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Huawei Ascend G6 Smartphone Review

Michael Moser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/13/2014

Selfie machine. This is pretty much how Huawei advertises the Ascend G6 because its star is for once the front-facing camera with an exceptionally high resolution of 5 megapixels. The other equipment is more from the mid-range, but that keeps the price low. Huawei demands 249 Euros (~$338) for its newest smartphone offshoot.

For the original German review, see here.

For those who fell in love with the stylish design of Huawei's Ascend P7 flagship but cannot or do not want to spend so much for it - the Chinese manufacturer has an alternative in its backpack. The brand new Huawei Ascend G6 looks a lot like its bigger brother and brings the elegant design language to the mid-range. The front-facing camera is still first rate. Although it does not have the Ascend P7's gigantic resolution of 8 MP, it still features a whole 5 megapixels, which lets it stick out from the masses of contenders. Otherwise, the Ascend G6 offers a solid configuration: A quad-core SoC with a clock rate of 1.2 GHz from Qualcomm and an integrated Adreno 305 graphics card meet 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal flash storage. The smartphone is powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The 4.5-inch screen's resolution is a bit low. The bundle is rounded off by a microSD slot and stereo headset. Huawei demands 249 Euros (~$338, RRP) for this package.

Huawei's Ascend G6 thus competes against rivals like Acer's Liquid E3 E380, HTC's Desire 310, LG's L70, and Sony's Xperia M2.

Case

Good build and stylish design: Huawei Ascend G6.
Good build and stylish design: Huawei Ascend G6.

The casing looks just as elegant as Huawei's Ascend P7, but Huawei makes cuts in the materials here. The chassis is no longer entirely aluminum; it is now matte-white polycarbonate. The silver bezel is also made of plastic. Nevertheless, the smartphone is quite rigid and stiff and also well-built.

The review sample scores with a total weight of just 115 grams alongside very compact dimensions in the comparison. The casing is only 7.5 mm thick and thus undercuts most contenders.

In contrast to Huawei's Ascend P7, the G6 review sample's back can be removed. The battery cannot be removed anyway, and the user cannot replace it - a wasted chance.

Connectivity

Huawei's Ascend G6 provides interfaces typical for the category, such as a micro-USB 2.0 port on the device's upper edge, and the compulsory 3.5 mm jack that has been placed a bit unfavorably on the left. Besides that, the slots for a micro-SIM and micro-SD cards are underneath the back cover. The gently rippled physical buttons please with their good pressure point.

Left: 3.5 mm jack
Left: 3.5 mm jack
Upper edge: micro-USB 2.0
Upper edge: micro-USB 2.0
Right: volume rocker, power button
Right: volume rocker, power button
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Software

Unfortunately, Huawei's Ascend G6 relies on the somewhat older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. An update to Android 4.4 KitKat has not yet been announced. Besides that, Huawei overlays it with a proprietary interface dubbed Emotion UI 2.0 Life, which allows a pleasantly intuitive usage. Unlike stock Android, there is no overview of apps; all installed applications are placed on the home screen and can optionally be moved to folders. Backgrounds can be customized with ready-to-use designs or personal pictures.

GPS Test
GPS Test

Communication & GPS 

Huawei treats the Ascend G6 to the most important communication modules in form of Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR. Wi-Fi reception is stable, but its range could be higher. Furthermore, both GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900) and UMTS dual-band (900/2100) are available for on the go. UMTS achieves data rates of 21 Mbps in download and 5.76 Mbps in upload. The reception strength is stable to good.

The installed A-GPS module enables middling localization; the GPS Test app confirms a stable reception. Huawei's Ascend G6 satisfactorily performed the practical test using a bike and a direct comparison with the Garmin Edge 500 navigation system. The device clearly takes shortcuts particularly in difficult regions like when riding through the woods or in curvy sections.

Huawei Ascend G6: total
Huawei Ascend G6: total
Huawei Ascend G6: bridge
Huawei Ascend G6: bridge
Huawei Ascend G6: woods
Huawei Ascend G6: woods
Garmin Edge 500: total
Garmin Edge 500: total
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: bridge
Garmin Edge 500: woods
Garmin Edge 500: woods

Telephony & Speech Quality

The phone features largely correspond to the good Android standard. The speech and audio quality is good and only suffers under light background noise conditionally. The speaker's hands-free feature is, unfortunately, only useful in quiet surroundings because its volume is simply too low.

