The Huawei Ascend P6 just missed out on a spot in our top ten smartphones of 2013, and only because it was such a bumper year. We called it a rising star in our review, and complimented it on its sharp design. Now, just over six months later, Huawei has announced a refreshed version named the Ascend P6S.
Anyone familiar with smartphone nomenclature will already have a suspicion this isn’t the most comprehensive overhaul, and sure enough, the S denotes a relatively simple update. Surprisingly, Huawei has decided to take away one of the headline features of the P6: Its super-slim chassis.
The P6 measured just 6.18mm thick, and was the world’s thinnest smartphone released at the time. The P6S is slightly thicker at 6.45mm, which is still slimmer than most of the competition, just not quite a class leader. Sadly, this extra few fractions of a millimetre hasn’t been used to fit in a larger battery, as the capacity remains at 2000mAh battery.
The main difference is with the processor, which has been given a slight speed increase from 1.5GHz to 1.6GHz. It stays as a quad-core chip though, so reports – from Huawei, remember – the P6S would be one of Huawei’s first octa-core smartphones were unfounded. The internal memory has also been increased to 16GB from 8GB.
Huawei has kept the rest of the P6S spec identical to its predecessor, so it has a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, am 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. At the moment the Ascend P6S has only been confirmed for release in China, but we could hear more about a UK release during Mobile World Congress.