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

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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    • Takeshi7
    • 3 years ago

    I refuse to buy any phone that doesn’t have a removable battery.

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      Good story

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      With the popularity of power banks and most people never removing their battery I can see why most phones don’t bother having removable batteries.

      • albundy
      • 3 years ago

      Noted. to the 7th power.

    • mat9v
    • 3 years ago

    These litle cores are really slow, almost 40% slower then A72 cores, I would not buy a phone with such a CPU in it 🙁

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      It packs a wallop on the spec sheet though.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Not too fond of these little.LITTLE designs, seems to miss the point, though sure, the silicon is differently tuned. The Redmi Note 3 has two A72 cores in a similar price, much more useful than two clusters of 4 A53 cores in this. Think it has more to do with the ‘8’ thing in China.

      • juampa_valve_rde
      • 3 years ago

      I’m seeing the same, the Redmi Note 3 with Snapdragon 650 got ignored at the last mobile staff picks. No cheap phone can beat that, metal unibody, fast SOC, big ass battery, everything else semidecent for the price. Sorry Huawei, you’ll have to try harder.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Having 8 cores on the spec sheet helps sell more phones than having just two cores, regardless of how slow all those 8 cores are. At least to the non-techy ones.

    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Kirin 655 octa-core SoC[/quote<] Any indication of what those cores actually are? A35? A53? A57? A72? A73?

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      All A53. 4x 2.1GHz A53, 4x 1.7GHz A53. little.LITTLE.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        While the A53 is regarded as a cheap slow core for budget phones I think they’re underappreciated. I have an Acer Liquid Zest Plus that packs 4 x A53 @ 1.3GHz and it’s actually very responsive, smooth and gameplay is very good. Racing games run very smoothly (like, buttery smooth). AnTuTu score is around 30,500. I honestly find performance to be surprisingly good.

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          It is surprisingly good for as tiny as they are. Also, I believe, the highest performance per watt of a CPU core out there. But of course, big cores would be appreciated. Even shedding down to 2xA72, 2×53 would feel a lot faster, i.e redmi note 3 (2 a72, 4 a53).

          4 of them in budget devices, fine, 8 of them in dressed up budget devices are more for show.

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