Huawei Honor 6X: Low price, dual cameras, big battery

04 January 2017

Huawei is once again taking aim at the millennial market in 2017, adding to its mid-priced Honor smartphone range with the all-new Honor 6X.

After a CES debut, the 6X is now official – and with international pricing as low as USD$199.99, it’s definitely one of the more affordable mid-range devices announced recently. The successor to the Honor 5X delivers a decent processor, 32GB of storage and great battery size, without unnecessary frills to drive up costs.

Specs and features

The 6X features a 5.5-inch, 1920x1080p display – not amazing, but suitable for most users who aren’t concerned about premium screens. You’ll get a mid-level processor in the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655, plus 3GB RAM, micro-USB charging and expandable memory via a microSD slot.

Battery-wise, the 6X packs a surprising 3340 mAh, for fast charging and up to two days of battery life (at least, according to Huawei). Also included is a one-touch fingerprint sensor, which allows for easy, single-tap gestures for answering calls, snapping pictures and more. 

Of course, where the Honor 6X is really hoping to shine is in the dual rear camera setup. The 6X is packing a main 12-megapixel camera, plus a second 2-megapixel snapper. The combination gives additional depth of field to your pics, and the 6X’s rear cameras feature fast Phase Detection Auto Focus, a bunch of neat camera modes, and 1080p video.

In addition to its rear setup, the 6X also includes an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies, offering plenty of photo options for snap-happy millennials – including beauty modes, filters and effects. 

What you don't get

Honor’s  newest release does come with some disappointments: customers hoping for Nougat out of the box will need to make do with Android Marshmallow until an eventual update, and the device itself isn't waterproof. 

Internationally, the Honor 6X will be available in grey, gold and silver options, with pre-orders beginning today ahead of a January 10 launch. Huawei hasn't brought any of its prior "Honor" branded smartphones to Australia yet, but we could potentially see the Honor 6X launch here under a different name. 


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