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.