Huawei-AscendP6The world’s slimmest smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P6 goes on sale in South Africa today.  

The 4.7″ handset is encased in a sleek metallic design, measures 6.18mm thin and weighs 120g. It runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and features Huawei’s customisable Emotion UI.

It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD), has a 4.7″ HD display (1280×720), with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and 8-megapixel rear. It captures video in 1080p, and has HSPA+, Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi capabilities.


The handset will be available in black, white and pink from MTN initially, and through Vodacom and Cell C in September. The recommended retail price is approximately R4,999.

My first impressions is that it’s very light (no surprise), and I like how it sits in my hand. I hate to admit it, but it’s getting easier to accept larger screen handsets, with some manufacturers. I would outright rule-out buying a 4.7-inch smartphone because it’s too big, but the only reason I am ok with the P6 is because of its weight. I find the screen responsive and the camera seems good – so far. What I seem to be doing a lot is hitting the volume keys while holding the handset, and it’s either increasing or decreasing the volume (right hand side). I prefer this button slightly higher up. Look out for my full review soon.