Unboxed | Huawei Honor 6 and Initial Impressions

Huawei Honor 6 box

I’ve been long familiar with Huawei devices for quite a while now but more in line with their connectivity devices like pocket wifi, routers and usb dongles/wingles. It’s just so timely my old phone drowned and I was offered to review one of Huawei’s recent releases, the Honor 6. The Huawei Honor 6 is pretty interesting offering. At first look, people may be quick to judge that it’s a Chinese iPhone-copycat but it’s a highly capable smartphone with pretty impressive hardware in an affordable package. Let’s take a close look at the key features.

What's in the Honor 6 box
What’s in the Honor 6 box

Key Features

  • 5.0″ 1080p display with 445 pixel density
  • Home-brewed HiSilicon Kirin 920 Chipset
  • 1.3Ghz octa-core
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage (with expandable microSD slot up to 64GB)
  • 13MP f/2.0 aperfture camera with dual-flash and 1080p video recording
  • 5MP front-facing camera with 720p recording
  • 3,100mAh battery (Up to 2 days on regular use)
  • LTE connectivity
  • Android 4.4 with EMUI 2.3 (out of the box)
  • 130g light
Transparent film illustration on the interface and button placements of the phone
Transparent film illustration on the interface and button placements of the phone

Packaging

The Huawei Honor 6 comes in a very modest and conservative packaging. Very minimalist in design and lessens the extra waste some packaging have. I got the black unit variant but the accessories that comes with it, the usb cable with charger and the headset are in white. Aside from the manuals its nice to find a pair of film protectors for the front and back of the phone included. The whole packaging really reminds me of an iPhone (4th generation) line in terms of look and feel.

MicroSim and MicroSD Card slot
MicroSim and MicroSD Card slot

The Honor 6

It’s interesting to note that the Honor 6 doesn’t noticeably sport the “Huawei” brand on this smartphone except for the tiny print at the back which writes “Powered by Huawei”. I’m not really a fan of brand prints which easily made me like the phone as it has a minimal “Honor” stamp at the back. On hand, its quite surprising to find this 5-inch screen phone is quite light, despite having glass at the front and rear of the phone. The unit feels well put together without any creaking parts when handling the phone and pressing its side buttons. The look may not be an instant head-turner in my opinion and may even be mistaken as an iPhone from afar but once you open the phone, the 5.0″ display impresses with good contrast, excellent colors, balanced saturation and wide viewing angles.

The 13MP f2.0 camera with dual-flash
The 13MP f2.0 camera with dual-flash

Android and EMUI

Out-of-the-box, the Honor 6 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and the company’s custom built interface Emotion UI (EMUI) 2.3. I could really feel the smoothness on the transitions and interface on the newly opened device powered by the 3GB RAM. As for the EMUI 2.3, it doesn’t feel like I’m using an Android device. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the EMUI 2.3 and thought the interface feels cheap. It’s a good thing though that I checked online that there’s already EMUI 3.0 out and quickly upgraded. EMUI 3.0 is sleeker and a far cry from 2.3. The whole system overall feels much more solid from the inside out.

I’ll be writing more in details about the overall performance of the Honor 6 soon. In the meantime here’s a preview of the impressive 13MP camera utilizing Sony IMX214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture of what the Honor 6 can do. Check out 25 photos of Everyday El Nido from East to West.

A light 5-incher screen smartphone
A light 5-incher screen smartphone

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