CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei's latest flagship Ascend P6 smartphone has been priced at £329 SIM-free ahead of its release on 4 July.
That's courtesy of Carphone Warehouse, which has promptly started taking preorders for what Huawei claims is the world's thinnest smartphone. As well as tagging the Huawei Ascend P6 with a £329 SIM-free price despite expectations that it would cost around £400, Carphone Warehouse said that the handset can be picked up on contract from £21 a month.
Given that this £21 tariff comes with a mere 100MB of data, the best value for money tariff comes in at £25. This two year Talktalk contract includes a free Huawei Ascend P6 smartphone, 500 minutes, 1,500 texts and 1GB of data each month. The handset can also be ordered on deals with O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
Huawei unveiled the Ascend P6 on Tuesday, touting it as the world's thinnest smartphone due to its skinny 6.18mm frame. That's not to say that it's lacking in specifications though, as the Ascend P6 features a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.7in HD touchscreen and Google's Android 4.2.2 mobile operating system. Huawei's refreshed Emotion user interface is also onboard, though that struggled to impress us during our hands-on time with the handset.
Other specifications include an 8MP rear camera with HD 1080p video, a 5MP front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and 3G and WiFi connectivity. The Ascend P6 doesn't come with support for 4G, but Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that an updated model with LTE will be released later in the year.
That's not all he has let slip recently, as he told the Financial Times yesterday that Huawei would consider buying Finnish phone maker Nokia.