Cameras & Multimedia

The primary camera has a relatively high resolution of 8 megapixels and also features an auto-focus as well as LED flash. Videos are recorded in 1080p.

The direct comparison with the contenders reveals visible shortcomings, like a minor overexposure, slightly insufficient sharpness, and pale colors. However, useful pictures can be taken when the object is well illuminated and which are appealing particularly considering the price range.

Huawei Ascend G6: fruit
Huawei Ascend G6: fruit
Huawei Ascend G6: scene
Huawei Ascend G6: scene
Huawei Ascend G6: surroundings
Huawei Ascend G6: surroundings
Apple iPhone 5: fruit
Apple iPhone 5: fruit
Apple iPhone 5: scene
Apple iPhone 5: scene
Apple iPhone 5: surroundings
Apple iPhone 5: surroundings
Nokia Lumina 1020: fruit
Nokia Lumina 1020: fruit
Nokia Lumina 1020: scene
Nokia Lumina 1020: scene
Nokia Lumina 1020: surroundings
Nokia Lumina 1020: surroundings
Sony Alpha 57: fruit
Sony Alpha 57: fruit
Sony Alpha 57: scene
Sony Alpha 57: scene
Sony Alpha 57: surroundings
Sony Alpha 57: surroundings

The real star of Huawei's Ascend G6 is the front lens though. The rivals have a maximum resolution of 2 megapixels, in contrast to the review sample's fat 5 megapixels. Alongside the selfie assistant, very good self portraits are possible - as long as the lighting is good. Annoying image noise increases the darker it gets.

The front-facing camera shoots appealing pictures in good light.
The front-facing camera shoots appealing pictures in good light.
The image noise increases the darker it gets.
The image noise increases the darker it gets.

Accessories

A slightly higher category-standard is included: the smartphone, a modular power supply with USB cord, a quick-start guide, and a stereo headset.

Warranty

Huawei includes a 24-month warranty on its Ascend G6.

Input Devices & Controls

The capacitive, ten-point multi-touch screen works accurately and reliably up to its edges. The 4.5-inch screen offers enough room for typing. Huawei has modified the keyboard slightly, making its use intuitive.

There is enough room for typing in both portrait mode and...
There is enough room for typing in both portrait mode and...
...landscape mode.
...landscape mode.

Display

The TFT in Huawei's Ascend G6 has a size of 4.5-inches and a rather low resolution of 960x540 pixels. Rivals like Acer's Liquid E3 offer an HD resolution. However, the screen scores with its average brightness of 416.8 cd/m² and maximum of 439 cd/m². This places the G6 in the upper midfield. Both Acer's Liquid E3 and Sony's Xperia M2 are approximately 40 to 50 cd/m² brighter. The review sample's illumination of 88% is good average, but the contenders - with the exception of HTC's Desire 310 - feature a slightly more homogeneous illumination.

420
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
425
cd/m²
411
cd/m²
418
cd/m²
436
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 439 cd/m²
Average: 416.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 418 cd/m²
Black: 0.61 cd/m²
Contrast: 685:1

The black level of 0.61 cd/m² and contrast of 685:1 are quite good in the mid-range. However, some rivals offer better rates particularly in black level. The bottom line is a subjectively good image impression.

Our measurements using the X-Rite i1pro 2 colorimeter and CalMAN software confirm a decent performance for the screen in Huawei's Ascend G6. Especially color hues are reproduced quite well and exhibit a barely visible shift in red and blue colors. The DeltaE of 6.34 underlines that. The color saturation, however, shows bigger shifts particularly in the yellow and green range. Then again, the Gamma of 2.11 is close to the ideal, and the color temperature of 7756 K is only marginally too high. The DeltaE of 6.53 in the grayscale is also a bit too high. The gradient shows a visible bluish cast. Our subjective impression: The listed shortcomings are barely visible in routine use.

Color Management
Color Management
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Grayscale
Grayscale

The screen's maximum brightness of 439 cd/m² is principally high enough for outdoor use. The reliable, automatic brightness control contributes to that. The screen protector applied ex-factory is, unfortunately, not matte, and the ambient light is reflected quite intensely. However, content always remains well-legible as long as light does not shine directly on the screen.

