The Honor 6X makes its debut with “superior performance” at $249

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Today at CES, Honor unveiled the successor to the Honor 5X, appropriately called the Honor 6X. Bringing a dual lens rear-facing camera, double the battery life, and “superior performance,” Honor hopes this will be your next smartphone.

President George Zhao said that Honor wanted to appeal to young people. “Young people,” as he put it, want phones with great cameras, long lasting batteries to accommodate their always-connected lives, and they should be fast and powerful. The specs certainly show (on paper, at least) that it will be a very capable device — especially outside of the United States.

  • 5.5-inch display (1920×1080)
  • Huawei Kirin 655 Octa-Core processor (4 x 2.1GHz and 4 x 1.7GHz)
  • 32GB of storage (with 64GB as a global option)
  • 3GB RAM (4GB as global option)
  • Dual lens rear-facing camera; 12MP w/ 2MP secondary, wide aperture range f/0.95-f/16
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 3340 mAh battery

Zhao said that just having a dual lens camera doesn’t make a good photo. So, how does the Honor 6X hold up when it comes to photos? That depends. The wide aperture shots had some things in partial focus that shouldn’t be. A night shot of NYC that was shown off was very sub-par. The night shot of a girl playing guitar near a fire was fairly nice. But, you’ll have to wait for the full review for better feedback concerning its true performance.

The Bézier curve inspired design makes it easy to hold and the metallic body feels good in your hands. It actually feels like metal this time around. And you’ll get to feel this metal body in three colors: silver, gray, and gold.

What about that battery? Zhao said that Honor tested 10,000+ Honor 6X devices before bringing it to market to “achieve excellence.” Honor claims the 3340 mAh battery should get 2.15 days of average use and 1.54 days of heavy use. While that’s a bit less than what you’d get out of Huawei’s pricier Mate 8, this type of battery performance would definitely work for the average consumer.

Some neat software features on the Honor 6X are split screen, screen recording, and WiFi Bridge. The first two are fairly self-explanatory. Split screen and screen recording aren’t natively available on many Android devices, so they’ll be nice additions to the 6X. WiFi Bridge, however, is interesting — if not a bit gimmicky. WiFi Bridge allows you to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, which is something many phones do. That’s no big deal. However, WiFi Bridge also makes it possible to use your Honor 6X as a WiFi range extender for existing networks. Those with a single router in a large home may find this useful. Everyone else will simply call it neat and move on with their lives.

Starting January 4th, the Honor 6X will be available in 13 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, India, the UAE, and Germany. It’ll come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and will be upgraded to EMUI 5.0 and Android Nougat 7.0 in the second quarter of 2017. The Honor 6X is priced at $249 for the 3GB RAM/32GB ROM variant (US) and $299 for the 4GB RAM/64GB ROM variant (global).

Check out some press images below and stay tuned for our quick hands-on video soon!