Huawei Honor 6X 

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As part of its presence at CES 2017, Huawei launched its Honor 6X handset. This latest addition to the company’s popular range of handsets comes with the claim of being the world’s first smartphone to come with dual-camera functionality priced at under £250.

Honor 6X Android Smartphone
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Available in a choice of grey, silver or the gold back plates, as is the case of my review sample, , the Honor 6X has dimensions of 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm (H x W x D) and weighs in at 162g.  While the unit’s rounded corners have a degree of style, the white framing of the Smartphone’s screen will not appeal to everybody.  Constructed of high-strength aluminium alloy, anodised twice in order to increase the unit’s scratch resistant capability, I found the Honor 6X felt comfortable in the hand with easy access to the handsets various controls and screen facilities.

A volume rocker and power button are positioned on the right side of the handset’s body.  Arranged on the bottom of the unit is a micro USB port, for use when charging the Smartphone’s internal battery, which is sandwiched between a pair of speaker outlets.  A 3.5 mm headphone jack socket sits on the top of the handset.  Situated on the left side of the handset is a pop-out compartment.  This compartment can be released from its flush position using a supplied pinprick tool.  The compartment gives you the choice of inserting dual SIMs or opting to replace one of the SIMs with a microSD card to increase storage from the default offering of either 32GB or 64GB up to a maximum of 256GB.

Dominating the front of the Honor 6X is a 5.5-inch full HD screen covered by 2.5D curved glass.  The Honor 6X screen is a LTPS IPS LCD capacitive model featuring 16M colours and multi-touch capability.  This screen delivers a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with ~ 403ppi pixel density.  While not totally devoid when it comes to the collection of finger smears, the screen produces clear images for the desktop and when running various apps.

As mentioned earlier, the Honor 6X is one of the new breed of smartphone models with the main camera featuring dual-lenses.  Positioned on the rear of the handset is the slightly protruding primary dual camera arrangement combining a 12MP and 2MP companion.  With aperture ranges from F/0.95 to F/16 and a fast focus time of 0.3 seconds, through the use of Phase Detection Auto Focus and the built-in SONY IMX386 sensor, with left and right swipes to bring up a range of different features that include geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR and  panorama with video capture at 1080p @ 30fps.  The Honor 6X front-mounted camera is an 8MP model with 77º wide angle lens. 

Positioned just below the rear-mounted camera is a fingerprint reader.  If you choose to use this feature then it is capable of unlocking the handset in less than half a second.

The Honor 6X is built around a 16nm HiSilicon Kinn 655 Octa-core chipset.  This CPU is made up of 4 x 2.1GHz and 4 x 1.7GHz cores.  Models are available with 32GB of ROM with 3GB of RAM or 64GB of ROM with 4GB of RAM. 

Providing the power is a non-removable 3340 battery pack.  Huawei has rated this battery as being capable of delivering an increase of 11% over previous models.  Huawei claims you should get 1.5 days of heavy use or 2.2 days of more regular use while movie watchers should get up to 11.5 hours.  My tests, however, failed to match up to these figures.  I managed a single day of heavy with 1.75 of light use.  Continuous movie watching brought 8 hours and 20 minutes of viewing time.

A three-second depress of the power button is required to fire up this handset.  Following a 28-second delay, while various housekeeping tasks were carried, occurs before you arrive at a lock screen requiring an upward swipe to reach the desktop which can be viewed in standard or simple (tile) format.  The Honor 6X comes with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) overlaid with EMUI 4.1.  A planned upgrade to Android 7.0 (Nougat) is promised but this update was not available during the review period.

The Honor 6X supports a range of features such as sensors for accelerometer, proximity, compass and NFC (Near Field Communication) and OTG USB (On The Go USB) plus Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE and GPS.  This handset supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4GHz and 4G LTE band 1/3/7/8/20.  Priced on a PAYG contract, the Honor 6X should cost around £225.

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