Huawei has become somewhat of a better alternative when it comes to smartphones. Their line of premium yet less expensive smartphones proves that it can still match the performance and function without burning a hole in your wallet. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is the Phablet-sized upgrade of the Honor 6 and while you can easily compare with the Apple iPhone 6 Plus – it is more than that.
Design and Specifications
Let’s head straight to the hardware. The Honor 6 Plus composes of two panels of glass on each size and reinforced with a steel frame that surrounds the smartphone. At 165 grams, it is heavier than most smartphones, but that can be a good thing. It’s sold and premium built gives off a certain feel of luxury especially for the gold version, which we got for review.
Ports are kept to a minimum: power switch and volume rockers on the side, micro USB port at the bottom plus a headphone port at the top along with an IR blaster. One thing you’ll notice is the dual camera lens located at back which is probably one of the Honor 6 Plus’ best features (more on that later).
The screen is also one of the best things about the Honor 6 Plus. The 5.5-inch full HD screen definitely delivers. Colors are spot on and while there was too much reflection when using it outside, it is still very readable under sunlight.
All the usual connectivity options are present: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE compatibility. The Honor 6 Plus supports dual SIMs: one nano SIM and one micro SIM. It also supports microSD for memory expansion (it has 32 GB internal memory), but it also uses the micro SIM card slot so you would have to sacrifice one for the other if you would like to use the slot.
Huawei’s own Kirin 925 octa-core processor is featured on the Honor 6 Plus and while it can’t match the performance of current Snapdragon processors, normal users would hardly notice the difference. It also comes with 3 GB of RAM.
The Honor 6 Plus runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a promised upgrade to Lollipop later this year. Like all manufacturers, this smartphone features Huawei’s own Emotion UI 3.0 which is a standard overlay present on all their smartphones.
Most of the functions are pretty neat and Huawei did their best making the interface look clean and easy to navigate. It is worth noting that Emotion UI removes the apps drawer, so all your apps are located on every page, which thankfully you can organize easily. Longtime Android users may find a hard time adjusting without the app drawer. You can suggest installing a different launcher, but for some reason, the smartphone won’t let me choose that as a default launcher, so you’ll end up just using Emotion UI in the end. It’s a small nuisance, but it make us wonder why Huawei would prevent the usage of third party launchers.
Performance and Camera
The Honor 6 Plus handled all of my everyday tasks well and I didn’t even see a bit of lag when using it. I loaded the smartphone with various apps and games and switching between them was breeze and it handled the tasks with ease.
The camera is where the Honor 6 Plus definitely shines. First off is the front facing one that can handle 8 megapixel images and can even record full HD video, while at the back is where you will find the dual 8 megapixel camera lens that also includes a dual LED flash.
Much like the HTC One M8 that featured a similar design, the purpose of the dual lens (which Huawei calls as a Bionic Parallel Dual Lens camera) is for you to manually adjust the focus when taking images, which if practiced correctly, can produce great images.
The images I have taken with the Honor 6 Plus are definitely better than what I’ve expected. I’d find complains if I examine the images closely but seeing as that this smartphone costs lesser than the premium ones I’m happy with the camera performance and can definitely match with other camera smartphones out there.
The Honor 6 Plus also includes a massive 3600 mAh battery will definitely last for more than one day of usage. In my case, where I normally connect to Wi-Fi and regularly browse websites in addition to making calls and sending messages, I managed to squeeze two full days from this smartphone – an impressive feat considering most smartphones nowadays could barely last a day.
The Honor 6 Plus will set you back only 1399 AED – which is a perfect price point in my opinion. You can only purchase the Honor 6 Plus on Souq.com and have it delivered right to your doorstep – which may seem like a good idea rather than walking up to the store and purchasing it. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus hits all the right marks and easily gets our full recommendation.