The screen offers very high viewing-angle stability for a TFT. The brightness first decreases and colors invert marginally in acute viewing angles.

Intense reflections in direct light...
Intense reflections in direct light...
...are confronted with a high brightness.
...are confronted with a high brightness.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Huawei's Ascend G6 relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 quad-core SoC with a clock rate of 1.2 GHz and integrated Adreno 305 graphics card alongside 1 GB of RAM. The SoC belongs to the entry level but is strong enough for multimedia applications and a few Android games that should, however, not be too demanding.

The review sample impressively ran through our synthetic benchmark course. It is on par with the contenders in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark and only clearly remains behind Sony's Xperia M2 in some cases. Huawei's Ascend G6 also pulls even with its rivals in AnTuTu v4 and Geekbench 3. It comes in second last in PassMark Performance Test Mobile and can only outperform LG's L70 slightly.

The review sample does a strikingly poor job in AndroBench 3 and even falls behind LG's L70. According to the test, the internal storage is very slow, but that is not very significant for routine use. Negative is that the internal storage only has about 1.8 GB net available, and most applications cannot be moved to the micro SD card from the outset. Thus, larger apps like some games cannot be downloaded at all.

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
4466 Points ∼3%
HTC Desire 310
3138 Points ∼2% -30%
Sony Xperia M2
5790 Points ∼4% +30%
LG L70
4248 Points ∼3% -5%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2988 Points ∼2% -33%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
4053 Points ∼1%
HTC Desire 310
2696 Points ∼0% -33%
Sony Xperia M2
5437 Points ∼1% +34%
LG L70
4304 Points ∼1% +6%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2529 Points ∼0% -38%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
6942 Points ∼13%
HTC Desire 310
7360 Points ∼14% +6%
Sony Xperia M2
7495 Points ∼14% +8%
LG L70
4062 Points ∼8% -41%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
8197 Points ∼15% +18%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
2317 Points ∼2%
HTC Desire 310
2060 Points ∼2% -11%
Sony Xperia M2
5753 Points ∼5% +148%
LG L70
2247 Points ∼2% -3%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
1498 Points ∼1% -35%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
1947 Points ∼1%
HTC Desire 310
1706 Points ∼1% -12%
Sony Xperia M2
5435 Points ∼2% +179%
LG L70
1995 Points ∼1% +2%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
1216 Points ∼0% -38%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
6922 Points ∼15%
HTC Desire 310
7516 Points ∼16% +9%
Sony Xperia M2
7235 Points ∼15% +5%
LG L70
4033 Points ∼8% -42%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
8002 Points ∼17% +16%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
3965 Points ∼3%
HTC Desire 310
2903 Points ∼2% -27%
Sony Xperia M2
4826 Points ∼3% +22%
LG L70
3687 Points ∼3% -7%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2564 Points ∼2% -35%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
3503 Points ∼1%
HTC Desire 310
2441 Points ∼1% -30%
Sony Xperia M2
4322 Points ∼1% +23%
LG L70
3545 Points ∼1% +1%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2140 Points ∼1% -39%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
7366 Points ∼14%
HTC Desire 310
8611 Points ∼17% +17%
Sony Xperia M2
8159 Points ∼16% +11%
LG L70
4289 Points ∼8% -42%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
8383 Points ∼16% +14%
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
16356 Points ∼38%
HTC Desire 310
17308 Points ∼40% +6%
Sony Xperia M2
17678 Points ∼41% +8%
LG L70
12951 Points ∼30% -21%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
13847 Points ∼32% -15%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
331 Points ∼9%
HTC Desire 310
353 Points ∼10% +7%
Sony Xperia M2
314 Points ∼9% -5%
LG L70
325 Points ∼9% -2%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
327 Points ∼9% -1%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
1148 Points ∼9%
HTC Desire 310
1182 Points ∼9% +3%
Sony Xperia M2
1057 Points ∼8% -8%
LG L70
608 Points ∼5% -47%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
1098 Points ∼9% -4%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
2152 Points ∼34%
HTC Desire 310
2581 Points ∼41% +20%
Sony Xperia M2
2319 Points ∼37% +8%
LG L70
1738 Points ∼28% -19%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2372 Points ∼38% +10%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
7191 Points ∼16%
HTC Desire 310
9264 Points ∼21% +29%
Sony Xperia M2
7608 Points ∼17% +6%
LG L70
3466 Points ∼8% -52%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
8324 Points ∼19% +16%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
9058 Points ∼24%
HTC Desire 310
9417 Points ∼24% +4%
Sony Xperia M2
14582 Points ∼38% +61%
LG L70
3948 Points ∼10% -56%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
18416 Points ∼48% +103%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
1559 Points ∼27%
HTC Desire 310
1997 Points ∼35% +28%
Sony Xperia M2
1817 Points ∼32% +17%
LG L70
1498 Points ∼26% -4%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
1581 Points ∼28% +1%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
2511 Points ∼51%
HTC Desire 310
2412 Points ∼49% -4%
Sony Xperia M2
2837 Points ∼57% +13%
LG L70
2199 Points ∼44% -12%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2138 Points ∼43% -15%
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
634 Points ∼29%
HTC Desire 310
785 Points ∼36% +24%
Sony Xperia M2
644 Points ∼29% +2%
LG L70
591 Points ∼27% -7%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
749 Points ∼34% +18%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
47.54 MB/s ∼27%
HTC Desire 310
83.19 MB/s ∼47% +75%
Sony Xperia M2
123.47 MB/s ∼69% +160%
LG L70
53.09 MB/s ∼30% +12%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
63.84 MB/s ∼36% +34%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
5.54 MB/s ∼10%
HTC Desire 310
10.7 MB/s ∼19% +93%
Sony Xperia M2
11.62 MB/s ∼20% +110%
LG L70
6.82 MB/s ∼12% +23%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
22.34 MB/s ∼39% +303%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
9.33 MB/s ∼44%
HTC Desire 310
12.89 MB/s ∼61% +38%
Sony Xperia M2
13.7 MB/s ∼65% +47%
LG L70
9.83 MB/s ∼47% +5%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
13.82 MB/s ∼66% +48%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6
0.21 MB/s ∼7%
HTC Desire 310
0.52 MB/s ∼17% +148%
Sony Xperia M2
0.64 MB/s ∼20% +205%
LG L70
0.63 MB/s ∼20% +200%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
0.96 MB/s ∼31% +357%

