Huawei Honor 6X Review

Huawei Honor 6X has made it to the market and its brilliant. Yes, it has its shortcomings, but that does not hold it back from greatness. Its dual cameras are awesome and work quite well, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is simple to use and pretty effective, the long lasting battery is awesome, and design is simple yet effective. What I really like is how the fingerprint sensor is made easy to use. While using it on my Galaxy S8, I always encountered a problem with it because it was located on the left side of the rear camera. Huawei on the other hand has kept things simple and that makes usage of fingerprint scanner a whole easier. With that said, let’s dive into more details regarding other features that Huawei Honor 6X has to offer.

Design

Honor 6X’s design is pretty simple. It’s rectangular shaped with no curves and full metal body. It doesn’t do anything new but it really doesn’t have to. If it’s not broken, there’s absolutely no reason to fix it. The simple design makes 5.5-inch phone easier to hold in hand and to operate. It doesn’t feel heavy or light – it’s just the right weight. If you have been using phablets, then you will feel right at home when using Huawei’s latest iteration.

Performance

6X come equipped with HiSilicon Kirin 655 chipset and Octa-core 4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. These specifications are supported by 3GB of RAM and Mali-T830MP2 GPU. The smartphone works quite well even when put in extreme pressure. I did experience slowdowns on one or two occasions, in my 40-50 hours of usage, but they lasted for a couple of seconds, so they can be forgiven.

Camera

6X boasts dual 12 megapixels + 2 megapixels cameras as it is becoming a trend these days, and both of them work quite well together. The images are sharp and detailed. However, in dark areas, there were some pictures that didn’t have the same quality as the images taken in the daylight. It’s safe to say that if you want the camera to work at its best, you will need to be at a place with decent lightning. Rear camera offers geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, panorama, LED flash, and touch focus features. Front camera is of 8 megapixels and is great for selfies. However, don’t expect a lot from it as it doesn’t work well on mid to long-ranged photos.

Software

Software is where 6X suffers the most, it comes with the outdated 6.0 version of Android and that’s just unacceptable. A phone released in 2017 should come with the latest version of Android so that people can make use of all the features that come with it. Huawei has stated that they are planning on releasing Nougat update for 6X, but until it arrives, it is hard to recommend this smartphone to anyone over other mid-ranged smartphones. If you’re patient enough or don’t worry about the Android versions, then you can go ahead and buy it. Those of you who do care however should wait until the Nougat update is out.

Storage

There are two versions of Honor 6X – one comes with 32GB of internal memory and is supported by 3GB of RAM, whereas the second version boasts 64GB of internal storage and comes with 4GB RAM.

Battery

6X comes with 3340mAh battery that can easily last you for a day even when you’re using it to the extreme. We tested it out by running multiple highly consuming processes on it for the whole day and it still managed to last for about 15-16 hours with ease. I’d say that’s more than enough for a day even if you are a heavy user.

Verdict

All in all Huawei Honor 6X is a brilliant smartphone. The easy to use fingerprint scanner, the remarkable battery timing, synergized dual cameras, and user friendly design really makes the device worth the $250 price tag. If you have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of more than decent mid-ranged smartphone, then 6X is a very good option. However, do keep in mind that the available version in the market runs on the older operating system. If you don’t like it, then it’s better to wait until Android Nougat 7.0 update is out.

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