Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES 2017) is a wonderful place. You get insights of what is coming in the year and a load of new device launches in within the show floor. Some of the biggest names in consumer electronics are always found having their booths and pavilions set up in the show. There are plenty of Keynotes too by them. One of the big names in mobile devices had their keynote before everyone else, Huawei. To be specific though, more like Honor, Huawei’s e-commerce focus brand, made an announcement.
Honor has been very successful globally with their digital availability and sales channel approach. Their lower-than-premium price range with premium-like device build quality contributes too to their success. Their Honor 8 for example has caught some very good eyes and has been a very successful flagship to Honor since its launch last year. Its unique design approach, combined with premium build, and premium dual-camera offered at a fraction of what other premium phone makers ask for made the device unsurprisingly successful. Then there is the Honor 5X which was just shy of Honor 8’s flagship status and pricing. It offered the same type of appeal of the Honor 8; unique design, premium features, budget friendly price. But that platform is aging and the Honor 6X took to the market in October. At least in China. At CES 2017, that is about to change.
Honor’s keynote in CES 2017 is an announcement that the world will be getting their brilliant Honor 6X, the follow-up to the 5X. The Honor 6X still has the same 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display as its predecessor. It still has a fingerprint sensor too, albeit at the back now beneath the 12-megapixel camera that is now paired with 2-megapixel camera additional depth information (essentially, you get the famed ‘Bokeh’ effect from dual-camera set ups). Then there is the upgraded internals with the Kirin 655 Octa-core processor clocking 2.1Ghz and 1.7Ghz at each Quad. That SoC is paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and storage up to 64GB. Storage is expandable via MicroSD too if the built-in one is not enough. The main display is paired with an 8-megapixel camera facing you too if you are into that sort of stuff. It has a bigger battery too at 3,340mAh with a surprising absence of fast-charging. While the world is trying to move to USB Type-C the Honor 6X is still stuck with a Micro USB plug. If you are thinking of getting this device as well do keep in mind that you will be running on an older version of EMUI at 4.1 instead of the 5.0 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Of course there are short comings. You can expect some for a device that is asking for less than US$300 (approx* MYR1,344). The 4GB + 64GB version is asking for US$299.99 (approx* 1,344) while the 3GB + 32Gb version asks for US$249 (approx* MYR1,115). For that though you are getting a battery that is quoted to last up to two full days on a single charge, premium metal body build, and premium features built into the device. Despite the EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Honor promises an upgrade to EMUI 5.0 in February. As if that is not good enough of a news, they mentioned about an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat somewhere in the second quarter of 2017. Yes, it is slightly more expensive that the Honor 5X it replaces, but it is better in almost every single way.
Sales of the device has already started globally on the 4th of January, 2017. Malaysia has not yet gotten its hands on the device just yet. There are no confirmed dates from Honor as well regarding its availability in Malaysia but they have assured that the Honor 6X will be available in Malaysia soon enough. Press release after the break.
*approximate value based on the conversion rate of US$1 = MYR4.48 at 9/1/2017
Honor 6X Steals the Show at International CES 2017 with Uncompromising Performance
A mighty budget smartphone created for digital natives with cutting-edge dual-lens rear camera, sturdy performance and extended battery life
International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, January 3, 2017 – Built for the cost-conscious yet uncompromising Internet-minded millennial, the Honor 6X is the perfect technological budget beast. Embodying the “double or nothing” motto that millennials live and breathe, the Honor 6X breaks new ground at CES 2017 with its premium dual-lens rear camera, extended battery life and rock-solid performance.
Designed to offer the young and bold consumers around the globe a superb internet experience, the Honor 6X is a powerful and versatile all-rounder packing top-of-the-shelf features empowering millennials to explore the world, cultivate their inner artist, and enjoy a world of music, gaming and movies.
“Geared towards those unwilling to cut back on performance, Honor 6X is a device engineered with uncompromising excellence,” said George Zhao, president of honor. “Understanding the ‘double or nothing’ lifestyle of millennials, we designed Honor 6X with enough muscle power to allow them to share, explore, and enjoy life to the fullest.”
Featuring a generous 5.5-inch full HD (1920*1080p) display, the ergonomically designed Honor 6X boasts a full metal slim body (8.2mm thick) with 2.5D glass on the front and curved panel on the back.
Powerful dual-lens camera
Honor 6X features an innovative dual-lens rear camera offering a wide aperture range (F/0.95-F/16) giving you all the latitude to unleash your creative potential. The main 12MP camera is responsible for the composition of the image while the 2MP camera provides depth of field information, resulting in beautiful shots that are sharp and crisp. Combined with the camera’s wide aperture (F/0.95), the Honor 6X produces professional-looking background blur to make your subjects stand out. This, coupled with a 1.25um pixel size, enables the Honor 6X to capture quality shots even in low-light settings. The Honor 6X’s camera uses Phase Detection Auto Focus technology, which allows for an ultra-fast camera focus speed of 0.3 seconds.
Fueled by a Kirin 655 boasting an octa-core architecture, the Honor 6X is built to provide a glitch-free user experience. Kirin 655 packs four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and another four at 1.7 GHz. Supported by 3GB/4GB RAM1 and a powerful i5 co-processer, the Honor 6X allows you to seamlessly game,
browse and listen to music or run multiple apps at the same time. To further boost the agility of the device, the Honor 6X features Honor’s Smart File System, which enhances Android’s EXT4 system, preventing fragmentation and increasing the lifetime performance of the Honor 6X.2
Epic battery life
Running on a powerful 3340 mAh battery, Honor 6X offers an exceptional battery life. With its 16nm CPU and power saving technology further reducing power consumption, the Honor 6X provides 2.15 days of usage and 1.5 days of heavy usage on a single full charge. On a single full charge, the Honor
6X allows you to enjoy up to 11.5 hours of video, 70 hours of music, or up to 8 hours of gaming. Supported by an optimized proprietary 5V/2A charging technology, the Honor 6X juices up in no time, making it the perfect millennial companion.
The Honor 6X comes in three colors – gold, silver and gray. The 3GB variant of the device will be available for purchase from 4 January onwards in select markets, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran
and Iraq, with other markets to follow soon.
Markets Recommended Retail Price of 3GB variant Date available Channels U.S. USD 249.99 January 4 (For Pre-order)
January 15 (For Sale)
Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and etc.) EUR 249 January 4 Vmall.eu, Amazon.com
Note to table:
The 4GB variant of the device will be available in the first quarter of 2017 in select markets. The
recommended retail price of 4GB variant of the device will be USD 299.9 and EUR 249.