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Honor 6X Review

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Honor 6X Review


Smartphones may exist in a spectrum that runs from the most basic are-you-sure-this-didn't-launch-in-2012 model to the latest super-thin, no-bezel, costs-more-than-a-new-laptop flagship, but really successful handsets aren't those content to just land anywhere on that playing field. Instead, they set out to fill particular niches, targeting very specific sets of features, design elements, and pricing configurations.

Honor 6X Review
With its Honor brand, Huawei already decided to go after shoppers looking for a particularly good value from their phones, but even within the Honor lineup we see plenty of variance. The flagship Honor 8, for instance, manages to deliver ample amounts of eye-catching specs while still keeping its price down to just around $400 – still an affordable phone, but one that tries not to make too many compromises. Other Honor phones take that “affordable” tag even more seriously, serving as the budget phones amongst budget phones.

We're looking at just such a model today, the new Honor 6X. But while its $250 price tag (to say nothing of $200 flash sales) makes it a lot more wallet-friendly than the Honor 8, even it doesn't cut every corner to be found, and with features like dual main cameras and promises of battery life stretching past two days, Honor's really aiming to make a point about how very, very far your smartphone-buying dollar can go.

Is this really the little budget-phone that could, or yet another mid-ranger that fails to distinguish itself from the crowd?

In the box:

  • Honor 6X
  • 5V 2A Charger
  • Micro USB cable
  • SIM tool
  • User guide


No-nonsense serious looks for a casual phone

Honor 6X Review

Sometimes the easiest way to tell you're looking at a low-priced smartphone is to just – well – look at it. Big bezels, poorly complementing materials, plastic, plastic, and more plastic: there's no shortage of warning signs that you're dealing with a budget phone that's not trying too hard to blend in with the big boys.

But the Honor 6X doesn't immediately leave you with such a negative impression. The handset's profile is clean and sophisticated, and a smoothly curving metal back helps the handset fit in with models costing hundreds of dollars more. Sure, there are still signs that this isn't the cream of the smartphone crop, like plastic panels at the top and bottom of the phone's back, but they don't tend to really define your impression of this device. Instead, it's the dual cameras you notice, and the great in-hand feel you remember. It may be a cheap phone, but Honor very much succeeds at not reminding you of that fact.

Honor 6X Review
Honor 6X Review
Layout-wise, we've got your standard power button and volume rocker on the right edge, headphone jack up top, hybrid dual-SIM/microSD tray on the left, and our speaker grille and USB port down below – and while we're generally feeling pretty good about the effort the 6X is making to look and feel a little higher-tier than it is, the use of micro USB instead of USB Type-C is admittedly a bit of an oversight (this is 2017, already – come on).

Dead-center on the back we've got the phone's dual rear cameras, only ever-so-slightly sticking out from the rest of the panel, and right below those a smartly positioned fingerprint scanner. That scanner worked fantastically well during our usage, recognizing authenticated fingers in the blink of an eye and not bothering us with lots of false negatives.

Around front we find the expected earpiece, front-facer, and assorted sensors, but it's all nothing out of the ordinary. It's a pretty nondescript design, but that's to the 6X's credit – this doesn't scream “cheap phone.”

Honor 6x
5.94 x 3 x 0.32 inches
150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
5.71 oz (162 g)

Honor 6x

Honor 8
5.73 x 2.8 x 0.29 inches
145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

Honor 8

Honor 5X
5.96 x 3 x 0.32 inches
151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Honor 5X

Honor 7
5.64 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches
143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Honor 7

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Honor comes through with a pleasantly bright display

Honor 6X Review

Honor gives the 6X a 5.5-inch screen, a nice size for a budget model. It's a full-HD 1080 x 1920 display, which is right what we'd expect from a handset like this – 720p, and we'd be taking a much more critical position. To succeed with a screen like this, the 6X doesn't have to do that much; really it just has to avoid making any big mistakes.

And the good news for Honor is that it doesn't. Screen brightness is quite good, hitting around 500 nits in our testing. For the sake of comparison, that's not quite as bright as something like an iPhone 7, but actually a little big brighter than flagships like the Galaxy S7. And for a phone at this price point, it's more than we could ask for.

Colors look pretty nice, and while our testing did suggest a little loss of fidelity with very saturated images, it's far, far from the worst we've seen in recent memory. Software options like color temperature adjustment, and a contrast-enhancing mode for use in bright sunlight help make that already-good display hardware even better.

The handset comes with a screen protector installed, but you're free to remove it if that's not your jam.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Honor 6x 506
Honor 8 528
Honor 5X 585
Honor 7 436
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posted on 23 Jan 2017, 06:36 1

1. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 308; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)

I'm not too sure what the problem with micro USB is?

If USB Type C inherently charges faster and transfers files faster then I can understand.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 07:31 5

9. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

because COURAGE

(having 3.5mm jack will be listed as con soon)

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 08:37

15. libra89 (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)

Yeah I keep seeing this as a con in EVERY review for this phone. It's kind of getting old.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 09:25 2

20. JC557 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

A bit easier to connect as you don't need to worry about orientation and it is less prone to damage as it's thicker and sometimes the teeth on microusb cable collapse and fail. Now there are also white papers on their differences possibly brining more differences to light.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 09:54 1

22. zeeBomb (Posts: 2296; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

That headphone voltage weak as f...Can y'all tell me how you measured that???

