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We have witnessed a surge in competitively priced phones this year, with the likes of Lenovo, Xiaomi and Oppo aggressively battling for the crown. However, there’s one smartphone manufacturer who is yet to make a mark on the Indian smartphone market – Huawei. With the launch of its latest smartphone, Honor 6, Huawei may well be on its way to create a stir. The smartphone boasts amazing specs which have the potential to give other manufacturers a run for their money. The Honor 6 only sounds great on paper, now let’s see if its worth it!

Overview

For starters, it’s the first smartphone with the new HiSilicon Kirin 920 SoC, an octa core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and a mammoth 3100 mAh battery. Ascend series have been the flagship models from Hauwei, but it seems the honor series is the hot property these days. The smartphone features an octa-core processor made of four Cortex A 15 cores and similar number of Cortex A7 cores. Available for Rs.19,999 via online retailers only, the phone seems to justify its price with what lies under the hood.

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Hardware

Probably the most talked about aspect of the phone, the brand new HiSilicon Kirin 920 SoC. It is the next iteration of the Kirin 910T, which we have seen earlier on the Ascend P7. It features 4x Cortex A7 and 4x Cortex A15 clocked at 1.3GHz and 1.7GHz respectively, coupled with 3GB LPDDR 3 RAM. Yes, a deadly combo about which we will elaborate later. The phone comes with an impressive 16GB in built memory along with a microSD slot with an expandable capacity of up to 64GB.

Specs

Specifications

Honor 6

Display 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Processor 1.3Ghz Octa core Kirin 920 processor
Storage 16GB + microSD
RAM 3GB RAM
Camera 13MP primary camera, 5MP front camera
Battery 3,100mAh
Operating System Android 4.4

In terms of connectivity, the phone offers Bluetooth 4.0, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, FM Radio along with a 3.5 mm jack. The smartphone is powered by a non removable 3100mAh battery.

Build and Design

The design of the Honor 6 is minimalistic, and it has a sleek form factor; with thickness of 7.5mm and weight of a mere 130g. Although, it appears Huawei didn’t really spend much time making the phone as pretty as much as it made it useful. The design is pretty close to what we saw on the iPhone 4, with a glass front and rear. The back of the glass has dotted textures, which don’t stand out predominantly. The sides are made out of metallic finish plastic. As a result of the combination of plastic and glass, the phone does feel a bit slippery in the hand.

However, Huawei has done a good job when it comes to button and port placement. The power button, volume rockers, microSIM slot and the microSD slot are all placed on the right side, leaving the left side clean. The USB port is located dead center on the bottom, while the on the top lies the 3.5 mm jack. The rear houses the 13MP camera with a dual LED flash.

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Performance

With a Krin 920 octa-core along with Mali T628MP4 GPU, bundled with a 3GB DDR3 RAM, we were expecting some impressive benchmark figures from the Honor 6 and it did not disappoint. The phone scored an impressive 40,000 on AnTuTu which translates into real world performance. The massive memory pool available runs multiple apps at ease without any lags.

Devices

Antutu Benchmark

NenaMark 2

Quadrant

Honor 6 41900  59.1 fps  10939
Xiaomi Mi 3 30537 60.0 fps  20376
OnePlus One 37500 61.3 fps  23178

The 3100mAh battery can easily last a day of heavy usage, could extend to a day and a half under normal usage conditions. Users are also given an option to further enhance battery life by switching to the screen and power saving mode.

Coming to the OS, the smartphone runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Huawei’s in-house Emotion UI 2.3 on top. The overall design of the UI comes of a bit off beat with the vibrant colourful icons. Apps and widgets are laid out on the Home Screen, which appears slightly cluttered and can be overwhelming for a new user.

The notification panel comes with colour choices. They have given two tabs on the notifications panel, the notifications and short cuts, which come in quite handy enabling users to switch easily. Other nifty feature which the EMUI offers is the ‘Smart Asssistance’ option which includes Suspend button and provides on-screen controls, motion enabled controls like flip to mute, along with a gloves mode.

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Camera

The Huawei Honor 6 offers a 13 MP rear shooter with a Sony BSI sensor along with a F2.0 28mm wide angle lens and a dual LED flash. The UI provided on the camera is standard. However, the image quality does not justify the camera specs, as they have a tendency to appear grainy. The camera can take decent shots during the day. Meanwhile, the front shooter also lacks sharpness and the finer details. The camera enables video recording at 1080p, though the lack of OIS becomes quite apparent. Overall, it is fair to say that the camera of the Honor 6 is one of its weak points.

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Display and Multimedia

The Huawei Honor 6 has a 5-inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels LCD display with a pixel density of 445 pixels per inch. Well, that sounds and looks good. The smartphone can render excellent brightness even in very bright conditions. However, the panel is a non IPS which makes viewing angles a bit scruffy. However sunlight visibility and colour reproduction is top notch.

With a 5-inch display, playing games and watching movies is a fun ride with the Honor 6. The phone can easily withstand those frame rates, animations and transitions without any lag or stutters. Playing Asphalt 8 was also delight on the Full HD screen. It runs most games flawlessly, even at maximum graphic settings, while 3GB of RAM allows multitasking with ease and provides enough resources to run multiple apps in the background. All in all, gaming experience on the Honor 6  is quite immersive and seamless as it can run most games without any lags and stutters. Though, I was not really satisfied with the placement of phone’s loudspeaker as its housed at the back and blocks sound output while you’re holding the phone.

Conclusion

Considering its priced for Rs.19,999, Huawei Honor 6 is strategically coupled with the state of the art hardware. The EMUI 2.3 gives a lot of additional features without hampering the overall performance of the phone. The brand new HiSilicon’s Kirin 920 bundled with 3GB of RAM is a match made in heaven. The Honor 6 is a multimedia delight along with the 3100mAh battery performance. The phone has minimalistic look and build to it, though made out of good quality. The camera may be one of the weaker links in the Honor 6, but other aspects of the phone are top notch and can beat any phone under the given price bracket.

