CES 2017: Honor Launches the Affordable Dual-Camera Honor 6X in the US and Europe — XDA and Honor Collaborating to Seed Development
The mid-range smartphone market does not get as much media attention as the flagships usually do, and the issue has been compounded by the advent of affordable flagships — devices that are flagship-like but are priced cheaper, approaching the mid-end price bracket.
But even with affordable flagships in the picture, users with tighter budget constraints often find themselves in a fix as options in limited budget scenarios leave a lot to be desired.
Huawei’s Honor sub-brand targets this audience with a lot of zest. The Honor 5X was crowned the Vanguard of the Mid-Range Segment when it was released, offering high value for the price it commanded upon launch. The successor to the Honor 5X, the Honor 6X, seems inline to deliver a similar package: high value at a low price. The device was launched in October in China, so we already knew what to expect in terms of specs.
For a quick recap of the specs and build, the Honor 6X uses a metallic body, much like the Honor 5X. There’s a 5.5-inch FHD LCD display on the front, with the “Honor” branding on the bottom chin. On the inside, you get an octa-core Kirin 655 SoC based on a 16nm process, with 4x cores at 2.1GHz and 4x cores at 1.7GHz, along with the Mali T830-MP2 GPU. The phone comes in three RAM + storage configurations: 3GB+32GB, 4GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB. There is microSD card support thanks to the hybrid dual SIM slot. The phone is powered by a 3,340 mAh battery with 5V/2A charging, and runs on EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device comes in three colors — gold, silver and gray.
The most advertised feature of the device is the dual-lens rear camera setup. It enables the Honor 6X to offer a wide aperture range (f/0.95 – f/16) and allows for good-looking bokeh shots, as seen on the Honor 8. The main camera provides images at 12MP resolution, while the secondary 2MP camera captures depth of field information. The wide aperture and the 1.25um pixel size aid in low light imagery as well. On the software side, EMUI adds in a few features like monochrome images with a color dash to provide wider use-cases for the camera.
Now, Honor has launched the Honor 6X in the US and European regions. Starting from January 4, the Honor 6X will be available for pre-order in the US for a price of $249.99 for the 3GB RAM variant. Sales of the device go live on January 15 in the US.
In other markets, like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia and more, the device goes on sale on January 4 for a price of €249.
The 4GB RAM variant of the device will be up for sale in Q1 2017 in select markets. Expected price of the 4GB RAM variant is $299.99 / €299.
The Honor 6X focuses on our obsession with capturing great images, and provides a fulfilling mass-consumer oriented package at a price that many would find agreeable. Can it actually live up to its promises? Stay tuned for our in-depth and objective Honor 6X review written by Mario Serrafero, or check out Jeremy’s quick walkthrough of the software on the device.
Seeding Development for the Honor 6X
As a separate announcement, we want to let users know that Honor has provided XDA with extra Honor 6X units (thanks to our partnership with them) which we will be distributing to certain developers in order to kickstart development for the device like we did with the Honor 8. Because of this program, there are now several third party ROMs available for the Honor 8 with more on the way, and we hope to achieve the same thing for the 6X. Honor will be releasing kernel source for the 6X in the coming weeks, which we will look forward to. We will also be gathering feedback regarding development and giving away several Honor 6X units in the following weeks, so stay tuned for our upcoming giveaways. For more information about Honor devices and discussion with fellow XDA members, visit the Honor 6X forums and the Honor Hub. Also, the Honor 6X’s forums will be part of our Community Incentive Program, through which frequent contributors to the Honor forums receive swag and free hardware among other goodies.
What are your thoughts on the Honor 6X? Let us know in the comments below!>>> Check out XDA’s Honor 6X Forums!