Huawei Honor 6X
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at Huawei Honor 6X Review. This is the 2016’s affordable mid-range smartphone from Huawei Honor line, and it’s the successor to 2015’s Honor 5X. For better or worse it shares some similarities to the 5X, but they’ve made quite a few hardware improvements and refined the design to make this phone even better bargain. So, let’s find out-
It still retains the composite metal design from last year which means there is metal on this phone, but it’s neither entirely wrapped in metal nor is a unibody design. The back plate made of metal which is surrounded by plastic windows on the top and bottom to help with antenna reception. And because the metal doesn’t wrap around to the front you’ll find a plastic frame that goes around the outer edges of the glass instead.
It doesn’t feel quite as high quality or premium as a full unibody metal smartphone but the build quality is still top-notch, and it isn’t much you can complain about considering the phone price. Huawei has also given the Honor 6X a much curvier design. The back side tapers down along the edges, and the corners have been rounded off to allow this phone to sit much more comfortably in hand.
Keys & Ports-
The buttons and ports are all in pretty typical locations, the left side houses the power and volume rockers, and they’re both easy enough to reach, but they aren’t very tactile and don’t provide a very satisfying click. It does indeed have a headphone jack which lives up top and on the right side is the SIM card tray that supports Dual SIM or a microSD card in the 2nd SIM Slot. On the bottom, is a microSD port so there’s no USB type-C here which is unfortunate considering how many phones may switch with USB type-C this year.
Flanking the micro USB port are two speaker grills with one being a microphone and other being the actual speaker itself like all single bottom firing speakers. It’s straightforward to muffle with your hand when using the phone landscape and found the speaker to be a lot quieter than most other phones that I’ve used with a single speaker. The other unfortunate part about Honor 6X aside from the weak speaker is the lack of NFC which means no tap to transfer or to use mobile payment services like Android. So, if you use those of services on your smartphone you’re simply out of luck with the Honor 6X.
Fingerprint Sensor: –
Around the back, is the fingerprint sensor sitting right below the camera and in my experience, the fingerprint sensor has been high. It’s very accurate and fast to unlock, and I rarely ran into issues with it miss reading my fingerprint. I would even go as far as saying that it’s just as good as a lot of other fingerprint sensors found on flagship smartphones. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to take photos or videos, answer phone calls, stop alarms and bring down the notification shade by swiping down or browse through photos in your gallery by swiping left to the right.
Switch to the front of the phone you’ve got a 5.5-inch IPS LCD with 1080p resolution and overall it’s a beautiful display. It’s plenty sharp and gets bright enough to see outdoors comfortably, but the colours are pretty washed out which is my only real gripe with this screen. It’s still perfectly usable and the large size to still provide for a good experience with browsing the web playing games or watching YouTube and considering this is a rather inexpensive smartphone. The flaws on this display are much more easily forgivable.
We’ve seen a lot of phones come out within the last year with Dual Cameras, but we get to see Dual Camera setup on a more affordable smartphone until now. And the Huawei claims that the Honor 6X is the first Dual camera smartphone in its price bracket. Every dual camera smartphone uses the 2nd camera a little bit differently, and in the case of the Honor 6X, you have a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The 2-megapixel sensor is used purely for capturing depth which can take advantages of when using the cameras wide aperture mode.
The full aperture mode lets you down in the aperture f-16 down to us wide as F-.95 for a huge bokeh effect. While changing the aperture does give more or less depth of field. It doesn’t allow for more light to enter the camera, so it’s not an exact aperture change in that sense of the word, but the bokeh effect does work quite well and looks very convincing.
You’re also not tied to the original settings and focus point and can change these after the fact to any image taken in this mode but for best results. It’s better to keep the focus point on subjects in the foreground as switching the focus point to items in the background can make the bokeh effect looked a little artificial.
The rest of the camera app is easy enough to navigate. Swiping to the left takes you to the general camera settings and swiping to the right will give you access to a good selection of different shooting modes including a beauty mode, night shot, manual mode and a mode for scanning documents.
The overall camera experience has been quite impressive. It’s fast to focus and capture photos, and the photos are surprisingly delightful especially for a mid-range phone. The photos have great colour are well detailed and does a great job with balancing highlights and shadows which I didn’t expect on a phone of this calibre. It also performs fairly well in low-light, highlights mostly kept in check with only a few rare occasions where they would appear overly blooming or overexposed. It’s only in the worst of low-light situations that the camera completely falls apart, but most low-light shots are perfectly usable with a fair amount of detail and noise kept to a minimum.
Performance & Memory: –
Powering Honor 6X is 3 gigabytes of RAM with Huawei own in-house chip the HiSilicon Kirin 655. It’s a pretty significant upgrade over Honor 5X both regarding RAM and processor. The performance is plenty good for a mid-range phone. It’s fluid responsive in regular reviews and has no problems running graphically demanding games with smooth frame rates. I would say performance is probably one of its biggest strength especially when considering the price to performance ratio.
With the software, you’re looking at the Huawei Emotion UI skin that currently sits on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow although in updates to Nougat is supposedly coming soon. It’s very bright, colourful, somewhat cartoonish and everything else that you’d normally expect from emotion UI like transparency effects and the lack of an app drawer.
The notification panel is still split into two tabs with one for notifications and the other for toggles which don’t feel as comfortable to use as stock Android. And when you have a long list of notifications, it becomes nearly impossible to swipe over to the quick toggles panel without accidentally clearing out your notifications.
For unlocking phones, it also comes with quite a few bloatware applications pre-installed like booking.com, CNN, TripAdvisor, News Republic and LYFT. If you’re used to emotion UI, then this will all feel very familiar, but it may not be an experience that you’ll enjoy if you prefer something closer to stock Android.
It’s a very respectable size at 3340 milliamp hours, and it’s even bigger than some batteries we’ve seen in current 2016 flagships. Huawei claims that the Honor 6X can last a little over two days with regular usage and one and half days with heavy usage which is a bold claim. And while I never hit the 2-day mark with this phone I did get one and half days pretty consistently or at least close to it.
I do play a lot of games and watch a fair amount of YouTube videos on my phone which does qualify as heavy usage. So, it does look like the Honor 6X’s battery life is living up to its promise and a phone’s battery life living up to a manufacturer’s claims isn’t something you can say for very many smartphones. So, I have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed with this phone’s battery life.
If you’re considering picking up an Honor 6X, it’s going to put a tiny dent in your wallet. It’s going for $150 unlocked which is small enough for a price that doesn’t step on the toes. I’ve even the most budget of flagships like the OnePlus 3T; the iPhone 7 or even Huawei own Honor 8 because those are battles that this phone just cannot win.
The Honor 6X knows exactly what it’s meant to be and it’s a smartphone package that offers a lot without asking a lot with Dual Cameras, a long lasting battery and suitable fingerprint sensor. The Honor 6X is going to one of the most competitive phones that you’ll be able to find in this particular price bracket.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Huawei Honor 6X||Rs. 11,999|
|Huawei Honor 6X||$ 148.74|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano- Dual standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920p (403 PPI )|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual 12-MP + 2MP, PDAF, LED flash|
|Features||1/2.9″ sensor size, 1.25 μm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, HDR, panorama, face detection|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgraded to 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||HiSilicon Kirin 655|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB, 3GB RAM/ 64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.1, GPS & Radio available|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|BATTERY||Non-removable 3340 mAh|