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Honor 6x Review

Honor is a sub brand of Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer who is on the verge of overtaking Apple as the second largest manufacturer in the world. Honor made news in 2015 when it was announced that it will be making the high end Nexus for Google, the ever popular Nexus 6P. Two years later and the awe over Huawei and their phones haven’t stopped. Today we look at the Honor 6X, the sequel to the popular 5X.

Pros

  • Beautiful, Premium Design
  • Dual Cameras
  • Cheap
  • Fast Fingerprint Scanner
  • Powerful yet efficient processor

Cons

  • No NFC
  • No USB-C
  • No Fast Charging
  • EMUI copies iOS.

Specifications

Display: 5.5” 1080x 1920 LCD Display

Battery: 3340 mAh (Non Removable)

Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 655

RAM: 3 GB /4 GB

Storage: 32 GB 64 GB , Expandable via SD Card

Camera:  12 MP + 2 MP rear, 8 MP selfie

Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass

OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with EMUI overlays

Colours: Gray, Gold, Silver

 Price and Availability

The Honor 6X is available on Amazon for $199 USD (around $43,382 GYD) for the 32 Gb variant. The 64 Gb version is currently not available.

 

Design

The Honor 6X is an extremely pleasing device to look and to hold in the hand. But it may be a bit too big to hold, especially for a person with small hands. The phone features dual cameras in the rear and the fingerprint scanner also in the rear, an ideal position but may affect how you use the phone on a flat surface. The 3.5mm audio jack is located at the top.

Software

Upon booting the phone, the first thing that you will notice is that, while its Android, it appears as though EMUI is pretending to be iOS, much like many Chinese OEM’s skin. Surprisingly, Twitter and Facebook comes preinstalled on this phone along, however it doesn’t contain as much bloatware as precious devices, a welcome improvement. EMUI didn’t initially have an app drawer but has since included enabling an app drawer. This phone also features soft keys for Home, Back and Recents buttons, along with a basic music app, which does nothing special. It also has many features and tweaks built in and hidden, so there is the fun of looking for them.

Camera

If this was not clear before, this phone’s camera is something to behold. Many phones above $300 USD don’t even have dual rear cameras, yet this phone, costing $199 USD comes with dual cameras and pretty good ones at that. True the pictures will not be on par with flagship level devices, it is simply head and shoulders above other budget devices. The features include an impressive HDR mode, along with a food mode for close up shots of food for Instagram and Facebook. The camera is also capable of producing the acclaimed bokeh effect (blurring background or foreground objects) but may appear artificial in some conditions.

Battery

The battery life of this phone is simply amazing. On average this phone can give around seven hours of screen on time and about 2 and a half days of battery usage. The only fault for this phone’s battery is that there is no quick charging, so it will take some time to fully charge.

Performance

While a lot of phones in this price bracket use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Huawei choose to use their in-house Hisilicon Kirin 655. This chipset is, rather surprisingly, a like for like chip as the Snapdragon 655, with the phone being able to run the most intensive games and applications with minimal frame drops and lags. However, the performance is not on par with the flagship devices available.

Verdict

While the Honor 6X may not be a stunner in terms of display and sheer raw processor power compared to its Honor 8 sibling, it does indeed pack a punch in all categories that a smartphone is judged on. If you budget is below $300 USD then you can do no better than the Honor 6X.

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