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Huawei improves selfies with new mid-ranged 4G LTE smartphone

Published Feb 23rd, 2014 12:25PM EST
Huawei Ascend G6 Specs, Release Date

Huawei on Sunday unveiled a new mid-range smartphone at MWC 2014, the Ascend G6, which will also be available in a 4G LTE version. The Ascend G6 4G will feature a 4.5-inch qHD display – 960 x 540 resolution and 245 pixel per inch (ppi) density – 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery and Android with Emotion UI 2.0 on top.

The company has particularly highlighted the camera performance of the Ascend G6 in its press materials. The front-facing camera has a four-element lens and comes with “audio-controlled spontaneous snapping, auto-scene recognition and auto-facial enhancement.” The 8-megapixel camera has a five-element lens and a Sony IMX134 sensor. On top of various picture and video models, the handset also offers a voice-activated hand-free “selfie” function to improve selfie pictures. Furthermore, a “Voice Photo” feature will let users record a 10-second audio clip to accompany any picture that’s taken with the device, and even share the resulting file via Facebook and WeChat. A Huawei teaser posted before MWC made fun of Siri as well as Apple and Samsung, hinting that the company will unveil various new interesting products at the trade show.

The 4G LTE version of the handset will support speeds of up to 150Mbps, will also offer NFC support for mobile payments and will be available starting with April 2014 in black with light gunmetal grey or rose gold highlights, or in white with pink or champagne gold. The 3G version of the Ascend G6 will be available in black, white, pink, gold or blue in the first quarter of the year, although pricing details for either version aren’t available.

The full press-release follows below.

HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G Lets You Share Better and Experience a World Without Boundaries
Huawei unveils a colorful and effortlessly accessible 4G LTE smartphone at MWC 2014

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G at GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. Huawei’s new 4G LTE-enabled smartphone brings ease of use back to smartphone ownership and opens up a world of fun and colorful new ways to stay connected without boundaries. With a 4.5-inch qHD display, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and Emotion UI 2.0[1], HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G is an ideal companion for those who want to share better.

“HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G is a stylish, colorful, and lightning fast smartphone designed to break down barriers,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “With its handy 4G LTE connectivity, easy-to-use interface and dynamic cameras offering a multitude of photographic opportunities, Huawei is delivering on our promise to ‘Make it Possible’ for more people around the world.”

HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G brings color to life with its crystal clear 4.5-inch qHD 960 x 540 LCD display and 245PPI. At 7.85mm slim and weighing 115g, Ascend G6 4G builds upon the ‘double C’ design of the popular Ascend P6 smartphone and is available in black with light gunmetal grey or rose gold highlights, or in white with pink or champagne gold[2]. HUAWEI Ascend G6 also comes in a 7.5mm 3G version available in black, white, pink, gold or blue.

Running on a powerful quad-core 1.2 GHz processor and robust 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery with up to 30 percent power saving, HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G is 4G LTE-enabled for faster and more reliable connectivity. Movies can be downloaded in minutes and work files uploaded in seconds with speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Smart photo album, internet, notification and permission management provides full control. The ‘one key scan’ function maintains peak performance through ‘phone speed tracking’, ‘power conservation’, ‘storage cleaning’ and ‘harassment filter’. Ascend G6 4G also supports NFC sharing[3] for mobile payments.
Featuring the latest version of the intuitive Emotion UI 2.0, HUAWEI Ascend G6 4G brings smartphone use within reach. A customizable homescreen and the enhanced ‘Standard’ and ‘Simplicity’ UIs make navigation effortless, and nearly 1,000 online themes are available to suit personal preferences.

Ascend G6 4G offers an enhanced smartphone camera experience with Huawei’s proprietary self-focus tips and preview screen. The four plastic element (4P) lens featured on the 5-megapixel front-facing camera provides audio controlled spontaneous snapping, auto-scene recognition and auto-facial enhancement. Featuring 88 degree wide-angle shooting, Ascend G6 4G enables all-inclusive photos that will wow viewers. Add an extra dimension with the ‘Voice Photo’ function that takes a photo and records a 10-second audio clip to accompany it, shareable via Facebook and WeChat.

There are also endless opportunities to explore surroundings with multi-shot capture, horizontal shooting and panoramic functions, thanks to the five plastic elements (5P) lens of the 8-megapixel AF BSI f/2.0 aperture rear-facing camera. Alternatively, the voice-activated hands-free ‘selfie’ function shows off camera-ready poses. Filming or photographing in low light is a breeze with Ascend G6 4G’s in-built Sony IMX134 sensor, blue glass infrared filter and integrated camera flash for sharp, clear images.
HUAWEI Ascend G6 will be available from Q1 2014 and Ascend G6 4G from April 2014.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.