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Huawei (Barely) Tweaks Ascend P6 Smartphone, Adds Futile ‘S’ Suffix to Moniker

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huawei-ascend-p6-sHuawei had an extremely encouraging 2013, as it strengthened its presence in the European mobile décor and boosted its local notoriety, which drove 2014 expectations through the roof. Only so far, the Chinese seem to be resting on their laurels rather than pushing for bolder goals.

The OEM’s first underwhelming move this beginning of the year was announcing the gimmicky and overall disappointing Ascend Mate 2 in Las Vegas (of all places). Even worse, the Ascend P6 S has earlier today gone official, looking like a Xerox copy of 2013’s spectacular P6.

Well, maybe spectacular is a stretch, but the P6 turned plenty of heads and broke a lot of hearts back in the day, mostly with an exquisite design. And a decent price tag for the offered punch.

Now, this P6 S is… just confusing, adding 0.3 inches to its predecessor’s profile, a lousy 0.1 GHz clock speed to the quad-core CPU, and nothing else. Literally nothing else is different, except the dual-SIM support is standard instead of optional. Sheesh, it’s as if Samsung took over Huawei’s PR department and decided to have a laugh.

Anywho, the Ascend P6 S, complete with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB on-board storage, 2,000 mAh battery, 8 MP/5 MP dual cameras, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but still no 4G LTE connectivity, can be had in the Middle Kingdom for the equivalent of roughly $445.

Not bad, yet what’s the point when the P6 is around for about as much? Also, what the frick happened with the octa-core SoC?

Via [GSM Arena]

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