After launching the Honor 6X in China in October last year, the company launched the same device as Huawei Mate 9 Lite and Huawei GR5 2017 in few other Asian countries. At the recently concluded CES 2017, Honor also showcased the Honor 6X and Honor Magic smartphones. While the Honor Magic is exclusive to the Chinese market, the company already started selling the Honor 6X in the U.S and selected European countries. However, the India launch of the same device is scheduled for January 24th. Now, the latest information from our reliable source suggests the device to be sold here in India exclusively through Amazon.in website. Even in the Western markets, the company is selling its latest affordable smartphone through Amazon along with few other branded retails outlets.
Earlier: Jan 4, 2017 – Huawei’s affordable smartphone brand, Honor has launched a new smartphone called as Honor 6X at the CES 2017. The same Honor 6X was already launched in China in October last year along with the Honor Watch S1. Even this same device is expected to launch here in India by the end of this month. Last year, we have seen quite a few smartphones from Huawei and Honor with dual rear cameras. Now, the Honor 6X continues that legacy with the 12MP + 2MP dual cameras on the rear. The Honor 6X will be the successor to the popular Honor 5X smartphone which was the companies most affordable all metal smartphone on the global scale.
It features a 5.5-inch IPS display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and comes with a 2.5D glass laid on top. Under the hood is the Kirin 655 octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz and coupled with Mali T830 GPU. The Honor 6X comes with 3GB/4GB of RAM variants and will be available with 32GB/64GB storage options. It also has an expandable storage option with the provided MicroSD card slot that can accept upto another 128GB. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based EMUI 4.0 out of the box and will soon receive the Android 7.0 Nougat based EMUI 5.0 update. It comes with dual SIM dual standby support and offers 4G VoLTE out of the box.
The 12MP primary camera on the rear comes with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF, whereas the another 2MP rear cameras sensor captures the depth in the image for offering bokeh effect. For selfies, the Honor 6X comes equipped with an 8MP front camera. The fingerprint sensor can be found on the back of the device. It is backed by a 3440mAh non-removable battery that is rated to deliver 23 hours of talk time and lasts upto 650 hours on standby. Connectivity options include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and MicroUSB 2.0 port. It measures 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm and weighs 162 grams. The device lacks the NFC which makes the Honor 6X unusable for mobile payment services like Android Pay.
In the U.S, the Honor 6X with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at $250 and 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage costs $299. But during flash sales, the base variant of the Honor 6X will be costing just $200. Coming to the availability, the device will be available for pre-orders starting today in the U.S and sales starts from January 15th. In the Europe, the device will be on sale starting today itself. In Europe, the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant costs €249 whereas the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant costs €299. In China, the 3GB RAM variant of the Honor 6X is priced at just 999 Yuan (approx $144 /€138). The device will be available in Grey, Silver, and Gold color options.
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