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Huawei unleashes Ascend P6 'world's thinnest' smartphone

Huawei yesterday unveiled its new super-slim Ascend P6 smartphone, which is currently only scheduled to be released in China and Western Europe.

Huawei said the 4.7in P6 is the "world's slimmest smartphone," measuring in at just 6.18mm. For comparison, the similarly sized LG Optimus L9 comes in at 9.1mm while the HTC One is 9.3mm. It has slimmed down thanks in part to an LCD in-cell display, which merges the touch and display circuitry layers.

That display is boosted by "MagicTouch," which provides enhanced screen responsiveness when you're wearing gloves.

The Ascend P6, housed in a metallic body, will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, as well as a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor.

There's a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which Huawei said is "perfect for selfies." On the back, the P6 features an 8-megapixel camera that also supports 1080p full HD video recording and playback.

"With Huawei's proprietary IMAGESmart software, the Huawei Ascend P6 turns even the most novice photographer into a professional, with contrast and color enhancement, auto scene recognition, object tracing focus, and instant facial beauty support," the company said.

New to Huawei's Emotion UI, meanwhile, are panoramic shooting options and facial recognition. With AirSharing, the device can also be connected to other devices to share documents or connect for gaming.

Huawei also promises battery performance that is 30 per cent better than batteries on similar smartphones.

The Ascend P6 will come in black, white, and pink with a matching colour case. It will debut in China this month and expand to Europe next month, where it will be sold via Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount.

The P6 will be available in "other markets" at a later date, but Huawei did not elaborate.

ITProPortal was in attendance at Huawei's big Ascend P6 launch yesterday, so check out our live coverage and our hands on with the new device, to see everything that happened when it happened.

At Mobile World Congress in February, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P2, which it tipped as the "world's fastest smartphone"; check out our hands on. At CES, meanwhile, the company unveiled the 6.1in Huawei Ascend Mate and the 5in Huawei Ascend D; for more, see our hands on.