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Huawei Honor 6 Plus Unboxing: Dual Camera Goodness

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We unbox Huawei’s Honor 6 Plus!

Last December we were fortunate enough to be present in Beijing for the official unveil of Huawei’s Honor 6 Plus. The Honor 6 Plus is a bang-for-the-buck flagship for the company’s Honor sub-brand which was created to take on the likes of Xiaomi and Meizu in China. Unfortunately, the devices that we saw during the event were all meant for the Chinese market, and it’s only today that we finally got our hands on an international version of the Honor 6 Plus.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus

  • 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch JDI full HD IPS-NEO screen, 1920 x 1080
  • 32GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • Dual 8-megpixel rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM, dual LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
  • 3600mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with Emotion UI

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Packaging and contents:

The Honor 6 Plus comes in a very nice looking blue box that has the name of the product emblazoned in front. Unlike the retail packaging of other products in the market, thjere’s very little in the way of specs printed in the front or back of the box.

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Once you open up the box, you’ll see the typical accessories that come with any smartphone – a USB cable, charger, headphones and user manuals. The Honor 6 Plus also comes with a SIM ejector tool, as well as two screen protectors as a freebie. Pretty nice.

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Initial Impressions: Handsome-looking, glass backed flagship with dual cameras

We were impressed when we saw the Honor 6 Plus in China last year, and today we’re reminded why. The phone is solid and well built, and screams premium from the moment you pick it up. The 7.5mm frame of the Honor 6 Plus shares the same design aesthetic of the Honor 6, which is unsurprising, obviously. There’s a metallic looking strip that runs on the side of the phone which is unfortunately plastic.

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Turn the phone over and you’ll see the beautiful but subtle pattern on the rear that’s only really apparent when light hits it at the right angle. Up on the upper left corner is the two dual 8-megapixel rear cameras that work in tandem to take photos. You’re probably wondering how these two cameras work – we’ll get in depth with that later.

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Anyway, moving on, you’ll see the volume rocker on the right side, along with the power button and dual-SIM slots. Both SIM slots are LTE capable, and the Honor 6 Plus can take a microSD card as well. Do take note that the microSD expansion slot and the nano-SIM slot take up the same tray, so you will have to choose what’s more important to you – an extra SIM or more storage. The Honor 6 Plus being offered here is the 32GB variant.

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So, moving on to the dual cameras. The dual camera setup allows the Honor 6 Plus to take different HDR exposures of different scenes, which should, in theory result in better and faster HDR performance. Huawei’s adopted the same setup of the dual-cameras as HTC’s One M8, though Huawei’s gone with a sensor that’s larger, around 1.98-micrometer pixel size. The camera also has a higher megapixel count than the One M8, 8 instead of 4 – which should theoretically result in photos that have more detail.

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Just like the M8, the Honor 6 Plus can do shot refocus, and you can actually define what kind of aperture setting you want the bokeh to be. Unfortunately lower aperture settings don’t seem to let in more light, which is disappointing – that’s one of the reasons why you’d want a low aperture setting in the first place (aside from defocusing the background).

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Internally the Honor 6 Plus sports Huawei’s own Kirin 925 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM. This is the same processor and RAM setup that we saw with Huawei’s Asccend Mate7, which gave us surprisingly good performance in day-to-day tasks as well as gaming. The Honor 6 Plus has been a pretty solid perfromer so far, though a full review will reveal if the new phone has issues with apps.

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Priced at Php 17490, the Honor 6 Plus is a much pricier flagship compared to Huawei’s Honor 6. But like the Honor 6, the 6 Plus is a promising phone that may have an edge over its competitors because of its dual-camera setup.

The Honor 6 Plus will be available in Lazada starting May 7.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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