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Review: Huawei Ascend G6
3.9Overall Score

Price (RRP): $329
Manufacturer: Huawei

Mid-range phones aren’t known for being thin or having great mobile speeds, and budget phones even less so, but a new phone from Huawei appears to buck that trend, especially with a $320 price.

Features

A new value packed phone for people keen to get the most out of their mobile provider, Huawei’s Ascend G6 aims to deliver the mobile web at blazing speeds, but not expect you to shell too much out of your wallet.

Inside this phone, you won’t find one of Huawei’s own home-built chips, with the company switching to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip, a similar chip to the one HTC used in its One Mini last year, though Huawei is relying on a quad-core variant clocked at 1.2GHz, different to the dual-core 1.4GHz version HTC used.

Memory on this handset clocks in at 1GB RAM, while built in storage sits at 8GB, with a microSD slot available to expand this considerably. Graphics are handled by the Adreno 305 chip, and Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” runs on this handset, with Huawei’s Emotion UI overlay for Android provided here.

Connection options are handled through 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, Near-Field Communication, GPS, and Category 4 4G LTE, making download speeds as high as 150Mbps possible (telco permitting). A wired port is also provided in the form of a microUSB port, the way you charge and transfer data to the handset.

Cameras are also here, with an 8 megapixel shooter on the back with an LED flash accompanying it, while the front facing camera comes in at 5 megapixels.

Covering this technology is a plastic casing measuring 7.9mm thick, weighing 115 grams, and supporting a 4.5 inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen running the qHD resolution of 960×540, which itself shows a pixel clarity of 245 pixels per inch.

Ports and buttons are limited on this handset, with a 3.5mm headset jack on the bottom left, the microUSB port at the top, and three soft buttons sitting under the display, supporting back, home, and menu options. Physical buttons can also be found on the right edge, with a volume rocker sitting just above the power button.

The rear cover of Ascend G6 is removeable, showing the microSD and microSIM slots beneath, as well as the battery, which is built into the body and cannot be removed.

The battery is rated at 2000mAh.

Performance

Huawei has found some successes with previous phones, usually in the mid-range area, but the company doesn’t always connect great design with great technology.

Take the Ascend P2, for instance, which had a ho-hum design but some excellent speeds for the $504 price. And then there was the Ascend P6, packing in a design that slimmed the body down to 6.2mm, but missed out on the 4G connectivity.

But the benefit of releasing all of these models is that Huawei can merge them to create new products, and that is more or less what the company has done with the Ascend G6, a slightly-more-than-budget smartphone that borrows from the style set out in the P6 — as well as the cameras used in that model — and matches it with some high-speed mobile connectivity seen in the P2.