Review: Huawei Ascend P6

You’d be forgiven for mistaking the Huawei Ascend P6 for an iPhone 5 — particularly if viewed from a distance. With its distinctive rounded bottom, an all-glass front, and a brushed-aluminum backside, the P6 definitely borrows a design cue or two from Cupertino.

Pick up this world phone though, and you’ll quickly realize the similarities end there. Not only is the P6 one of the skinniest smartphones on the market — it’s 0.24-inches thick (versus the iPhone 5’s 0.3 inches and the Galaxy S4’s and Xperia Z’s 0.31) — it’s also one of the larger devices, with a 4.7-inch screen.

Unfortunately, while it may have flagship looks, the P6’s specs don’t quite measure up to the competition. Its 1,280 x 720 in-cell LCD does offer up crisp images with vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles. But with a decidedly ho-hum 320 pixels-per-inch, the screen is still a far cry from full HD splendor of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Huawei made some curious design choices too. The micro-USB port is located on top of the phone, forcing you to dock it upside down in any charging or music station you may have. On the right side, the SIM and microSD trays are also pretty much indistinguishable. (Hint: The microSD slot is on the bottom.)

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