7.4/10
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The Huawei Ascend G6 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 4G support
  • MicroSD support
  • Solid design

What's bad

  • Limited storage
  • Non-replaceable battery
  • Finicky camera

Huawei has turned heads with their budget-friendly feature-filled smartphones. The Ascend G6 aims to offer an even better balance of price and performance to bring 4G phones to the masses. Does the phone live up to its claims? Let's take a look at the reviews!

There is nothing fancy about the construction of the device. It is plastic through and through. However, many reviews applauded the lightweight design and the clean edges. Many even compared it to the iPhone 4. Trusted Reviews stated "feels really nice in the hand and slips easily into the pocket." For a budget phone, it appears to have plenty of design flair.

The Ascend G6 features a 4.5-inch, 960-by-540 pixel IPS LCD. The IPS design allows for better outdoor viewing angles and color reproduction. Most reviews of the display were positive, although some noted a slight oversaturation in colors. If you're worried about the resolution being a bit low, Trusted Reviews stated "sharpness and clarity is perfectly acceptable for watching video and reading web pages."

Pushing the display and the Android 4.3 OS is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM. This has become a standard spec list for the mid-range market. Accordingly, reviews applauded performance of the device. PC World says, "Using this smartphone reminds you how fun the basics can be when they’re done right." TechRadar noted, "mobile browsing speed and load times were excellent."

Unlike many cheaper smartphones, the G6 includes a 5MP front-facing camera for high-quality selfies. In general, reviews of the camera were positive. However, most mentioned needing to play with settings to get a clear shot. The 8MP camera on the rear of the device received similar reviews with Trusted Reviews calling the images captured "good but not fantastic."

If there was anything to knock about the phone, it would the internal storage. At just 4GB available, a MicroSD card will be a must for most owners.

All of this is powered by a 2000mAh battery. While this might pale in comparison to high-end phones, the lower power hardware included in the phone help to offer plenty of battery life. All reviews noted a full days use from the phone without problems.

In all, the Ascend G6 receives high marks in its price bracket. Phandroid said it is "definitely a worthy device for those looking to get an affordable smartphone." PC World went further, stating, "Few products balance software, style and value-for-money as effortlessly."

 


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Mobile Indian

The Huawei Ascend G6 has no eye-catching property unlike many of its competitors. It has decent design as well as offers good performance. However, the features it offers can be found even in devices that cost half of it. Also, it has low display resolution as well as offers poor battery back up and...

- Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian
Notebookcheck

Huawei's Ascend G6 costs around 180 Euros and has quite a lot to offer at time of writing. First, its compact, rigid, and well-processed casing alongside the stylish design. The bright, viewing angle stable, 4.5-inch screen that remains well-legible even outdoors is also positive. Since it operates...

- Michael Moser, Notebookcheck
TechRadar

Introduction Huawei made a lot of noise last year launching its then-flagship Huawei Ascend P6, boasting that at 6.2mm thick it was the thinnest phone available at the time. A year later, the Chinese company is back with a scaled-down version called the Ascend G6, which it hopes will appeal to bud...

- Jeff Parsons, TechRadar
Beta News

The Huawei Ascend G6 is a lightweight yet robust handset. The headphone slot is poorly placed, but the rest of the design is pleasing. There are some nice software extras, and the price seems quite attractive until you consider the  almost inevitably, the new 4G version of the Motorola Moto G.

- Sandra Vogel, Beta News
Recombu

EE’s Kestrel phone isn’t just the cheapest 4G phone around, it’s also one of the best budget phones we’ve fiddled with in 2014. The 4G support is a fantastic feature that no similarly priced mobiles can offer, and it’s backed up by a slick all-round mobile experience.

- Chris Barraclough, Recombu


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Common Questions


Huawei released the Ascend G6 on April 30, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Ascend G6 user manual here.


Huawei backs up the Ascend G6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.5"

The Huawei Ascend G6's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8X12 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
4/8 GB

Internal memory is 4/8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 15.4 days standby time.

Ascend G6 Specs

Overview
Release date April 30, 2014
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8X12 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 4/8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 480 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Pink, Blue, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.0 x 6.5 x 0.8 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 115 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, Sound & Shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): EE Kestrel

The 4G model offers Qualcomm MSM8926 (4x1.2GHz) of processor and NFC. All other specifications are the same.
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The Mobile Indian

Looks quite decent, offers decent performance

from The Mobile Indian

The Huawei Ascend G6 has no eye-catching property unlike many of its competitors. It has decent design as well as offers good performance. However, the features it offers can be found even in devices that cost half of it. Also, it has low display resolution as well as offers poor battery back up...More

The Huawei Ascend G6 has no eye-catching property unlike many of its competitors. It has decent design as well as offers good performance. However, the features it offers can be found even in devices that cost half of it. Also, it has low display resolution as well as offers poor battery back up and meagre internal storage. Moreover, it has too many good competitors that offer better screen, storage and even octa core processor.

