Huawei Honor 6 review: Virtue in disguise

Virtue in disguise

GSMArena team, 9 March 2015.

The image gallery includes a great editor

The Honor 6's gallery app hasn't seen much change since the Jelly Bean version. As there is no dedicated video player, it's also used to play videos.

Opening a single image lets you quickly delete or rotate it, as well as gives you some basic sharing options (including streaming it over DLNA).

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The Gallery app • Viewing an image gives you simple sharing options

You can also go into a more capable editor, which is one of the most full-featured we've seen. Huawei did a great job including light and exposure adjustments (so you can bring out the detail in the shadows or bring back the highlights), effects, color styles, red eye correction, straightening a photo, sharpening and face glow (which detects faces automatically). You can also write on images, add borders, and even adjust advanced photo manipulation settings like curves for individual color channels.

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The image editor is one of the more capable we've seen

When it came to playing videos, the codec support was adequate. On the upside you get DivX, MKV and WMV support, as well as MOV files (a rarity for Android devices), but on the downside video files with AC3 audio played without a sound. Lack of AC3 support is fairly common, though, so the Honor 6 is not alone on this list.

Subtitle support had its issues, as foreign language subtitles showed odd characters, and you couldn't choose from a selection of subtitles to play if you had more than one - it just launched the first subtitle file it came across in the same directory as the movie.

Otherwise, all you really get in terms of options is play/pause and a slider to scrub through the video.

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The video player offers good codec support, unimpressive subtitle handling

Music player with Dolby Mobile

The Honor 6 comes with Huawei's custom music player app that debuted on the Ascend P6. It offers four default playlists dedicated to your mood, but you'll have to assign songs to the mood playlists manually. There are also All songs, Playlists, Albums, Artist and Folders views.

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Browsing the music library

The Now Playing screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics, and quick shortcuts to add a particular song to one of your mood playlists. You can toggle Dolby Mobile by tapping the icon on the top right, but there are no additional equalizer presets or custom equalizer settings.

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The now playing interface has simple and extended views

Playing a song results in quick controls on the lockscreen and in the notification area.

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Music controls on the lockscreen and notification area

FM radio

The Huawei Honor 6 has a built-in FM radio receiver. It can play through the headset or the loudspeaker, but you'll need to have a headset plugged in at all times as it serves as an antenna. And since a headset is not provided in the retail box, you can't actually use the FM radio from the get go.

We were also disappointed as there is no RDS support - you'll have to name your radio stations by hand.

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The FM Radio also has a notification area shortcut

Audio quality is good

The Huawei Honor 6 did very well in the active external amplifier part of our audio test. The smartphone delivered spotlessly clean output, scoring excellently all over the chart. Volume levels were only average but that's not too bad for a mid-ranger.

With headphones on, you get some deterioration in stereo quality as well as undetectable to a naked ear intermodulation distortion. Overall it's still a very good performance, and one solidified by the lack of drop in the volume levels.

And here go the results so you can see the details for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei Honor 6+0.03, -0.04-92.392.10.0028 0.0084-90.3
Huawei Honor 6 (headphones attached)+0.15, -0.05-92.091.80.019 0.110-52.5
ZTE Blade S6+0.02, -0.07-93.193.10.0024 0.0089-93.1
ZTE Blade S6 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.02-92.992.70.021 0.066-76.5
Samsung Galaxy A5+0.02, -0.07-94.591.40.0044 0.012-93.8
Samsung Galaxy A5 (headphones attached)+0.23, -0.11-92.490.40.017 0.190-44.1
Samsung Galaxy A3+0.02, -0.08-94.291.80.0039 0.014-93.6
Samsung Galaxy A3 (headphones attached)+0.33, -0.02-92.790.90.067 0.208-51.2
HTC One mini 2+0.02, -0.09-94.893.80.010 0.011-93.5
HTC One mini 2 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.03-94.993.80.028 0.022-90.1
Motorola Moto G (2014)+0.01, -0.06-91.692.40.0089 0.014-91.7
Motorola Moto G (2014)(headphones attached)+0.02, -0.09-91.692.40.011 0.017-45.7
Apple iPhone 5s+0.02, -0.05-93.693.70.00130.0068-90.3
Apple iPhone 5s (headphones attached)+0.12, -0.00-93.493.30.00160.060-76.1
Oppo R5+0.02, -0.08-93.492.50.0009 0.398-93.2
Oppo R5 (headphones attached)+0.66, -0.01-93.392.90.011 0.385-68.6

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Huawei Honor 6 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Flash

It's running marshmallow currently without any rooting or flashing,just download emui 4 for H60-LO4 and download and keep it in a file dload in internal storage , then a system update will come and u need to. Update.

  • safeer mishal

Am a user of honor 6 this phone is waste not get parts of this phone

  • AnonD-572580

In the review here it says fhd videos are recorded at 24mbps but mine records at 8mbps max. Can anyone relate..? Marshmallow upgraded. Emui 4