Review: Huawei Honor 6X
The Honor 6X is a bit uneven. There are things that stand out in both the "Pro" and "Con" columns, which means you're sacrificing something either way you look at it.
Pros include an attractive design, solid build, and good ease-of-use. The phone has incredible battery life, customizable software, and the cameras take decent photos and video. It's sold unlocked, and that allows you to use it on most any GSM/LTE carrier you choose.
The cons are hard to swallow. First, data performance wasn't great, and overall voice performance isn't what I want. The GPS radio was a bit wonky, as was Bluetooth performance. There are some usability problems with the Emotion UI skin that I found aggravating, and the Kirin 655 processor doesn't have quite enough horsepower for the handset.
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These leave me conflicted about recommending the Honor 6X. If your priorities are its unlocked status, then perhaps find solace in the decent camera and above-average battery life. If you get impatient with slow data and make a lot of voice calls, however, the 6X is not for you.
The phone costs $250 from Huawei, but flash sales have been available once per week that drop the price to $200. The 6X makes sense to me at the lower price, but not the full cost.
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Huawei's latest for the unlocked crowd is the Honor 6X. This slim metal-and-glass smartphone has an attractive design and decent set of specs for a phone that costs as little as $200 if you're smart about buying it.
May 31, 2017
Huawei's Honor brand today expanded the availability of the unlocked Honor 6X to some 460 Target retail stores across the country. Now, U.S.
May 2, 2017
Huawei today began updating the Honor 6X to Emotion UI 5.0 and Android 7 Nougat. The 6X, which shipped earlier this year, included EMUI 4.1 and Android 6 out of the box.
Jan 3, 2017
Huawei today announced the Honor 6X, a follow up to the 5X that improves upon specs and design. The 6X boasts a 2.5D curved glass front and aluminum rear panel to give it a metal-and-glass chassis.