Power and browsing
Apps and transitions are slick and smooth, and the pre-loaded Riptide GP racer ran smoothly with virtual water droplets happily splashing away onto the screen with no problem. Carmageddon still has the same disappointing screen tearing problems that we saw on the Ascend Mate though. Maybe it's something to do with Huawei's own 1.5GHz quad-core processor being incompatible with the game itself?
Real Racing 3 looks gorgeous as ever and is playable, but the framerate is noticeably not as smooth which is a constant annoyance while playing. Huawei's homegrown silicon just can't cut it against Qualcomm's or Samsung's offerings, at least going by first impressions.
Browser text is crisp and easy to read, though scrolling is a bit laggy. Zooming in doesn't always resize text to fit the screen very well either. Also, there's no NFC or 4G support, which will be a problem for some.
We found that the back of the P6 got pretty hot during out time with it, too – possibly due to the metal back's heat conduction.
The Ascend P6 is easily the nicest phone Huawei has ever made – we really like its solid metal, slim profile. It's a pleasure to hold and you'll have people commenting on how thin it is the minute they wrap their hands around it.
Its 4.7in screen is very impressive, with plenty of brightness, vivid natural colours and excellent viewing angles, so no complaints there.
However, performance is disappointing – despite the quad-core innards. Perhaps there are a few niggles to iron out with Huawei's homegrown quad-core chips before it hits store shelves, but at least general operation and transitions are slick enough.
All in all the P6 wraps pretty software in a seriously thin, attractive body. Let's hope performance niggles are ironed out in time for our full review – stay tuned.