Huawei Honor 6X

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The Huawei Honor 6X currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 34 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • All-day battery life
  • Quality design
  • Good camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • NFC support
  • Dual SIM or microSD support
  • Great performance

What's bad

  • Mediocre low-light camera performance
  • Older Android version (6.0 Marshmallow)

Announced at CES 2017, the Huawai’s Honor 6X promised to bring dual-camera features and premium design to a budget-friendly price point. The spec list is impressive. But, specifications don’t always translate to a good experience.

Reviewers are weighing in on the phone and we’ve compiled what everyone is saying so you don’t have to jump between sites!

Let’s get started!

The mostly metal design received high marks from reviewers on both visual appeal and comfort. Digital Trends notes, “Overall, the design is very simple and sophisticated. It looks and feels nearly as high-end as any iPhone.” Though the phone is one the larger end of the scale, reviewers mentioned easy one-handed use. They also noted that the fingerprint scanner was natural to reach.

Head around to the front and reviews stay positive. Recombu chimed in on the 5.5-inch 1080p LCD screen, saying, “The screen itself offers pleasing visuals, with soft, natural looking colours, respectable viewing angles and decent contrast management.” Some reviewers noted issues with fingerprints thanks to the glass treatment. If smudges bother you, consider a screen protector.

Huawei's own 2.1GHz Kirin octa-core 655 processor keeps performance peppy. Depending on your region, the phone includes either 3 or 4GB of RAM. Reviews for both variants were outstanding. Tom’s Guide says, “Unless you're a real power user, the 6X feels just as snappy as phones costing hundreds more.”

As with other Huawei phones, the Honor 6X runs their EMUI skin on top of Android. While the phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, they’ve promised an over-the-air update to Nougat soon. If you’ve read our other summaries, you know reviewers often love or hate EMUI.

While there’s still no app drawer, this latest version is pleasing more reviewers. Expert Reviews UK says, “Honor's EMUI is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.” Digital Trends supports this, saying, “Unless you’re an Android purist, you’ll be completely fine with Emotion UI.”

Regional variations offer either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage--more than enough for most users. Should you need more space, microSD support allows expansion up to 256GB. However, using a microSD card means you can’t take advantage of dual SIMs.

One of the most touted features of the phone is it’s 12MP dual rear cameras. Reviews show that they’re worthy of the hype. Mentions of bokeh and depth of field were everywhere. Android Pit summed up opinions well, saying, “Daytime shooting with good lighting produced crisp results. In lower lighting conditions or at night, you need to keep the phone especially still in order to prevent blur or photo noise.” The 8MP front-facing lens was equally well received.

Battery life was no slouch either. The 3340mAh battery kept most reviewers going well past the first day. With the included charger, you can top off from empty in only 2 hours.

Overall, reviewers loved the Honor 6X. Expert Reviews UK declared, “Honor has created a fantastically capable budget smartphone in the 6X at a very tempting price, and it’s impossible not to recommend it.”


OS
No
Processor
2.1 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Reviewed

Despite the shiny exterior and dual cameras, the Honor 6X is low-to-mid-range smartphone through and through. The truth is, while the idea of a second camera sensor on a budget-friendly phone is a spirited one, having two below-average sensors is just as disappointing as having one. And althoug...

- Michael Desjardin, Reviewed
TechRadar

Honor has covered all the bases with the 6X. This is a phone you can safely buy and be confident that it won't feel outdated any time soon. With an impressive processor, a solid build and simple to use software the 6X is a good choice if you don’t want to spend much money. It may not be as che...

- James Peckham, TechRadar
Tom's Guide

The Honor 6X goes all in on value, giving you dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor and other features usually reserved for higher-priced phones.

- Sam Rutherford, Tom's Guide
Android Guys

The Honor 6X by Huawei is a nice blend of budget hardware and resource managing software. If you want a killer device at an affordable price, give this one a serious look.

- JD Snyder, Android Guys
Cnet

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the better budget phone in nearly every way. Get the Huawei Honor 6X only if you really want a dual rear camera.

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the Honor 6X on January 10, 2017.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Honor 6X user manual here.


Huawei backs up the Honor 6X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Huawei Honor 6X's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.1 GHz

There is a Huawei Kirin 655 Octa core 2.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS
No

The phone runs on the 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3340mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3340 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 2.2 days standby time, 1380 minutes, 596 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 6X Specs

Overview
Release date January 10, 2017
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)
Processor Huawei Kirin 655 Octa core 2.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.23 W/kg
Body: 1.16 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 690 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 596 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 2.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gray, Silver, Gold, Pink, Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 162 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, 2.5D curved glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (2 MP 2nd camera), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments Also available in 64 GB Internal Flash Memory and 4 GB RAM.
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Critic Reviews


Reviewed

A budget-friendly smartphone that punches well above its weight class

from Reviewed

Despite the shiny exterior and dual cameras, the Honor 6X is low-to-mid-range smartphone through and through. The truth is, while the idea of a second camera sensor on a budget-friendly phone is a spirited one, having two below-average sensors is just as disappointing as having one. And alth...More

Despite the shiny exterior and dual cameras, the Honor 6X is low-to-mid-range smartphone through and through. The truth is, while the idea of a second camera sensor on a budget-friendly phone is a spirited one, having two below-average sensors is just as disappointing as having one. And although the slightly-more-premium shell conjures up thoughts of a higher-end smartphone, the Honor 6X is quick to remind you of its true trappings the moment you encounter its sluggish software and disorienting design.

