Huawei Honor 6X Review: Flagship Features at a Mid-Range Price

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Huawei Honor 6X Review | Product Introduction

Huawei Honor 6X smartphone is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core CPU (16nm) and 3GB RAM. The Honor 6X is a powerful technology seamlessly great for playing games, browsing, listening to music or run multiple apps at the same time. 32GB* of memory, combined with an additional 128GB  space via Micro-SD Card slot leaves you with enough capacity to store music, videos and photos.

Honor 6x 5.5-inch Full HD (1920*1080p) display with a brightness of up to 450nit, PPI up to 403, delivering clarity even in direct sunlight, providing the most advanced viewing experience, always. with built eye comfort mode that filters out blue light, helping to relieve screen-related visual fatigue.A sleek, high-grade glass body that is both durable and scratch-resistant, leaving the phone looking good for longer. Its ergonomic design, smooth curves, slim 8.2 mm body with a metal frosted material, and 2.5D curved glass with a premium texturing look.

Huawei Honor 6X dual 12MP + 2MP rear camera captures live magical moments in the highest definition to empower your inner photographer. Honor wide aperture range (F/0.95-F/16) lets you decide how much focus you want, and whether that shot calls for that stylish professional-grade blurred background effect.With an ultra-fast focus time of 0.3 seconds, thanks to Phase Detection Auto Focus and a SONY IMX386 sensor, you will never miss that perfect picture opportunity again. Cutting-edge color quality, sharpness and noise reduction thanks to a 1.25µm pixel size, a Prim ISP and DTI pixel isolation technology – giving the image quality and rendering power that every photo fanatic deserves from a top-of-the-line phone. The Huawei Honor 6X 8MP front camera features a 77° wide angle lens and a Prim ISP. Add to this a self-adaptive skin-color detection and an auto portrait touch-up software, and your selfies have never looked better.An all-new splash function lets isolate an individual color in monochrome images for greater artistic effect.

Honor 6x 3340 mAh (typical) high-density battery is a step ahead of the game with an increased battery capacity of 11%. Honor delivers 2.15 days of usage and 1.5 days of heavy usage on a full charge, supporting 5V/2A with the latest fast charging technology.

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Huawei Honor 6X Review | Silver Edition

Huawei Honor 6X Review - silver

Huawei Honor 6X Review | Gold Edition

Huawei Honor 6X Review - Golg

 

Huawei Honor 6X Review Focus:

  1. Product introduction
  2. Specs & Main Highlights
  3. Package
  4. Unboxing
  5. Appearance & Design
  6. Hardware Platform
  7. Software, Display, Cameras, Sensors, Speaker, Microphone, Navigation, Battery
  8. Pros & Cons
  9. Final Verdict
  10. Huawei Honor 6X Review Rating

 

Huawei Honor 6X Highlights:

