• Operating System: Android 6.0
  • CPU: Huawei Kirin 655 Octa-Core (4x2.1 GHz + 4x 1.7 GHz)
  • GPU: Mali-T830MP2
  • Memory: 3 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • Display: 5.5-inch
  • Camera: 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel (rear-facing) 8-megapixel (front-facing)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • Weight: 162g
  • Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8 mm
  • Pros:
  • Does the job as a mid-priced smartphone
  • Cons:
  • Bland
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 57,652 points
  • PCMark for Android: 4,410 points
  • 3DMark Slingshot Extreme: 372 points
  • 3DMark Slingshot: 553 points

Bringing Honor To The Series

The Honor 6X is the latest in the Honor series. Stapled with a myriad of features on the Honor 6X, we put the device under the test to see how it fares against competition on the market.
Looking at it, the Honor 6X is a pretty phone in our opinion. At the front the Honor logo is etched on the bezel at the bottom of the device and the 5.5-inch Full-HD display, while on the back, you have the dual camera setup – 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel – coupled with the flash on the side, and a fingerprint sensor right under the camera.

Included in the box is the SIM Tray Ejector Tool, a Micro USB charging cable and a wall adaptor. Nothing out of the ordinary, but we did notice an exclusion of earphones, which is negligible, considering the price of the phone.

Now onto the meat of things, the Honor 6X is operating on the Kirin 655 chipset with an Octa-Core CPU, as well as 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage space. In addition, it can support microSD cards of up to 256 GB. The device runs on Android 6.0 Huawei’s EMUI 4.1, with potential updates to Android 7.0 soon. Fitted onto the 162g device is a 3,340 mAh battery for good battery life.

EMUI 4.1 does well to provide users with a smooth experience. During our tests, we have not noticed delays, aside from slower app launches, or slow downs once the storage is filled with pictures, messages and apps. But for its price, the ability to run the newest, graphically challenging games with relative ease proves that this device can play among the bigwigs. However, the phone does get hot after a while, especially during gaming, but the same applies to other devices with a metal back. A fair trade-off for its premium looks.

We do believe that the Honor 6X ticks most of the boxes for a powerhouse mid-priced smartphone. Powerful, easy on the eyes, decent sized battery and a camera that can take nice shots.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, worth the purchase if you’re looking for a mid-priced phone. It comes with most things and has no unwelcome surprises.

(previously published in issue May 2017)

Honor 6X