Honor is a range of phones made by Chinese company Huawei. Not that you’d know it – there’s no Huawei branding on the handset, only a small logo on the back of the box.
The Honor 6 has just touched down on these shores after launching in China over the summer. Let’s find out if it’s worth the wait.
First impressions and design
Look familiar? The band around the edge is reminiscent of the iPhone 5S, but in the hand it feels more like the Sony Xperia Z3, thanks to the glass back.
It’s well built, especially for such a budget handset, and the 5-inch screen is very good indeed.
At 7.5mm, it’s only marginally fatter than the iPhone 6. Again, impressive for a phone costing less than £250.
What madness is this? According to the Settings menu, it runs Android 4.4.2. KitKat, but it’s completely unrecognisable thanks to Huawei’s skin.
It’s all very colourful and cartoonish, but it’s a bit baffling the first time you fire it up.
Every function has its own icon, and some – the web browser, for instance – aren’t immediately obvious.
Huawei has also taken the trouble to group apps into folders like Tools, Top apps, Management, etc.
The UI is fine, but doesn’t offer any real advantages.
It’s also not the latest version of Google’s OS, so you lose out on new additions like the Material Design look and the ability to respond to messages direct from the lock screen.
Spec-wise, it’s very impressive. The 5-inch screen has a resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, while the rear camera packs 13 megapixels, and the front-facer 5 megapixels.
It comes with 16GB internal storage, and has a microSD card slot for adding another 64GB.
Under the bonnet, it’s a beast.
Its octa-core chip is made of two quad-core ones that are clocked at 1.3GHz and 1.7GHz. And that’s backed up by 3GB of RAM.
We’d expect to see that kind of grunt on a model costing twice the price of the Honor 6, so full marks to Huawei.
Unsurprisingly, with all this power it zips through menus quick as you like, and handled all the games and films we could throw at it without so much as a shrug.
It takes decent snaps too, even in low-light indoor conditions.
Some were a little underexposed, but it puts the likes of the Nexus 5’s snapper to shame.
The Honor 6 is a bargain. These kinds of specs deliver fantastic real-world performance.
The only letdown is the skin on the software, but if you can get used to that, you’re in for a (very affordable) treat.