  • Display: 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel FHD screen
  • CPU: Hisilicon Kirin 655 Octa Core 4x 2.1GHz + 4x 1.7GHz
  • GPU: Mali T830-MP2
  • Storage & Memory: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, Support Micro-SD card up to 128GB
  • System: EMUI based on Android 7.0
  • Battery: Li-Polymer 3340mAh Battery ( built- in )
  • Cameras: Back 12.0+2.0MP , Front 8.0MP
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Bluetooth 4.1
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM Card Dual Standby, Nano-SIM slot or 1 Nano Card + 1 SD card
Basic Information  
Model HUAWEI Honor 6X
Color Golden, Silver(Optional)
Material Plastic, Metal
Type Bar
System  
OS EMUI (Based on Android 7.0)
CPU/GPU Hisilicon Kirin 655 Octa Core 4*2.1GHz+4*1.7GHz; Mali T830-MP2 GPU
ROM 32GB, Support 128GB micro TF card(The system will take up some ROM)
RAM 3GB
Screen  
Display Size 5.5″
Material Glass
Display Technique Muti-point touch panel
Resolution 1920 * 1080 Pixels
Camera  
Front Camera Pixels 8MP
Back Camera 12MP + 2MP
Network  
Type 2G GSM / 3G / 4G-LTE
Band TD-LTE:B38/B39/B40/B41;LTE FDD:B1/B3/B5;TD-SCDMA:B34/B39;WCDMA:B1/B5/B8;CDMA:BC0;GSM:B2/B3/B8/B5
Note: Network Frequency varies from countries to countries. Please ensure local area network is compatible, check with your carrier/provider before purchasing this item.
SIM Card Quantity Dual SIM cards, Dual standby
SIM Card Type 1 * Nano SIM
1 * Nano SIM or 1 * Micro SIM
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Version 4.1
Battery  
Capacity 3340mAh (NON-Removable battery)
Talk Time and Standby time will depend on the actual using situation.
General  
Multilanguage English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, etc.
GPS Support GPS
Sensor  Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Image PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP
Video MP4, 3GP
Audio MP3,WAV,FLAC
Other Features Ebook, Radio Tuner, Messaging, Wallpapers, Calendar, Calculator, Clock, etc.
Other Information  
Product Size Approx. 15 * 7 * 0.cm / 6.2 * 3.1 * 0.3in
Product Weight Approx. 170g / 6.5oz
Package Size Approx. 16 * 9 * 5cm / 6.24 * 3.51 * 1.95in
Package Weight Approx. 340g / 11.9oz

Huawei Honor 6X | Package

  • Huawei Honor 6X | Package Front view 1 of 2
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Package Front view 2 of 2
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Package Full view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Rear view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Package side view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Package button view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Package Top view

 

Unboxing All Items

 

Huawei Honor 6X | Package Content:

  • x1 Service guide (Chinese)
  • x1 user guide (Chinese)
  • x1 one-page basic operation guide (English)
  • 1x Charger Converter Adapter (US -> EU)
  • 1x SIM Card Tray ejector tool
  • 1x 5V-2A Charger
  • x1 USB Cable

Appearance & Design

The Huawei Honor 6X comes in two color variants. The silver and the gold edition received for this review. In terms of build quality and design, there is not much to say or elaborate, expect that Huawei did a fantastic job with this phone.

Huawei Honor 6X Review | Full view

  • Huawei Honor 6X | Display
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Display turned off
  • Huawei Honor 6X | LED notification light
  • Huawei Honor 6X | A Closer Rear view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Rear view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Bottom view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | TOP view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Right view
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Left view

 

Huawei Honor 6X Hands on view

Hardware Platform

Jumping into hardware and performance. This phone is based on the Hisilicon Kirin 655 Octa-Core processor operating at frequencies between 1.4 GHz – 2.11 GHz. In AnTuTu benchmark test results the 6X ranked with a score of  556655 that is slightly below the previous reviewed Doogee Mix phone that is based on the Helio P20 SoC and has additional 1GB of RAM (4GB RAM in total) ranking with a score of 59000-60000. That said, the phone worked very well and user experience was nothing but excellent.

Huawei Honor 6X Review | AnTuTu Benchmarks 

 

Software

The 6X provided for this review came with an international ROM and US Charger plus. The device came with EMUI 5.0 customized UI built on top of Android 7.0 nougat. According to latest media reports, this device will be amongst the few first devices in the market getting the new Android 8.0 update, expected to be out until the end of this year (2017).

Huawei did an excellent work in designing a very user-friendly and clean UI that is easy to operate. in this international ROM, the company included all Google apps and services and extra few pre-installed Apps such as WPS Office, Booking, CNN, TOP GAMES!, TripAdvisor, Truecaller, Facebook, Flipboard including few additional sport activity apps called: HiCare and Health that works in conjunction with the GPS and phone internal sensors, to measure excise effectiveness with a route display when running.

