Huawei is a company that is slowly, but steadily making its mark in the smartphone segment. Here is another the freshly released smartphone from the communications giant, the Honor 6A, which made its debut in May 2017. Now, Honor may not be the brightest kind in the block, but it has been around for quite some time and has earned its share of the limelight.
The new Honor 6A at a glance looks pretty good and packs some decent specifications under the hood. The smartphone manufacturer from Huawei decided to bump up their entry level lineup by introducing something new this year. The 6A may resemble the Honor 6 in many ways. The latter being released almost three years ago bears some resemblance to the 6A, but compared to its predecessor, the 6A has quite a lot of shortcomings that will be discussed in the sections below.
The Honor 6A comes in a metal unibody design with a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The edges of the device are quite rounded which ensures a firm and strong grip, decent enough for a low-priced device.
In terms of display resolution, the 6A fails to impress with its 720 x 1080 HD display. The pixel density is also 218 ppi, which far less than what other devices offer at this range. In other words, though Honor is looking for a comeback, pitching a device such as this into the lineup isn’t a very good idea since it’s underperforms compared to its contemporaries. The metal maybe the only thing that is appealing about this device. A simple HD display with a rather ‘poor’ pixel density along with only a 5-inch screen isn’t enough to win the hearts of the present mobile users who have already tasted better.
The Honor 6A runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 430, clocked at 1.5 GHz. This might have impressed the crowd a year ago, but not now. Devices, even in the budget segment all run the new and improved 64-bit Snapdragon 435 chipset, which is even more efficient and consumes less battery. Again, opting for a device with inferior specs isn’t in everybody’s best interest. The Adreno 505 is however a respectable addition and will go on to become one of the key selling points of the 6A.
Moving on, the 6A has two variants, one with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM and the other with 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. Both the variants support expandable memory which supports 256 GB of storage. These are the standard specifications of any device in the entry level lineup and the Honor 6A delivered them consistently.
The Honor 6A is in no way an inferior device as it packs more than enough power to get things done. However, with newer and more powerful smartphones around the corner, the 6A will have a hard time winning the value game against them.
In terms of the camera the 6A packs the basic necessities, which consists of a 13 megapixel rear and a 5 megapixel front shooter. There is a single LED flash at the rear, and none at the front. Video recording is done at 1080p@30fps. Though the camera has autofocus and phase detection, picture quality isn’t that impressive and most of the times contains a lot of noise. Images taken from the front camera also appear to be a little washed out and blurry along the edges.
In terms of battery, the 6A is powered by a non-removable 3020 mAh Li-ion battery, which once again, when compared to other phones, appears bleak in comparison. Although the 3020 mAh is enough to support your device for a whole day, it ought to be better in comparison to the present market, where the optimal requirement is more than 3500mAh. With the availability of more 4G devices, the necessity for a sufficient power source is evident and often at times, becomes a necessity. A device failing to comply in this segment will not last long in the competition.
The Honor 6A supports dual-sim capability along with 4G LTE. The device hasn’t been launched in many countries other than China, we are expecting it to be equipped with VoLTE capabilities.