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TechRadar

Honor updates one of its best to Android Nougat

from TechRadar

Honor has covered all the bases with the 6X. This is a phone you can safely buy and be confident that it won't feel outdated any time soon. With an impressive processor, a solid build and simple to use software the 6X is a good choice if you don’t want to spend much money. It may not be as...More

Honor has covered all the bases with the 6X. This is a phone you can safely buy and be confident that it won't feel outdated any time soon. With an impressive processor, a solid build and simple to use software the 6X is a good choice if you don’t want to spend much money. It may not be as cheap as previous generations, but it holds its own in a market full of great budget phones.

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Tom's Guide

Flagship features for a fraction of the price

from Tom's Guide

The Honor 6X goes all in on value, giving you dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor and other features usually reserved for higher-priced phones.

Read full review

The Honor 6X goes all in on value, giving you dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor and other features usually reserved for higher-priced phones.

Read full review

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Android Guys

A nice blend of budget hardware and resource managing software

from Android Guys

The Honor 6X by Huawei is a nice blend of budget hardware and resource managing software. If you want a killer device at an affordable price, give this one a serious look.

Read full review

The Honor 6X by Huawei is a nice blend of budget hardware and resource managing software. If you want a killer device at an affordable price, give this one a serious look.

Read full review

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Cnet

Ton of advanced camera tools and it's way cheap

from Cnet

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the better budget phone in nearly every way. Get the Huawei Honor 6X only if you really want a dual rear camera.

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The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the better budget phone in nearly every way. Get the Huawei Honor 6X only if you really want a dual rear camera.

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Android Police

A great value proposition

from Android Police

$250 phones don't usually go over too well. There are often too many sacrifices made that usually just lead to a poor user experience. The Honor 6X is mostly the exception to the rule, though it does have some cut corners that are quite noticeable. The lack of 5GHz Wi-Fi support is the weirdest t...More

$250 phones don't usually go over too well. There are often too many sacrifices made that usually just lead to a poor user experience. The Honor 6X is mostly the exception to the rule, though it does have some cut corners that are quite noticeable. The lack of 5GHz Wi-Fi support is the weirdest thing, but I am honestly not surprised at seeing NFC or USB-C missing.

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Notebookcheck

A serious competition for considerably more expensive smartphones

from Notebookcheck

Honor has a well-conceived total package in its lineup with the 5.5-inch 6X. At an official price of 249 Euros (~$268), the buyer gets a fast mid-range smartphone with a high-quality build that does many things better than its predecessor 5X, and which convinces with its decent configuration.

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Honor has a well-conceived total package in its lineup with the 5.5-inch 6X. At an official price of 249 Euros (~$268), the buyer gets a fast mid-range smartphone with a high-quality build that does many things better than its predecessor 5X, and which convinces with its decent configuration.

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Paste Magazine

A midrange smartphone with dual lens fun

from Paste Magazine

The hardware and camera performance alone this handset offers a lot of bang for your buck, positioning the 6X, even with its subpar Android skin, as one of the best budget smartphones on the market.

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The hardware and camera performance alone this handset offers a lot of bang for your buck, positioning the 6X, even with its subpar Android skin, as one of the best budget smartphones on the market.

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G Style Magazine

Wants to be nice on our wallet and make your mobile lifestyle pleasant

from G Style Magazine

I personally felt like the Honor 6X was a vast improvement over the Honor 5X and that made it much more enjoyable to use. With a price point of $250 it hovers under some of the stronger mid-rangers such as the OnePlus 3T or Axon 7 but that’s good. If you are interested in a ton of features...More

I personally felt like the Honor 6X was a vast improvement over the Honor 5X and that made it much more enjoyable to use. With a price point of $250 it hovers under some of the stronger mid-rangers such as the OnePlus 3T or Axon 7 but that’s good. If you are interested in a ton of features and not spending a ton of cash the Honor 6X is a nice phone to utilize.

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Neowin

Raises the bar yet again

from Neowin

Honor could have phoned it in on the design and materials, kept it simple, and priced it in the same range or even lower than its previous model. In reality, it decided to up the ante on its “budget” line to increase the pressure on its competition and also improve the experience for its cons...More

Honor could have phoned it in on the design and materials, kept it simple, and priced it in the same range or even lower than its previous model. In reality, it decided to up the ante on its “budget” line to increase the pressure on its competition and also improve the experience for its consumers. The device offers great construction, good performance, long battery life, a dual camera that can take good photos.

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