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Notebookcheck

Good build, bright screen, and stylish design

from Notebookcheck

Huawei's Ascend G6 costs around 180 Euros and has quite a lot to offer at time of writing. First, its compact, rigid, and well-processed casing alongside the stylish design. The bright, viewing angle stable, 4.5-inch screen that remains well-legible even outdoors is also positive. Since it operates energy efficiently despite that, it can also score with long battery runtimes. The smartphone is easy to use owing to the useful software features, and the intuitive UI. The camera module lenses suffer under the sharpness and light deficiencies common in this price range, but are compelling anyway. We very much liked the high-resolution front-facing camera besides the practical selfie assistant...

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Huawei's Ascend G6 costs around 180 Euros and has quite a lot to offer at time of writing. First, its compact, rigid, and well-processed casing alongside the stylish design. The bright, viewing angle stable, 4.5-inch screen that remains well-legible even outdoors is also positive. Since it operates energy efficiently despite that, it can also score with long battery runtimes. The smartphone is easy to use owing to the useful software features, and the intuitive UI. The camera module lenses suffer under the sharpness and light deficiencies common in this price range, but are compelling anyway. We very much liked the high-resolution front-facing camera besides the practical selfie assistant.

The tight internal storage is not very compelling. Therefore, it is even more devastating that there is no move-to-SD option for most apps. Large applications cannot be installed from the outset. The available application performance is sooner in the lower midfield, but the power is enough for most everyday situations. An up-to-date resolution for the screen would not hurt either. It would still be tolerable that the GPS performance only shows a mediocre accuracy, and that the speakers only provide a middling sound. It is however too bad that the maximum volume is quite low, and consequently the hands-free feature is too quiet in most cases, making it useless.

Huawei offers a decent smartphone with its Ascend G6, which will serve most users well. Buyers who do not need NFC, LTE or high performance, and do not place extremely high requirements on the device could be happy with it. However, some contenders, such as Motorola's Moto G simply offer considerably more for almost the same price. 

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TechRadar

Focuses on low price, 4G and the selfie

from TechRadar

Introduction

Huawei made a lot of noise last year launching its then-flagship Huawei Ascend P6, boasting that at 6.2mm thick it was the thinnest phone available at the time.

A year later, the Chinese company is back with a scaled-down version called the Ascend G6, which it hopes will appeal to budget conscious customers....

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Introduction

Huawei made a lot of noise last year launching its then-flagship Huawei Ascend P6, boasting that at 6.2mm thick it was the thinnest phone available at the time.

A year later, the Chinese company is back with a scaled-down version called the Ascend G6, which it hopes will appeal to budget conscious customers.

Going up against other budget Android handsets like the Motorola Moto G or the Samsung Galaxy 4 Mini is a big ask these days, but the Ascend G6 is not without a few headline features of its own.

First up: Connectivity. Specifically, I'm talking about 4G. Huawei has built the Ascend G6 with 4G compatibility, something which is just beginning to arrive on handsets under £250.

Motorola added 4G for the Moto G 4G handset that comes in at £150 and the EE Kestrel (coincidentally manufactured by Huawei itself) offers 4G, albeit locked to EE, at only £100. Likewise, the 4G-capable Sony Xperia M2 will set you back around £230 SIM-free. The Ascend G6 though, boasts CAT 4 version of the technology, which is the fastest connection available so far.

Secondly, Huawei is looking to tap into the selfie crowd by equipping the Ascend G6 with a front-facing 5MP camera. Which is the same spec as the Moto G's main rear-facing camera. So, if you're fond of snapping yourself and need the fastest data connection possible – this should be the phone for you, right?

The good news is that the Ascend G6 is, design-wise, about as inoffensive as a smartphone can get. Like its big brother, the Ascend P6, there's more than a whiff of Apple's iPhone 4S about it – thanks largely to the faux-metal strip running along the outside of the chassis.

The 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 LCD display is bordered by a fairly sizable bezel that is most noticeable at the bottom where a plastic lip protrudes beneath the Android soft-touch navigation keys. The lip is where you'll find the small fingernail slot that lets you prise away the removable plastic back plate.

