Honor 6X goes through a series of durability tests, gets bent out of shape


The Honor 6X is the latest mid-range offering from Huawei's Honor sub-brand and offers quite a few of the bells and whistles typical from premium devices at an affordable $249. However, as can be expected, there's a trade-off. There's always one with budget devices, and it's usually build quality.

Shortly after the Honor 6X launched in the US, famous YouTuber and notorious torturer of smartphones JerryRigEverything has decided to test the handset's durability by subjecting it to a series of merciless tests.

Kicking things off with the usual screen scratch test, the 6X doesn't fare very well. The phone comes with a pre-applied screen protector out of the box, and for a good reason. With the shield removed, the glass underneath is exposed as rather soft and easily scratched up by even everyday objects, such as keys.

Moving on to the cameras, 6X's selfie shooter is protected by the same glass covering the screen, meaning it can be damaged just as easily. The rear-facing dual-cam setup, however, benefits from what seems to be a much sturdier type of glass cover, as it exhibits no scratches when put under the blade.

The back panel and SIM card tray of the Honor 6X are both made of metal, which is good news, but they seem rather prone to scratching. The top and base of the phone are an all-plastic and painted to match the aluminum back. Same goes for the power button and volume rocker – painted plastic, as is to be expected from a budget-oriented phone.

The fingerprint scanner is absolutely obliterated in this video and stops functioning after a while. Although it ends up scratched way beyond what regular day-to-day use would ever cause, it is interesting to note that other fingerprint sensors, such as the ones found on the LG V20 and the Honor 8, can survive this kind of torture.

Surviving the flame-to-screen trial, the Honor 6X is then put to the bending test. Unfortunately, the phone easily gives in to the pressure and is rendered unusable after mere seconds.

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6 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Watched this yesterday...same fate as Redmi Note 3. Worst case scenario thought.

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Worse as Nexus 6P... Oh wait, Huawei?

3. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Its a tradeoff. The P9 plus and even mate 9 series has the metallic soft brush back which looks good but prone to scratches and dents easily.

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

One reason why it's affordable.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

So a cheap chinese phone doesn't have the durability of a $700+ flagship. Color me surprised.

6. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I had the P9 for 7 months and never used a case and it never had a single scratch. I've now got the Lenovo P2 and that's very durable. Who honestly takes a razor blade to a phone?? Honor cheaper phones often don't have oleophobic coating on the screens which makes it less durable to marks. I've never had any issues with Huawei phones ever but can't speak for the Honor 6x

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