With the number of devices boasting dual camera that came late last year, it is easy to say that “dual-camera” will be the hot trend of 2017. Although we saw high-end smartphones like Huawei P9, iPhone 7 Plus, Honor 8, etc. with the dual-camera setup, we may see the dual-camera setup coming to midrange and budget smartphones as well.
While around the end of the last year we say Coolpad Cool 1 with dual rear cameras at just Rs 13,999, today, Huawei’s subbrand Honor announced its latest smartphone, Honor 6X in CES 2017 priced at $249. It was showcased first in China in October 2016 and is slated to launched in India too.
Honor 6Xwill be coming in 2 variants based on the storage, 3GB RAM+ 32 GB internal storage and other with 4GB RAM+64GB internal storage. The highlight of Honor 6x is the 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera that lets users adjust the depth of field in an image after it’s been clicked.
I got a chance to use the phone for a few days, ahead of its global launch and here is my first impression of the phone, and mind you this is not a review at all.
Honor 6X First impression
I’m mighty impressed with Honor 6X’s design. It feels good and comfortable to hold on to. It fits into your palm perfectly as it has a curved back which makes the phone very ergonomic. The phone feels very sleek thanks to the chamfered edges. Honor 6X does not feel slippery at all even though it has a non-removable metallic back with plastic caps on top and bottom for antenna signals.
On the front, you have very thin bezels, and the 5.5-inch screen doesn’t feel too large to operate with a single hand. It comes with a full HD display, 1,920*1,020pixels with a pixel density of 403 ppi. 6X comes with a hybrid sim slot on the left that supports a nano and a micro sim or a micro SD card. I’m not a huge fan of hybrid sim slots as I carry 2 sims and 32GB is definitely not enough for me. Honestly, you do not get 32GB of free space as well. After the OS files installation, you are left with mere 25-26GB of space.
I’m not a huge fan of hybrid sim slots as I carry 2 sims and 32GB is definitely not enough for me. Honestly, you do not get 32GB of free space as well. After the OS files installation, you are left with mere 25-26GB of space.
Moving on to the right side of the device, you have the volume rocker and a power button, both are made of met
Moving on to the right side of the device, you have the volume rocker and a power button, both are made of metal and have a nice tactile feedback. On the top, front, you can the front facing camera, earpiece and other sensors like proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. On screen, capacitive keys sit below the display, while a micro-USB and a single speaker on the bottom. Strangely, honor has still chosen to go with a micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C port. Honor 6X supports USB OTG, may one of the reasons behind Honor still going with micro USB.
On the back, we have the dual camera setup, a circular fingerprint scanner, and a single LED flash. The positioning of the fingerprint sensor is perfect. It unlocks the phone very fast and works without fail. Overall Honor 6X has a very minimalistic yet impressive design. The phone looks elegant and gives a premium feel.
Hone 6X boasts decent hardware as it comes with Huawei’s processor Kirin 655. The phone I have with me is the 3GB/32GB model, and I never felt any lag or delays as such during my usage. The EMUI 4.0 skin which runs on top of Android 6.0 is highly optimized to the processor and works perfectly fine.
Another good part is that you do not have a high number of pre-installed apps or bloatware. Whatever apps present already can be easily uninstalled. In terms of available RAM, I got around 2GB RAM available out of the 3 GB that the phone came with.
The Honor 6X battery comes with a 3430 mAh battery and that is another highlight as the phone has a quite slim profile still Honor managed to put in a large battery pack in it. The battery on Honor 6X easily gave me a day and a half which is impressive.
Coming to what impressed me most from the moment I got my hands on the 6X is its camera. Honor 6X has a 12MP camera with a f/2.2 lens along with a 2-mp secondary camera.
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The secondary camera present on the phone helps to create depth of field or background blur which is normally seen cameras present on high-end phones. On the front, it comes with an 8-megapixel shooter.
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I’ve been shooting a lot of pics and I’ve loved the images that came out every time. With loads of options available and a full-fledged manual mode present for both videos and still photo’s, I would be clicking many more of them.