Thinner is better, and Huawei proves it with the slimmest smartphone yet

There are two constants in the world of smartphones: one is that screens are getting bigger, and the other is that devices are getting thinner, and with that last one in mind, Huawei has crafted what it says is the slimmest handset yet.

Announced in London this week, the Huawei Ascend P6 pushes more boundaries by bringing those lines closer together, at least in the thickness department.

Armed with a 4.7 inch HD capable screen, the Ascend P6 is the first smartphone in the world to cram a quad-core processor, a 2000mAh battery, Google Android 4.2, 2GB RAM, and 8GB storage with a microSD slot into a body that literally measures 6.18mm thick, compared with 7.6mm on the Apple iPhone 5 and 6.9mm on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The phone will come with Huawei’s interesting take on the Android look called the “Emotion UI,” seen last in the massive 6.1 inch Ascend Mate which collapses the apps menu into the home screen and emulates the simplicity of Apple’s iOS.

A look of the operating system isn’t all Huawei is intending to look at the design of, as the hardware here gives off the feeling of something i-inspired, from the metal on the sides, the back, the style of SIM slot, and even the camera placement.

One difference, however, is the type of camera, with a 8 megapixel on the back, but also a 5 megapixel on the front, a first for the industry, with a camera that goes beyond 2 to 3 megapixels.

That essentially means better selfless when you want to take them – let’s be honest, that’s what most of us are using the front-facing camera for – and then Full HD video conferencing for that rare time we’ll be Skyping.

The Huawei Ascend P6 will come in white, black, and pink.

Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed for Australia, with a representative for the company in this country saying “nothing to announce yet,” but asking us to “stay tuned.”

Given the amount of Huawei releases we’ve had so far, we’re betting this model is coming, though probably in August or September. As he said, “stay tuned.”