The Good The Huawei Honor 6X has a dual rear camera, tons of advanced camera tools, and it’s very cheap.
The Bad It runs an older version of Android and sometimes lags behind when running or switching applications. The quality of the photos does not match the tools.
The Bottom Line Motorola Moto G5 Plus is the best budget phone in almost every respect. Get the Huawei Honor 6X only if you really need a dual rear camera.
Huawei Honor 6X ($ 256 on Amazon) There are two things in the Galaxy S8 ($ 366 on Amazon) no: dual rear cameras and fast, accurate closed fingerprint, rear mounted, really easy to reach. (The Samsung S8 Galaxy S8 has one camera lens on the back and inconveniently puts its fingerprint reader to the left of the camera.)
Huawei’s game is simple here: Bring some of the advanced features that you’ll otherwise find only on a top-notch device to a seriously budget phone – one that costs $ 250, or £ 225, which translates to about $ 331. So beating the Galaxy S8 this way – and it’s clear that the Honor 6X is not in the S8 league at all – is a feather in Huawei’s cap. It’s also a way to place other available phones, such as the Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($ 170 on Amazon) , on notice.
The problem is that the Honor 6X is almost inferior to the G5 Plus, its true competitor. Even the dual rear 6X cameras and the higher resolution front camera (8-megapixel compared to the 5-megapixel G5 Plus lens) give less clear and detailed pictures than the G5 Plus. At about the same price, the Moto G5 Plus is a clear budget winner.
Huawei Honor 6X wants to be your two-camera budget buddy
If you live in the UK, the smaller, cheaper Moto G5 ($ 279 on Amazon) is another affordable option. Scroll through the full comparison of the specifications of all three phones.
Dual cameras didn’t make me
Huawei warned us not to expect the quality of dual-camera images as good as the mid-range Honor 8 ($ 380 to Walmart) and it’s certainly not there with the excellent P10.
12-megapixel and 2-megapixel lenses are for adding depth of field, a bit like the sophisticated bokeh effect of the iPhone 7 Plus ($ 249 on Amazon) which blurs the background and helps the image being tested. But in almost every comparison to the Moto G5 Plus, Motorola’s photos were clearer and more detailed, and this included selfies. (Although the Honor 6X had warmer colors.)
Huawei Honor 6X camera test (versus Moto G5 Plus)
I’ll give Huawei a lot of credit for including a ton of photo tools and modes, from photo and video modes to “easy picture”, power mode, document scanning and time lapse. And of course, you’ll find HDR, Panorama and other familiar filters. There are also a number of neat, very specific editing tools, including one that highlights one color and the rest all in black and white.
There is even a tool that can help you manually adjust the depth of field with a slider that selects f-stops. But if you have enough camera photos to know what that last sentence even meant, you are probably happier saving up for something like the mid-range Honor 8, its superb image quality works best with all the cool 6X tools.
Where the Honor 6X is lacking compared to the Moto G5 Plus
- More slippery and less comfortable hold
- The display is less sharp (less pixels per inch)
- Launches Android 6.0 instead of Android 7.0
- Shorter battery life (12 hours on our video leak test versus 13.5 hours on the G5 plus)
- Not splash-proof
- Sometimes sluggish and irresponsible (despite better ratings on test apps)
- Quick access to quick settings (in notification shade)
Where the Honor 6X hits the Moto G5 Plus
- Larger screen and only slightly larger body (5.5 vs. 5 inches)
- More creative photo editing tools
- More shooting modes (like photo and video)
Other things to know about the Honor 6X
- 128GB microSD card support
- Dual-SIM support
- Supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks like other budget phones (not 5 GHz; this is expected)
- No NFC (Moto G5 Plus for UK supports this, not US)
Huawei Honor 6X compared to Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus
|Huawei Honor 6X||Motorola Moto G5||Motorola Moto G5 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||5.5-inch, 1,920×1,080 pixels||5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.9x3x0.3 inches||5.7×2.9×0.37 inches||5.9×2.9×0.3 inches|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||151x76x8.2 mm||144.3x73x9.5 mm||150.2x74x7.7 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.7 oz, 162g||5.1 oz, 145g||5.5 oz, 155g|
|Mobile software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Camera||12-megapixel + 2-megapixel||13-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Processor||2.1GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 655||1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Storage||32GB||16GB, 32GB (varies by region)||32GB (UK & US), 64GB (US only)|
|RAM||3GB||2GB or 3GB, based on region||2GB or 32GB (US model), 3GB or 32GB (UK model) or 4GB or 64GB (US model)|
|Battery||3,340 mAh||2,800 mAh (removable)||3,000 mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Below screen||Below screen|
|Special features||Dual SIM||Dual SIM, splash-proof||Dual SIM, splash-proof|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$250||Converts to $216 (2GB model)||$229 (32GB); $299 (64GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£225||£169 (16GB or 2GB RAM); £179 (16GB or 3GB RAM)||£249 (32GB)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$330||Converts to AU$290 (16GB)||Converts to AU$300 (32GB) or AU$390 (64GB)|