Beneath this there's space for the microSIM and microSD card, as well as the non-removable 2000mAh battery. When the phone is in one piece it tips the scales at only 115g and measures 130 x 65 x 7.5mm.

In real-world terms, this means it's a good size for one-handed operation and neither too heavy nor too light thanks to the plastic casing.

On the right hand side are the physical volume rocker keys and the on/off power switch. Unlike most other handsets, the microUSB port can be found on the top of the device, while the 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the bottom on the left hand side of the chassis.

I did find this beneficial when using headphones as the natural movement is to put the phone head-first into your pocket which, in this case, means less tangled headphone wires.

A small speaker grill is built into the bottom left of the rear of the phone while the camera lens and flash are above it, tucked into the top left.

Unfortunately, these particular placements can cause a bit of a problem when holding the phone in landscape mode as I found on occasion my fingers would cover the speaker when watching a video or slightly obscure the lens when taking a picture.

A more sensible design would be that of the HTC One M8 with front-facing speakers and a camera lens placed more centrally.

Huawei has done a better job of placement on the front of the phone with the camera lens again tucked up in the left hand corner, which makes it easy to quickly snap a one handed selfie. A small green light also appears on the right of the Huawei logo to let you know if you have an email, text message or notification that needs addressing.

Powering the Ascend G6 is a reasonable ARM 1.2GHz quad-core processor backed with 1GB of RAM. While the operating system is Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (no KitKat here), Huawei has overlaid it with the same Emotion UI that featured on last year's Ascend P6 and again on the newly released Ascend P7.

The result is a rather more cutesy tone with some extra homegrown features thrown in that I'll address in more detail later.

The aforementioned microSD card is an absolute necessity as Huawei has only loaded the Ascend G6 with 4GB of native storage space. Space that will, as expected, fill up fast when you start loading on media and downloading apps.

In terms of first impressions, the Huawei Ascend G6 doesn't cut a bad figure. But I would say that the rather mature outward design of the handset jars slightly with the childish Emotion UI. Considering the price and the bracket in which the Ascend G6 falls though, it's difficult to find fault with the way the phone looks and the level of hardware that Huawei has built into it.

But how does it hold up once it's out of the box and working in the real world? It's a mixed bag, read on and I'll tell you why.

Key Features and Performance

Although Huawei is bringing the Ascend G6 to market as a cut-down version of its Ascend P6 and Ascend P7 flagship models, it still plans on enticing you with 4G at a low price.

This certainly is the case when it works. I found that mobile browsing speed and load times were excellent when I was out and about and needed to check a site or load up Google Maps.

However, on a few occasions during the time I spent with the Huawei Ascend G6, it lost signal altogether. This was in areas where I knew there couldn't possibly be a lack of signal and yet making calls and using my data connection became unavailable. In most cases, it righted itself after a minute or so but on one occasion lasted around 10 minutes and didn't correct itself even after I rebooted the handset.

Thankfully, there were no such problems with the camera – which is Huawei's other big selling point. The rear-facing 8MP camera is competent, and images came out crisp and well detailed.

But Huawei's real focus point is the front–facing 5MP camera which includes a 'beauty level' slider, letting you make yourself more attractive.

Now, I'll admit that in real life I'm not much of a selfie taker. But the Ascend G6 doesn't half make it easy to capture those kind of shots.

The beauty level lets you pick on a scale from 1 to 10 the amount of input you want the phone to have. Leave it at 1 and you get yourself warts and all, but whack it up to ten and the handset will blur skin imperfections and add some colour in an attempt to make you even better looking.

Worryingly though, all it appears to do is give you comically larger eyes and slightly pinker skin as you can see from my sample pictures. It did, however, give me slightly thicker and darker hair so I suppose I should be grateful for that.

Once you've selected your beauty level – or turned it off via the camera settings – and hit the shutter, you'll get a quick two-second countdown before the phone snaps you. During this time a small box appears in the top left hand corner letting you frame yourself perfectly.

Casual data blackouts aside the Ascend P6 handles itself quite well during day-to-day usage. The Emotion user interface makes a few subtle changes to the Android experience (for example, there's no app drawer – app shortcuts will load straight to the homepages) but anyone with a bit of smartphone familiarity will quickly adjust.

Each homescreen can be loaded with apps and widgets while a long press on the Home soft-key will bring up Google Now.

The slide-down notification bar gives you access to quick-fire settings while apps themselves can be laid out as you please or dropped into folders together for convenience.

As I mentioned before, the cutesy themes of the UI as a whole are a little off-putting – but each part, from the look of the lock screen to the sound of notifications, can be customised to your liking.

