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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Huawei’s Honor 6 Review: A Great Performer In A Seen Before Bezel......

Chinese smartphones makers are populating the Indian market with some decent offerings. Gionee, Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei are bringing phones to India at a steady pace. Another one to enter the Indian shore is the Honor 6 from Huawei. And this is our take of the smartphone.

Design
Out of the box the phone did resemble lot of other phones in the market including the iPhone 4S. Well China is known for getting inspired from international phones. However, when you start looking at it closely there are many distinctions one can make out. Dressed in white the phone has a silver trim running around it.

The phone is made out of plastic and weighs about 130 grams. Unlike other super slim phones in the market the Honor 6 measures 7.5mm, a good thing as far as ergonomics are concerned. It is not too heavy and can be easily held. The rear has a fake glass sheet, just for show.

The volume rocker button and power buttons can be found on the right side along with the microSD and SIM slots. At the bottom users will get a MicroUSB port while the 3.5 mm audio jack is on the top. Above the 5-Inch touch screen there is the front facing camera and at the rear one will find the primary camera with dual flash LED's.

Using it
Now here is where the fun begins. Huawei might not have worked too much on the design but they did work on the OS aesthetics and performance. To begin with Honor 6 has a 1.7 GHz Quad-core Cortex A15 and a 1.3 GHz Quad-Core A7 CPU, whooping 3GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. All this is built on HiSilicon Krin 920 chipset. This combination combined with Android KitKat 4.2.2 enabled us to play demanding games as well as power hungry apps with ease on the Honor 6.

Yes, there was a bit of heating issue on prolonged use, but not anything to burn your hands. The rear camera is powered by a 15 MP sensor and is able to capture brilliant shots. Both macro and daylight shots were good. Low light, not so much. Our recommendation is to use the LED flash in dingy surroundings for better results. For video chats and selfies the front camera is powered by a 5MP sensor and takes decent profile shots.

Voice quality of this phone was not too bad either. The ear piece did not crack at all and we were able to hear everything clearly. Honor 6 is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery, which lets the phone live for almost a day after a full charge. We were using 3G services and played some games while testing the battery.

On to the best feature, which we have kept for last - the touch screen. It is one of the smoothest touch displays we have seen in a long while. Everything looks really great on it. The pictures and videos look exceptional on this phone. Gaming experience was great as well.

The Good Part
Excellent touchscreen
Good battery life
Exceptional performance

The Not so Good Part
Design does not excite
Tends to heat up a bit

Should I Buy it?
Huawei has loaded the Honor 6 with some useful preloaded apps. The phone might not have an identity of its own as far as the looks are concerned, yet does make up for it in the performance and camera sections. We liked the fact that the phone has Android KitKat. Battery life is great and so is the voice quality. If you are looking for great performance and extremely beautiful screen under 20K then Honor 6 is the phone for you. The price of the Huawei Honor 6 is Rs 19,999.