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GOOD THINGS

  • Great Hardware
  • Good Display
  • Adequate Internal Memory
  • Easy-to-use UI

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BAD THINGS

  • Design
  • Weak Camera
  • Prone to Scratches

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Abhinav Mishra
Abhinav Mishra
iGyaan Network's Newbie, Abhinav Loves Gaming, Cars and Technology, You can Find Him on PSN Bragging About his FIFA Skills.
25 comments
Jbdeadangel .
Jbdeadangel .

I'd like to add one more thing. As per various websites, this phone does not support 3G video calling. Same goes for Honor 4X. Video calling is possible only through 3rd party apps like Skype. At last, I downloaded the user manuals for Honor 6 and Honor 4X(Global) and could not find the option of 3G video calling. Same goes for Xiaomi as well. Some of these phones support 4G/LTE but they don't support 3G video calling. Go figure!

Karthik Pillai
Karthik Pillai

I was looking to buy this phone and have seen many reviews of this phone. Could you tell me the reason behind varied results on a low quadrant result when compared and higher Antutu result when compared. Also, you are the only reviewer who has specified that the rear camera quality is inferior (whereas others are bragging about it..). Your reply would really help me in deciding on the purchase. Thanks in advance.

abhinav mishra
abhinav mishra

Hi, It's a great all round phone .... the camera isn't inferior but ain't awesome either ... I guess with the new updates the camera quality might have significantly improved ... thanks ...

Vijay Sud
Vijay Sud

Huawei is doing something fishy…in India a single Sim whereas elsewhere in World a Dual Sim version is universal..are India centric phones leftovers ? Huawei could have used a Snapdragon 801 to increase appeal of this good phone marred by HiSilicon.

Anant Bhatia
Anant Bhatia

Wasn't the Honor 6 supposed to have LTE cat.6? Why no mention here??

Faux-News
Faux-News

MMX canvas nitro ? Are you serious ? 720p display, last years mTK chipset, 2gb ram, 8gb internal, IMX135 sensor, lesser battery, no LTE, no IR blaster, and poor UI ? is comparable to what Honor 6 offers ?

whatsinaname
whatsinaname

Because the 1800 band that it has is not operational in india yet. Vodafone idea etc have purchased bandwidth at this frequency however so when they launch their 4g services this will be compatible.

Anant Bhatia
Anant Bhatia

Exactly the reason why this should have been mentioned in the review. Such a thing is essential in the buying decision of someone who will purchase a new phone, looking at the market in 1 year time. If not for the LTE, this phone is offering very little extra over what is offered by the 11k MMX Canvas Nitro.

Anant Bhatia
Anant Bhatia

If not for LTE (and the extra gig of RAM), the rest of it matters too little to be of any practical value. Hence my 1st comment which I guess you conveniently forgot to read.

Faux-News
Faux-News

dude, "practical value" is subjective here cause i don't see it that way. A excellent gorgeous display of Honor 6, the extra gig of ram that helps a lot in performance, the way superior CPU and better GPU (40K+ on Antutu versus 25k of MTK), the latest camera sensor, plethora of really helpful must have features on the UI (and wait till you see Emotion UI 3.0) as well as way better optimization, and 3100mAh battery on a slimmer and lighter form factor that gives 2 days of life for normal use, all are great practical value to many or probably everyone. Maybe you can compare Honor 4x with Canvas Nitro. Honor 6 is a different league.

Mir Shahjahan
Mir Shahjahan

A unique phone with excellent hardware and mind boggling performance. Best part is the price which will eventually leave the competition to dust!!!!

ARYA
ARYA

Sir plz do a full review of Xolo 8x-1100.....

SACROS
SACROS

Comparing it with mi4, they both have 3gb ram, and the same price, but which one will be better?

SACROS
SACROS

But, besides that....if you can easily get a mi4 with no hardware problems, will you still go for Honor 6???

Akshay Prabhu
Akshay Prabhu

Honor 6! as you dont need to have trouble with after sales and one can buy the device at any time on flipkart !

Sameer .
Sameer .

if you can get a mi4 when it is available india, if at all you are lucky enough to buy it then mi4 is a good option but you will have to compromise on the storage as it is not expandable, and we really cannot predict if at all xiaomi will get the 64gb version in india, however, u can buy the honor 6 right away with an expandable memory slot,

Mir Shahjahan
Mir Shahjahan

Yup!! I would still pick the Honor 6 as Huawei is a much more reliable brand

nilesh
nilesh

Yes agree, as Huawei is much bigger company than than Xiaomi and pretty strong from product range. Huawei have pretty good IT center in Bangalore and support structure in India.

Akshay Prabhu
Akshay Prabhu

Yes! as it is a much stable and a reliable manufacturer with larger presence!

Sunil
Sunil

Akshay, I was looking for the same thing, the brand trust, is it still good in providing durable handsets., can i have a durable mobile in the long run?

Aragorn of Gondor
Aragorn of Gondor

Looks like iPhone however I am amazed why they didnt use SD..maybe to cut the costs...and nothing beats M8 when it comes to performance...Even after having 3GB of RAM..

Guest
Guest

Looks like iPhone however I am amazed why they didnt use SD..maybe to cut the costs...and nothing beats M8 when it comes to performance...

Aragorn of Gondor
Aragorn of Gondor

No that wasnt V4..see the date : oct 13..V5 came out a long time ago

Subhajyoti Golui
Subhajyoti Golui

That was Antutu 4 result I am sure. Because my MI3 scored 43K+ on Antutu V 5