Legend

 
Huawei Ascend G6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 4 GB Flash
 
HTC Desire 310 Mediatek MT6582M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 4 GB Flash
 
Sony Xperia M2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
LG L70 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
 
Acer Liquid E3 / E380 Mediatek MT6589, PowerVR SGX544, 16 GB SSD

In the browser-based benchmarks, the review sample can only outperform its contenders slightly in SunSpider 1.0 and Peacekeeper. Its rivals are usually at the front in the other benchmarks. The Ascend G6 is particularly outclassed in Octane V2 and Web XPRT 2013. This speed shortage is not noticed very much in routine use; browsing is a lot of fun.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
19050.6 ms * ∼32%
Sony Xperia M2
18774.4 ms * ∼32% +1%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
16461.2 ms * ∼28% +14%
HTC Desire 310
15906.2 ms * ∼27% +17%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
17169.9 ms * ∼29% +10%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
1364 Points ∼6%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
1746 Points ∼7% +28%
HTC Desire 310
2172 Points ∼9% +59%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
1839 Points ∼8% +35%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
684 Points ∼11%
Sony Xperia M2
558 Points ∼9% -18%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
643 Points ∼10% -6%
HTC Desire 310
612 Points ∼10% -11%
Sunspider - --- (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
1296.2 ms * ∼32%
Sony Xperia M2
1664.6 ms * ∼41% -28%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
1169.8 ms * ∼29% +10%
HTC Desire 310
1331.4 ms * ∼33% -3%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
1433.5 ms * ∼36% -11%
WebXPRT 2013
Overall Score (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
132 Points ∼9%
Sony Xperia M2
173 Points ∼12% +31%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
150 Points ∼10% +14%
HTC Desire 310
196 Points ∼14% +48%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
151 Points ∼11% +14%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
2840.4 ms * ∼32%
Sony Xperia M2
1744.3 ms * ∼20% +39%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
1970.3 ms * ∼22% +31%
HTC Desire 310
1534.7 ms * ∼17% +46%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2681.1 ms * ∼30% +6%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
5216 ms * ∼43%
Sony Xperia M2
3395.1 ms * ∼28% +35%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
5098 ms * ∼42% +2%
HTC Desire 310
2802.7 ms * ∼23% +46%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
3718.1 ms * ∼31% +29%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
2108.2 ms * ∼56%
Sony Xperia M2
2379.7 ms * ∼64% -13%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2379.1 ms * ∼64% -13%
HTC Desire 310
2223.7 ms * ∼59% -5%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2465.6 ms * ∼66% -17%
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Huawei Ascend G6 (Android 4.3 JB)
3186.1 ms * ∼66%
Sony Xperia M2
2332.3 ms * ∼49% +27%
LG L70 (Android 4.4.2 KitKat)
2484.7 ms * ∼52% +22%
HTC Desire 310
2123.6 ms * ∼44% +33%
Acer Liquid E3 / E380
2360.3 ms * ∼49% +26%

