Hands-on: Huawei Ascend G6 4G

Hands-on: Huawei Ascend G6 4G

Huawei took the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Ascend G6 4G at an event on the eve of MWC 2014. The new LTE-enabled smartphone is their latest 4G handset for the mainstream smartphone market featuring a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540 pixel resolution) display and a high-resolution 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Built with features that enable better sharing of content among users, the Huawei Ascend G6 4G also features the company’s Emotion UI 2.0, a unique user interface that’s intuitive and easy-to-use. The Emotion UI 2.0 features a customizable homescreen with nearly 1,000 online themes for greater personalization. There are also two enhanced ‘Standard’ and ‘Simplicity’ preset UIs that help make navigation far more effortless.

The new Huawei Ascend G6 4G smartphone. Also available in 3G only.

The Huawei Ascend G6 4G measures 7.85mm in thickness and weighs only 115g. Built with the similar ‘double C’ design of their popular Ascend P6 , the Ascend G6 feels good in the hands and looks sleeker than most smartphones of the same price range. It’s available in a range of colors including black with light gunmetal grey or rose gold highlights, or in white with pink or champagne gold. The Huawei Ascend G6 will also come in an only-3G version with color choices that include black, white, pink, gold or blue.

The latest Huawei Ascend G6 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 quad-core 1.2GHz CPU. The midrange SoC supports up to 150Mbps LTE speeds (and does not support Carrier Aggregation). It comes with a 2000mAh built-in Li-polymer battery.

Running on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of Flash storage (upgradable to another 32GB with micro SD card), the phone works fairly well running the standard range of apps and features that come preinstalled in the phone. Although it may not be using the latest Android operating system, the company stated that it does have plans to update it to KitKat after its initial launch.

As shown here, the Ascend G6 comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB worth of RAM and a total of 8GB storage. Phone software took up less than 4GB of storage.

The latest Ascend G6 4G (right) compared with the Ascend P6 (left). Design almost similar except for the navigation buttons, screen size and location of the front facing camera.

The thickness of the Ascend G6 (bottom) as compared with the Ascend P6 (above). Both phones are slim although the Ascend G6 is slightly thicker (at 7.85mm) as compared with the Ascend P6 that measures only 6.18mm thin. The Ascend G6 also does not have easy access trays for SIM and microSD cards, unlike the Ascend P6.

Similar to the Ascend P6 (bottom), the Ascend G6 4G (top) also has its USB port located on top of the phone. However, the orientation of the port is inverted on the Ascend G6 4G.

The audio jack on the Ascend G6 4G (bottom) is found on the lower left flank of the smartphone, similar to the Ascend P6 (top).

The back of the Ascend P6 (left) and the Ascend G6 (left). Although the rrangement of the camera and flash unit are different, the audio port remains in the same location.

The other unique feature of the Ascend G6 is its enhancement in its camera. First off, you’ll find a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that gives you more pixel resolution for selfies and better quality video calls. Besides taking nicer selfies, the front-facing camera comes with a four plastic element lens that enables 88 degree wide-angle shooting. Wide angle means you’ll be able to take group selfies much easier – something that’s not possible with regular cameras. The phone’s software also allows easier shooting with audio controlled snapping. Another unique feature that Huawei has added into its camera is the unique “Voice Photo” function that enables you to attach a 10-second audio clip along with the photo.

On the rear, you’ll find an 8-megapixel AF BSI f/2.0 camera built with Sony’s IMX134 sensor. It comes with five plastic elements lens with blue glass infrared filter and an integrated flash.

The new Huawei Ascend G6 4G is expected to be available from April 2014 at a suggested retail price of 249 Euros.