Chinese smartphone makers are known for creating dull and boring handsets which may not have the aura to pull crowd from the way of an iPhone or the Galaxy S5 can, but smartphone maker Huawei has done what seemed to be impossible.
Although Huawei has been trying to establish itself in the Indian market so long, things didn't work out as per the plan. But things drastically changed last year when the company launched the Honor 6 in India. It was a major hit among Indian consumers, given the smartphone's tempting retail price at under Rs 20,000 and the hardware on offer.
Now, after tasted success with the Honor 6, the Chinese tech giant has recently launched the successor flagship -- Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Originally announced in Beijing on December 16, the Honor 6 Plus is coming to India in April 2015. The device is priced at Rs. 26,499, and will be made available via Flipkart.
As far as the hardware goes, the Honor 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch FHD display, a Kirin 930 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 3GB RAM, either 16 or 32GB of ROM, a MicroSD card slot, a monster 3,600mAh battery, the dual-camera setup, an 8MP front-facing shooter, 4G LTE/3G and more.
GizBot recently got a chance to explore the Honor 6 Plus in Delhi and here's a closer look the futuristic smartphone with the dual-camera setup.
Honor 6 Plus First Look: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System
A prodigy of modern science and technology, Huawei has given enough importance to on the design of Honor 6 Plus. With its metallic finish and sleek design the handset looks very stylish and gives a premium feel when held for usage.
The Honor 6 Plus also has a unique back cover which provides a strong and better grip for its users. The device is measured as 7.5mm thick and weighs in at 165 grams. That said, we found the Honor 6 Plus's design simply outstanding.
The Honor 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch FHD display, 1080 x 1920 pixels and has a 16M colour density, which clearly removes all any doubt on the display. Further, the Honor 6 plus has a very rich and crisp image display, which will not disappoint its users. With a high resolution and HD display, photographs, videos and graphics will retain its quality level in outdoors and indoors.
The device runs on Android 4.4.4 (Kitkat) with Huawei's native EMUI 3.0 UI. The new UI comes with 3D effects. A new and interesting feature to boast about is the changes made in the lock screen of the Honor 6 Plus.
Every time the user switches on the device lock screen wallpaper changes, and the user can access their favorite apps from the lock screen itself.
Also, please note that when Honor 6 Plus will hit the Indian market shelves, it will come upgraded with Android Lollipop.
Honor 6 Plus First Look: Processor, Storage and Connectivity
Let us start with the core foundation of the Honor 6 plus. Huawei has placed a HiSilicon Kirin 925 Quad core Cortex A15 & quad core Cortex A7 processor, clocked at 1.8GHz beefed up with a Mali T628 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 3GB of native storage under the hood.
It is a killer smartphone and its performance was outstanding. Although we didn't get the time to test the handset fully on the spot; however, we did manage to sense a positive vibe around it, making the overall experience go up to the next level all together.
Other than an LTE connection, the phone comes with regular 3G/2G GSM connectivity, Wi Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, DLNA, hotspot, GSM, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP and more. The smartphone supports dual-SIM connectivity.
Honor 6 Plus First Look: Camera and Video
We must say that the Honor 6 Plus camera is truly a mark of superior craftsmanship. The most talked about feature of the Honor 6 Plus is its HTC One (M8) - like dual 8megapixel rear camera sensors, which the company calls "symmetrical dual camera technology.
The Honor 6 Plus camera sensors are said by the company to capture 16MP resolution images with twice the amount of light as compared to a single sensor, it takes 0.1 seconds to autofocus, and use SLR grade ISP technology.
The smartphone also offers a number of image editing effects. Honor 6 Plus front facing camera is said to bear a 5 megapixel sensor for video chatting and other purposes.
Huawei has gone further though, upping the resolution and twice the resolution of the HTC One (M8) and adding in the ability to manually adjust the camera's aperture, which is believed to be done through the use of the dual image sensors and some heavy processor calculations. The handset features a dedicated image signal processor to handle these sort of tasks.
Honor 6 Plus First Look: Battery Life and Verdict
Huawei has powered the Honor 6 Plus with a 3,600mAh battery. The phone will run close to 13hrs on 3G. The Honor 6 Plus will be made available in India next month at a price of Rs. 26,499.
In conclusion, our final verdict regarding the Honor 6 Plus confirms company's faith in a premium standard smartphone with the latest technology available with an affordable price tag.