- Nice build quality
- MicroSD support
- Dual cameras
- Fast fingerprint reader
- Good price
- No USB Type-C
- Weak speaker
- Washed out display
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor created a lot of hustle in the mid-range segment in the year 2016 and continuing the saga in 2017 has created much of a hype for its low budget device Honor 6X. This latest edition of Honor series has a lot to offer and that too with a price tag which would not burn a hole in your pocket. Using the device for quite a time now and going by their hashtag #SwagPhone I can say that it does carry some swag that will turn the tables around. Coming at a price of just Rs. 12, 999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM and INR 15, 999 for the variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM the device has a refined design and some worthy hardware improvements from its predecessor Honor 5X. The idea behind the Swag phone as it seems is to perform up-to-the needs of the affordable smartphones buyers and give it fancy aesthetics to cater to the young generation.
|5.5-inch IPS LCD display
1920 x 1080 resolution
|Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655
|Yes, up to 256GB
|Rear: Dual 12 and 2MP with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1.25µm pixel size, wide aperture range from f/0.95 – f/16
|Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou Navigation Satellite System
|Hall effect sensor
Ambient light sensor
Phone status indicator
|Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Emotion UI 4.1
|Dimensions and weight
|150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm, 162g
|Gray, Gold, Silver
With composite metal design and slightly curvy design from the predecessor, the device scores well above the average in the design segment. It does not come with a full metal body and has plastic windows at the top and bottom to avoid any hindrance to the signal reception. The front has a small bezel on the sides and curved edges with a front camera and light sensor on either side of the earpiece on the top with the logo of the company featured at the bottom.
There is very less to complaint about the back of the device where it features the double camera perfectly aligned with a fingerprint sensor. The dual camera which has been the most focused part by the brand and it certainly proves to be worth it (More details in the camera section.) The black plate which tapers around the edges results in a very comfortable grip. The buttons on the sides be it volume rockers or the power button offer a tactile feel. The bottom side of the device houses a micro USB port and guarded by grills on both the sides one of which offers a speaker and the other a microphone. The right side of the device has a dual SIM card slot and a microSD card tray.
Finally, the right side of the device houses the dual-SIM card slot/microSD card tray. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back, which sits below the dual-camera sensor.
The device comes with a 5.5 Inch LCD display and 1080 resolution which has a great sharpness and the display is bright enough to enable clear visibility on outdoor displays. The only drawback on the display which we came across in the usage is the washed out colors in comparison to the AMOLED display however you can tweak the color settings to combat it. The device provides a good experience while browsing the internet, watching videos and playing games. Keeping in mind the affordable price it comes with the display almost ticks in almost all the check boxes and would get the job done.
Hardware and Performance
The device has been equipped with Huawei’s mid-range processor the Kirin 655 accompanied by 3Gb RAM (and 4GB in the other variant). The processor along with the increased RAM offers better and enhances processing power in comparison to the predecessor. The processor has been well aligned and offers a fluid experience which has been one of the major selling point for the device.
Another USP of the device is the fingerprint sensor that is aligned with the dual camera at the back of the device. Along with the fingerprint functionality, it can be used to take pictures in the selfie mode by just tapping on it. The fingerprint sensor is fast and I did not come across any lag in a period of a month’s usage. The fingerprint sensor can be used to answer calls, bring down notification screen by swiping down browse pictures by swiping left of right. The speaker of the device does not offer up to the mark sound when compared to the other devices in the segment. The presence of the hybrid dual SIM gives you an option use it for dual SIM capability or expandable storage. There is also lack of NFC in the device however, keeping in mind that we are India and there is less of use of NFC it should not bother you much.
The smartphones runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow layered with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 custom skin. The layer offers a lot of customizations from themes to other animations. This is the same version that comes along with the Honor 8 however, a few features like the power saving mode goes missing in this. The device has Emergency service menu that lets you create a customized test message along with the location coordinates that can be sent to 3 contacts. The device also has a lot of convenience features to offer under the Smart assistance menu in the settings app. The device comes with some bloatware but thankfully most of them can be deleted.
The notification panel has been split into two tabs, one for the notification and the other for the quick settings. If you have been using the stock Android it might take you some time to adjust you to the device.
The market has been flooded with smartphones featuring dual camera setup however the bet here is the price range in which Huawei has to offer this feature. The dual camera set up in Honor 6X has a 12 MP primary shooter and the 2Mp secondary camera where the secondary unit is used for capturing the depth related information which can be used in various ways for post processing. Th depth related information can be taken advantage of when using the wide aperture mode of the camera where it allows you to capture pictures in the range of f/16 to as wide as f/0.95. The bookeh effect works well when you focus on subjects in the foreground as switching the focus points to subject in the background can make it look artificial.
You can access general camera settings by swiping left and swiping right gives you access to shooting modes such as beauty mode, night mode and manual mode and also for scanning documents. In and all, the camera offers a good experience and the sharpness in the pictures is pretty impressive for a mid range smartphones. The camera works well in the low light situations and the shots can be used while when the lighting conditions completely falls apart and then a lot of noise comes in.
The affordable smartphone has a lot to offer for a very little cost. The major selling point which is the camera performs well upto the mark and better than most of the competitor in the segment. The device offers a fast fingerprint sensor and hybrid SIM capability. The display may seem to be washed however the overall performance is not at all a let down. The device is just another fine product but it does not really offer anything out of the box. Moreover, the 4GB variant with 64GB ROM which comes at a price tag of INR 15, 999 does not really comes under a segment of affordable smartphones. But anyways the device will get your job done easily and would not let you down. So it s thumbs up if you can get used to the EMUI skin of the Huawei.
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