Huawei Honor 6X - BLN-AL40

  • R 2,999.00 ZAR


As more and more people buy smartphones online, the budget segment is becoming increasingly popular. Last year, Honor's 5X was met with much acclaim; it offered value-added features for a price that didn't break the bank.

Fast forward a whole year, Honor has taken the budget phone and refined its attention to detail to attract more of those millennials the company loves to target. While the millennial demographic is (arguably) too large of a group to target, we'll be able to tell you who this phone is (or isn't) for.

Huawei Honor 6x review

Honor's tagline for the 5X, last year, was "no nonsense." By contrast, the Honor 6X's tagline is "double or nothing" which is a direct reference to the smartphone's dual cameras, something entirely unheard of for midrange devices, especially in the sub-$300 market segment.

Keep in mind, that the 6X will keep most of the same compromises that the 5X made to keep the cost down. The display is still of the 5.5-inch, 1080p flavor, there's still a microUSB port and no Quick Charge capability, and there's still no NFC. We're glad to see the display panel received an update; its colors and viewing angles are improved over the Honor 5X. Likewise, the body's lines and seams are 'curvier' than its predecessor, making for a nicer experience in-hand.

Key Features

  • 5.5-inch 108p (1920 x 1080px) LTPS display @ 403ppi
  • Android Marshmallow + EMUI 4.1
  • HiSilicon Kirin 655 CPU: Octa-core CPU (4x 2.1GHz + 4x 1.7GHz)
  • 32GB or 64GB of Internal storage; expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 3GB or 4GB of RAM (depending on internal storage amount)
  • Dual camera 12MP RGB + 2MP depth sensor + LED Flash; Wide aperture mode simulates up to f/0.95 aperture, face detection, video recording up to 1080p @ 30fps
  • 8MP selfie camera; up to 1080p @ 30fps
  • LTE Cat6: 300/50 Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n @ 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou, FM Radio
  • 3,340 mAh battery; 5V@2A charger
  • On-screen nav buttons, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm headphone jack

Main shortcomings

  • No NFC or quick charging
  • Marshmallow out of the box (for now)
  • No USB-C port
  • No 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • Arguably bland design

The lack of a proper Quick Charge implementation (more than 10W) might be a deal-breaker for some, though, the larger battery size somewhat justifies it. We'll be testing the charge speed, as well as the battery life. Honor claims its phone can deliver up to 2.2 days of normal usage and 1.5 days of heavy usage. Our real world battery endurance has been quite good so far, so we expect it to receive a great-to-excellent score in our own endurance test.

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2016, October
Status Available. Released 2016, October
BODY Dimensions 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm (5.94 x 3.00 x 0.32 in)
Weight 162 g (5.71 oz)
Build Aluminum body
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches, 82.6 cm2 (~71.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
  - EMUI 5.0
PLATFORM OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 655
CPU Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T830MP2
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (1/2.9", 1.25 µm, PDAF) + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 8 MP, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  - DTS audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB 2.0
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
- MP4/H.265 player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY   Non-removable 3340 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 650 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 23 h (3G)
MISC Colors Gray, Gold, Silver
Price About 210 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 1307 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1309
Basemark X: 8548
Loudspeaker Voice 68dB / Noise 67dB / Ring 79dB
Audio quality Noise - 87.9 / Crosstalk - 86.4
Battery life

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