Monsters from Asia: the slender Huawei Honor 6 Plus and its Duo camera

Back in August, Huawei made its debut in our fortnightly Monsters from Asia column with the excellent Honor 6, and what do you know – it is the Honor 6 Plus' turn to reaffirm the maker's quite deserved spot in the limelight.

At first, you might think that the Honor 6 Plus, like the Honor 6, is quite the conservative device – one that focuses on simply delivering top notch specs at affordable prices – and it is, for the most part. Indeed, thanks to its set of two cameras at the back, the 6 Plus is more than just your typical, high-end phone. Its compact-for-the-screen-size dimensions and slender profile (0.28 in / 7.5 mm), not to mention the cool metal frame it's encased within, also make it a very attractive handset.

But let's start from the beginning. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (403 pixels per inch) made by JDI (a joint venture by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi). Underneath that, Huawei has nestled one of its own processors – the HiSilicon Kirin 925, along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of microSD-expandable storage. The octa-core Kirin 925 packs four ARM Cortex-A7 and four Cortex-A15 cores that work in an ARM big.LITTLE configuration, along with a hexa-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU. Quite frankly, while Huawei has been part of the space for a while, this is its first truly competitive chip. All of this is powered by a very generous, 3,600 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Huawei's custom EMUI 3.0 on the software side.

Moving onto the image department, let's talk about the Huawei Honor 6 Plus' heavily-marketed selling point: the Duo camera. Dubbed "Symmetrical dual camera technology", the unit is made up by two separate, 8-megapixel sensors with huge, 1.85µm pixels that should capture significantly more light compared with most other flagships (at least in theory). The two sensors have differing lenses, though – one with an f/2.0 aperture, and another with an f/2.4 aperture – allowing for super fast auto focus. According to Huawei, the magic number is 0.1 seconds, which is even quicker than the already fast 0.3 seconds that flagships like the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 need. What's more, this setup also lets the Honor 6 Plus shoot images with real depth-of-field (alike to the HTC One M8, but in higher resolution), instead of the software-simulated mess we've got with most new high-ends. Up at the front, Huawei has nestled a great, 8-megapixel Sony camera with f/2.4 aperture.

So how much is Huawei expecting you to whip out for its Honor 6 Plus? The answer is ¥1999 (~$322 equivalent) for the 3G model and ¥2499 (~$402) for the LTE edition (both have two SIM slots), at least in China, where sales will begin in a little over a week's time. Unlike what Huawei did with the Honor 6, however, it would appear that the company has no plans to bring the 6 Plus to Europe, as phablets are apparently less in demand on the Old Continent (from the horse's mouth). This likely means that an official US release isn't going to happen. Regardless, various third-party eCommerce sites have confirmed that they will carry the device, and it seems $400-$420 is about what you'll have to pay. Pretty good deal, if you ask us.

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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. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i want it badly...... i am talking about the girl in 1st pic ...

4. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

you read my mind...

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Looks like maria ozawa. Hehehe

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Pic #3... the kitten is tooo cute!!

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Stop this "Monsters from Asia" nonsense PA, seriously. Otherwise, add this title for Samsung, LG and other phones.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Monsters from Asia are meant for the phones that usually never made it out of Asian countries or even China. It's nice to see what other phones are out there. If it wasn't because of the holiday season, I would have jump on getting this phone. at $420, you are getting a hell of a phone.

5. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

all i can see now is Asus Zenfone 2

7. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

The metal strip on the side looks top half iPhone 4, bottom half Sony Xperia Z. Why Huawei?

9. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Because Huawei is Chinese company and they can do whatever the want :p

8. charming

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

nice camera

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sexy phone with very good specs and brilliant camera if those are real samples. I want it badly with girl in pic#2. ;)

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Is it 64 bit???

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