Back in late December 2014, Huawei introduced another flagship device, the Honor 6, a brave new line packed with Kirin 920 octa-core architecture processor. This allows the handset to deliver powerful performance which enable it to better manage power consumption.
Look and Design
Admit it. When you’re shopping for a phone or tablet, or any other device, you are on the look-out for a unit that has the ‘wow‘ factor. A phone that will make your friends drool over. When we saw the first news release of Honor 6, we had that feeling that we’ll gonna like it. That’s why when the opportunity knocked our door to review this handset, we did not hesitate at all to try it out to experience Honor 6.
Honor 6 is not intimidating. The handset may look simple but it’s ergonomically designed that way for ease and comfort. Volume rocker and power button are placed on the right side of the unit that have metal finishing wrap-around the edges except the bottom part. Micro-SIM and micro-SD slots are also found at the right side lower part with a flap cover. On top of the unit is the 3.55mm port for the earphones, microphone, and IR blaster. Located at the bottom is the micro-USB cable and plug port. Simple, no?
Facing front, Honor 6 speaker grill stays at the top of the bezel alongside the front-facing 5 MP camera. On-screen is a layer of Gorilla Glass 3, which is engineered for high scratch-resistance. You won’t see any capacitive buttons on the flat surface bezel, if you’re looking for it. The navigation buttons are available only at the 5-inch LCD Full HD on-screen display that has 1920 x 1080 resolution with 75.7 screen-to-body ratio and 7.5mm thickness.
At the back, where the name Honor and another speaker grill are visible, is a shiny hard plastic-coated cover.
The back cover is not removable and so is the built-in 3100mAh battery. The important thing for this part is how the battery consumes less power during our everyday use. With the help of Power Saving, our maximum charging cycle can last for up to 2 days using the SMART option.
At the weight of 135g, Honor 6 is lightly comfortable to get a grip that allows more room to play and navigate the interface.
User Interface and Skins
Honor 6’s aesthetics is excitingly different from Huawei‘s custom skin. Nevertheless, Honor 6 is still running on Emotion UI on top of Android 4.4.2 with simpler interface look that resembles likely similar to Apple‘s iOS 7. By the way, Honor 6 also has that magazine themed design that changes display every time you turn on the device. It’s one of our favorite Honor 6’s feature.
Under the hood is the EmotionUI 2.3 version that ranks on the 8th place when we tested the Antutu Benchmark with a score of 40,620 leading higher above Xiaomi MI 3 and Nexus 5 on the over-all Top 10 spot. As we’ve mentioned above, Honor 6 runs on CPU Hisilicon Kirin 920 octa-core with 3GB RAM and 16GB phone storage which is expandable up to 64GB using micro-SD.
Graphics and Sound
Looking at the photos and videos that we’ve took so far, we are impressed at how vivid and sharp the details are that the 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras produced. Maybe it’s because of the wide and large aperture F/2.0, 5P aspheric lens, and/or hardware-based HDR. The good part, all the colors your eyes can see from the subject image are also the colors that these cameras will produce as they are viewed and saved in the gallery.
The quality of the sound from videos and music albums are also quite impressive.
Huawei Honor 6 specs
• 5-inch IPS LCD full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
• Kirin 920 octa-core processor (four ARM Cortex A15 and four A7 cores)
• Mali-T624 GPU
• 3GB RAM
• 16GB internal storage
• up to 64GB via microSD card
• HSPA+, LTE Cat. 6 300Mbps
• WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-Band
• 13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture
• Dual-LED flash
• 5MP front camera
• GPS with aGPS support
• Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Emotion UI 2.3
• Li-Ion 3100mAh battery
• 139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5mm
• 135 grams
The Huawei Honor 6 is available at Php 13,990 in Black and White colors. Not a bad pricing for a mid-range smartphone with running specs that are also available to a premium device. Although there are other brands, especially new players in the Android industry that offers mobile devices lower than the Php 10,000 price point, Honor 6 is a promising fresh and sleek device that can beat even those in the mid-range category at above the Php 15,000 market price and premium phones selling at Php 20,000 or higher. Honor 6 aligns “for the brave” consumers who are willing to experiment and give a shot to a new breed of flagship phones, without hurting the pocket.
With these awesome specs and technology, there’s no doubt that Honor 6 will stand out as one of the favorite gadgets in 2015.
On the scale of 1 to 5 star ratings, we give Honor 6 a perfect score of ★★★★★.
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