Honor 6X review: Amped up

Amped up

GSMArena team, 27 January 2017.

A proper gallery

With in increasing number of devices defaulting to Google Photos for their image browsing duties, folks have been vocal about preferring a proper gallery that allows easier navigation of albums and folders.

Luckily, the stock photo gallery in the Honor 6X delivers on these points and offers the traditional way of browsing photos on an Android phone. You can view all photos chronologically, or you can view your photos by album. You can also dig into the settings and find an option to hide albums from clogging up the directory.

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Gallery timeline • Album view • Gallery settings • Hidden albums

Open a single image, and you'll be given a host of sharing and editing options. The info icon can show you a quick glimpse of the image, and includes a histogram.

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Single image view

The built-in editor is quite capable as well. There are options for exposure adjustments, rotation and cropping tools, collage tools, lots of filters, beauty enhancements, color splash, image levels, even shadows, and highlights.

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Very capable image editor

Video playback

The included video player is quite basic, but it works. It even has a pop-out window mode so you can watch a floating video window while you perform other tasks.

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Built-in video player

Music Player

The Honore 6x has a stylish Music app pre-installed. It offers four default playlists - songs, artists, albums, folders. You can create your playlists, too. The background of the app changes dynamically to match the album art, which is a nice little touch.

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The music player

The Now Playing screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics. If you're especially into lyrics, you can have them overlayed on top the homescreen.

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Now Playing • Swipe right for lyrics • Music player in notification shade • Lock screen controls

Audio quality doesn’t disappoint

The Huawei Honor 6X had decent clarity in both parts of our audio quality test. When hooked up to an active external amplifier it got mostly excellent scores. While the frequency response was a bit shakier than usual, it’s not something you’d notice in your daily usage.

Plugging in a pair of headphones caused an average increase in stereo crosstalk and a bit of extra damage to the frequency response but the overall result was still very decent.

The Honor 6X also really impressed with its loudness, posting high scores on both occasions, rounding up a very solid overall performance.

Anyway, here go the results so you can do your own comparisons.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei Honor 6X+0.47, -0.06-87.988.10.00520.014-86.4
Huawei Honor 6X (headphones attached)+0.28, -0.49-86.987.10.00370.108-55.8
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)+0.02, -0.32-93.193.30.00390.0032-90.2
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) (headphones attached)+0.29, -0.09-88.387.70.0150.232-60.2
Motorola Moto Z Play+0.04, -0.02-93.093.10.00180.0085-93.8
Motorola Moto Z Play (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.02-92.792.80.00230.054-52.4
Asus Zenfone 3 +0.03, -0.30-86.683.60.00170.049-91.1
Asus Zenfone 3 (headphones attached)+0.06, -0.03-92.492.40.00180.021-88.2

Huawei Honor 6X frequency response
Huawei Honor 6X frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

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

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