The Honor 6 Plus has officially been launched, don’t groan at the name before you find out more about the phone. It’s 5.5 inches and comes with 6 layers of metal that allow the handset to take a bullet…from a gun…and all it will have to show for it is a dent on the back.
Huawei started their press event acknowledging that everyone took the piss out of them for naming their first flagship the Honor 6. So when they released the bigger brother, the Honor 6 Plus, president Jeff Lui went through a few reasons why the 6 Plus could take on the iPhone 6 Plus, but we’ll get to that a little later after we dive into what Huawei is dishing out today. We were freezing our fingers off in Beijing to get you a hands on video and some photos!
Before we jump into that, the Honor 6 Plus comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD Display (1920 x 1080) manufactured by JDI with a contrast ratio of 1500-1. We’ve got a super thin bezel at 1.85mm which allows the 6 Plus to have a 78.2% display ratio. Under the hood we have Huawei’s own processor the Kirin 925, it’s based on ARM’s big little technology making it Octa-Core and Huawei’s bragging rights include it’s 64 bit capabilities for graphics it comes with a Mali T628MP4. All of this is paired with 3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of on board storage with an SD card slot that is good up to 128GB. The unit measures 150.4 x 75.68 x 7.5mm.
Battery wise we have a hefty 3600mAh that features wireless charging and connectivity options are amazing…if you’re in the China market. This handset won’t be making it out of Asia, but if you’re lucky enough to live in China, it comes with 4G Cat 6 making it good up to 300Mps.
Honor also rolled out Skytone services, a feature that is pegged to their Kirin 925 Chipset which comes with a software sim card. What this means is that with a click of a button you can access local carriers with local data rates. This is the cheapest roaming offered from a Chinese carrier, since Skytone is in beta they still have to charge you, it’s 5 CYN for 20MB or 28CYC per day.
What about this business about being able to shoot the 6 Plus with a gun! We should let you know that we did find out that it was an Air gun, not a real gun so don’t go pulling out your hunting riffles just yet. Regardless, we’ve got the back of a phone that gets shot with a bullet with only a dent in the back to show for it. They play it again, this time from the front, the phone is on and the display does flex and a light ray is seen, but it goes back to normal after impact. Regardless of what sorcery has gone into this production we all know that they’ve opened themselves up to this happening as soon as the review units hit the street!
Apart from this feature that will allow us to survive a shoot out, the 6 Plus does share a name with the iPhone. Like I mentioned before the CEO of Honor kicked off the discussion of how the 6 Plus was better than the iPhone 6 Plus. He’s got a series of slides going over some of the spec improvements.