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Huawei Honor 6 Review, Hard to Beat!

March 25, 2015

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Last year, in August, Huawei released a smartphone oriented towards the area of customers which need a pretty capable device that would also go easy on their pockets. I’m talking about the Huawei Honor 6, a very good looking fella that comes packed with a rich list of specs which includes, among others, an octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5 inches Full-HD display, a 13 MP primary snapper, an ample 3,100 mAh battery, support for a microSD card and more. Sounds promising, doesn’t it? It sure does and all of these goodies are kept inside a slim and lightweight body made from glass, which is definitely a looker. Oh, and its price is a little over $300, so if this isn’t a bargain, I don’t know what is. Keep reading to find out more.

Inside its retail box, the Huawei Honor 6 comes accompanied by its charger and a microUSB cable that serves for re-charging the unit and making data transfers. Headphones aren’t included, but that’s not something of importance, as we’re dealing with a  budget device, after all.

As I was previously saying, the Honor 6 stands pretty well in terms of appearance. It measures 139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm and has a weight of 130 grams, which is quite impressive for a device that carries inside a big battery. It’s also very elegant due to its thin profile and all-glass design, which certainly turns heads, but also attracts fingerprints, so you should clean it a little more often than usual for keeping it free from smudges. It can also feel slippery, so you should handle it with some extra care in order to avoid dropping it.
The handset is very well put together and seems pretty solid too, which is great for a device that wanders in this budget area.

The Huawei Honor 6 holds on its frontal side a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and has a pixel density of 445 ppi. The image quality is very good and will please your eyes with beautiful colors, great viewing angles and a very good contrast. The sunlight legibility isn’t anything to write home about though, as the screen is a little too reflective.

At the software department, the Huawei Honor 6 features support for Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which was heavily customized with the company’s proprietary user interface, the Emotion UI v3.0. The lockscreen displays the time and date, along with a shortcut for the camera. Swiping from the bottom will show a panel that holds weather information and several shortcuts.
The homescreen holds your apps, widgets, folders and five shortcuts on the bottom dock. You can have a maximum number of nine homescreens and customize them as you like, including with themes. Also worth mentioning is that your applications will appear directly on your homescreens, as the interface lacks an App drawer, and uninstalling them is made from here.
Your notifications are displayed, naturally, in the notification area, on the first of two tabs, the second one being reserved for quick toggles.
The interface is pretty friendly and intuitive (at least for an Android connoisseur) and will offer a pleasant user experience once you get used to it properly.

Let’s check out the hardware area. The Huawei Honor 6 comes powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 920 chipset, having a quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, Mali-T628 MP4 GPU and comes in  two flavors, with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The handset is a very decent performer, delivering a great user experience in almost any case. Lag issues or freezes are out of the question if you don’t abuse it with power hungry 3D games.

In its connectivity drawer, the Huawei Honor 6 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, dual-band 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP, NFC (market dependent) and microUSB 2.0. The device also has an Infra-Red port.

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For taking photos, the Honor 6 features a 13 MP snapper with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is assisted by a dual-LED flash in low light situations. Among other features, the camera application reveals support for HDR, Panorama, filters and more. The photos produced are very good, with accurate colors and a good amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also a capable performer and will produce some fine 1080p videos @30 fps.
A front-facing 5 MP camera joins the party for enabling you to make video calls or take selfies.

Some other handy tools and features from the Huawei Honor 6’s backpack are an FM Radio, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for finding your way around, Google Now as a personal assistant, some great media players for video and audio playback, the Kingsoft Office 5.5 for managing document files, the stock browser and Google Chrome for offering a great browsing experience and much more.

As I was saying at the beginning of the review, the Huawei Honor 6 is kept alive by a 3,100 mAh battery. It will endure almost three days under a moderate usage or two under an intensive one.

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