Huawei Ascend P6 benchmarks show lackluster performance

June 18, 2013
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Today Huawei officially announced their new flagship and "world's thinnest" smartphone in the Ascend P6. During their beauty event this morning in London they revealed all of the details on this 6.1mm thin smartphone, and it's stunning design. While looks are important, they aren't everything, so we ran a few benchmarks to see how well this pretty face performs. Check it out below.

Now as you all know, benchmarks aren't everything. However, many manufacturers and teams like Qualcomm work hard to make sure their chipsets are as efficient as possible, while optimizing for specific hardware. We're not sure what exactly goes on behind the scenes at Huawei, but this device rocks their very own in-house quad-core chip.

As we've seen before with a few of their past devices, the Ascend P6 is rocking the Huawei K3V2+ quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. They have a V3 in the works, but here we're working with the V2+ on a 4.7-inch 720p display and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Sadly while the phone is beautiful, and ran amazing in our hands-on time, the benchmarks paint a different picture.

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Above is a quick run of Quadrant, since that's one of the most popular tests, and it clearly isn't doing too well in the quad-core category. We say this because it's being beat by dual-core devices running Qualcomm's S4 and other older chipsets. So while Huawei has been making strides, their quad-core still can't quite compete with many powerful dual-core options from last year. Scoring only 4300 when devices like the HTC One blow past 12,000 with ease.

This doesn't mean the phone won't be butter smooth, as we can already tell you it is. Gaming will also be a joy with a nice quad-core processor, but this just shows the level of optimization that some others offer really does improve performance. We can't speak to battery life at this time, but have a feeling we'll get a mixed bag of results in that aspect too. It's worth nothing this is not final production software, so performance should improve by release date.

Huawei and their new Ascend P6 offers a stunning and compelling smartphone, but that small 2,000 mAh battery and lackluster overall performance makes it not quite as "flagship" as we'd like. Overall the device is still excellent, and we can't wait to give it a thorough test in a full Android Community review.


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  • jonathan3579

    Umm, the Nexus 4 doesn’t score very high either…

  • Justin W

    I don’t know what you were expecting. The chip they used is more of a budget chip than anything, and besides that, as Jonathan mentions, the N4 has poor scores even with a quad core S4 Pro, with essentially no lag.

    Also, don’t forget that benchmarks mean almost nothing in real-world performance.