After we’ve covered the news about the official lauching about the new flagship smartphone, the Huawei Honor 6, is now we have a review about the phone. The new Huawei Honor 6 is packs with 5 inch screen, 3GB of RAM and this is the first smartphone that powered by Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 920 octa-core processor made of four A15 cores and 4 A7 cores which Huawei thinks compares to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset.The Huawei Honor 6 has officially release in Beijing on June 24th, 2014. Before now, the Huawei Honor 6 has spread as a rumors, and now this phone is come to the market and ready to beat the other flagship smartphone, such as Samsung Galaxy S5.
In addition, this phone is powered by Kirin 920 cota-core processor, the Huawei Honor 6 is not only greatly enhance the performance, and full support for 4G networks, it is the world’s first mobile phone to support LTE Cat6. This phone is also has good quality camera for photograph enthusiast.
The Huawei Honor 6 is comes with 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera, the main camera has f/2.0 aperture which uses Sony camera sensor. This phone is running with Huawei Emotion UI 2.3 based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. The phone is also powering up with 3,100 mAh battery capacity.
Huawei Honor 6
|CPU||Kirin 920 Octa-core 4xA7(1.3GHz)+4xA15(1.7GHz)|
|GPU||ARM Mali T628MP4|
16GB, support external 64GB microSD card
5 inch, 1920×1080pixel, JDI
Sony BSI IMAX214 13MP, F2.0
Emotion 2.3 base on Android 4.4.2
|SIM Cards||dual SIM cards|
|Network||Main SIM: TD-LTE, WCDMA, GSM, FDD-LTE
Sub SIM: GSM
|WiFi||WiFi: support 2.4G/5G, 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Price||RMB1999(16GB, $327), RMB2299(32GB, $365)|
Before the Huawei Honor 6 is officially release, there is many rumors and the leaked picture about this phone. And now we have a detail real picture of the new Huawei Honor 6 smartphone. And this phone has a lots of breakthroughs in the past to increase design elements, even can be said to be the strongest sense of Honor-series designed phone. Here is the detail picture of Huawei Honor 6 smartphone.
Huawei Honor 6 has 139.6mm x 69.7mm x 7.5mm body dimension, relative slimmer than the Huawei Ascend P7, the phone is also has 7.5mm body thickness.The expense of the body thickness has brought more large since the phone is comes with 3,100mAh battery capacity.
The new Huawei Honor 6 is using 5.0 inch that has 1080p screen resolution, the screen material is produce by JDI if you think the 5.0inch screen size is too big, you’re wrong because today the big screen is the new trends for most flagship smartphone, the big screen smartphone is now more acceptable by the user. The new Huawei Honor 6 is has 2.86mm ultra-narrow border, accounting for up to 75.7% of the screen, the whole body is very compact. Screen covering the third generation of Corning Glass, the ability to enhance anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint coating layer.
Huawei Honor 6 is using the virtual soft button, the soft button is locate on the screen, this soft button is similar function with the ordinary regular physical soft button. From left to right are the return key, Home key, and Task button. The virtual keys are also available at any time and can be hide but the user can sliding the finger on the screen and the soft button will appear again.
The top of the front design is look more conventional design, there is a light sensor, distance sensor, speaker, and front-facing camera. The Honor 6 has 5 megapixel front facing camera with a 88-degree wide-angle and self-timer camera feature.
Headphone jack is located on top of the phone, while the continuation of the Honor series smartphone, this Honor 6 is also has smart remote control functionality, there is infra red port in the top of the phone, the remote control feature can be used to almost any electronic home appliance. The phone frame is made from metal materil, this material design is look more rigid and solid.
There is USB port in the midle bottom of the phone, next the microphone hole. The phone is also has nice rounded corner body design, this design aspects is feel like the premium smartphone with nice design and good quality material.
Left side of the phone is look clean, because there is nothing here.
There is volume button and power button on the right side of the body.
In the bottom of the power button, there is a hidden memory card slot and double SIM card slot, siunce the Huawei Honor 6 is comes with dual SIM card support.
The back body of Huawei Honor 6 is look shiny, the camera is located on the left of top along with LED flash light, while the “honor” logo is located on the middle, the button part is speaker phone.
The Huawei Honor 6 has 5 inch screen size with 1920 × 1080p screen resolution, the screen is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, this material is more strong than the previous model of the Gorilla Glass.
It is worth mentioning that the Huawei Honor 6 phone has built a dedicated color temperature adjustment, the user can according to their own habits screen experience, manually adjust the color temperature of the screen in line with their own visual experience.
Here is the screen comparison between Huawei Honor 6 vs OPPO Find 7 smartphone :
From the comparison result, the new Huawei Honor 6 has more bright than the OPPO Fond 7.
The screen is offers very nice color that the color look more vivid and clean.
While for now, the screen of Huawei Honor 6 is offers excellent screen after al, as we can see on the example picture the phone screen is very good.
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 920 chipset Introduction – qualitative improvement
The phone is equipped with Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 920 chipset, this is the new processor that developed by Huawei and the processor is strong enough, since the processor has powerful performance. In architecture, Kirin 920 uses four A15 and A7 core big.LITTLE architecture, while supporting HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-Processing) technology, you can dynamically control the different core collaborate, while quad-core and quad-core Cortex-A15 Cortex-A7 can work together.
Kirin 920 uses nice GPU aspect since integrates the ARM Mali-T628MP4 chipset , running on 600MHz, this is more powerfull than the previous model Mali-450MP4 Kirin 910, the performance of Mali-T628MP4 has been greatly improved, support for up to 2560 x 1600 resolution display in the game Compatibility also has a large optimization. In addition, as always, in terms of powerful video decoding, support for ultra-high-definition audio codec also supports H.265, 4K ultra high-definition full HD video decoding.