Huawei has loaded a fairly useful widget to the main homescreen that gives you weather, two slots for your most-used contacts and shortcuts to the music player and a selected gallery.

Despite adding its own UI, Huawei hasn't felt the need to stuff the Ascend G6 with loads of its own bloatware. Pre-installed apps are kept to a minimum of a few tools and the usual Google big-hitters like Gmail, Chrome and Play.

However one Huawei app, Phone Manager, is a useful bit of kit. It lets you scan your phone to determine the performance level and then optimise it through closing unnecessary apps or cleaning up temporary files to free memory. A second Huawei app, Bitcasa, lets you sign up for additional cloud storage space.

Watching media on the phone isn't a problem in terms of performance. Although the screen only boasts a 960 x 540 resolution with a 245ppi density, the colour reproduction is good and there's no problem with detail.

It can't match the eye-popping display of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but then this is a mid-level handset and therefore can be cut some slack. The one cause of concern is that the Motorola Moto G is cheaper than the Ascend G6 and still offers a 1,280 x 720 display.

Moving through the phone itself is swift and fairly easy, with the 1GB of RAM coping fine. I ran TechRadar's preferred GeekBench 3 benchmarking app through the phone and it returned a score of 344 for the single core and 1158 for the multi core. For comparison, that puts it faster than the similarly specced Sony Xperia M2.

Battery life and the essentialsBattery life

Battery life on the Huawei Ascend G6 wasn't a problem at all. The fact that you can't remove the 2000mAh battery means you won't be able to slip a spare in if the phone dies, but overall I got plenty of time from a single charge.

The mid-range specs and relatively low resolution on the screen means the juice isn't drained too quickly. I was easily able to get a full day's use from the device, making calls and taking regular pictures with all the push notifications turned on.

Subjecting the Huawei Ascend G6 to a 90-minute video with full brightness and all settings on drained the battery from 100% to 78%.

Should you run into trouble though, there is a power saving option that you can select to eke out a bit more usage.

You can choose from smart, endurance or normal modes that each adjust the CPU performance and network usage for the best possible balance between battery life and performance.

It's a small option, but one that can prove extremely useful if you're suddenly caught short without a charger.

The essentials

During my time with the Ascend G6, I was actually able to get past the look of the UI fairly quickly but I did have problems with Huawei's keyboard.

The 4.5-inch screen size isn't much of a problem when it comes to space, but often I found typing difficult because the Ascend G6 wasn't good at picking up which key I had tapped. Often instead of registering the space bar, the keyboard would think I had tapped the full stop, which sits right next to it.

This issue cropped up both when writing emails or crafting text messages and quickly became an annoyance. Exasperated sighs and much re-writing became the norm, especially when I was in unsteady environments like a moving train carriage.

Because I spend so much time typing on my phone, I found this to be a real problem. Predictive texting was pretty much spot-on which helped to alleviate some of the problem, as did switching to the standard Android keyboard. But ultimately typing on the Ascend G6 just isn't good enough.

There's full Google certification, which means you can download any apps from the Google Play store, although Facebook and Twitter already come pre-installed.

As Chrome is pre-installed, you don't need to bother with the standard Android browser (although both are similar).

Bluetooth and NFC are both supported which means you can pair up wireless headphones, activity trackers or other accessories with a quick tap if they support NFC and standard Bluetooth pairing if not.

In short, while performance isn't a problem with the Ascend G6 – its specs and design are well up to scratch – usability falls a little short. Typing and calling, two of the basic principles of any smartphone were both difficult on this handset. Which is a shame because I felt Huawei largely got most of the other things right

Camera

While the front-facing selfie camera might get most of the attention, the rear-facing 8MP snapper isn't bad either and Huawei has given you the standard Android settings to play with, plus a few others.

The beauty scale slider is still here, so you can theoretically make your friends as attractive as you are. There's also HDR shooting and the choice of a few different filters like sepia or negative.

The Huawei Ascend G6 will shoot at up to 3,264 x 2,448 pixels with the rear-facing camera and also boasts autofocus and LED flash for dark environments.

You can geo-tag each picture as well as employ face detection of panorama mode for those sweeping vistas. It'll also shoot video as high as 720p HD.

Verdict

Huawei is now a lot more visible as a mobile phone manufacturer than it was a year ago and, arguably, its ascension really started with last year's Ascend P6.

If the Chinese firm wants to challenge companies like Samsung on an international level then it will need to hit customers at various different levels of cost and performance demands.

