Huawei has been gradually trying to edge its way into the West's top-end smartphone market for the last few years now, releasing a slew of highly specced but moderately priced Android handsets. The affordable nature of the phones is a direct move by the Chinese heavyweight to entice Android fans away from the currently more popular Samsung Galaxy competition.
The Ascend P6 continues this tactic, boasting cutting-edge internal components and Huawei's latest Emotion user interface (UI), but costing a modest £380, making it over £200 cheaper than Samsung's premier Galaxy S4.
Design and build
Visually, it's clear that the P6 is heavily influenced by the Apple iPhone 5. In fact, were it not for the P6's slightly rounded bottom edge and Huawei branding emblazoned on its back and front, you could be forgiven for thinking the device was made by Apple. The P6 features the same rectangular, hard edge design and outer metallic lining along its sides as the latest iPhone. It's only when you get the P6 in hand that you realise how different it is. The most noticeable difference is the increased size, with the P6 measuring in at 133x66x6mm and weighing 120g, compared to the iPhone 5's specs of 124x59x7.6mm and 112g. As well as making the P6 the thinnest smartphone currently available, the measurements make the P6 feel very different to the iPhone 5, a phenomenon helped by its alternative button placement, which places its power and volume buttons along its right-hand side.