Huawei Honor 6 Plus goes live with dual 8MP rear cameras, IR blaster and more for just $320!


After a lot of leaks, Huawei finally made the Honor 6 Plus official today at an event in Beijing. As previously believed, the Honor 6 Plus does indeed come with dual rear cameras, and we can bet all our money on the fact that that’s exactly what the phone’s USP is.

This isn’t the first time we’re looking at a phone with dual rear cameras; but we sure as hell haven’t seen one with two 8 mega-pixel sensors on the same side before. Yeah, you read it right, the Honor 6 Plus comes with two 8 mega-pixel sensors, both on the rear. As you would expect, this allows you to perform all sorts of tricks, including adding filters, re-focusing on certain areas after clicking the picture. Additionally, the Honor 6 Plus also allows you to re-adjust aperture after the shot is taken! To complete the magic ‘888’, the front camera too is an 8 mega-pixel sensor… so you’re certain about getting some quality selfies on the Honor 6 Plus.

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Speaking of the front, there’s also a 5.5-inch 1080p panel on the device, which means that the Plus version isn’t going to replace the Honor 6 that came with a smaller screen. Again, the panel comes from JDI so you know its going to be pretty decent; we’ve seen a lot of Chinese OEMs opt of JDI screen in the past year or so. Under the rather simple looking exterior, Huawei have fitted an octa-core Kirin 925 homebrew CPU, along with an I3 co-processor that doesn’t take too much power, and takes care of your fitness and such. There’s also an infrared blaster in tow so you don’t need to reach out to your TV remote all the time.

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Besides, it has 3GB of RAM — as much as the original Honor 6 — along with 16GB/32GB of internal storage… which can be taken up to 128GB via means of microSD. It also has a rather good looking (on paper at least) 3600mAh battery, which as Huawei doesn’t fail to mention, is of greater capacity than the iPhone 6 Plus, which co-incidentally (or not) shares nomenclature with the Honor 6 Plus.

Like most other phones of this day and age, the EMUI 3.0 powered Honor 6 Plus does gestures too. This includes off screen gestures, and other handy features such as double click volume down to take a photo, up for a quick voice memo. With NFC, TD/FDD-LTE Cat 6 and dual SIM features taking care of connectivity/telephony, Huawei have you covered more or less. As usual, the deal is pretty lucrative, starting at only 1,999 CNY or US$320 unlocked. Expect your choice of reseller to start shipping the Honor 6 Plus for somewhere around US$400 soon!

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70 Comments

  1. realjjj
    December 16, 2014

    I’m curious if the current price for the Honor 6 stays at 1699CNY (275$) and if they lower it outside China too.

  2. Zami
    December 16, 2014

    I am excited to know about its camera quality .
    But I think it will take a long time to review this .
    And I wonder what new feature Huawei will bring with new Ascend serise phones as they are also available out side . Honor serise are mostly for China , which I can’t buy .

  3. Owsley_66
    December 16, 2014

    In the U.S., all we can buy from Huawei off contract is the Ascend Mate 2. I almost bought one but even though I like big phones the Mate 2 is just too big.

    Wish Huawei would offer more off contract phones for us in the states. Maybe they will in the future.

    Still watching for release of Jaiyu S3 in late January. Hope the wait doesn’t prove a disappointemnt.

    • Airyl
      December 16, 2014

      U.S and Huawei don’t really have a good relationship at the moment, so it’s probably not going to happen.

    • claude
      December 17, 2014

      I think abt buying the Mate 2 but the single sim makes me hesitate. Someone has news abt the Mate 3 that had to be realesed this year ?

  4. Simon
    December 16, 2014

    For the price this phone sounds awesome !

  5. Faux-News
    December 16, 2014

    As Andi had done the hands on review of Meizu MX4+pro and Vivo Xshot, i am keenly waiting for his review of this Honor 6 plus.

  6. December 16, 2014

    Any news about the media player? Where to follow presentation?

  7. Airyl
    December 16, 2014

    This is literally Huawei telling Xiaomi, Meizu and the rest to go home.

