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Huawei Ascend G6 and Honor 3C first impressions: affordable all-rounders

|May 15 2014 |Mobiles, Android Phones, Huawei, Camera Phones

"The Huawei Ascend G6 and Honor 3C are affordable camera-centric smartphones."

In addition to launching the Ascend G750, Huawei also unveiled two affordable handsets for the Indian market at a press event in Bangalore yesterday. The Ascend G6 and Honor 3C are priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively, and like the G750, pay special attention to their cameras. 


In terms of looks, the Ascend G6 trumps even the more expensive Ascend G750. With a 7.5mm profile, it’s slimmer than the other two phones, with clean lines and elegantly curved edges adding to its appeal. It’s made out of plastic, with faux-metal edging, but still feels very premium.

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On the right side, you’ll find a large volume rocker and power button, an unusually placed 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom left, and a micro-USB port. The Ascend G6 sports a 4.5-inch qHD display, which appeared sharp and vivid despite the lack of HD resolution.


The removable back panel contains the primary camera and flash. Prying it open will reveal the microSD and micro-SIM card slots, and a non-removable 2,000mAh battery. The smartphone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, interlaced with Huawei’s Emotion 2.0 UI Lite. 

The Ascend G6 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB of expandable storage. There’s an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera with a panoramic selfie feature, seen on the Ascend G750 too. The phone also packs in a voice-activated control for the camera.


The dual-SIM Huawei Honor 3C features a larger 5-inch display with 720p resolution, but touch sensitivity wasn't as responsive as the Ascend G6. The dual-tone demo unit we played with had a black front panel and white removable rear panel.

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The rear panel features a glossy finish which tends to pick up smudges easily, and doesn’t feel as premium as the other two Huawei handsets. Around the edges, you’ll find a power and volume rocker on the right, 3.5mm audio jack on top and microUSB port and microphone at the bottom. The Honor 3C is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of expandable storage and a 2,300mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean layered with Huawei Emotion 2.0 UI Lite.

The cameras are identical to the Ascend G6, with an 8MP rear and 5MP front shooters, with the same lineup of features.


At first look, both the Ascend G6 and Honor 3C seem like solid all-rounders, with the only downsides being the outdated Android versions and stingy internal storage. Huawei’s Emotion 2.0 UI might not be for everyone, but it does add several useful features like customisable themes, Do Not Disturb, call blocking, an app manager, power saving modes and more. We'll bring you more details on performance and the camera effects in our full reviews.

Related read: Huawei Ascend G750 first impressions

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