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The race for the world’s thinnest smartphone is one that many of us thought had been left by the wayside as phone manufacturers instead competed to have the largest screen size for the latest phablets. Huawei however is bucking the trend and has reignited the old battle for the slimmest phone with their latest device, the Ascend P6.

The phone, announced yesterday, is just a quarter inch thick, equivalent to 6.18mm. Other slimline devices such as the iPhone 5 are significantly wider ay 7.6mm, while the Samsung Galaxy S IV is even thicker at 7.9mm. But will anyone notice the difference when we’re talking about less than a fifth of a centimeter? Actually it’s quite likely you will – when devices are this thin it’s possible to feel minute differences in size. But for all but perfectionists this size doesn’t really matter.

Still the headline grabbing nature of the claim is likely to land Huawei quite a few sales and promote them to the premier league of phone manufacturers. This will be a real boost to the Chinese firm, more famous for its telecommunications infrastructure equipment and the fact the the US government has placed a ban on government agencies buying from it over security concerns.

The Ascent P6 doesn’t suffer from it’s slimline design as many might expect it to do. They’ve managed to fit a decent 5 megapixel front-facing camera in addition to a 8 megapixel main camera – a product of the increasing trend of ‘selfie’ photos. With only 8GB of internal storage you won’t have much space to store these photos without buying a microSD card, a slot for which is thankfully included.

Others stats are somewhat better than the storage however. A Quad-Core 1.5GHz processer puts this into the flagship phone category, and the 2GB of RAM doesn’t disappoint. Surprisingly given how slimline the device is, there’s no sacrifice to the battery life, with a decent 2000 mAh battery include you’ll get a full day out of this device.

Despite being so slim this isn’t a small phone. A 4.7″ display might not quite be as large as the 5″ Galaxy S IV, but it’s the same size as the HTC One and significantly larger than the iPhone 5′s 4″ display. Not quite a phablet – the technical criteria is 5″ to 6.9″ – but very close to being one.

The resolution of the screen is 1280 x 720, or what’s commonly known as 720p or Standard HD. This brings us to a pixel density of 312 ppi, slightly lower than the iPhone 5 but not so much as to be noticeable.

The device runs Android, but with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of it. This comes with the ability to select from multiple themes and is one of the better manufacturer designed overlays for Android.

The phone will go on sale in China later this month, before coming to the UK and other parts of Europe in July. Many UK carriers have already announced plans to stock the device, so it won’t be long before you’ll be able to get your hands around this tiny device. The only question is what colour you’ll choose – Huawei are releasing it in white, black and pink.

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