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 13:46

25. StephenS (Posts: 18; Member since: 02 May 2016)

The industry's gone in a new direction, and continuing to sell incompatible hardware makes phone ownership a pain when it won't work with your other cables, chargers, etc.

It's like if a modern smartphone only accepted full-size SIM cards. Functionally, that may be fine, but it's a PITA when you can't easily swap those with other devices.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 06:53 5

2. minitechfan (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Nov 2015)

Do you really have a standard for all your reviews? I find it very unprofessional when you give very silly pros and cons based on the reviewer's own likes and dislikes. Since even is flash sale a con of the phone itself?were you high when you wrote this review? And this site pays you money for doing this? Wow!!!!!!

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 09:21

19. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

my comments here get deleted? lol...
[replying to moderator or whoever deleting my post even if it's not offensive or use bad language]

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 09:33

21. GreenMan (Posts: 1787; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Aye, same here...!

I suppose PA don't believe in little something called "Freedom of speech"...

Well, that's unfortunate...

Oh well...


posted on 23 Jan 2017, 19:58

26. mimicryXD (Posts: 68; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)

i commented on you yesterday and i think phonearena deleted it. LOL! Truth Hurts!

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 07:22

4. Acdc1a (Posts: 358; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)

Flash sales are annoying

How in the hell is that a con? Retail price is $250. Manufacturers and retailers are allowed to have sales.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 07:26

6. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

because it's hard enough to find cons to justify 7.7 score, lol..

it's not like this phone only available on flash sales forever, just wait for a while and they'll release it worldwide, along with new MIUI out-of-box

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 07:23 3

5. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

that camera actually pretty good for $250 phone...
and that bokeh effect is better than i7+ (see pic.13,14&15) since it didn't have awkward border

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 07:32

10. KingSam (Posts: 538; Member since: 13 Mar 2016)

The headphone jack is weak. Is your measurement correct?

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 08:45

16. Moose (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)

Would be nice to compare this phone with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 - the SD 650 one with global LTE Bands, which should be of interest in the US - probably just as good at an even lower price - most of Huawei's offerings are more expensive than many other Chinese OEMs. I refer to the Note 3 by Xiaomi rather than the more recent Note 4 as I'm not sure if there is a global ROM available yet for the latter.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 08:55

18. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

But on Chinese price on that phone you have to pay TAX and you are getting a device without international warranty, and service support... So this Huawei, even if it is maybe not better device, it is better buy in US and rest of the world except Cina and India.

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 08:53 2

17. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

So 7,7 for a device that for 200-250$ works all, with better than average battery life, nice spec, because camera is "gimmick" and not flagship grade!?
Or the points are lost on it's plastic built???
I'm shore it is better quality then Xiaomi's MIX ceramics or some other manufacturer's glas... But hey, since SGS5, plastic is not "IN" anymore...
Phonearena should fund us better phone for a price, and tell us why this one have so low grade, compared to its competitors...

Not just this phone, it's case with many reviews here... Grades are given just without any meaning...

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 11:03

23. gartenspartan (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2017)

Stephen, just an FYI, AT&T has incorporated band 12 use for awhile now. It's inter-operable now with band 17 and will even show up as band 17 in LTE discovery apps. That's why more and more of unlocked phones coming out are releasing with band 12 only, because it covers the important bands on both T-Mobile and AT&T. If you are in an AT&T band 17 area, this phone will get LTE just fine.

posted on 24 Jan 2017, 23:34

27. Duncdawg26 (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jan 2017)

I was really wondering about that info about band 17 and 12 so thank you very much. Blade v8 pro did the same thing and I couldn't figure out why. I can now consider these 2 phones for purchase. I favor the v8 pro for the faster charge, sd625, and the 4k video. But I anticipate going with the moto g5 by years end for actually having all bands, closer to stock Android, and consistent updates... Also very interested in what the Idol 5 will be and if it will not be limited to cricket this year...

posted on 23 Jan 2017, 11:11 1

24. ReyAmin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)

If this was an iphone ...it would get 9 out of 10
Its a good phone in mid rangers so just rate it as midranger not with flagship level phones

posted on 24 Jan 2017, 23:58

28. backto1 (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Jan 2017)

Honor 6x Review

posted on 26 Jan 2017, 03:14

29. GeekOFW (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Dec 2016)

What standards do they use to review High-End, Mid-Range, Low-End/Budget Phones? For a budget phone, this whacks the competition. This should have gotten a score of 10 in my honest opinion. They are even surprised that a budget phone has no 4K video. LOL

Talk about the cons, how can a flash sale affect the phone itself? You are reviewing the actual phone, regardless if it is on sale or not, whether it's is available in your country or not, it should not affect the scoring since the review is about its specs, performance, design, quality etc.

And having a microUSB instead of a Type-C is highly subjective. A lot of people still finds the Type-C as a con since most people laptops/computers still has no support for this.

Because of these lapses, it's really not good to use Phonearena as a reference if you wanna check out phone reviews. I still find it fun though.

posted on 27 Jan 2017, 08:00

30. ReyAmin (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)

You are right dude...

posted on 28 Jan 2017, 02:56

31. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Have been out since more than a years, and boy, the comment count is minuscule. Has PA been losing readers because of its ridiculous scoring?

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Honor 6x

Honor 6x

OS: Android 7.0 6.0
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (402 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12 megapixels
HiSilicon, Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.94 x 3.00 x 0.32 inches
(150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm)
5.71 oz  (162 g)

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