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Huawei released the Honor 6 in 2014 at a time when buyers were still skeptical about buying Chinese phones, which they believed were cheap knockoffs. However, with companies giving a wide range of choices at low prices with premium level hardware, very few buyers could resist the lure of these smartphones. The Honor 6 was one of them. Huawei is one of the few companies which thrive on home grew hardware and software. Its Emotion UI skin is an upgrade to the Android 4.4 (KitKat) present in it. Its staple Kirin processor chip developed in-house. The phone sports an amazing display and amazing looks, but will it be able to stack up against phones in a similar price range like Oppo, Lava, Gionee, and Xiaomi? Let’s find out.
All in all, the phone looks gorgeous. The phone has a fake glass back, and a fake metal rim is supporting a 5 inch Full HD screen with Gorilla Glass 3 and an amazingly small bezel. The all-plastic body makes the phone light at just under 130 grams, and the thin 7.5 mm body makes it comfortable to hold. The phone looks very similar to an iPhone and it feels and looks very premium to use. The fake glass, however, is prone to a lot of scratches. The micro USB, the microSD slot, and micro SIM card holder all lie under a small plastic flap. The phone also has an IR blaster on top and can be used as a universal remote. The volume rocker and the power button lie on the right side of the phone. The back has a primary camera with dual LED flash whereas the front has a single selfie shooter and a notification LED. The top has a 3.5 mm audio jack whereas the speaker grille located in the small left corner in the bottom. The phone has a 5 inch LCD with a resolution of 1080x1920, giving it a pixel density of 445 ppi. As the screen is not an IPS panel, it, therefore, does not provide high viewing angles. Colors are cool, have contrast and sharp. The screen has sufficient brightness and is one of the best screens that you will find in this price range.
The Honor 6 has a Kirin 920 Octa-core processor. Huawei’s chipset has four 1.7 GHz A-15 cores and four 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 cores, all of which were developed by Huawei on its own. The phone also has a 3 GB RAM. All this is more than sufficient for the phone to run smoothly and to perform multitasking. The Emotion UI, another homegrown software is quirky and has a lot of customizing options. Apart from themes, you can also choose between other customizable options (app folders, etc.) to make the phone best suit you. The cores give you incredible performance, of the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5 at least. The smaller cores work when doing normal daily tasks, and the other cores kick in when you do some more intensive tasks like gaming or intense video watching. The GPU used by the phone is the Mali T628, which is comparable to the Adreno 330 found in most phones now. The phone breezes through daily tasks and doesn’t lag at all. Even games like Asphalt 8 worked well under low settings. The Phone outclasses most phones in performance in similar price range, and it is comparable to those of flagship phones.
The phone has a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP Selfie shooter. Although the phone is good overall, it is in the imaging part that you might find some issues. First of all the autofocus is unreliable and often has trouble in low light photography. It also struggles with close-ups. The camera also has a slight shutter lag. The image quality varies widely about the lighting conditions and even then it is unreliable. However, the camera produces good images with sharp colors and good contrasts. If some of the issues are on the software side, then these problems should be fixed easily. The dual LED flash is pretty powerful. The camera app has a good layout with lots of filters and modes to choose. It’s similar to what found on most Android phones. The selfie shooter takes very decent selfies in good lighting conditions, and the video capture maxes out at 1080p. Video playback in the phone is laggy and sometimes refused to work with the default player. The speakers are loud, but they crackle at high volumes. The earphone sound quality isn’t that good either, and the earpiece volume during phone calls is subpar.
The Honor 6 comes with a 3100 mAh battery. It lasted for 7 hours under full tests. Moreover, the phone has some power saving features to make it last longer. The Kirin processor is a bit more power hungry than the Snapdragon processors but, it didn’t affect the battery performance much, giving the phone a full day's’ worth of charge at a go. The phone also comes equipped with all standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
The Huawei is an aggressive all-rounder phone. Available at a steal, the phone not only has premium looks, but it also gives you premium hardware. The phone has a very fast processor and a superior battery life. The phone also sports a fantastic design and look similar to its flagship counterparts. This phone is one the best to come out of Huawei’s ranks yet.WHAT WE LIKED
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