That then, is the reason why we have the stripped-down Ascend G6 that offers a solid benchmark of specs and then a couple of extra features like CAT 4 4G and a decent selfie camera to turn our heads when looking for our next mobile.

Unfortunately, it's a real mixed bag as the Ascend G6 has some great qualities like design and performance let down by usability niggles. Even falling back on mid-level credentials is dealt a blow by the presence of the excellent Motorola Moto G in the same price bracket.

We Liked

A clean, unspectacular design helps, rather than hinders in this case. Huawei has clearly taken a lead from Apple and the Ascend G6 benefits as a result. The minimalist chassis is a little Xperia-like and as well as looking good, is also easy to use and comfortable in the hand. It's available in black, white, gold, pink and blue as well, just to add a little choice to the mix.

Likewise, the specifications hold up under pressure and battery life is pretty good for a phone of this price. There isn't the usual boatload of pre-installed apps and the few that Huawei does package up are actually quite useful.

Lastly, it's hard to ignore the current selfie craze and if you're looking for a phone up to the task then this is it. Although I'm not sure there are many of us out there that would buy a mobile phone for the sole reason of taking selfies.

We Disliked

Where design and performance excelled, usability suffered. On more than one occasion I was confronted with a complete signal loss that meant no calling or browsing of any kind. This seemed to go away after a couple of days, but it's still a cause for concern.

Secondly, typing on the Huawei Ascend G6 wasn't a pleasant experience. I don't have particularly large fingers and have spent a lot of time typing on 4.5-inch and 4.7-inch screens, yet this caused me some serious problems. Constant retyping of words because the Ascend G6 hadn't registered the correct key began to get very tiring after a while.

I also feel that the custom UI is a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Some will enjoy the simplicity and friendly look of it, while others will long for the native Android experience.

Final Verdict

Huawei is attacking a crowded marketplace already represented very well by the Motorola Moto G and while the Ascend G6 has got a lot to recommend it, I feel it falls at the last hurdle. Whilst specifications and design are both well represented considering the price, the usability isn't as good here as it is elsewhere.

There are definitely good features to take advantage of and as 4G becomes the standard, the Huawei Ascend G6 is a well-priced entry point. The difficulty is that either side of it are better handsets. If you don't want to spend as much, buy the Motorola Moto G 4G variant instead and, if you can afford a little more, pick up the Google Nexus 5, which offers better value for money.

But this particular handset shouldn't dissuade you from keeping an eye on Huawei in the months to come. The company's flagship models are impressive smartphones and my expectation is that Huawei will raise its game in the future to bring us some truly competitive handsets.

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Beta News

Affordable 4G smartphone

from Beta News

The Huawei Ascend G6 is a lightweight yet robust handset. The headphone slot is poorly placed, but the rest of the design is pleasing. There are some nice software extras, and the price seems quite attractive until you consider the  almost inevitably, the new 4G version of the Motorola Moto G.

Read full review

The Huawei Ascend G6 is a lightweight yet robust handset. The headphone slot is poorly placed, but the rest of the design is pleasing. There are some nice software extras, and the price seems quite attractive until you consider the  almost inevitably, the new 4G version of the Motorola Moto G.

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Recombu

A great all-round budget mobile

from Recombu

EE’s Kestrel phone isn’t just the cheapest 4G phone around, it’s also one of the best budget phones we’ve fiddled with in 2014. The 4G support is a fantastic feature that no similarly priced mobiles can offer, and it’s backed up by a slick all-round mobile experience.

Read full review

EE’s Kestrel phone isn’t just the cheapest 4G phone around, it’s also one of the best budget phones we’ve fiddled with in 2014. The 4G support is a fantastic feature that no similarly priced mobiles can offer, and it’s backed up by a slick all-round mobile experience.

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Geek Squad

Another strong entry into Huawei’s range of phones

from Geek Squad

It’s clearly not going to compete with the big hitters like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, but it’s very focused in terms of design and its target market. Despite the lower cost and change in construction, the Ascend G6 is a great phone that delivers in terms of style and value. Indeed, the Ascend G6 is possibly the strongest handset in its price range if you were to compare on individual features....

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It’s clearly not going to compete with the big hitters like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, but it’s very focused in terms of design and its target market. Despite the lower cost and change in construction, the Ascend G6 is a great phone that delivers in terms of style and value. Indeed, the Ascend G6 is possibly the strongest handset in its price range if you were to compare on individual features.

And if you’re a big user of Instagram and Tumblr then that powerful front camera will be extremely appealing. The combination of the 5MP front camera and 4G connectivity at an affordable price make the Ascend G6 a social media butterfly’s dream!

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