As the Apple iPhone 6 Plus – which is the big brother to the iPhone 6 – as well the Honor 6 Plus with its 5.5-inch display is the big brother of the smaller Honor 6. But the Honor 6 Plus is much more than just a little larger relative. So is the Plus Version the first to offer an innovative new camera technology with two lenses. But how does the Honor 6 Plus strike against its competition? You can read it here!
Honor 6 Plus: Precious design and large display
The case of the by Huawei developed Honor 6 Plus is similar to the iPhone 5S, but it is much larger with its 5.5-inch screen. Front and rear panels are made of glass, the frame is made of aluminum. Unlike the iPhone, the lower edge on the Honor 6 Plus is made of plastic. The screen itself is showing bright colors and is equipped with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) which makes it equal sharp as that of the iPhone 6 Plus. The brightness is very good on cloudy days and indoors, but on sunny days the screen becomes slightly less visible. The phone feels solid and with just 165 grams of weight and a thickness of only 7.5mm it is really compact for its 5.5 inch.
Honor 6 Plus: First Impressions
Great Camera with a sweet Focus-trick
The highlight of this smartphone is the two 8-megapixel cameras built on the back of it. What at first glance is a relatively low resolution allows according to Huawei a combined resolution of up to 13 megapixels. But
default setting is a resolution of 8 Megapixels. In the first tests the quality of the photos was convincing, both in daylight and in low light, but colors and details are not displayed as balanced as on other phones. Fascinating is the ability to create photos using the “Wide-Aperture Mode”, where the camera automatic obtains the recorded pictures of both camera lenses with partly impressive depth of field results in the image created. Honor speaks here of a “Wide-Aperture Mode” giving an adjustable aperture between F0.95 to F16. You can find some sample photos in the photo gallery. Even if the device does not reach the image quality of modern DSLR cameras, when attempting to wipe out past disadvantages of mobile phone photos towards larger cameras I would say Honor with the 6 Plus has now come a good deal closer. A similar attempt was made by HTC with the older One (M8), but unlike the Honor 6 Plus the results had not been convincing using this technology. On successor One M9 HTC has consequently removed the double camera lenses.
The OS: Old, but good!
The used operating system on the Honor 6 Plus is Android 4.4.2 / KitKat. While this is already an older OS, Honor’s mother company Huawei has adjusted it well. It convinces with clear icons and tidy menus, here the manufacturer achieved a very simple user interface which is almost as simple as the likes of Apple. Some menus – such as in the camera app – could even pass as an iPhone copy.
Despite super chip not super fast!
Compared to the Honor 6 (runs a Kirin-920 processor) the big Honor 6 Plus works with the improved Kirin 925 chip, giving it 8 cores (on 1.8 MHz), 3 gigabytes (GB) of memory (RAM) and 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded via micros sd card if you use only one sim card. It features a Mali-T624 graphics chip which in our test did not reach top speeds. So it comes in the Geekbench test on the values of 845/2989, which is only up to the level of the older Samsung Galaxy S5 (934/2782). On the graphics side this is even worse and you can feel in your everyday life through slightly slow reacting Apps and Browser displays. The Battery with its 3600mAh powers easily through the day even on heavy usage, quite impressive I must say.
Dual SIM with LTE and other Connections..
Other features of the Honor 6 Plus next toa large-sized 3,600 mAh battery is a second SIM card slot. And this houses a little specialty: it swallows by choice either a nano-SIM card or a micro SD card with up to 128 GB. The by us tested 32 GB version of the Honor 6 Plus comes with fast LTE connection and NFC.
The phone offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity options in addition to NFC support. An Infrared blaster makes the phone, paired with a Controller app, useable as a TV remote.
Similar name, similar size, different operating system: The Honor 6 Plus is a successful Android counterpart for the iPhone 6 Plus. Screen, camera and battery convince. Only in the direct sunlight the display is a bit difficult to read. The software is quite simple for Android and has copied quite some things from Apple. The Honor 6 Plus is certainly a premium ‘value for money’ phablet that comes with very good hardware and performance, improved camera features and enhanced software capabilities all around. In this price range there is hard to argue on not taking this one.
As of now you cannot by the Honor 6 Plus in any shop. The only distributor is Souq.com where you can order it starting at 1399AED.