* ... smaller is better

Games

The installed Qualcomm Adreno 305 graphics solution is not exactly synonymous with high-performance graphics; nevertheless undemanding games run smoothly as our sample tests confirm. The touchscreen does not thwart gaming fun and implements commands accurately and swiftly. The position sensor and accelerometer also function reliably.

Angry Birds Go!
Angry Birds Go!
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Trials Frontier
Trials Frontier
Epic Citadel: Ultra-high quality
Epic Citadel: Ultra-high quality
Even Full HD videos like Big Buck Bunny ...
Even Full HD videos like Big Buck Bunny ...
... or Django Unchained run smoothly.
... or Django Unchained run smoothly.

Emissions

Temperature

Huawei's Ascend G6 is absolutely inconspicuous when idling and always stays cool. When high requirements are placed on the smartphone, for example, in some games, it heats up to a noticeable 36 to 38 °C on average. It reaches a maximum of approximately 42 °C.

 28.5 °C29.3 °C31.1 °C 
 29.2 °C30.1 °C34.0 °C 
 29.6 °C30.8 °C32.3 °C 
Maximum: 34.0 °C
Average: 30.5 °C
27.5 °C29.3 °C27.0 °C
29.0 °C29.7 °C27.8 °C
28.8 °C30.0 °C28.3 °C
Maximum: 30.0 °C
Average: 28.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  30.0 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The integrated mono speaker supplies a somewhat treble-heavy sound that lacks bass and mids. The maximum volume is enough for the near field in a quiet surrounding. It could, however, be higher for the hands-free feature or videos. The 3.5 mm jack provides a low-noise sound and decent volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The G6 proves to be very frugal in power consumption in the category comparison. Only LG's L70 requires a bit less power; however, its screen is not as bright.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 0.6 / 1 / 1.2 Watt
Load 2.5 / 2.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The battery of Huawei's Ascend G6 is non-removable and supplies a capacity of 2000 mAh. Thus, it is on par with Acer's Liquid E3 and HTC's Desire 310 in the comparison field. LG's L70 (2100 mAh) and Sony's Xperia M2 (2330 mAh) both have a slightly higher capacity.

The review sample can also convert the low power requirement very efficiently, and it thrills with 9:20 hours in the browsing test. We perform the test via Wi-Fi using a brightness set to 150 cd/m². Only the stronger Sony Xperia M2 lasts 2 hours longer; the other rivals shut down earlier. Huawei's Ascend G6 has to be recharged after 3:22 hours of full load, simulated with the Stability Test app. Again, all contenders can either pull even or surpass the review sample.

The possible battery runtime makes it easy to use the review sample for a whole workday, without the need for recharging it. The G6 also serves with useful energy-saving features that can extend the runtime even more.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
9h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 22min

Verdict

In review: Huawei Ascend G6
In review: Huawei Ascend G6

Huawei's Ascend G6 costs around 180 Euros (~$244) and has quite a lot to offer at the 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 a 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 more 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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In review: Huawei Ascend G6. Test sample courtesy of Huawei.
In review: Huawei Ascend G6. Test sample courtesy of Huawei.

