Today we are bringing you a look at another very attractive Android smartphone device from Huawei. The Huawei Honor 6 is a 5 inch Full HD device that packs plenty of solid hardware for a very competitive price of only 299 Euros. Watch Mobile Geeks get hands on with the Honor 6 retail package plus an an overview of our first impressions.
It seems that there are so many great options around now in a smartphone segment that is bursting to the seams with great products at all ends of the market scale – almost all of them coming out of China. Players like Oppo, ZTE, Lenovo, Xiaomi and of course Huawei, are arriving in the markets of Europe and the US with some seriously attractive devices that are also very well placed in terms of price. The Huawei Honor 6 that we have here today seems to be yet another serious contender in the 5 inch Android device space.
One of the first things I noticed about the Huawei Honor 6 upon picking it up is the placement of an ‘Honor’ logo on the back of the device, a decision that might strike us as slightly odd seeing as most vendors go with the company logo, not the sub-brand of the model. Nonetheless, the design of the Honor 6 is simplistic and and sophisticated with the aforementioned logo on the back pretty much the only thing adorning the glass panel except for the camera lens and LED flash in the top left corner. This design does seem to be quite adept at retaining fingerprints however, and a non-removable back cover also means that the battery is non-removable. The frame of the device uses aluminum in tandem with plastic, with rounded edges and corners and a front face that is also finished with the same glass that we find on the back.
Let’s take a look at the full specifications of the Huawei Honor 6 in a little more detail:
Huawei Honor 6: Full Specifications
- HiSilicon Kirin 920 Octacore SoC (four x 1.3 GHz, four x 1.7 GHz)
- 3 GB RAM
- 16 GB internal memory expandable with microSD card up to 64 GB
- Mali T624 GPU
- 5-inch large IPS display with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution
- LTE Cat. 6 with up to 300 MBit / s
- 3100 mAh Battery
- 13 megapixel cam back, front, 5 MP
- Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with Emotion UI 2.3 from Huawei
- Dimensions: 139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm
- Weight: 135 grams
As a 300 Euro device, one would have to say that the Huawei Honor 6 is offering plenty of very technically appealing hardware components that are packaged in a good looking device design. The Honor 6 supports Category 6 LTE networking which should offer speeds of up to 300Mbit/s. It also features an in-house developed Kirin processor that we expect to be not too far off high-end Snapdragon alternatives when it comes to horse power. One down side for European customers however is that they will be getting single SIM card version, while folks here in Asia can enjoy the benefits of dual SIM cards.
Unfortunately the finish on the back cover does leave a little to be desired when it comes to scratch resistance. We managed to get a good old scratch on the device with no effort whatsoever, despite careful handling. This indicates plenty of vulnerability without the protection of a cover, case or protective screen. It is for this reason that we are really happy to the retail package includes two protective covers to negate exactly this issue. Make sure you use them. You have been warned.
It will be interesting to get into the more detailed side of things in terms of performance, the cameras, battery life and everything else
when we get the chance, but straight away we have concerns over how the back panel’s glassy finish is so easily tarnished without additional protection. Gorilla Glass this is not. Regardless, the Huawei Honor 6 has plenty of potential. Potential that you can assess for yourself in this unboxing and first impressions video below from our buddy Roland.