Say cheese!The thinnest smartphone in the world isn't made by Apple, Samsung, or even HTC. That semi-coveted title now belongs to Huawei, a scrappy andthat is intent on joining the pantheon of tech heavyweights.
Today in London, the company started punching up by taking the wraps off the Ascend P6, a 4.7-inch Android built from sleek aluminum. At just a quarter-inch thick, it kind of looks like the iPhone 5 on a diet, save for its curved bottom-edge.
"Samsung is not at the same level as this product," . "We want to compete with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4, that is our goal."
In terms of features, the P6 has the standard accoutrements we've come to expect from higher-end phones (save for ). It has a 720p display, and is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the company's "Emotion" interface layered over it. (Huawei asserts its Emotion UI is . Riiiight.) On its backside, the phone is slapped with an 8-megapixel shooter.
But other than its svelte frame, perhaps the P6's defining feature is an indulgent, 5-megapixel front-facing camera. (The iPhone 5's, for comparison's sake, is just 1.9 megapixels.) Indeed, the P6 isn't just the world's slimmest phone — it's also the model most ideally suited, at least on paper, for snapping .
Huawei says you'll be able to get your hands on the P6 sometime in August, with an unlocked price of $600 (on contract it will probably be much cheaper). That means you'll have a couple of months to get your best nonchalant look-away nailed before plastering your gorgeous visage all over Instagram.
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