WIND Mobile launches the Huawei Ascend P6 for $399 outright

WIND Mobile has been going through a bit of a resurgence in the Canadian market of late. Not only is the company’s subscriber base up to 637,000, but ARPU is on the rise, up 10% over the same period last year. It may not have an LTE network with which to compete head-to-head against the incumbents, but it’s certainly stealing customers in select markets.

After launching a redesigned web page and launching some high-profile devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2, WIND is announcing another relatively high-end smartphone today: the Huawei Ascend P6. While this 6.18mm device was launched early in the year, and doesn’t boast many of the latest specs, it’s still a well-made piece of kit.

It’s made of a “diamond-cut metal frame,” and boasts Gorilla Glass on top of its 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD panel. Inside the device is a quad-core Cortex-A9 chip, Huawei’s own K3V2E, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage, though there is space for a microSD slot.

It also runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and should last all day with a 2000mAh battery. There’s an 8MP shooter on back and a whopping 5MP front-facing camera for super high-quality selfies, and the company’s Emotion UI is a nice combination of stock Android and value-added features. We tried it on the Ascend Mate and have to admit it was better than we expected.

The Huawei Ascend P6 is available for free on the WINDtab with a $50 plan, $149 with a $40 plan, $299 with a $30 plan and $399 outright. It is in stores today.