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Huawei Ascend G6 4G hands-on review (MWC 2014)

Huawei’s Ascend G6 4G is an affordable 4G mobile with an impressively sharp front-facing camera, for those all-important selfies. We take a look at MWC 2014…

UPDATE: We’ve now done a full Huawei Ascend G6 4G review, but below is our original hands-on preview of the phone as a brief overview.

At first glance, the Ascend G6 4G by Huawei isn’t a massive leap from last year’s Huawei Ascend P6, which was then the world’s slimmest smartphone. Sadly the Ascend G6 4G can’t make any such claim – it’s a little beefier than the Ascend P6, at 7.85mm.

Huawei unveils Ascend G6 4G phone at MWC 2014, hands-on review

The Ascend G6 4G is a 4.5-inch device that should cost under £200, with an IPS display packing a qHD resolution (960 x 540-pixels). That’s the same resolution as the LG G2 Mini, although the Ascend G6 4G actually has a smaller screen – not so Mini after all, eh LG? We had a play around and it’s decently bright, if not parituclarly rich or sharp.

Huawei unveils Ascend G6 4G phone at MWC 2014, hands-on review

The body is your typical budget plastic effort, with a shiny silver plastic edging. We didn’t expect the Ascend G6 to weigh as much as it does (140g if you’re interested), because it looks quite cheap.

Huawei unveils Ascend G6 4G phone at MWC 2014, hands-on review

The power and volume buttons are found on the right edge, and there on the left is the same annoying headphone jack as the Ascend P6. This means you can’t easily listen to music when the phone’s in your pocket, as the cable will jut sideways and make the mobile stick out.

Huawei unveils Ascend G6 4G phone at MWC 2014, hands-on review

As for the Ascend G6 4G’s interface, it’s the usual fluffy Huawei overlay covering Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – disappointing because so many phones we saw today were already packing KitKat. Still, the basic quad-core 1.2GHz SnapDragon processor coped with Android well, as well as any apps we tried out. That’s the same processor found on the Motorola Moto G, which at £135 is great value – we’re guessing the Ascend G2 4G won’t get that low, although it does have LTE support unlike the Moto G.

Huawei unveils Ascend G6 4G phone at MWC 2014, hands-on review

The 8-megapixel rear camera packs your typical features, including HDR mode for brightening up your shots, and Smart auto mode. However, much more interesting is the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the best lens found on any phone at this price point. It certainly captures sharp selfies, and combined with the Beauty mode, we reckon a lot of Facebook/Instagram fans who love posting up pics of their mug will be right on board.

Huawei unveils Ascend G6 4G phone at MWC 2014, hands-on review

There’s no availability info on the Huawei Ascend G6 4G just yet, but we’ll bring you a full review if and when it lands on British shores.

 

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