    • Simon
      December 16, 2014

      What about the supposed Xiaomi Mi5 that is rumoured for January ?

      Or do you think this is better than that even.

      • Airyl
        December 16, 2014

        I’m not sure about the Mi5, but I’m expecting it to be a large leap in terms of specs compared to the Mi4. We’ll see I guess.

        • Mel
          December 16, 2014

          Hi, it is been a while that I am looking for a new phone but can’t decide what to buy?! I was wondering if you could suggest me some good phones, my budget is around 280€. I was planning to buy the Redmi 1S (only 1GB of RAM but a good value for the money) some users suggested me to buy a flagship like the MI4. I am looking for a phone with a screen not above 5 inch, 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM plus micro SD and a strong battery (replaceable would be great). Jiayu S4 and Meizu K52 caught my attention but I don’t know when these devices will be on sale. The black MI4 seems to be great but Xiaomi didn’t fix the paint peeling issue over the metal body. They decide to release a silver wings model soon. The truth is that I am not a huge game player (I will only play Fifa or Injustice), I need a phone for its main usage, internet, emails…Your help will be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

          • Guaire
            December 16, 2014

            Probably Mi4’s price will be dropped a couple of month later because their next generation flagship will be on the way. Same did happen to Mi3 and Mi2s.

            Price could be low as Mi3’s current level.

            Meizu K52 AKA Blue Charm Note will be a 5.5 incher phablet.

            • Mel
              December 16, 2014

              Thank you for your message, MI4 seems to be great but I hate Xiaomi’s strategy by releasing only 16G/64GB versions. If you go for the 16GB version, you can be quickly limited in terms of storage capacity. Moreover, you will need to be very restrictive regarding applications installation. Honestly, I can’t afford to pay 400€ for a device without proper 4G connectivity. I know that Xiaomi don’t care about Europe. However, the Meizu K52 aka Blue Charm will be 4,6 inch phone.

            • Airyl
              December 16, 2014

              Right now, I’d say skip the Redmi. It’s starting to get outdated at this point. Your best choice would be the normal Huawei Honor 6 for now. It’s got everything you need, and it’s not too expensive either.

            • Mel
              December 16, 2014

              Thank you for your advice, I will think about the Honor 6. Maybe I should wait for the next batch of smartphones before buying one.

            • chris13
              December 17, 2014
            • Mel
              December 17, 2014

              5.5 inch is too big for me but the specs are pretty good.

            • trapchan
              December 17, 2014

              Coolpad put malware on their device. Beware.

            • chris13
              December 18, 2014

              Why is that?and what is the danger?

            • Mel
              December 16, 2014

              400€ for the 64GB MI4 version without shipping costs. Seriously, I think that I will have to wait a couple of months (at least 7 to 9 months) to see a price drop for the MI4. I think that I am going to order the Redmi 1S and wait for 64bits phones like Jiayu S4 and Meizu budget phone.

          • trapchan
            December 16, 2014

            Never buy Redmi 1S !!! Been there, bad experience. Lack of ram, overheating issue, etc. It’s spec good on paper, but on real world, it’s a bad device. Redmi 1S is a very overrated device.

            Even Huawei Honor 3C have better experience than 1S. It’s lighter, has 2GB RAM, no overheat issue, good battery life. It’s only losing in Camera quality compared to 1S.

            • slartibartfast
              December 17, 2014

              I own a Redmi 1S and I’m loving it. It’s a solid device for its money. Camera is really good, and with 45.0.0 Multilang MIUIv5 firmware memory issues are resolved for light users.

            • trapchan
              December 17, 2014

              “for light users” ….

              Yep, unfortunately I’m not. I multi task (switching between apps) a lot. I played Asphalt a lot (which is impossible with Redmi 1S), I use my phone as DLNA server to stream my videos to my TV (again impossible, because it will always force closed after a few minutes). And then battery life is bad. It’s also quite heavy, my 5.0″ Honor 3C is slimmer and lighter, has bigger battery capacity and longer battery life. On paper, 1,6Ghz Snapdragon 400 should perform better than MTK6582, but on Redmi 1S, it’s not. It performed very poorly.

