Honor 6X review: Amped up

Amped up

GSMArena team, 27 January 2017.

Telephony

The dialer's default screen is the number pad in front of the most recent call history. You may use the number pad for alpha-numeric typing of the name, and if you still can't find that contact you're looking for, the 'Contacts' tab is one tap away.

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Dialer Smart dialing browsing through contacts

The in-call screen is nicely designed, we like the looping animations around the contact's picture. A continuous loop signifies an outgoing call, which then becomes a minute minder. When the animation makes it all the way around, it means a minute of talk time has just passed. Also, if you raise the volume past the highest notch, you enable a Loud Voice mode that lets you hear the other caller through anything.

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In-call screen loud mode on

That said, the Honor 6X's in-call noise canceling worked quite well. Our caller heard us just fine, even in noisy environments, and loud mode helped in some of these cases.

The Honor 6X is able to use dualSIM cards, but the second SIM is only capable of a 2G signal, while the primary SIM would connect to a 3G/4G connection. You can switch between slot 1 and 2 for which SIM you'd like to set as the primary one.

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DualSIM connection options

Text input

The Honor 5X comes with Google Keyboard out of the box. Sign into the Play Store and update it to the latest version; Google Keyboard is now called Gboard. Gboard has a refined appearance, you can perform a Google Search and input the results into text, right from the keyboard.

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Google Keyboard standard view Tap "G" for Google Search Emoji

There is also a one-handed mode that shifts the buttons to either side of the screen to make one-handed text input easier.

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Enabling one-handed mode One-handed mode Add Gboard language English + Spanish enabled

Pre-installed apps

The Honor 6X has a few pre-installed apps, but thankfully they are not intrusive and can be easily uninstalled if they bother you.

Of course, you get the standard Google Suite. None of these apps can be uninstalled, only disabled. Moving on, you have the stock EMUI SMS app, and Chrome is the primary browser. There are a few pretty good tools like a proper file management app, health tracker, email client, as well as a Phone Manager app.

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Home screen 1 Homescreen 2 Tools 1 Tools 2

The Phone Manager is an all-in-one tool directory. It lets you optimize storage and RAM, kill battery-intensive tasks, manage locked apps, customize notifications, and it even has one large button that optimizes all aspects of the system in a single tap.

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Phone Manager Tap to optimize all Notification center App Lock Locked app

There's a health app that comes pre-installed, and it has the basics to get you started with counting steps with the built-in sensor, and the ability to log your weight over time.

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Health app Basic details needed Goal settings

There's even an FM Radio app, which requires a wired headset. There's also a straightforward voice recording app.

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File manager Select multiple files voice recorder

The "Top apps" folder contains a few Honor apps and a bunch of third-party apps that you may or may not use. These are all removable, including the Honor shortcuts. The most obtrusive pre-installed app is News Republic. It will display a notification of news in the notification shade without warning and without having set anything up with the app.

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Top apps

Loudspeaker

Last year the Honor 5X's loudspeaker scored 'Average' in this test, so we are glad to see a louder speaker in the Honor 6X, which yielded a "Good" score. The speaker brings ample volume for ringtones and notifications, it's just fine for watching videos, listening to voicemails, or hearing audio clips, though it's quite tinny.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Lenovo K6 Note 63.2 69.5 71.0 Average
Huawei Honor 5X 71.1 65.6 70.7 Average
Moto G4 Plus 64.0 70.4 73.0 Average
Samsung Galaxy C5 67.4 69.0 72.9 Good
Moto M 64.5 72.9 72.0 Good
Huawei Honor 6X 68.4 67.0 79.1 Good
Honor 8 67.1 66.2 82.6 Good
Huawei P9 lite 66.0 71.5 83.2 Very Good

When it comes to audio quality, like many phones, bass playback is near-non-existent; meanwhile, higher treble tones begin distorting when at the higher volume levels to the point that it just sounds off-key sometimes. It sounds what you'd imagine a water-proof speaker sounding after getting wet.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

I'm using it for more than a year now so far I have never experienced that issue. It's working so well for me.

  • Jesminda

I bought this GR5 2017 I think it's just the same as thise Honor 6X right? I bought this on March of 2017 and it's price was around P13,000-P14,000 Philippine Peso while when I searched it today it's only around P9,000-P10,000 Philippine Peso too muc...

  • ry

try to optimize it first