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

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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.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus goes official, dual camera and 0.1s focusing time in tow
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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posted on 16 Dec 2014, 08:30 8

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1357; Member since: 06 Jul 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

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 09:05

2. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

Let us wait what xiaomi has to offer...

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 09:06

3. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

ugly phone

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 09:29 6

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...

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:38 1

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.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:41 1

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.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:51

13. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 13:00

16. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

No Huawei logo? Why?

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 09:37

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 11:44

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 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.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:01 2

6. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

I wonder how the gold version will look.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:12 2

7. NightFelix (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

black looks stealth

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 23:04

22. Z3R091 (Posts: 88; Member since: 13 Apr 2014)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:18

8. Vincent0301 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:41

11. nwright94 (Posts: 194; Member since: 14 Oct 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.

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 10:44

12. Twayn (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 12:20 1

15. Ghost04 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 May 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 .

posted on 17 Dec 2014, 00:38

19. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

butthurt ?

posted on 16 Dec 2014, 13:03

17. Ishtiaque99 (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

No Huawei logo? Why?

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 03:08

23. JJOPQ (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)

huawei honor 6 plus looks like "honor 6 + honor x1" ...ORZ///


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