It has attracted a lot of attention at CES because of its attempt to offer dual cameras at a relatively affordable price. And is now headed for Indian shores, trying to revolutionize how we look at the cameras in mid-range smartphones. To what extent it succeeds will be known only in our final review, but here’s our initial take on the Honor 6X.
“Two phones slapped together”
We had complained about the relative uniformity and lack of innovation in smartphone design in the mid-range price segment in recent times. Well, while the Honor 6X comes with a few new design elements here and there, sadly there is hardly anything striking when it comes to the build of the smartphone. We received the gold variant of the Honor 6X which sports a white front and gold back. These two parts of the device seemed like parts of two different phones slapped together and which are not gelling along well – the sides are part white and part gold, with a clear band between them which stresses the difference. Some might like it. We did not.
The smartphone which boasts a metal uni-body comes with a front that is dominated by the 5.5-inch full HD screen. The colors of the display are bright and sharp. And the lock screen wallpapers on the smartphone are a visual delight as well, as in most Honor phones. The UI of the handset seemed uncomplicated and simple. The handset walks on the well-crafted path which leads to a predictable design destination – it comes with the front camera, earpiece and proximity sensor placed above the display. Instead of placing the normal three capacitive buttons below the display, Honor has decided to keep the chin of the smartphone plain and has just placed the Honor logo there. The three buttons have been placed on-screen for the purpose of navigation.
The volume rocker and the power/lock button are on the right side of the smartphone and are easy to reach as well as use. The left side holds the hybrid SIM card tray which pops out after inserting the SIM extractor inside. The base of the smartphone holds the speaker grilles and the micro USB port. The top of the Honor 6X carries the 3.5 mm audio jack. The phone feels sturdy enough and is light enough for its size. Although the smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch screen, it feels easy to handle and easy to operate with one hand.
Betting on dual cameras
The USP of the smartphone sits on the metal back of the smartphone, which curves outward gently. The Honor 6X comes with dual cameras which are placed on the rear of the smartphone in a vertical line. The two cameras which are 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel respectively, have been provided for better depth sensing as per the company, and jut out slightly. Just below them is the fingerprint sensor which can also be used for capturing images, scrolling through the gallery and to see the notification panel. The LED flash is placed just next to the cameras on the back. There are also two antenna bands on the back but unlike phones in this price range, these are not shiny or metal finished. One antenna band is just above the camera lens, the other one is on the lower side of the smartphone. There is the logo of the company above the antenna band present on the lower end.
The spec side
On the hardware side, the Honor 6X sports a 5.5 inch full HD IPS 2.5D curved display with a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It is powered by Huawei’s in-house 2.1 GHz Kirin 655 octa-core chipset with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. There are two versions of the handset available in the market: one with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM and the other one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. There are 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras stacked on the back of the smartphone along with an 8-megapixel front facing camera. The handset runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 topped with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 software. Under the hood, there is a 3,340 mAh battery which powers the smartphone. And the connectivity options on the smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.
It might not look radically different from the competition (at least from the front), but its dual camera set-up makes the Honor 6X a promising contender in the very competitive mid-range segment, where it is likely to go up against the likes of the Coolpad Cool 1 (which also has a dual camera) and the much-awaited Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. We suspect those cameras will play a key role in its prospected. You will find out more about the difference those cameras make in the coming days and of course, we will be putting up a detailed review once we get the final price of the device in India. Stay tuned!