Huawei Honor 6X Review | UI & Android OS 

  • Huawei Honor 6X | Main Screen
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Google Apps Screen
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Top Apps (Pre-installed Apps)
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Apps Screen
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Tools Screen
  • Huawei Honor 6X | File Manager Screen
  • Huawei Honor 6X | system info 1 of 3
  • Huawei Honor 6X | system info 2 of 3
  • Huawei Honor 6X | system info 3 of 3
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Settings Screen - 1 of 5
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Settings Screen - 2 of 5
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Settings Screen - 3 of 5
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Settings Screen - 4 of 5
  • Huawei Honor 6X | Settings Screen - 5 of 5

 

Display

Huawei didn’t cut cost with the device display. The 6X uses a highly responsive 1080P FHD 10 point Display panel. When set at highest brightness level, the screen was still viewable under direct sunlight. Also, both Color production and sharpness were excellent.

 

Cameras

Photos produced in optimal light conditions using the 12.0MP rear camera were of above average quality, with good details and color saturation. In low light conditions the camera still performed reasonably well, but sometimes produced very grainy pictures but its expected with a $180 phone and not an expensive flagship. In more extreme low light conditions indoors, for example in a completely dark room, the flash was extremely helpful and worked well. The 8.0 MP camera also performed well, in a standard range in terms of picture quality.

 

Special Camera functions

In the camera app settings you can find many interesting features, like the document ‘Beauty mode’ , ‘Audio note’, ‘Pro video’, ‘Watermark’, slow-motion video recording, and ‘wide aperture’ which uses the 2.0 MP sensor that lets you to focus on specific objects inside a picture while blurring the rest of the objects inside the picture. 

Camera Settings

 

Indoor photos

Outdoors photos

Sensors

Perhaps one of great importance having in any smartphone. Huawei added all the necessary sensors: Acceleration, Gyroscope, Gravity, and magnetic field. if you are asking what they are very needed.Without the gravity and Acceleration, the user will not be able to play games that support special hand gestures. And without the magnetic sensor, the GPS will not be accurate, and it will not be possible to use the phone as an electronic compose or navigate with it in offline mode, without an internet connection.

 

Speaker

Like most Chinese smartphones, due to cost considerations, this device also has a single speaker system. The sound produced by the speaker was loud enough and of good quality.

Microphone – Performed pretty average/standard without any problems.

 

 

Navigation

GPS worked out of the box. Tested with ‘GPS Test‘ showed an accuracy of 5m. ‘HERE WeGo‘ navigation App also worked without an internet connection thanks to the contribution of the magnetic field sensor.

GPS Test

 

Battery

Honor 6x  is equipped with a 3340 mAh none detachable battery that provides a decent one screen time. Depending on usage, with some light usage of the cameras, IM, 4G connection enabled you can expect about 5 up to 6 hours of on screen. If you enable the ‘power saving mode‘ it reduces visual effects, disables email auto-sync function and ultimately should squeeze extra battery work time.

 

Charging  & Screen on Time

Huawei provided a 5V-2A charger with the package. In my test, I decided not to use the original one and used a quick  MediaTek charger capable of producing voltage up to 9V that didn’t seem to have any effect on charging speed.

In both tests, I connected the charge through a USB voltage /current tester and then measured the overall charging time after the battery was fully discharged. According to the voltage meter device, the voltage nor Amp level didn’t change during the charging process with 5V and maximum current up to 1.5A.

 

Test # 1 – With a MediaTek Quick Charger

  • Left Picture –  The device was charged up to %94 in  02:36 Min
  • Right Picture – with screen brightness set to %40-50 predicted Screen on is 5h:50m

Test #2 – With Original Charger ( 5V/2A)

  • Left Picture: The device was charged up to %93 in  02:40 Min
  • Right Picture: with screen brightness set to %40-50 predicted Screen on is 6h:16m

Final Verdict

As a user, I had an excellent experience operating the Honor X6. Huawei  EMUI system is very intuitive and easy to operate. Packed with lots of features and functions not all covered in this review. The final verdict is that the X6 is definitely a very high-quality and a great Chinese smartphone worth buying that I personally recommend.

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • LED notification light 
  • Design
  • Build Quality
  • Software
  • Good Screen
  • Fast GPS
  • Above decent cameras

 

Cons:

  • Average battery work time.
  • Fast charging is not that fast

 

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