|+ Low price||- No NFC|
|+ Metal build||- Somewhat iffy interface|
|+ Dual-lens camera||- Slightly plain|
"The Honor 6X is a brilliant all-rounder, made all the better by its low price. Camera aside it does little other phones don't, but as a complete package it's hard to beat without spending a lot more."
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The Honor 6X is one of a new breed of phones. Phones like the Lenovo P2, which pack in remarkable specs and features for remarkably little money.
In the case of the Honor 6X you’re looking at a phone which costs just £199.99 on pay as you go, yet offers a premium metal build, upper mid-range specs, a dual-lens camera and a fingerprint scanner.
Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. But this isn’t a perfect phone, and competition in this category is steep, so read on to find out if the Honor 6X is the right choice for you.
The Honor 6X has a big 5.5-inch Full HD screen, for large and sharp visuals. It’s not as sharp as the likes of the LG G5 or Samsung Galaxy S7, but it’s only one step down, and a whole lot cheaper. In fact, it’s easily comparable in terms of size and resolution to anything else at this sort of price.
It’s bright too, and doesn’t lose too much clarity when viewed at indirect angles, so it’s easy to see and interact with in most situations, including bright sunlight.
The Honor 6X also has a pleasingly premium design, with a metal unibody that’s reasonably slim at 8.2mm thick.
It comes in gold, grey or silver and it has the look of a high-end phone, though it arguably doesn’t feel quite as solid as the best of the bunch, and it lacks extra features like water and dust resistance.
But as with the screen, for the money what you get here is very impressive. You won’t be disappointed with the look nor with the feel in your hand. It’s a far cry from the plastic phones we used to be guaranteed at this sort of price just a couple of years ago.
Although not packing flagship specs, the Honor 6X actually isn’t far off. The phone comes with a highly capable octa-core Kirin 655 processor, with four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four running at 1.7GHz.
That’s not a flagship chip, but those are flagship speeds, and it’s coupled with 3GB of RAM (with a 4GB version launching in some regions too).
In the UK it’s likely the 3GB version that you’ll get hold of right now, which is 1GB less than most top-end handsets, but still plenty enough to run any game and multitask like a pro, and still the absolute most you can expect for around £200.
There’s a lot to like about the Honor 6X, but the camera is arguably the real highlight, as it’s a dual-lens snapper. While not totally unheard of on a phone, that is totally unheard of at this price.
There’s a 12MP lens and a 2MP one, which work together to allow you to adjust the focus of a shot, blurring the background or foreground, much like the iPhone 7 Plus can. It’s a handy feature that can really help emphasise parts of an image and create striking photos.
The Honor 6X is also very fast to focus, with autofocus times of just 0.3 seconds, so even the most fleeting of moments can be captured on camera.
Beyond that the quality of the shots taken aren’t anything amazing, but they’re comparable to other mid-rangers, and especially good when the lighting is good.
And the 8MP front-facing camera is worth a mention too, as it’s got a fairly high megapixel count for detailed selfies.
The main extra feature of the Honor 6X is a fingerprint scanner. Not so long ago this was a feature reserved for high-end phones that cost two or three times as much as the 6X, but now you can get convenient, speedy security on even a handset with a lower mid-range price.
A number of mid-rangers are starting to get fingerprint scanners, but it’s still far from a standard feature when you’re only paying around £200, so it’s worth highlighting.
The Honor 6X has a sizeable 3340mAh battery, which should last you up to a day and a half of moderate use. It’s not a match for the monstrous juice pack in the similarly priced Lenovo P2, but then few things are, and it’s well above average size.
There’s 32GB of built in storage and a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 256GB, so space shouldn’t be a problem if you buy this phone.
Connectivity options include 3G, 4G and Bluetooth 4.1. Notably there’s no NFC, which counts Android Pay out even though the Honor 6X has a fingerprint scanner.
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The Honor 6X is a highly-accomplished smartphone, with a stylish build, a decent amount of power and an powerful dual-lens camera. With a fingerprint scanner, a large battery, plenty of storage and an above average screen too it makes for a strong option.
There are few phones that can match it without spending a lot more in fact. We’d probably just about give the Lenovo P2 the edge, for including a similar set of features and a bigger battery, but the Honor 6X is the better choice for photographers, and you can’t go wrong with either.
Dimensions (mm): 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2
Weight (g): 162
Battery capacity (mAh): 3340
Colours: Grey, Gold, Silver
Screen size (inches): 5.5
Resolution: 1080 x 1920
Pixels per inch (PPI): 403
Processor: Octa-core 2.1GHz
Processor make: HiSilicon Kirin 655
Internal storage: 32/64GB
Expandable storage up to (GB): 256GB
Camera: 12MP and 2MP (8MP front-facing)
Operating System: Android 6.0
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