Specifications

Huawei Ascend G6

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
4.5 inch 16:9, 960x540 pixel, capacitive, multi-touch, in-cell TFT, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
4 GB Flash, 4 GB , 1.77 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSDXC (max. 64 GB), Sensors: GPS/A-GPS, movement sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 + EDR Bluetooth, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS dual-band (900/2100 MHz), GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+; bandwidth (download/upload): 21Mbps/5.76Mbps (UMTS)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.5 x 130 x 65
:: Weight
0.115 kg Power Supply: 0.051 kg
:: Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 2.000 mAh, non-removable
Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 3 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 3 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 250 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 250 h
:: Price
249 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.3
:: Additional features
Webcam: primary camera: 8.0 MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p; front-facing camera: 5.0 MP, Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, stereo headset, browser, data backup, power manager, help center, app installer, authorization manager, designs, profiles, FM radio, audio recorder, music player, flashlight, file manager, 20 GB Bitcasa infinite Drive with auto-upload function for pictures and videos, 24 Months Warranty, included: smartphone, power supply, USB cord, stereo headset

 

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Our review sample of Huawei's Ascend G6 is matte-white.
Our review sample of Huawei's Ascend G6 is matte-white.
The smartphone is also available in black.
The smartphone is also available in black.
Android system information.
Android system information.
The internal storage is quite tight.
The internal storage is quite tight.
Just a few apps can be copied and moved to the microSD card.
Just a few apps can be copied and moved to the microSD card.
VLC Player is a negative example.
VLC Player is a negative example.
CPU-Z reveals an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core SoC.
CPU-Z reveals an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core SoC.
The Android system buttons are below the touchscreen so that its size is not reduced.
The Android system buttons are below the touchscreen so that its size is not reduced.
The screen resolution is quite low, which results in a pixel density of just 240 ppi.
The screen resolution is quite low, which results in a pixel density of just 240 ppi.
The back cover can be removed using a small notch on the lower edge.
The back cover can be removed using a small notch on the lower edge.
Like the entire smartphone, it is comprised of...
Like the entire smartphone, it is comprised of...
...polycarbonate. The casing is nevertheless very rigid.
...polycarbonate. The casing is nevertheless very rigid.
The design follows the in-house premium class and is appealing.
The design follows the in-house premium class and is appealing.
The casing is very thin and lightweight.
The casing is very thin and lightweight.
The primary camera's LED flash only marginally lightens up the object in the near field.
The primary camera's LED flash only marginally lightens up the object in the near field.
The primary lens shoots appealing pictures in good ambient light.
The primary lens shoots appealing pictures in good ambient light.
The counterpart on the casing's front impresses with a high resolution.
The counterpart on the casing's front impresses with a high resolution.
The installed mono speaker is not very satisfying.
The installed mono speaker is not very satisfying.
The home screen can be customized according to taste.
The home screen can be customized according to taste.
Huawei preloads some useful apps.
Huawei preloads some useful apps.
The phone app provides the most important functions.
The phone app provides the most important functions.
The device can be optimized via the Telephone Manager.
The device can be optimized via the Telephone Manager.
The energy-saving options considerably extend the battery runtime.
The energy-saving options considerably extend the battery runtime.

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Pro

+Rigid, compact casing
+Good build
+Bright, viewing angle stable screen
+Energy saver
+Long battery runtime
+Good speech and audio quality
+Useful software features, intuitive UI
+Good camera module
 

Cons

-Tight internal storage
-No move-to-SD option
-Below average application performance
-Obsolete screen resolution
-Middling speakers
-Hands-free feature too quiet
-Middling GPS performance

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What we like

The good build, bright screen, and stylish design.

What we'd like to see

The high-quality casing of Huawei's Ascend P7, a higher screen resolution, more power, and a louder speaker.

What surprises us

The good battery runtime and the good camera modules for this price range.

The competition

Acer Liquid E3 E380

HTC Desire 310

LG L70

Sony Xperia M2

Rating

Huawei Ascend G6
07/10/2014 v4
Michael Moser

Chassis
76%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
95%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
53 / 75 → 71%
Application Performance
25 / 65 → 38%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
55%
Average
70%
80%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Michael Moser, 2014-07-13 (Update: 2014-07-14)