HUAWEI ASCEND G6 4G

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST -

If you’ve seen the Ascend P6 or the P7, then you wouldn’t be sur­prised with the de­sign of the Ascend G6 4G. What you’ll im­me­di­ately no­tice is Huawei’s sig­na­ture curve at the bot­tom of the de­vice, which breaks tra­di­tion from the typ­i­cal flat­tened end and helps give it a unique look.

This de­lib­er­ate de­sign el­e­ment has its cons though; the charg­ing port has been shifted to the top while the 3.5mm au­dio out­put jack has been moved to the bot­tom left. This means that the con­nec­tor will pro­trude out from the side and makes slip­ping the phone into pock­ets a tricky af­fair.

Hold­ing the Ascend G6 4G in the hands will make one re­al­ize that the de­vice is re­ally quite light. In fact, it is the light­est among the six phones at 115g. De­spite its light­weight form fac­tor, the Ascend G6 4G still feels sturdy. The build ma­te­rial is plas­tic, but the sides have a brushed metal fin­ish that feels good and adds a pre­mium touch to the phone. It also helps that the back plate is matte, which means a more as­sur­ing grip.

Con­trary to its looks, the back plate is ac­tu­ally re­mov­able although the bat­tery is not. Lo­cated to the right of the em­bed­ded bat­tery are the mi­croSD and mi­croSIM card slots. The mi­croSD mem­ory card slot can only sup­port cards of up to 32GB though, bring­ing the to­tal stor­age ca­pac­ity of the Ascend G6 4G to 40GB.

The Ascend G6 4G ships with An­droid 4.3 Jelly Bean and a cus­tom in­ter­face known as Emo­tion UI 2.0. Un­like the typ­i­cal An­droid in­ter­face, Emo­tion UI does not have an app drawer; it adopts an iOS­like con­cept where apps sit on the home screen.

The Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz chipset and 1GB RAM kept the show run­ning smoothly on the Ascend G6 4G as we did not en­counter any stut­ters or lags.

Sim­i­lar to the De­sire 816 and G2 Mini, the Ascend G6 4G sup­ports LTE CAT 4 where you can ex­pect max­i­mum down­load and up­load speeds of 150Mbps and 50Mbps re­spec­tively.

Slim de­sign. Good

han­dling.

Awk­ward head­phone jack place­ment. Bat­tery life could be bet­ter.

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