Huawei’s Honor brand is available online only. Savings from this business strategy are said to be passed on to consumers directly. A new addition to the lineup is the Honor 6, available through Amazon in Europe – a change for the brand, which has previously been limited to Asia.
In appearance a fairly standard (iPhone-esque) Android phone, the handset’s specifications tell a different story. It uses Android 4.4, powered by Huawei’s own Kirin920 octa-core SoC, which features a Cat.6 4G radio. Using this, the phone’s data connection can apparently reach speeds of up to 300Mbps. Although availability of these networks is very limited – only EE is offering one in the UK, and then only in London – it does make the Honor 6 somewhat future-proof.
Battery life is claimed to be an impressive two days for standard usage, due to the Kirin920’s Big.Little architecture; the SoC uses four Cortex-A15 cores and four smaller Cortex-A7 cores. The 3,100mAh battery also has an ultra-power-saving mode, similar to Samsung’s newer phones, which can extend life to 24 hours on 10% charge. The processor is backed up by 3GB of RAM. The GPU is a Mali-T628MP4.
At 13MP the smartphone’s camera is fairly standard, but it has a very fast (0.6-second) autofocus. Focus can also be adjusted after the photo has been taken.
The Honor 6 features a 5″ display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and in-cell touch. It is available now, for