Sunday, June 23, 2013

Huawei launches Ascend P6, the world's slimmest smartphone

China's Huawei unveiled its flagship smartphone, the Ascend P6, at its first standalone launch event in London this week, underlining its ambitions to compete with Apple and Samsung in the top tier of mobile technology.

WORLD'S SLIMMEST: The new Huawei Ascend P6 smartphone during launch in London on June 18, 2013


               Dimensions: 132.7 x 65.5 x 6.2 mm (5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 in)
               Weight: 120 g (4.23 oz)

               Type: Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
               Size: 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density)

               Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
               Internal 8 GB, 2 GB RAM

               GPRS Class 10, 32 - 48 kbps EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
               HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
               WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth, NFC
               USB, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

               Primary 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash
               Secondary 5 MP Video Yes, 1080p@30fps

               Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
               CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz
               GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

BATTERY Li-Po 2000 mAh


The company says the device, at 6.18mm thick, is the world's slimmest. It has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, designed for taking "selfies", or pictures of the owner to be shared on social media networks.

The company picked the launch date - 6/18 (June 18) - to tie in with the smartphone's dimensions. The launch, at an arts venue in North London, takes a cue from Apple and Samsung, both of which have made new product announcements at high profile events for a number of years.

Previously Huawei unveiled its handsets at industry trade shows like Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Huawei, which also makes telecom networking gear, is looking to drive sales of its consumer devices, a sector in which it has only had its own brand for about three years.

The company was the fourth-largest maker of smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, trailing LG Electronics and the two dominant brands Apple and Samsung, according to analyst firm Gartner. The top two sold more than 100 million units between them, while LG sold 10 million and Huawei 9 million, most of which were in its native China.

The Ascend P6 uses Huawei's customised version of Google's Android operating system.

Industry analyst Ben Wood at CCS Insight said that at the right price the Ascend P6 would attract buyers who had not considered Huawei before.

The device is not, at this stage, compatible with the high speed, next generation 4G networks, which are being rolled out across the world.

Image credit: AFP, sourced from: TechCentral


rainfield61 said...

iPhone, smartphone....

an endless competition, both to the manufactures and the users.

de engineur said...

hopefully that'd lead to better user experience and better prices