Huawei took the stage yesterday to announce its flagship Honor 6 handset, previously codenamed "Mulan," but there hasn't been an official presser yet, or even design renders. Leave it to the vast swaths of the Chinese blogosphere to get their mitts on the handset, and preview it for the world to see. Huawei hasn't pulled all the stops with the handset, as it doesn't sport the fashionable Quad HD display resolution, but, frankly, we are perfectly fine with the phone's 5" 1080p display pixel density. Huawei has managed to shrink the side bezels to 2.36mm, crafting a compact chassis with 139.8 x 68.8 mm dimensions, and 7.5mm thickness. The screen-to-body ratio is very good at 75.7%, which bodes well for the phone's one-hand usage ergonomics.
The svelte thing about the Huawei Honor 6 is that it sports sturdy aluminum frame, which facilitates heat dissipation - an important feat, considering that Huawei equips the handset with its brand new octa-core Kirin 920 processor that comes with four powerful Cortex-A15 cores, paired with four Cortex-A7 ones, and and embeds a fast Mali-T628 GPU. The chipset also has integrated LTE modem, and theoretically supports up to 300 Mbps download speeds, if your carrier provides those, of course. These specs put Kirin 920 on equal footing with the upcoming Snapdragon 805, and Huawei's boss actually bragged that the company's homegrown processor is even more powerful than Qualcomm's creation, but we'll see about that. Furthermore, the Honor 6 sports 3 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card, and a 13 MP camera on the back, plus a 5 MP front-facing shooter. The camera module is actually the newest Sony BSI IMX214 sensor, like the one in Oppo Find 7, or the OnePlus One handsets.
Huawei's new flagship will arrive with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, coated with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 2.3 overlay. As you can see from the design pics below, it is a dual SIM device, and the battery capacity is pegged at 3100 mAh, which, with these specs, should bode well for the phone's endurance. The Honor 6 is officially priced at $359.99 without a contract at Huawei's online store, while the 32 GB version goes for $409.99. Huawei pegs the release date for July, so not much left to wait, until you can place your hands on one of the best value-for-money propositions in the industry at the moment.
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