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June 18, 2013

Huawei Ascend P6 Takes World's Slimmest Smartphone Crown

The battle for the title of the ‘world's slimmest smartphone’ isn't as important as it once was, since most smartphones these days can easily manage under one centimeter (about 0.39 inches) thin. Still, it's always interesting to see how far smartphone manufacturers can push the envelope on this front.

It seems that Huawei is more keen than most these days judging by its most recent offering, the Ascend P6. At only 6.18 millimeters (0.24 inches) thin, the P6 blows the Huawei Ascend P2 — which turned heads earlier this year at 8.4 millimeters — out of the water.

Remarkably, despite its svelte build, the P6 sports some decidedly high-end features, including a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a 4.7-inch 720p display and an eight megapixel rear-facing camera. Perhaps most notably, the P6 also features a five megapixel front-facing camera — a much higher resolution than most high-end devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5. Another standout feature is a microSD slot, allowing users to expand the P6's onboard 8GB significantly.

The only area that really suffers from the Ascend P6's build is battery capacity; the P6 comes with a 2,000mAh unit, which doesn't quite match the P2's 2,420mAh battery.

Despite this, Cnet had kind words for the Ascend P6 as it offers solid specs in a well-built package. Indeed, the device's size doesn't affect its durability adversely as the P6 apparently feels quite sturdy. Amazingly, Huawei's Emotion interface wasn't counted as a strike against the phone as it offers a good selection of optional visual themes that help keep Android feeling fresh.

That said, the Emotion UI eschews an app tray in favor of keeping all apps on the phone's homescreen, which will likely prove an unpopular decision with experienced Android users.

Lastly, the P6 doesn't support 4G data, unlike the P2, which may prove a deal breaker for many.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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