Huawei Ascend P6 Review

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Huawei Ascend P6 is a unique phone in terms of inheritance. It inherits the design from iPhone and a number of features in the Android OS is derived from the MIUI ROM. This device is priced at ₹25,000. At this price this phone can be considered as a medium budget phone.

Design

  • Huawei Ascend P6 has a 5MP front camera along with an LED notification indicator and a mic.
  • On the right hand side it has a Micro SIM Card slot, Micro SD Card slot, volume rockers and the power button.
  • On the left hand side we the GSM Bands and a weird looking 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • At the top we have the micro usb charging slot. At the back we have a 8MP camera sensor along with a LED flash. At the bottom of the panel we have a speaker.
Huawei Ascend P6 Front

Huawei Ascend P6 Front

Display

The device has a IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with screen resolution of 1280×720 which accounts to 312 pixels per inch. The device uses Corning Gorilla Glass. The display is definitely way better than most smartphones. The viewing angles on the display is amazing.

Hardware

The device is powered by a Quad Core 1.5GHz processor and it has 2GB of RAM, with 8GB of internal storage.

Benchmarks

The device score 14918 in ANTUTU Benchmark. It is a decent score and very close to the Nexus 4. But on comparing it with Xiaomi MI2S it was way behind. Nexus 4 has a slightly better GPU and that is clearly shown in the results. Quadrant Standard gave a score of 3518 and OpenGL ES 2.0 test gave a score of 2976.

User Interface / Operating System

The Ascend P6 uses the Emotion UI which looks very similar to the MIUI ROM. Totally 9 home screens can be added. A number of tweaks are provided in the notification bar. One of the best tweak is the Screenshot. The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jellybean. It also inherits motion control features from the Galaxy smartphones. This includes features like Flip, Pick Up and Raise.

A number of Google apps come pre-installed. This includes YouTube, Google+, Google Play Store, etc

Huawei Ascend P6 User Interface

Huawei Ascend P6 User Interface

Just like Xiaomi, Huawei also provides its own applications like System Update, Power Manager, Backup, etc. It also has Permission Manager which is same as the Privacy management in the iPhone.

The device also supports DLNA. This means you can stream media to your TV or DLNA compatible device. Once DLNA is enabled. Just go to any system app which contains media. And in the app select multi screen. Choose your TV. Boom you have the media streaming on your TV.

A number of unnecessary animations makes the device quite slow at times. There are lot of themes that the official huawei marketplace offers. So rather than having a new skin and launcher being downloaded from the Play Store, users can use the default themes provided.

Performance

  1. Applications – Applications open up pretty fast. And this is pretty much because of the quad core CPU and the 2GB of RAM that is embedded inside the device. Browser performs well too. Pages load up quickly and there are no white checkerboards observed. The scrolling of the page is quite smooth.
  2. Games – Less graphics intensive games work well. However not all high graphic intensive games work properly. Some lag a lot. Fortunately Real Racing 3 worked very well. Certain games like Temple Run 2 experienced high frame drops providing a poor gaming experience. This at times can be very annoying and may prevent you from making a high score. The gaming performance is quite understandable considering the CPU has poor GPU.
  3. Battery – The phone has a massive 2000mAh battery but the performance is average. I could hardly get it to last the whole day. I had to charge the device at least once in the day to get it to last for the whole day. This performance test included high usage of internet, watching offline videos, playing games and listening to music.
  4. Sound – Huawei has done a very good job in the sound department. The output of the speaker is loud and clear. Even the headphones give a good clear output. But they are not comfortable and even at medium volume, people around you can hear what you are listening to.
  5. Camera – The device comes with a 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The rear camera can shoot videos in 1080p whereas the front camera can shoot videos at 720p. The sharpness in the photos is lacking but the auto focus works great. It supports image/video stabilisation and object tracking. But both the features make the video lag. The front camera shoots amazing videos and photographs.

Verdict

This device comes with an awesome design. Its light and has a superb build quality. It imbibes features from various ROMS. In addition it provides DLNA support. So you can just stream media to a DLNA player. This is an awesome feature which is not dependant on a particular device like Airplay or Galaxy AllShare.

Although this device packs in some good features but it lacks in GPU department. The CPU is average. Its good enough for day to day applications but when it comes to graphic intensive applications this device experiences high frame drops.

And because of this I feel the device too heavily priced. Even the Nexus 5 is packed with Snapdragon 800 and is being sold for ₹28,999. If this device was priced somewhere near ₹16,000, it would have been a device worth buying. But at this cost, I would prefer to go with Xolo, Micromax or Xiaomi.

Pros – Design, Display, DLNA, Decent Camera
Cons – Battery, UI, GPU

Video Review

Rating

Type Ratings
Design ★★★★★★★★★★
Display ★★★★★★★★★★
Memory ★★★★★★★★★★
Performance ★★★★★★★★★★
Overall

6.7 out of
10

 

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