had that.

    • MasterMuffin

      There have already been phones with 5mp front camera, from Oppo for example

    • Sean Lumly

      5MP sensors aren't expensive. They can be purchased for around $5 on ebay. I suspect that the price would be lower if purchasing wholesale and in bulk.

      In any case, although it may seem superfluous for a front-cam, in tech, more is generally considered better. Who knows? There may be some new capabilities unlocked by this part.

  • jeffhesser

    beautiful phone but the trade off on battery life feels a bit rediculous.

  • HitokiriX

    The phone looks great. Those specs on the other hand....

  • beboo

    how could that be a True Flagship phone ? with that low specs WTF,
    Huawei Ascend D2 much better than this crap
    not gonna buy this

    • Sean Royce

      Low specs? Mate, 5MP front camera? A phone that thin? Even manages to squeeze in 2000mah battery. Not to mention 720p is absolutely fine for anyone. Stop being such a first world complainer.

      • beboo

        1080p or 720p screen , 3000mah or 2000mah, 13 MP camera or 8 MP
        the D2 has Dust and water resistant
        it's not a flagship Mate !!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Sean Royce

          Stay mad.

    • Shi Qiu

      This isn't a flagship phone, since it's the P-Series.
      Huawei's D-Series is supposed to be the flagship line, just as you noticed with their former flagship D2.

  • youssef jbili

    the UI is ugly , even touchwiz is better than this

  • TechGuy

    No replaceable battery, no 4G/LTE and only 16Gb puts this out of contention for my next phone.

  • TY

    Suddenly a phone with specs rivalling the galaxy s3 is considered to have awful specs... texhonology really flies..

  • Miguel García García

    Prize 449 euros
    Emotion ui is personalisable with themes (incluided android stock...)
    2gb of ram, 1,5 quadcore, 720 px(HD screen) usable with gloves, dual sim and you say is not hight end?
    I´m the only one who doesn´t need 8 cores, fullHD screens in 4,7 inch screens?

  • selonmoi

    Well, I don't know about you, but I can't wait to select one of numerous themes at my choice and start using enhanced core functions like Email enhancement, Permission manager, and Messaging enhancement. It's time to turn my Beauty level up to 10!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I sincerely hope this is sarcasm.

      • selonmoi

        This is most definitely sarcasm.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Flagship? Perhaps flag-dinghy would be more appropriate. Or flag-rowboat. or perhaps flag-inflatable-animal-float? The specs do NOT rate the "flagship" tag given the competition's specs.

    • http://en.ui.vmall.com/ Pavan Emotion UI

      #Emotion UI 1.6 features in Huawei Ascend P6#
      300 new features have been introduced with Huawei Ascend P6 in Emotion UI 1.6 :-
      * Magic Unlock
      * Smart Dialing
      * Gesture Control
      * Camera - Super Zoom
      * 100 diff online Themes
      * Airsharing
      * Power Manager
      * Security Manager

  • Jose Torres

    Considering the so so specs and heavy Android tack-ons..meh

  • firethorn

    Looks too much like an iPhone to please my eyes, otherwise sounds like a nice but not great device. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Oppo Find 7 though.

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    where are the nav buttons?

    • silaslenz

      On screen according to the hands on pictures. Seriously Huawei, how do you miss to include the buttons on the press pictures!?

      Seems like a perfectly fine upper mid range phone otherwise, I really like there hardware design. Some more popular phone company could learn a thing or two from them...

  • ShahinTr

    Could anything else be more impossibly possible? O_o

  • Herman

    I see an iLawsuit™ coming...

  • Michael Ta

    great phone, nice looking specs, few things though, the aluminium or metal band around the phone just looks like an iphone, and the logo... Sorry logo, you look like shiet.