Chinese brand Huawei seems to be in a bit of hurry these days as it is now launching new devices every quarter. In the month of September last year it launched the Honor 6 in the country and just after 6 months we witnessed the launch of its bigger brother the Honor 6 Plus.
The new phone is exclusively available on Flipkart for the price of 26,499 Rupees. When compared to the Honor 6, the Honor 6 Plus features a bigger screen, new chipset and certainly a better design. But the most attractive specifications are dual camera setup that gives you great power to control the quality of shots. However, the price difference of nearly 7500 Rupees seems to be on the higher side.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus has maintained the same level of interest from the smartphone lovers as the Honor 6. But is this phone as great as it is told by the manufacturer? Or all the appreciations are just to make you curious about this phone?
Built and Design
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus has continued the legacy what its smaller brother has left behind. While the Honor 6 looked more like the iPhone 4s, the new phone is a mixture of many iPhone generations and some Samsung smartphones.
The new smartphone is still interestingly thin at 7.5 mm, but its size has been changed. Now it feels bigger and heavier in the hand. The carved out metal with iPhone trademark breaking points run on all the sides except the bottom. Honor branding now looks more premium, but the back glass panel like its predecessor attracts a lots of fingerprints. The good thing is that under direct light this back panel reflects nice textures that look much appealing.
Huawei has again put the speaker mesh at the long criticized position that renders the audio muffled. The power button and the volume rockers are on the right side leaving the left side clean as it can be. Back panel is still non-removable, which is why you get slots for SIM cards and micro SD card on the sides, but this time they come with eject mechanism.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus boasts an IPS panel display that like the Honor 6 has got a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels. But as the display size has been increased to 5.5-inch you get a slightly lower pixel density of 401 ppi. However, all the graphics still look sharp and you will not find any kind of color distortions. The display can go too bright and the text can easily be read in direct sunlight also.
At least on the front side you won’t have to worry about the scratches as the display wears a power shield of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Compared to the Honor 6 the display quality of this phone has increased, but not as much as the price. So it will prove to be a little difficult to rate this phone on the display front.
Although the dual-camera setup is a regular feature in recently launched smartphones, but the Huawei Honor 6 Plus takes smartphone photography to a much higher level that other manufacturers are yet to achieve. You can capture great images with this phone as the two 8 MP rear cameras give the user ability to control the aperture also. However, all of this is done in the post processing.
You can also change the shutter speed to take great quality images in low light. A dual sensor setup also means that you will be able to capture more light and more details that will ultimately increase the image quality. You will hardly need to use the flash as this phone can shoot bright images even at ISO 100.
User cannot shoot 4K videos on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. With support of BSI sensor, 8MP rear camera offers full HD recording at 30 frames per second cannot be said a bad side at all.
You also get an 8 MP camera at the front, which helps in shooting really great selfies. Most of the specs of this camera are almost the same as the back ones.
The iOS like camera app gives a good number of abilities to the user. Features like Best Photo, Beauty Mode, Audio Control and Ultra Snapshot do give this smartphone an extra edge. However, using another camera app is not recommended as then you will not be able to use the wide aperture mode, which is the USP of this phone.
Performance (Specifications, Storage, Benchmarks, Gaming and Everyday Usage)
Huawei now seems to be believing on its custom made chipsets more than ever. On the Honor 6 it used the HiSilicon Kirin 920 chipset that resulted in great performance, but also had the tendency to heat up pretty fast.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus features the next generation HiSilicon Kirin 925 chipset with two processors. The first 1.8 GHz quad-core processor handles all the intensive tasks while the other 1.3 GHz quad-core processor is there for handling the light tasks. 3GB of RAM and Mali-T628 MP4 GPU are something that we saw on its smaller brother also.
The smartphone features 32 GB of on-board storage out of which 25 GB is user available. You can upgrade the storage up to 128 GB if you are ready to sacrifice the second SIM card because the same slot also takes in the micro SD card. It is really a weird thing that you can’t digest easily.
This phone leaves the HTC One M8 behind with a score of 44271 in AnTuTu Benchmarking. Nenamark 2 returns a great score of 60 fps that means you will be able to play almost any game. In Geekbench this phone successfully gets a single core score of 894 and a multicore score of 3258.
Games like Asphalt 8, NOVA 3, Frontline Commando 2 and Real Racing 3 can be played without a single glitch. Huawei has failed to address the heating issue that was also found on the Honor 6 but the temperature remains manageable. This phone can take on any flagship when it comes to the everyday usage. Interface is as smooth as you can expect from a phone like this and you will struggle to find even a single frame drop.
Huawei moved ahead and fix the mistake that it did on the Honor 6 by featuring dual SIM card slots on the Honor 6 Plus. Except the SIM 2- micro SD Card paradox everything seems to be great in the connectivity section. Indian 4G is supported so you can enjoy speeds up to 150 Mbps if your carrier provides 4G services in your region.
Like its predecessor this phone is also loaded with tons of connectivity features like NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, micro USB and FM Radio. Infrared ports are really hard to find in most Android smartphones, but owners of the Huawei Honor 6 Plus should feel lucky as they have another medium of communication.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is not behind its smaller brother or any other flagship in this front also. The list of sensors that includes Gyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and Hall Sensor can’t be said short in any sense.
3600 mAh Battery
You will not feel betrayed by this phone even on a busy day. As the display size has increased from 5 inches to 5.5 inches the battery capacity too has changed from 3000 mAh to 3600 mAh. If managed carefully, you can easily get two days of average usage. However, in extreme situations the power saving mode can be used.
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus runs Emotion UI 3.0 on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. All the icons and animations are designed in a way that you get the feel of Lollipop. User Interface is clean and fast, but the absence of an app drawer does create a little disappointment. There are smart features available for tweaking the UI that enhance the user experience a bit better.
It is expected that this smartphone will receive the lollipop update next month.
- Just 7.5mm thin
- Sleek and sturdy design
- 5 inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Two quad core processors
- 4G support. NFC and Infrared are also featured
- 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal space
- 3600 mAh battery with power saving mode
- The back panel is a powerful fingerprint magnet
- Heats up pretty fast
- To use a micro SD card you will have to sacrifice the SIM 2 slot
Honor 6 vs Honor 6 Plus
The Huawei Honor 6 Plus has definitely got many improvements over the Honor 6. The dual camera setup is mind blowing, processor is fast and the 3600 mAh battery really does a great job. However, the price you pay is too much and this will create a problem in the market for sure.
The Honor 6 is still a great phone for its price but this phone will only attract those who just want to buy unique phones.
With premium design and powerful specs this phone qualifies to be a dream phone for all the budget smartphone lovers. But the price is really coming into the way. Until we see a price drop from Huawei’s side, there is not much to talk about on the purchase. No matter how great the camera is or how appealing the phone looks, you should look for other options also.
|Features||Single, Micro, GSM, 3G/4G; Android Kitkat 4.4.2|
|Display||5.5 Inches, FHD, IPS LCD, 401 PPI|
|Processor||1.3+1.8 GHz Octa Core HiSilicon|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB Memory, 128GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 8MP[F], FHD Recording|
|Body||7.5 mm [Th], 165 g [W]|
|Connectivity||4G, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|