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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Sharp, vivid screen
  • Great value

Cons

  • Audio clipping in calls
  • Glossy plastic rear prone to scratches

Key Features

  • Octo-core Kirin 920 CPU
  • 5-inch Full HD screen
  • Android 4.4.2 with EmotionUI
  • Manufacturer: Huawei
  • Review Price: £249.99

What is the Honor 6?

The Honor 6 sees Huawei return to a place it used to thrive: affordable phones. But the definition of an affordable phone has changed in recent years.

Where Huawei’s budget classics were £100 phones, the Honor 6 is a budget 4G £250 alternative to top-end phones such as the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z3 – and even the iPhone 6. There are plenty of quirks to either fix or learn to live with, but the value on offer here is quite excellent.

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Honor 6 – Design

The Huawei Honor 6 looks and feels quite different from the company’s other UK-released phones. The Honor brand has been around for a while in other countries, but this is the first we’ve seen here, and we’re pretty impressed.

Its hardware offers simplicity and and higher-end feel that we don’t often associate with Huawei phones. It’s actually quite similar in looks to the Amazon Fire Phone, but without the nasty complement of cameras on the front.

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For those who haven’t checked out Amazon’s disappointing handset in person, the Huawei Honor 6 has completely flat front and back panels that look like glass. Only the front is glass, though.

A layer of Gorilla Glass 3 sits on the screen while the back is shiny ‘faux glass’ plastic. We’ll admit we didn’t really notice that in use, though.

However, after using the phone for a couple of weeks, the Honor 6 back had earned a couple of light scratches. It will be susceptible to lots more scratches in the long term, so you may want to consider using the protector that comes in the box, or buying a case.

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Scratch-resistant? Not much

The sides are plastic, too. The Huawei Honor 6 is a deceptively simple mobile, but one that offers enough class to fit in completely among mid-range phones, and even more expensive ones. We’ll admit it: we were fooled, at least at first.

You can get the Huawei Honor 6 in black or white, and both versions appear pretty attractive, although we’ve only tried the black first-hand.

Other than appearing to be made of glass in the vein of the Xperia Z3, the Huawei Honor 6 has nice simple sides, with all its sockets bar the micro-USB charge plug hidden under a plastic flap. Under this you’ll find the Micro-SIM and microSD slots.

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On occasion among mid-range phones a memory card slot is used as an excuse to scrimp on internal storage, but the Huawei Honor 6 has a decent 16GB memory.

There are even hardware features not fully exploited in the software at launch. For example, on the top edge of the phone is an IR transmitter, but there’s no remote control app installed to use it.

An IR transmitter lets a phone function as a universal remote, but you need an app that offers the exact commands needed. There are plenty of third-party alternatives, but with current firmware the phone doesn’t seem to make the IR blaster available to other apps. We’ll be deeply disappointed if this isn’t fixed, but with any luck it will. We’re awaiting confirmation on this from Huawei.

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The Huawei Honor 6 knows how to pack in the hardware, and initial impressions that the phone is great value never fade or stop. This phone truly is a bit of a bargain.

However, after comparing to some other phones of this size, it's a slight shame that it has such a boxy shape. While the sides of the Honor 6 are slightly rounded, the edges are still fairly severe, and using more of a curvature would have made it easier to handle. We have the same issue with Sony’s top Xperia phones.

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blizzet

November 17, 2014, 10:26 am

Is this the chinese version being tested? I mean the international ones bought from amazon.co.uk is said to support band 20 (800mhz) LTE. That's why I have ordered this phone replacing my oneplus one.

Andrew_TR

November 17, 2014, 2:52 pm

We're double checking band support!

Guest

November 18, 2014, 7:37 pm

China models support only 1800 which I use nicely 4G on 3UK .. and 2100 . that is not in EU ... NO this phone doesnt support 800 .. only EU release will support EU 4G bands ..

blizzet

November 18, 2014, 9:44 pm

I know, but this review did not say if which version that was reviewed. At least I did not see it anywhere. I got mine today and can confirm that it works on 4G on 800mhz (band 20). Over here in Sweden this band are used very much. My first impressions are really good, I like it way more than my Oneplus One. Size, weight, and actually the EmotionUI!

Guest

November 19, 2014, 7:01 pm

So you have EU version now.. they launched it 2weeks ago
Can u tell me what firmware version u have ?.
Install EMUI 3.0 it is even better
check in settings about

Lyndon Gray

November 19, 2014, 7:48 pm

I put in a pre-order for this phone on Huawei's official UK retail partner Amazon, yesterday. They were temporarily out of stock. Then they said it would be dispatched in 2 to 5 weeks. Got an email delivery update today from Amazon which said the phone will be delivered within 10 to 13 MONTHS !!! Now this says to me that either a) Huawei aren't shipping the phone to the UK anymore or b) someone at Amazon is having a laugh !! Any guesses ?

Faux-News

November 20, 2014, 7:05 am

The international version i.e. H60-L04 supports LTE bands B1, B3, B7 & B20

The China Unicom H60-L02 & L12 supports bands B1 & B3 only.

blizzet

November 20, 2014, 9:41 am

Had a chat with Huawei support, and EMUI 3.0 should be published by OTA, not officially available for the european version according to them. It is 2.3 today on Kitkat 4.4.2. Kernel-version:3.1.30-00087-g0918756-dirty. They also told me that they will bring Lollipop to Honor 6.

Guest

November 24, 2014, 9:36 pm

do u know when ?

Guest

November 24, 2014, 9:36 pm

can u provide link for firmware ? of yours h6 ?

blizzet

November 25, 2014, 6:49 am

They could not say any date, but I guess next year at first. Hope they keep promises.

blizzet

November 25, 2014, 6:49 am

Sorry, don't have any link for my firmware.

Lewis Hodges

December 31, 2014, 3:54 pm

You can use the infrared with ZaZaRemote. I use it on my Phillips TV with the Honor 6.

Webby

May 26, 2015, 10:17 am

And the survey said...........?

sajeev kumar

June 18, 2016, 11:08 am

The battery they use is not good.

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