            • Mel
              December 17, 2014

              Thank you for sharing your point of view!

        • Simon
          December 16, 2014

          The only thing thats “worries” me is the 5.5″ display otherwise for the price this honor 6 sounds too good to be true, and its only sightly more expensive than the 5″ honor 6. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated.

          • Airyl
            December 16, 2014

            If it’s too big for you, don’t buy it. You’ll turn out like my friend. Bought a Galaxy Mega, dropped and broke it a week later because it was too huge.

            I’d say it would be better to wait for the next batch of smartphones before buying any.

            • Simon
              December 17, 2014

              Fair enough, thanks.

            • bobo
              December 17, 2014

              My Z Ultra is very portable. I don’t see myself going below 6″ in future.

            • Simon
              December 17, 2014

              Cool. What do you think about the Nexus 6 ?

    • timbuctoo
      December 17, 2014

      Add OPO to the list.

      They didn’t consider Infrared worthy enough. Good to see Huawei ass-whoop the rest.

  8. SnowyCat
    December 16, 2014

    awesome phone, but i dont know sadly 5,5″ again… want to go to 4,5-5,2″ again.. the oneplus is to big for me 🙁

  9. Josef Ovethsky
    December 16, 2014

    the problem is Huawei rom = sucks ass!

    • Simon
      December 16, 2014

      Install a third party launcher like Nova.

      • trapchan
        December 16, 2014

        You can’t. You have to root and delete Huawei Launcher first to use 3rd party launcher.

        • Faux-News
          December 16, 2014

          Not true. Emui3.0 lets you set 3rd party launcher as default via settings.

          • trapchan
            December 17, 2014

            I’m using EMUI 3.0 and I can’t set 3rd party launcher via settings.

            • Faux-News
              December 17, 2014

              Settings>Manage apps>Default app settings

            • trapchan
              December 17, 2014

              Thank you. I didn’t know there’s a button on the bottom to change default app.

            • Simon
              December 17, 2014

              Excellent. Which icon pack will you now choose then ?

            • trapchan
              December 17, 2014

              Tried some themes from it’s store (free), nothing suited my taste. I tried to make my own themes by removing the icon mask and changed the icons with stock Android Lolipop icons, but when I applied the theme, it didn’t worked. Some said I need to repackage it with Huawei Theme Maker from Huawei Suite software, but when I installed the Suite, I didn’t find Theme Maker, and it didn’t even detected my device.

    • trapchan
      December 16, 2014

      Their EMUI 3.0 is not that sucks. I use it, I just don’t like how they masks icons so it ended up in rounded rectangle form.

    • Airyl
      December 16, 2014

      EMUI 3.0 is pretty good in my opinion. The ones before it sucked.

  10. Zeca_BR
    December 16, 2014

    Beautiful. I’ll buy it.

  11. claude
    December 16, 2014

    Is it possible that it will include 850 frequency in the 2G bands , or only 900/2100?

    • mfmx
      December 17, 2014

      900/2100 are 3G bands not 2G. But the Unicom version of 6 Plus supports the following bands:

      主卡:TD-LTE:B41;FDD-LTE: B1/B3;WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8;GSM:900/1800/1900MHz(支持中国联通4G/3G/2G,中国移动2G);副卡:GSM: 900/1800/1900MHz(支持中国移动和中国联通2G)

      • claude
        December 17, 2014

        Thx for ur help/
        U r right, i just wrote quicly and make a typo between 2G and 3G.
        i am interested in 3G 850/2100 and 4G 1800/2600.

        I see that this phone will not be good for me …

        Do u know where to find a correspondance board between 850/900/ etc… frequencies and the new B1/B2 … names ?

        • mfmx
          December 17, 2014

          You can check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UMTS_networks

          WCDMA 850 is band 5 so that is supported on this phone.

          FDD 2600 (band 7) is not supported on that many Chinese phones.

