Living With a Huawei Honor 6X | Michael Miller

With a list price of $250, I wasn’t expecting my experience with the Huawei Honor 6X smartphone to be as good as the experience one would have with one of the flagship Android phones like the Google Pixel XLSamsung Galaxy S7Huawei’s own Mate 9Honor 8bokeh. Huawei stresses that the phone uses a Sony IMX386 Exmor RS sensor, which gives it faster focusing and larger pixels (1.25 square microns) than the typical smartphone. In addition, the Honor 6X includes an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens, designed for taking selfies.


In general use, I found the camera to be pretty fast and pretty good in most situations, if not quite up to the best of the higher-end phones. See, for example, the photo of Grand Central Terminal above—it’s nice, but not quite as sharp as what I was able to get with some other cameras. Still, for a typical landscape, portrait, or selfie, the Honor 6X takes pictures you’d be quite happy to view, print, or post on social media.


Honor 6X


The dual camera really comes into play when taking portraits. You get to this feature by choosing the wide-aperture selection from the photo menu; after the photo is taken, you can then adjust the focus point. The feature isn’t perfect—I’ve yet to see a smartphone that can really do this as well as a professional DSLR with a great lens—but it’s far better than I’ve noticed with other cameras in this price range. I was pretty impressed.


I found low-light photography to be okay, if a bit noisy. The “night shot” mode can improve on this significantly, but I found that it really only works if you’re using a tripod or stand, since the mode requires the phone be held steady for 20 seconds or so. The camera also has an interesting time-lapse option and a “light-painting” mode for things like capturing the trails of light from moving cars. There are a variety of filters, a popular feature I personally rarely use.


Honor 6X camera


Like the Honor 8X, the 6X includes Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 user interface, a relatively heavy overlay on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I found it pretty usable, though I can’t say it added much to the basic Android experience. As with many of the Android phones, my experience with the built-in email and calendar applications has been less than ideal. (Of course, you can download others). By default, the 6X does not include the Google Assistant, though it does have the voice-activated Google Now interface.


Overall, what really impressed me was that this is a phone that costs less than half that of the top-end phones and yet looks and behaves similarly. It doesn’t have the cool look of an iPhone or the fancy colored back of the Honor 8 or the Galaxy S7, but the 6X does the job with style, and with bonus features—notably the dual camera—to spare.


Here’s PCMag’s review.



Michael J. Miller is chief information officer at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Miller, who was editor-in-chief of PC Magazine from 1991 to 2005, authors this blog for PCMag.com to share his thoughts on PC-related products. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed. Miller works separately for a private investment firm which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.

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