Honor 6X shows the mid-range future

Alex Kidman 4 January 2017 NEWS

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Huawei’s sub-brand shows what we can expect from budget phones in 2017.

Huawei produces a lot of phones that it does sell directly in Australia, like the recently announced Huawei Mate 9 device due in the early part of the year, but there are plenty of handsets that it doesn’t ship to Australian shores. That includes phones under its budget sub-brand Honor, with Huawei instead offering more affordable phones in Australia under its own branding.

While it launched in China back in October 2016, Honor has used CES 2017 to show off the Honor 6X smartphone prior to what it’s dubbing its “international” launch. The Honor 6X is a 5.5 inch Android 6.0 (“Marshmallow”) phone running Huawei’s own EMUI overlay. On the processing side it’s running an Octa-core Kirin 655 processor with four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and another four at 1.7 GHz. Models will ship with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, although it’s the 3GB model that will initially be made available in the US and Europe.

Of note for the Honor 6X is that it utilises a dual-camera array. That has been the playground of premium phones such as the LG G5, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Huawei’s own Huawei P9. For the Honor 6X it’s mirroring the iPhone 7’s heavily hyped “portrait” feature with the promise of additional bokeh in your shots from the Honor 6X’s 12MB primary and 2MB monochrome sensors.

On the battery front, the Honor 6X will ship with a 3340mAh, non-removable battery, which Huawei claims will give it an effective two days of battery life.

There’s no specific word as noted on Australian availability for the Honor 6X, although it does point to where the more affordable or mid-range Android handsets are likely to sit in 2017, with an asking price of 249 Euro, or around $370 outright at current conversion rates.

We'll try to get some hands-on time with the Honor 6X later in the week, so check back with our ongoing CES 2017 coverage for all the details.

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Alex Kidman travelled to Las Vegas for CES 2017 as a guest of Dell.

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