Pros:Classy design, great battery life, multi-talented cameras, good value for money
Cons:Awkward Android skin, Marshmallow rather than Nougat, storage a little low
THE UNVEILING of the Honor 6X marked one of the more interesting launches at CES this year and sees Huawei spin-off Honor' continue its march on the lower end of the smartphone market. Honor phones have quickly established a reputation as quality, stylish handsets that appeal to the millennial crowd both in terms of features and price. In other words, they're bargainous, and the £224 Honor 6X is no exception.
With a dual-camera, extra-smart fingerprint sensor and epic battery life, it's going to be tricky to find a better deal than this for under £250.
We'd defy anyone unfamiliar with this phone to guess how much it costs just by looking at it. The design of the 6X is much more premium than it has any right to be at this price, with the aluminium alloy unibody offering clean, classy lines, a decent weight and an appealing circle-based aesthetic to the back.
It comes in a fairly standard metallic mid-grey, a pale whitish silver, and my personal favourite, a pale gold. Gold phones are divisive, but it's not a gaudy C3PO-style gold, more of a light and slightly pinked matte shade. In a world of black and grey phones, it's good to have something that stands out a little - unless, of course, you're going to whack it straight into a case.
The gold and silver versions have a white front panel, whereas the grey has black. This panel combines with the steep curve of the sides to make the phone look considerably thinner than it is - looking at the bottom edge, it's chunkier than you'd expect from the side profile. The phone measures 151x76x8.2mm and weighs in at 162g.
You'll find the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the top right, dual SIM tray on the top of the left-hand edge, and a volume rocker above the power key on the right edge. These buttons don't feel as premium as the rest of the phone: they're a little flimsy, and there's no texture to the power key to help you find it by feel.
The sizeable bezel below the screen contains only the Honor logo: no soft keys, home button, or fingerprint sensor (that's on the back), which reminds you that this is a budget handset. On the bottom edge is the old-style USB charging port (again fair enough at this price) in the centre, flanked on either side by two sets of six holes. Only the right set is a speaker, which puts out average sound that gets noisy at higher volumes. At the top volume, there's a bit of palpable vibration through the back panel, but we wouldn't advise turning it up that high in any case as it doesn't sound great. The speaker will serve you fine for watching your mates mess about on Facebook Live, but I wouldn't use it to DJ.
A particular high point of the phone, combining design, software and hardware smarts, is the circular fingerprint sensor on the back. This can be programmed to perform additional functions like answering calls, taking selfies, even swiping up and down for notifications and left to right for scrolling through your camera roll. You can set it to dismiss your alarm, too, but I found this a bit too easy and nearly overslept, so I'd leave that setting off. No one's going to believe you were late for work because of technology.