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It's a tag you will have heard before of course as smartphone manufacturers claim and reclaim the title of "The World's Slimmest Smartphone" - but I'm guessing if you asked the question in your local pub quiz very few people would come up with the answer of the Huawei Ascend P6. But it's completely true! This beauty slips in at just 6.18 mm.
Aluminium alloy frame
It's not all just about statistics though, this really is an absolute beauty of a smartphone and the feature set is up there with the best of them. To begin with the Huawei Ascend P6 puts the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 to shame with it's aluminium alloy frame and matte brushed metal rear panel together with a full length glass front.
Yet it also remains remarkably light too at just 121 grams. It's an amazing achievement.
The main rear facing camera is an almost obligatory 8 megapixel resolution unit complete with LED flash which offers suitably impressive results though we found you had to ensure your shots were focused properly. HDR, geotagging, face and smile detection are also included, as well as 1080p full HD video recording.
Huawei have also come up with what we think is a world first - an additional 5 megapixel front facing camera with 720p HD video recording.
It gets even better. The 4.7 inch IPS+ LCD Gorilla Glass-covered screen with a resolution of 1280x720 has a similar pixel density to the iPhone 5.
It is as good as anything we have seen lately and in fact I would actually put it ahead of the iPhone 5, it really is that good.
If you're not happy with the colour temperature there is even a control which enables you to adjust it to an even warmer or cooler hue, something I don't think I've ever seen on a smartphone before.
Did you know?
HUAWEI are the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers in the world!
Memory cards up to 64GB
The 8GB of on-board memory can be complemented by adding a Micro SD card memory card up to 64 GB. For a refreshing change you do not have to remove a battery cover to access the memory card slot. Like the sim card holder, this sits on the side of the phone and is open with a pin that very cleverly doubles as a plug for the 3.5mm headphones socket, keeping it free from dust ingress.
Huawei's own 1.5 GHz quad core processor ensures a decent turn of speed although it appeared to slow down somewhat under heavy game playing. But in normal use it was a quick as anything else out there. Connectivity is very good with 802.11n Wi-Fi, DNLA, stereo Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. However there is no NFC on-board which you may wish to consider if it is something you think you are likely to use for contactless payments or transferring files by touch.
If you are still thinking Hu-who? Then it may surprise you to hear that Huawei are actually a considerably larger manufacturer than you may realise, though not yet quite so well known on Western shores. But remember when you had never heard of HTC?
The Huawei Ascend P6 is an excellent all-round package that is just about everything you will ever need and currently proudly possesses the title of the World's Slimmest Smartphone - a feat which will have even Sony scratching their heads as they prepare to release their Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which almost beats it for slimness, but not quite...
The P6 is well worthy of your consideration and you will be doing yourself a disservice if you dismiss it too easily
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