Today during a press event at CES 2017, Honor, a sub brand of Huawei, unveiled the successor to last year’s 5X known as the 6X. This handset attempts to compete in the mid-range smartphone category by offering relatively high-end specs for a budget price.
For starters, a full metal build is present with the 6X, while a 5.5-inch 1080p display grazes the front covered in 2.5D glass that meets seamlessly with the rest of the phone. On the back, Honor brought over a dual camera setup first debuted on the Honor 8 last year, but this time around there’s only one 12MP sensor. The other weighs in at 2MP. On the bright side, the former includes an f/0.95 aperture, so you’ll be getting plenty depth of field with this setup.
In addition, phase detection autofocus also makes an appearance for the rear cameras on the 6X alongside a 1.25um pixel size. Filters also play a major role with the cameras according to Honor execs (via The Verge) who say the camera’s perfect for those 18-25 years old.
Also on the back of the 6X is where you’ll find the fingerprint sensor, a location becoming more mainstream nowadays as it provides users with a comfortable place to put their index finger in order to unlock their phone. In addition, a microUSB port is offered on the bottom of the device for charging, a rather peculiar move since it’s 2017 and a majority of phones are making the switch to USB-C.
Regarding specs, the 6X features an octa-core Kirin 655 processor clocked in at 2.1GHz, 3 or 4GB of RAM depending on your region and the model you pick up, 32GB of expandable storage, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with a promised upgrade to Android Nougat, and a pretty massive 3340mAh battery. Honor says you can get up to 2.15 days of use on a single charge with the 6X, but this is a rather ambitious claim and will only get ruled out in real world testing.
Three colors will be offered: Gold, Silver, and Gray. The Honor 6X will be available starting tomorrow, January 4th, from Hihonor.com, Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg in the US and will be available starting January 15th for purchase. Other markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia can pick the device up starting tomorrow. $249.99 is the price of the handset, making it extremely affordable for practically anyone who wants a speedy phone but doesn’t wanna spend all the money usually required to cop a flagship.
A quote from George Zhao, president of Honor, explains the company’s excitement about the 6X.
“Geared towards those unwilling to cut back on performance, Honor 6X is a device engineered with uncompromising excellence,” said George Zhao, president of honor. “Understanding the ‘double or nothing’ lifestyle of millennials, we designed Honor 6X with enough muscle power to allow them to share, explore, and enjoy life to the fullest.”