          Some ZTE phones fullfil your requirements (Z5 Max, Nubia Z7 series) but I wouldn’t recommend them because of weak software support.

  12. Fred
    December 16, 2014

    This chinese brands really need to let off the balls of Apple. Excuse me for my french!
    Seems like a great phone, but why “6 plus”? Tired of that. Time to grow up.

    • Faux-News
      December 16, 2014

      Initial name was honor 6X. Name change to “plus” came at the end and as you assume its not meant to copy iphone but to actually challenge the iphone 6plus in the market. Huawei was never bothered with challenging the likes of one plus one, they are after IPhones continued dominance in China market.

    • Airyl
      December 17, 2014

      It’s a challenge. It was supposed to be the Honor 6X, but they decided to poke fun at Apple instead.

  13. desponent
    December 17, 2014

    Well rounded device, only problem is their GPU but for the price (in China) it’s fair I guess. Of course for international buyer, with the like of Jiayu S3 looming, there’s no real reason to buy this.

    • Simon
      December 17, 2014

      Is Jiayu S3 better than this ?

      • mfmx
        December 17, 2014

        Jiayu is a basement company, so not really. But S3 support European LTE bands unlike this China Unicom-only phone….

      • desponent
        December 17, 2014

        About equal at half the price.

        • Simon
          December 19, 2014

          Wow interesting. So you would choose Jiayu S3 ?

  14. Zami
    December 17, 2014

    I am looking for a similar spec phone from Huawei’s Ascend Series .
    Hope they will bring one in next months CES 15 .
    As for Honor series phones they are good but not that much available outside China .
    I heard Huawei will planning to bring Ascend P8 on CES 15 .
    But no more news on that rumour any more .
    I am waiting for a international Flagship from Huawei in Q1,2015 .

  15. Zigzagoon
    December 17, 2014

    Can’t wait to see how this compares to the Vivo Xshot

  16. December 17, 2014

    Well a good one but i most prefer 5 inch mobiles. And mostly waiting for Spinner mobiles with rotating camera. like this http://indimobileupdate.blogspot.in/2014/11/new-spinner-phone-concept-with-rotating.html

  17. mfmx
    December 17, 2014

    Honor 6 Plus is using MicroSIM + NanoSIM for the dual-SIM version just like the Mate 7.

    FAIL!

    • Faux-News
      December 17, 2014

      Its metallic sides, and cannot squeeze in 3 slots. I seen the Mate 7 guys on xda forums have developed a trick that allows them to use that nano slim slot to work using both card and SIM within it at the same time.

      • mfmx
        December 17, 2014

        The non-plus Honor 6 Unicom version has 3 slots and both are micro-SIM so obviously it works. If it’s not possible now because of material change then they should change it back as is limits the actual functionality of the phone.

        The only thing worse than one or two Nano-SIM slots on a phone is NanoSIM + MicroSIM…

        • Faux-News
          December 17, 2014

          Its relative. Many reviews of honor 6 had made a comment of how the plastic sides make the phone feel cheap. So now we have clearly a more premium feel device. Secondly the three slot version was only sold in China, so in a way makes no difference to those outside China.

          • mfmx
            December 17, 2014

            I guess those who want a hipster accessory can buy the Honor 6 Plus then and I will buy another phone that actually is useful.

            • Faux-News
              December 17, 2014

              yea your the great god and phones should be designed taking you into account.

    • Airyl
      December 17, 2014

      And that’s a problem how exactly?

      • mfmx
        December 27, 2014

        That you can’t swap them (maybe you can swap them in software but not on the Ascend P7 for example). And that Nano-SIM is only used by a handful of brands.

  18. EvolvedApe
    December 19, 2014

    Without a fingerprint sensor, it’s second tier in 2015.

    The dual lens camera sounds rather interesting, but Huawei cameras have not generally been on par with the more expensive brands, so I’d wait and see.

  19. Taranis
    December 20, 2014

    I’m not sure if I should buy the honor or the mx4 pro. Does anyone know about the sound chip of the honor? Because i really like that feature of the mx4, but there I’m missing the dual sim