The Latest Honor
Huawei has been busy of late with various new releases featuring both Huawei and Honor For The Brave brands. Hot on the heals of the launch, held in Munich, of the Mate 9 model with its dual lens featured reviewing recently on this site, the focus switched to a new flagship offering from the Honor brand. Available for the UK, Europe and US markets, Huawei launched its Honor 6X product at CES 2017 with the claim of it being the world’s first smartphone with dual-camera functionality for under £250.
Now I have to admit that I have yet to lay my glasses-enhanced eyes on this product (CES is rather too far for my budget to stretch) which Wilkin Lee, Honor’s UK Sakes and Marketing Manager describes as a device created “for digitally savvy millennials who live by a philosophy of ‘double or nothing’. Coupling strong performance with revolutionary display, extended battery life and photographic innovation, we’ve delivered a handset that has a very affordable price tag without compromising on quality.” We shall see once I get my hands on a unit in the near future. Until then we shall have to make do with the information released by the company.
Constructed from high-strength aluminium alloy, anodised twice to make it more scratch-resistant, the Honor 6X handset has dimensions of 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm (H x W x D) and weighs 162g, with a choice of grey, silver or gold colour schemes. The smooth curves of the handset’s body is further enhanced with its 2.5D curved glass screen covering a 5.5-inch full HD screen delivering 1920 x 100p resolution with a brightness of up to 450nit and PPI up to 403. With its built-in eye comfort control that filters out blue light, this screen promises to relieve screen-related visual fatigue while delivering clarity even in direct sunlight. The top-grade glass frontage is claimed to be durable and scratch-resistant.
The Honor 6X is driven by a 16nm HiSilicon Kinn 655 Octa-core processor made up of 4 x 2.1 GHz and 4 1.7GHz cores with access to 3GB of RAM. As standard there is 32GB of ROM which can be supplemented by a microSD card up to a maximum of 128GB. Featuring Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with an EMUI 4.1 overlay, this handset can house either a pair of nano SIM cards or a single nano SIM and a storage increasing microSD card depending upon the user’s needs.
Power for the handset is delivered by a 3340mAh battery. This unit supports fast recharging capability with the appropriate equipment. Promising an increase of 11% over previous batteries, this unit is claimed to deliver 1.5 days of heavy use or 2.2 days of regular use with up to 11.5 hours of video watching during long travel excursions. The Honor 6X supports a range of multimedia formats including MP3. MP4, OGG, FLAC, 3gp, mkv and BMP.
Not only do you get front and rear mounted cameras but the rear configuration consists of two lenses combining a 12MP with a 2MP companion. With a wide aperture range of F/0.95 – F/16 and an ultra fast focus time of 0.3 seconds delivered by Phase Detection Auto Focus and SONY IMX386 sensor, you should not miss important captures. The front mounted 8MP camera has a 77º wide angle lens and a Prim IPS with adaptive skin-colour detection.
The rear of the Honor 6X also features a fingerprint scanner that is rated at being capable of unlocking a phone in 0.3 seconds. This handset supports WiFi 802/11 b/g/n at 2.4GHz, 4G LTE band 1/3/7/8/20 and Bluetooth 4.1. The Honor 6X is expected to be available from locations such as Honor vMall, Amazon and Three. On PAYG, the price should be £224.99.
I look forward to checking out these features once I get my hands on an Honor 6X and reporting back on my findings as to how well this smartphone performs in real world situations.
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