Honor! It’s spelt wrong, but bear with it for a minute… it’s for the brave. What? The brave. The people who want to go against the status quo, man. Those who don’t wanna be sheeple. Those that want to do something different. Basically anyone that doesn't already buy Samsung or Apple. And what an odd message this is... I mean, aren't we talking about mobile phones here?
"Honor" is part of Huawei, and yet the other H word is nowhere to be seen. Honor is an entirely new brand developed by Huawei and the Honor 6, a brand new smartphone. The Honor brand has some lofty anti-hipster yet simultaneously hipsterish ideas about sticking it to the man, all while buying a product from a big corporation, but confused ideology aside, what’s it like to actually use?
In terms of spec, Huawei has aimed for something quite competitive with a 5in 1080p touch display at 445ppi and its very own octa-core Kirin920 processor. That chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, four A15 cores and four A7 cores, as well as 3GB of RAM.
Huawei’s reps claim the chipset will deliver twice the performance of Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, so the wiener measuring stick is definitely out. That said, in terms of performance it doesn’t shy away, running the latest Asphalt title at an admirable fps with no apparent juddering. Likewise, it glides between homescreens easily, though the UX will be familiar to users of the Huawei Ascend series.
In terms of design and styling, it’s not a bad effort, but somewhat disappointing from the same company that produced recent Ascend offerings. It looks like a mash-up of the iPhone 6 and Galaxy s5, with a hint of Sony Xperia thrown in for good measure. It’s also a little too plasticky compared to the company’s gorgeous aluminium and glass-clad Ascend series.
The display is definitely slick, producing sharp, colourful and bright visuals with a nice wide viewing angle. The Honor 6 also claims plenty of props from the battery department too, with one hell of a package stuffed in the back of it. The 3,100mah cell, which allegedly carries some clever processing optimisation tweaks, as well as Huawei’s Smartpower 2.0 power saving tech, is said to offer two days on a single charge, or one day of heavy use. We shall see.
A key selling point of this device is that it’s the first Cat 6 LTE octa-core phone, that may or may not be the case, but it’s definitely not the first Cat 6 phone and, regardless, the point stands that most European networks are not equipped to deliver these speeds yet, anyway. But at least it’ll be ready and raring to go when LTE-A eventually drops in the UK.
The camera is a 13mp Sony setup with an f/2.0 aperture, HDR, manual focus select, and dual-LED flash. Huawei has implemented a fast-capture feature, whereby you double tap of the volume rocker and it snaps a picture. However, there’s also a nod to the selfie trend with a 5mp wide-angle front facing sensor.
Until we get more time with the phone there’s not much more to say, other than to mention its competitive price: the handset is now available to buy from Amazon for £249.99.