We take a closer look at Huawei Honor 6 Plus which got launched in India recently at a price of around Rs 26,000. Read our full review below.
Huawei has firmly placed itself in the smartphone game with the Honor series devices, which are doing a recommendable sales in the East right now including India. The latest one to create the waves is the Honor 6 Plus.
While this device has been released in India at a price of around Rs 26,000, Huawei has definitely delivered a smartphone that's worthy of your attention.
What does Huawei has got to offer in the larger version successor of Honor 6, let's find out in our full review today, while we're going to take you through all the fascinating features of this smartphone, before you plan to buy it from Flipkart, where its exclusively available.
In terms of design, the Honor 6 Plus takes couple of inspirations from different flagships existing in the market, like the middle frame of the phone looks very similar to the iPhone 6 Plus and also Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Meanwhile, the flats sides going curvy at the bottom on the edges are very similar to Sony Xperia phones.
The button layout is on the right side, and it has got a glass back and front along with a rim that's made of plastic with embedded metal strips, so don't drop it!
So if you buy a Huawei Honor 6 Plus, always remember that you've got a smartphone that's large enough to need two hands to operate. But the simplistic, elegant and sleek design with the Honor logo on the back gives you a good feeling at the end of the day.
Display and Software
Honor 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels across its face along with 401 PPI (pixels per inch). The display is crisp with the combination of vivid colors and spectacular viewing angles.
Like Honor's other phones, the software is a mash-up of Android and the company's own Huawei-inspired EM UI overlay. The Honor 6 Plus runs Android 4.4 KitKat, so no Android Lollipop just yet with EM UI 3.0. You'll have to live without some core Android features like the app drawer , but the navigation is clean and the soft keys are customisable. It can be also swiped away if you want to open up some real estaste.
Even input customisation is available like gestures on the lock screen, also notification panel is also one of the main highlights, which shows your notifiacations in chronological order.
Inside, you'll find a processor you may not have heard of before - the HiSilicon Kirin 925. This is the combination of a Quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU with Mali-T628 MP4 GPU, which promises you a performance of an octa core CPU. The Antutu score was 43,601.
Performance is fine, it might not be as super-smooth as some of the newest Qualcomm or NVIDIA processor powering the devices like HTC One M9, but for the basics, this processor delivers a fine experience. Even playing games like Asphalt - you'd never know the difference between this and a much more powerful processor.
An odd configuration here means that you've got the option of using one of two SIM card slots as a microSD card slot. If you do, you get up to 128GB of additional space over the standard 16 or 32GB of internal storage. You'll also have 3GB of RAM to roll with.
The Honor 6 Plus has one main claim to fame and that is the dual camera set up. The two 8-megapixel cameras sit on the back of this smartphone, and another 8-megapixel camera rests up front. The whole lot takes some fairly high-end photos - some of the finest we've ever seen Huawei take, for certain.
With dual cameras at its back, you'll have a collection of neat camera tricks at your fingertips. As you can see the sample photos are good - they're not spectacular, but if you're good, you'll be able to make great photos here.
There is also a dual-focus feature, which is pretty easy and neat. Set your camera on a still platform and take a photo in a place with objects at multiple distances and you'll be able to see the magic once the photo is processed.
Connectivity and Storage
Elsewhere, there's 32GB of internal storage with Micro SD card support. The user available memory is 25.77GB, which is good enough compared to the LG and Samsung premium units in the market. There's 4G LTE support as well, effectively letting you have one 3G and one 4G connection.
The Honor 6 Plus has got a hefty 3,600mAh capacity battery, which should see you see through a day. Yes, according to our test, the battery of this phone might work for you for a day and a half, which is pretty decent compared to the other high end phone.
In the past, Huawei has delivered a smartphone that's worthy of your attention. In the future, we hope, Huawei will be able to continue their path to highest quality as they penetrate in the Indian market with devices in the near future.
As a successor to the Honor 6, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a good upgrade in terms of screen size, camera and battery. All and all its a combination of nice performance, clean interface and lovely screen with a powerful battery.
But what needs to be looked upon by Huawei is the price of the handset which is still a bit expensive.