Huawei Honor 6X is a strong punch to the budget phone market


— 10:03 AM on January 4, 2017

Honor, the sub-brand of Chinese electronics company Huawei, has a new budget smartphone. The Honor 6X looks like a solid piece of hardware, offering some premium features at an easy-to-swallow price.

The Honor 6X features a 5.5" 1080p display and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 655 octa-core SoC. On the back of the phone's 8.3-mm thick, all-metal body is a dual-camera system that pairs a 12MP camera with a smaller 2MP unit, which Huawei says should help with autofocus and allow for focal-point shifting. The handset's backside also contains a fingerprint scanner—a rare sight on budget phones.

The 6X will be available in two variants: one with 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM, and the other with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Both models pack a slot for a second SIM card and a MicroSD card for storage expansion. All of this hardware is juiced up by a 3340 mAh battery that Huawei says will provide the Honor 6X with 23 hours of airtime or let it sit for 600 hours on stand-by.

The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow hidden beneath Huawei's Emotion UI 4.1. Huawei is promising an update to Android 7.0 in the second quarter of 2017. The Honor 6X is available for pre-order today on Amazon in the United States and Europe in grey, gold, and silver colors. Pricing starts at $250, and the handset should be in owners' hands by January 10.

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