Sim­ple six

Honor 6X

HWM (Malaysia) - - HOT SHOTS - by Peter Chu

If you were to look back on the spread of smart­phones that were launched over the past year, you would prob­a­bly re­al­ize that they share one com­mon com­po­nent: a dual-lens cam­era. From the Mate 9 Pro to the iPhone 7 Plus, du­al­lens cam­eras have grown to be­come a sta­ple fea­ture on most pre­mium smart­phones.

The good news is that du­al­lens cam­eras are no longer syn­ony­mous with high-end smart­phones, as they are grad­u­ally mak­ing their way down to more af­ford­able midrange de­vices as well, such as the Honor 6X.

Dual-lens cam­era aside, the Honor 6X also has a 5.5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) dis­play, a Kirin 655 octa-core SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, and a 3,340mAh quick-charg­ing bat­tery. While it’s rather un­for­tu­nate that the 6X still runs on An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low with EMUI 4.1 out of the box, the good news is that it’s slated to be up­dated to An­droid 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 within the next few months.

For a midrange de­vice, the per­for­mance of the 6X is pretty de­cent. Of course, it goes with­out say­ing that it’s not go­ing to out­gun the likes of, say, the Mate 9 Pro in terms of sheer re­spon­sive­ness, but we cer­tainly didn’t think that it was slow while us­ing it as our daily de­vice. Apps in gen­eral loaded up rel­a­tively quickly, while re­sour­cein­ten­sive games like Real Rac­ing 3 had no trou­ble run­ning smoothly.

Now then, on to the du­al­lens cam­era of the 6X. Un­like the Honor 8 or the Mate 9 Pro, which each have a sec­ondary mono­chrome sen­sor for cap­tur­ing ad­di­tional de­tail and the oc­ca­sional black and white photo, the sec­ond sen­sor on the 6X is merely used for cap­tur­ing depthof-field in­for­ma­tion. This depth in­for­ma­tion can then be used to ap­ply a pol­ished ‘bokeh’ ef­fect onto the pho­tos cap­tured by its ac­com­pa­ny­ing 12MP main sen­sor.

With that said, the over­all im­age qual­ity of the 6X isn’t any­thing to write home about. Don’t get us wrong, the 6X is very well ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing pho­tos that are sharp and crisp with pleas­ant enough colors, but therein lies the prob­lem – most smart­phones are per­fectly ca­pa­ble of do­ing just that these days.

Keep your ex­pec­ta­tions in check, and the Honor 6X would un­doubt­edly pro­vide.

Un­der low-light con­di­tions, you’ll no­tice that the de­tails that were once present in pho­tos cap­tured un­der broad day­light have now been shrouded be­hind a veil of im­age noise. A low-light per­former, the 6X isn’t.

The fin­ger­print sen­sor can rec­og­nize a va­ri­ety of ges­tures as well.

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