Huawei Honor 6X review
A neat blend of looks and performance
Our Huawei Honor 6X review highlights a smartphone that does everything right, and more, for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on their monthly contract. Starting from £15 per month on a two year contract, the Honor 6X is certainly good value for money and you can find out why in our review.
The first thing that the Huawei Honor 6X does is to catch your eye with a design that is right on the money. The front face is made from 2.5D curved glass, while the coloured back is made from a metal frosted material that has a textured finish.
The rear face has two characteristics that catch the eye; the first is the dual camera module and the second is the fingerprint sensor that sits beneath the camera lenses. On the bottom edge there are those iconic speaker grills that shout premium.
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The body is 8.2mm thick and the Huawei Honor 6X grey has a black front, while the gold version has a white front. In my opinion, the gold and white version looks the best, but that is purely a matter of taste.
The Huawei Honor 6X unleashes its first surprise here with the octa-core Kirin 655 processor with 3GB RAM. The speed of the processor is super-fast at 2.1GHz and to put this into context, the expensive Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 2.3GHz processor, showing that the Honor 6X is punching well above its weight.
The large 5.5” display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which equates to 403 pixels per inch. The display has two noteworthy enhancements. The first is an Eye Comfort Mode that filters out eye-straining blue light in the evenings. The second is a display brightness that can be bumped up to 450nit for readability under direct sunlight.
Phone Set Up
Security and getting started
Biometric security is offered through the fingerprint sensor that we mentioned earlier and Huawei has used its 3rd generation sensor on the Huawei Honor 6X. This can authenticate a fingerprint in 0.3 seconds, making it a practical security choice.
The fingerprint sensor can be used to protect the Safe and apply an App Lock. It can also be used to browse through your photo album, take a selfie, answer a call or to turn off the alarm.
When getting started with the Huawei Honor 6X you will undoubtedly want to transfer content over from an old smartphone. There is a 32GB internal memory for doing this and a microSD card slot, lets you boost the memory by up to 128GB.
The Huawei Honor 6X runs on Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, but you might not recognise it as such. This is because Huawei gives it a fresh new look with its EMUI 4.1 user interface.
Aside from the fresh look, there are features to enjoy such as Magazine Unlock, Split Screen Mode, Pop-up Call, a Weather app with sounds, Calendar, Notepad, Mirror and Sound Recorder.
Camera & Video
Dual lens camera
The other nice surprise is the dual lens camera, a set up previously reserved for the premium smartphone market. The Huawei Honor 6X has a12MP lens and a 2MP lens and this pairing gives a wide aperture range of f/0.95-f/16. This lets you decide the amount of focus, for creating ‘bokeh’ background blurred images.
After capture focus is pretty neat but you can also use a new Splash function, where you can isolate one colour to show through, on monochrome photo. There is also a Pro Mode, Time Lapse Mode, Light Painting Mode and Super Night Mode.
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The technology that is working in the background includes Phase Detect Auto Focus with a Sony IMX386 sensor, which gives focus in just 0.3 seconds. The sensor has large 1.25µm pixels for less noise in low light and the Prim ISP DTI pixel isolation technology gives premium-grade image quality, colour and sharpness.
On the flip side, The Honor 6X has a 8MP selfie camera with a 77° wide angle lens. There is plenty of clever photography software at work again with self adaptive skin colour detection and auto touch-up software. Like most selfie cameras, you can set your beautification preferences and have them applied automatically, with Perfect Selfie.
High density battery
A longer lasting battery is always desirable and Huawei has gone all out with the battery in the Honor 6X. The 3,340mAh battery gives an amazing 2.15 days use for a typical user or 1.5 days use for heavy users.
If you choose to, the battery will sustain the playback of up to 11.5 hours of video or give 8 hours of gaming or up to 70 hours of music playback. You can get even more out of the battery by activating the Power Usage Firewall, which stops battery draining apps from running down the reserves, when the phone is locked.
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Written by: Michael Brown