Huawei Honor 6 Plus, of HTC One M8 like dual Camera fame was also showcased at Huawei’s booth at MWC this year. The handset will soon arrive in India, for a competitive price and that was one more reason for us to be excited when we went hands on with the successor of Honor 6. Read on to know more.
Huawei Honor 6 Plus Quick Specs
- Display Size: 5.5 Inch IPS LCD Display with 1080p Full HD Resolution
- Processor: 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset, with Quad-core Cortex-A15 and quad-core Cortex-A7 and Mali T628MP4 GPU
- RAM: 3 GB
- Software Version: Android 4.4 KitKat based Emotion UI
- Camera: 8 MP Auto focus and 8 MP fixed focus rear dual camera, OIS, 1080p Video recording
- Secondary Camera: 8 MP, 1080p Video recording
- Internal Storage: 16 GB
- External Storage: 128 GB MicroSD support
- Battery: 3600 mAh, Non Removable
- Connectivity: 3G/4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS, Dual SIM
Huawei Honor 6 Plus Hands on Review, Camera, Price, Features, Comparison and Overview at MWC 2015
Design, Build and Display
Honor 6 plus heavily borrows from its predecessor in terms of design. We are tempted to plainly label it as a scaled up Honor 6 slab, but there are some subtle differences. Huawei has done a good job by keeping the thickness constant (7.5 mm), even with the larger form factor.
The silver metallic band running around the edges looks great and feels ok in hands. Flat front and back surface are mostly glass, with some plastic used on front side and on edges. Since we know it’s a mid range device, we can admire the construction and effort which Huawei has put into it. The handset feels substantial with a weight of 165gram.
The 5.5 Inch Full HD display is as mesmerizing and crisp as the one on Honor 6, with good viewing angles and sufficient brightness. This 401 PPI IPS LCD display sports fairly narrow side bezels too.
Processor and RAM
Processor used is 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset, which combines Quad-core Cortex-A15 and quad-core Cortex-A7 while using the same Mali T628MP4 GPU. It is an upgrade over Kirin 920 in Honor 6, but you can expect similar gaming and day to day performance. 3 GB RAM will help maintain smooth performance in the long run.
Camera and Internal Storage
This is where it gets interesting. Huawei Honor 6 Plus employs total of three 8 MP cameras, one at the front and two on the rear side (Auto Focus +Fixed Focus). The principle is same as what HTC used in One M8 and later eliminated in One M9.
You can shoot images and refocus them later – something Google’s camera App allows you to do simply with software. However, we would like to test it further before dismissing it as gimmicky. In our brief try, the dual camera setup actually worked very nicely. There is no shutter lag and AF is quite fast in normal mode. The camera allows you to choose different aperture settings as well. Camera performance is a strong highlight for Honor 6 Plus.
Internal storage is 16 GB in 3G model and you can also plug in MicroSD card for up to 128 GB secondary storage space. This is good enough to satisfy majority consumers.
User Interface and Battery
User interface is same Emotion UI3.0 based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Lollipop update is under works. Whether you like it or not will be more a matter of personal taste. The interface is rich in option, several of which are pretty handy, but there is no App drawer by default and default color theme doesn’t look very appealing either. Navigation keys are Lollipop style.
Battery capacity has been bumped up to 3600 mAh, which is much more than what you see on average phablets. we are optimistic about comfortable one day backup even with heavy usage.
Honor 6 Plus Photo Gallery
Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a well build sturdy device, which will offer more or less the same Honor 6 experience, but with a larger 5.5 Inch display. The dual Camera feature is added bonus. In India, the handset will retail for around 20,000 INR exclusively on Flipkart and for now, we feel it worthy of its price.