Huawei Honor 6 Plus goes official, dual camera and 0.1s focusing time in tow

Huawei's first dual camera phone is a reality, as the company took the stage in Beijing to announce the Honor 6 Plus officially, just as expected. First things first, let's get the specs out of the way, and focus on that sublime camera part afterwards. The Honor 6 Plus flaunts a 5.5" 1080p display, 1.8 GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset, which is a brand new silicon from Huawei, with dedicated image signal processor (ISP). The phone sports the hearty 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage plus a microSD slot for expansion. All that funky jazz is backed up by a pretty generous 3600 mAh battery unit, housed in a 150.46 x 75.68 x 7.5mm chassis - not the most compact out there, but still what you'd expect from a 5.5" screen diagonal.

It is the camera system that piques our undivided attention, though, alongside the sub-$400 price tag, at least in China. Huawei placed a 5 MP front-facing shooter on the Honor 6 Plus, just like it did with its latest Ascend P7, G7 and Mate7 handsets, but the rear is housing something totally new and unexpected. Similar to HTC One (M8)'s Duo Camera system, the Honor 6 Plus is equipped with two rear shooters, dubbed “Symmetrical dual camera technology“. The rear camera can take 13 MP shots, but actually consists of two 8 MP sensors with huge 1.85 micron pixel size, and a dedicated ISP is tasked with the merging and interpolation shenanigans. One of the cameras dons f/2.0 aperture and autofocus, while the sidekick sports f/2.4 and a fixed focus setup.

The use of two sensors with two lens kits allows for much more light to be raked in when taking a shot, thus exposing night scenes better, and also focusing much faster - Huawei claims 0.1s focusing time, which, if it holds water, might make it one of the fastest mobile cameras around. The dual-camera kit is framed with zinc alloy in order to keep the sensors in parallel without any misalignments, which is a pretty important feat for such a twin arrangement. Needless to say, the two lens system allows for the depth-of-field effects we are seeing with the One (M8) and other camera apps, but there's also other stuff onboard that allegedly bring quality noise reduction and low-light performance, which you can see detailed in the video below. 

The Honor 6 Plus will be up for preorder as soon as tomorrow from the Huawei mobile shop in the source link below, with shipping starting a week after. Pricing is pegged at 1999 yuan (~$323) for the 3G version, and 2499 yuan (~403) for the 4G LTE one, with both models sporting dual SIM card slots, with one slot taking micro SIMs, and the other a combined nano SIM/microSD slot. Not bad at all for all these specs, and we can't wait for the first samples from the “Symmetrical dual camera technology“ to start trickling down the pipe.

source: Huawei & GizmoChina

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6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No matter how much people criticized dual camera, 3gb ram 5.5inch and 3600mah @ $400 is enough to kill, meizu mx4 pro has some stiff competition now

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Let us wait what xiaomi has to offer...

3. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

ugly phone

4. android_hitman unregistered

Nice features, this is innovation. I'm very surprised lately to see that all the phone manufacturers around the world are inovating yet apple doesn't...

9. Rydsmith unregistered

I don't think you understand what innovation is.... This does nothing different that the competition does. Sure it is attractive due to its price, but it's not innovation.

10. Rydsmith unregistered

Quick edit: Yes the dual camera seems new, but it's the same technology used for light capture but in a slightly different package. It's not new. Innovation would be no having a UI that is a blatant copy of the competition with a naming scheme the same as said company.

13. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

apple does perfect what it has with each generation , you don't like it doesn't mean other don't .

16. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

No Huawei logo? Why?

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Im not too sure about the longevity of the Kirin processor...

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

kirin processor slows down with time... but I havent seen any phone yet except nokia symbian phones which doesnt slow down with time. I have mediapad x1 and the camera speed is pretty fast. It take the photo almost instantly which is faster than note 4 but no where near to note 4 in image quality and also way inferior than my nokia 808. 808 is slow in taking photos but the best in resolved details and color accuracy although its a used old 2nd hand phone.

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I wonder how the gold version will look.

7. NightFelix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

black looks stealth

22. Z3R091 unregistered

Me like space gray moar. Hope they did it like dat ip 5S!

8. Vincent0301

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

the 1999 yuan (~$323) version also offers 4G

11. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

That camera UI.... I'm not going to say which phone camera interface it almost looks exactly like but it sure isn't an original camera UI.

12. Twayn

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

The front-facing camera is 8 MP, not 5 as said here

15. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

It's a great phone with a great price tag . It's better to buy then any FRUIT BRAND phone with a unnecessary high price tag .

19. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

butthurt ?

17. Ishtiaque99

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

No Huawei logo? Why?


Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

huawei honor 6 plus looks like "honor 6 + honor x1" ...ORZ///​uration-4g-android-4-4-octa-core-3go-32go-5-pouces​-13mp-camera-noir.html

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