Huawei Ascend G6

Design that set you back $450 last year makes it to a lower-end device

Mobile World Congress

​Alongside the MediaPad X1 and TalkBand B1, a less-flashy device, the Ascend G6, was announced to round out Huawei's mid-range effort. If you're familiar with the Ascend P6 from last year you'll know the design here — but the G6 trades specs in some places and in return adds a much-wanted LTE radio. You're getting the same plastic front and metal back with some nice accents and visual features like a 7.85mm thickness, as well as interesting color choices (our white balance isn't bad, that phone is actually pink).

The Ascend G6 steps down the screen most notably, going to a 4.5-inch 540 x 960 (qHD) display from 720 x 1280 in the P6. It keeps the same camera setup and 2000mAh battery though, but that could be considered a downgrade considering the Ascend G6 is being released several months later. The Ascend G6 benefits from the same software tweaks and improvements that we see on the MediaPad X1 — including a few UI tweaks and new camera software features.

All small quibbles about the specs aside, the G6 is coming in at a suggested retail price, available in April, of €249 unlocked — that's a great price for a phone that brings solid specs and a metal frame (you're usually getting all plastic around that price point). We weren't completely happy with the performance of the P6 last year, but that phone also cost about $450 unlocked — things are a bit different at this low of a price. We have to applaud Huawei for bringing a phone to the market with solid styling for a lower price, let's just hope that the complete package lives up to expectations as well.


Reader comments

Huawei announces the Ascend G6, a €249 unlocked phone with mid-range specs and high style


Is not about the hardware anymore. I'm sticking with my GS3 until it gives or Android comes up with an upgrade that requires me to get a new device.

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
(ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)

No word on the SoC? Is it the same price? If so, carriers like WIND Mobile in Canada (which is the only Canadian carrier to carry the P6) is already sold for $350 outright, so this phone needs to be sold for lower in order for it to make sense on the market...