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Honor 6 Plus Review

With two cameras and aperture control the Honor 6+ is designed to be a premium Android smartphone with an emphasis on impressive photos.

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The Honor 6+ is a premium Android smartphone made by Huawei, with the Honor brand being used to signify that the device is aimed to be more affordable than other premium smartphones by Huawei, such as the Huawei P8. The Honor 6+ features a large 5.5inch screen, and two cameras on the back, making it one of very few smartphones. The camera uses these two 8 megapixel cameras to produce photos with a greater depth of field and background blur, which Honor says delivers DSLR-quality images. Let's find out if the Honor 6+ can deliver in this review.

Honor 6 Plus Features

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The Honor 6+ features a large 5.5inch FullHD touch-screen, along with a long lasting 3600mAh battery - which is generous compared to most smartphones which tend to offer a battery with a 2000-2300mAh rating. This is also important as batteries are very rarely replaceable on modern smartphones, as is the case with the Honor 6+. With such a high powered battery built in, the smartphone features a "reverse charging" mode that lets you charge other devices from the Honor 6+ as well! 

Shooting modes include Beauty, Panorama, HDR, Audio note, Best photo, Watermark, Super night and Wide aperture. There are numerous effects built in for more creative and stylised shots. 

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The Wide-aperture mode uses the two cameras on the back to let you take photos with "DSLR" like appearance, with control over the aperture, creating blurred backgrounds, with an aperture selectable from f/0.95 to f/16. Not that the camera actually changes the aperture of the camera(s) as the 29mm equivalent lenses are fixed at f/2.0. You can also select the focus area and aperture in playback on the camera and then save the refocused image. The camera can also use the two cameras for improved low-light and night-time shots combining two shots.

The front facing camera is also an 8 megapixel unit (26mm equivalent, with an f/2.4 fixed aperture), and can also record FullHD video, and take panoramic selfies. 

Dual sim card slots can be found on the side, with one of these giving the option of a MicroSD card or a second sim card. The phone has all the features and connectivity options you'd expect from an Android smartphone including bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, etc, although does not feature NFC. This will disappoint those who have a newer digital camera with NFC connectivity, such as the Sony Alpha A5100.

FullHD video recording is included, and this records with stereo sound, and there is an option for electronic video stabilisation, and stabilisation isn't an option in stills photography modes.

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Key Features

  • 8-megapixel dual camera
  • 29mm f/2.0 rear facing cameras
  • Front facing 8 megapixel, 26mm equivalent, f/2.4 camera
  • 5.5inch FullHD touch-screen
  • Dual LED flash (not dual-tone)
  • FullHD Video, Stereo sound
  • ISO100 to ISO1600
  • Wide-aperture shooting mode
  • Android 4.4, 1.8GHz octa core processor, Kirin 925
  • 3GB ram, 32GB storage built in (25.7GB usable), MicroSD slot
  • 7.5mm thick, available in black or white

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mikesavage Avatar
mikesavage 21 299 2 England
15 Aug 2015 3:36PM
The 'Refocus' option: I take it that's not the kind of refocusing technology that the Lytro cameras use after the picture has been taken, but just an option to focus on a different part of the image at the taking stage, before the shutter is pressed? if so, it's nothing new.
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 9:08AM
Hi Mike, no, you can refocus after taking the photo in playback, the camera takes a series of photos and puts them all in the one JPEG file. They can only be refocused on the phone's gallery.

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