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Huawei Wants to Buy Nokia, Unveils the Thinnest Smartphone

Just moments before the ?VIP? launch of their newest premium/fashion smartphone Ascend P6, Huawei dropped a bomb that had an immediate (and positive) effect on the Nokia (NYSE:NOK) stock. Chairman of Huawei?s consumer business group, Richard Yu, basically said that they are open to buy the Finish phone manufacturer.

Thanks to the numerous leaks and teasers, the launch technically wasn?t as thrilling as it could?ve been otherwise. What broke the expected lethargy were Yu?s statements alone. The company is considering buying Nokia ?to help it become the world?s leading smartphone maker,? according to the Financial Times of London.

?We are considering these sorts of acquisitions; maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open-minded,? said Yu. Even though his own company has some WP products, Yu thinks the platform is not competitive. ?Whether Windows Phone [will be] successful is difficult to say ? it has a very small market share. [Windows Phones] are weak but still require a licence fee. That?s not good. Android is free,? he added ?We want to shorten the gap with competitors. We want to lead.?

Huawei Ascend P6
Huawei Ascend P6 comes in three color variants

Launch officially revealed the stylish 4.7-inch slab. Ascend P6 is stunningly thin (6.18 mm) ? making it the current thinnest smartphone, and quite light (120 g) given that it is made of metal. Rest of the specifications are known from before; the P6 carries a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (microSDHC expandable), an 8MP rear camera with f2.0 lens and a nice 4cm macro feature, 5MP front facing camera and 2000mAh battery. Glove-friendly in-cell LCD screen has a 1280×720 resolution:

As we suspected earlier, SoC used is likely the HiSilicon K3V2 – with an ARM Cortex-A9 and a 16-core Vivante GC4000 GPU. Unfortunately, it is not the HiSilicon K3V3 with the ARM big.LITTLE architecture, but the company claims the P6 is a fast and optimized device. Huawei included specially developed software optimizations to keep the battery life solid, as well as some security software?

Phone is running Android 4.2.2 with the Emotion UI on top, which apparently has over hundred themes to fit the style of the user:

While the Ascend P6 comes with dual-SIM support, at this point it lacks LTE support, and will be available in China and Western Europe for start. At this point it is unknown if it is going to hit the shelves in the U.S. at all. Expected price is ?449 (around $600).

Source: FT