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Honor is a newbie in the European phones market, and here it presents its first offering in the shape of the Huawei Honor 6. Sold via Amazon, this is made by Huawei, although there is no sign of its branding on the handset. Selling at a very attractive price, we have an inkling that the Honor 6 may have more success here than any of the Huawei handsets have done so far.

Honor 6: First impressions

It was nearly a case of mistaken identity – sliding the handset out of the turquoise box it came in, we thought they had sent an iPhone in error. It has the same back and front panels made from dark glass that we have already seen on the iPhone 4S, while the sides and rims are reminiscent of the Sony Z series. However, it isn’t actually glass at all, but flat plastic. And so unsure are they that it will not get scratched that it came complete with a pair of plastic protectors.

Huawei Honor 6 Review - Design

Design-wise, this is not the most thrilling phone you’ll encounter – we’d go so far as to call it bland. It is simply a slab of white or black surrounded by a grey edge. It proved to be a complete fingerprint magnet – and was prone to sliding off any surface that was even slightly polished. It’s a real shame they didn’t do a bit more work on its design.

Of course, being made of plastic means the handset is really light, weighing in at 130gms. And as it only measures five inches, it can be slipped into a trouser pocket quite easily.

The power button and volume rocker sit on the right, next to a flap that opens to show the microSIM drawer and microSD card slot.

Huawei Honor 6 Review - Side Angle

Honor 6: On display

Pixel density is impressive for the price tag of £249.99. The five-inch screen offers a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 and 445pi – amazingly this is on a par with the likes of flagship devices from Apple, Sony, and Samsung. The screen proved bright, light and clear. Being more of a phone than a phablet kind of person, the size of the Honor 6 seemed perfect to me.

Honor 6: Performance and software

Huawei has overlaid Android 4.4.2 with its own rather childish Emotion UI. The icons are not sharp, and look rather amateurish, while the phone comes preloaded with an amazing amount of bloatware including cartoonish games and apps such as Bitcasa, Bubble Bash Mania and Kingsoft office. The interface certainly fails to even compare with the likes of Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense.

As you find in iOS, the apps are separated into category-based drawers, but you will find no central apps drawer, like that found in regular Android.

Under the hood, 3GB of RAM is pretty impressive – it’s more than you get on a lot of flagship devices ­ – and it is possible to expand the 16GB of onboard storage to 64GB thanks to the microSD card slot. We did not encounter any slowdown when switching between apps or browsing the web. Apps fired up quickly too.

An octa-core processor has been created by joining a pair of quad-core chips together (1.7 and 1.3GHz) and when combined with that impressive amount of RAM, you get a smooth, slick performance.

Honor 6: Snapper

Huawei Honor 6 Review - Camera

A 13MP rear snapper combines with a five-megapixel front-facing model and a dual LED flash on the rear model to produce decent snaps. You get the usual filters for editing photos but nothing unusual at all.

Like other Huawei handsets, if it’s in standby mode you can do a double click on the volume key and take an ultra-snapshot – we took several that offered decent depth of field in 0.7 seconds. This is a very neat feature and really impressed us.

Honor 6: Our conclusion

Huawei Honor 6 Review - Back Angle

When you look at the specs and the price there is no question that this is a great deal. Premium features, a great price tag – and yet we were left wanting more. Several mid-range devices have come out recently that offer just that little bit more – the HTC Desire Eye is one that springs to mind. Looks-wise the Honor 6 is a bit of letdown – it looks like a bland chunk of plastic, and the camera doesn’t really excite either. And the childish user interface doesn’t hep matters either.

Despite this it is a good phone for a decent price – we had just hoped for something more. And the fact that you can only buy it on Amazon won’t help it either…

Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions : 139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm

Weight: 130 grams

Screen size: 5-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 1920)

Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 display resolution

Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 445

Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7

RAM: 3 GB

On-board Memory: 16/32GB (microSD card support)

Camera: 13MP (rear), 5 megapixel (front-facing)

Operating system: Android 4.4.2

3G / 4G LTE:  Yes/ Yes (Cat 6 LTE)

Bluetooth / NFC : Yes / Yes

Battery capacity: 2400mAh

Colours: Black and White

Launch Date: Out now

Price: ~£250

 

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