Huawei’s Honor phone brand had a big 2016 showing in the US. It launched its first couple devices stateside, including its high-end Honor 8 with dual cameras. Those dual cameras were designed with quality in mind. Both had 12-megapixel sensors, one of which captured an image in RGB (color) while the other captured it in monochrome. The photos were processed simultaneously. Now, Honor is bringing another dual-camera phone from China over to the US: the 6X. This time, Honor executives tell me, the phone was designed with filters in mind, especially for young people between ages 18 and 25. (This filter message lends to the idea that these dual cameras aren’t quite as good at the Honor 8’s.)
One rear-facing camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, while the other is only two megapixels. Honor executives tell me that while yes, the more expensive Honor 8 takes better quality photos, the new 6X is better for filters because it can simulate aperture in its wide aperture mode, which is designed to make a subject stand out. The 6X’s dual camera is not as good as the Honor 8's, but it's a lot less expensive. The 8 started at $400, whereas the 6X will cost $249.99.
Here are some other specs:
- 32GB storage, with optional expandable storage
- 3GB RAM
- Android Marshmallow, with plans to update to Android N during the first quarter of 2017
- Eight-megapixel front-facing camera
- 5.5-inch, Full HD display
- Huawei Kirin 655 octa-core processor
- 3,340mAh battery
- Available in gray, gold, or silver
You likely noticed the Kirin 655 chipset. This is Huawei’s middle-of-the-road processor, and the 6X marks the first time it’s being used in a US release. It’s out on January 4th in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq. Other markets will follow, so no worries, we’re all going to get the filter love.