If Huawei Kirin 920 more advantages compared to competing products in what respect, then obviously the baseband integration is strong, integrate Huawei’s LTE Advanced communications module, integrated chip is already high, it can support both TD-LTE / LTE FDD / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM five kinds of formats, and can run at very low power consumption, and is the world’s first to support LTE Cat6 standard (high pass 805 products not yet available), the maximum downlink speed of 300Mbps . Huawei engineers spoke Huawei Kirin 920 in addition to the use of advanced big.LITTLE architecture, 28mm HPM foreign advanced technology, it is for the CPU, GPU, DDR, ISP, Display, more than 10 modules to do a detailed design and power consumption simulation, while the built-in professional audio processors Tensilica HIFI3.
We need to note that the sensor is now more and more mobile devices, so many mainstream chips are integrated auxiliary processor to achieve a low-power management of various types of sensors, in Kirin920 body is no exception. Under co-processor built-in ultra low-power standby state monitoring of peripheral sensors. Meanwhile, in order to reduce the power consumption of the chip, which also implements that do not stop (auto-stop) power saving technology.
Processing performance CPU / GPU compared to the previous generation did leap, 2-4 times can improve performance, but we can not ignore to improve memory performance, which also has a great influence on the processing speed of the machine. Glory 6 built- 3GB of memory to run big. Clocked at 800MHz LPDDR3, memory bandwidth by 1.8 times, while the secondary cache L2 also upgraded twice, which for the performance of the machine has been a great help.
Compare competing products
In terms of performance specifications, Hisilicon Kirin 920 has enough clout to challenge the rival, faced with Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and other top chipset maker, Hisilicon Kirin 920 has a decent CPU performance, while mainstream GPU also catch levels, able to promote mainstream stage 1080p display, while the base support networks with Qualcomm also has capital one ratio.
Huawei 4G baseband integration is not inferior to Qualcomm, before Kirin 910T series has good support for 4G LTE networks. The Kirin 920 more able to support LTE Cat 6 standard, and has the ability to support global band. It also supports SGLTE / CSFB and VoLTE voice calls such as 4G networl.
While running points may not represent actual performance, but as a reference anyway. Then take a look at the performance of Hisilicon Kirin 920 runs.
CPU chip comparison
As we can see in CPU-Z, Kirin 920 has eight core big.LITTLE architecture, which are the 4 core of A15 and 4 core A7, the former clocked at 1.3GHz, while the latter is 1.7GHz, relying HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-Processing) technology eight cores can work simultaneously. As contrast Kirin 910T chip, which will still be four A9 core architecture, performance is relatively weak, with GPU performance aspects behind.
The Benchmark Test
Here is the benchmark results from basic safety point of view, the Honor 6 equipped with Kirin 920 chip, sports with 3GB of memory, the strong overall performance. And the phone is get more 40,000 points, this is quite amazing. Comparing with Huawei Hisilicon K3V2 chip configuration, that only get about 26,000 points, belonging to the end of the level.
The Huawei Honor 6 has significantly enhance the processing of CPU performance, GPU performance upgrade is worth attention. We also tested the machine using 3DMARK, BASEMARK graphics test software, which seemed at ease. As a result of ARM’s GPU chip, so the game can be guaranteed compatibility. Therefore, the hardware configuration is already in the mainstream top level performance, the Honor 6 is potential to beat Samsung, Qualcomm and other commercially flagship chipset configuration.
Although the chip has just launched Huawei Hass not has compatibility problems, Hass Kirin 910 and 910T is not has compatibility issues. Huawei 6 equipped with Kirin 920 actual test, most games, especially is popular game running smoothly. And decoding audio and video playback chip has natural strengths, Hass has been tested to encondig the multimedia files including mp4, wmv, rmvb, mpg, mov, mkv, flv, avi, 3gp and many other video formats, can be successfully decoded, 720P and 1080P can smooth playback.
4G Networks: The first smartphone to support LTE Cat6
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 920 incorporates Huawei’s LTE Advanced communications module, the world’s first to support LTE Cat6 standard, Cat6 and Cat4 LTE network protocols are different categories, such as Qualcomm 800 series is Cat4 standards. Generally supported the theoretical maximum speed Internet access while the Cat4 can reach 150Mbps, and the Cat6 support theoretical Internet speeds of up to 300Mbps, FDD scenes peak data transfer rate of up to 300Mbps, the theoretical speed 3G (21M) 14 times, 4G ( Cat4) 2 times. Fengyun SoC also supports TD-LTE/LTE FDD / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM network standard five, as well as all major global bands, enabling seamless roaming in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Huawei Honro 6 has higher than any other phone which uses 3dB antenna reception, the equivalent of doubling the user signal strength, in the case of poor network coverage calls and Internet environment to ensure smooth. Huawei Honor 6 conducted a comprehensive laboratory existing network environment, the use of independent chip – RF circuit – antenna integrated solution, adjusted to the optimum overall communication performance.
In the TD-LTE network, Honor 6 get the maximum downlink speeds approaching to 60Mbps, the maximum downlink speeds of around 5Mbps. We intuitively see that the actual download files, Huawei 6 is works with 4G network in China Unicom, the download speeds in excess of 6MB / s, this rate has been far beyond the speed of 3G network, we can see that sooner or later the 4G networks will replace the 3G network and 4G connectivity will become standard in the future.
Dual-band WiFi + free hotspots nationwide
Huawei Honor 6 has 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-band WiFi support, includes a complete 802.11a/b/g/n wireless network, which belongs to the fifth generation of Wi-Fi transmission technology (5G Wi-Fi). Advantages of dual-band Wifi devices that have a stronger and more stable Wifi wireless signal, faster transfer speeds, and allows wireless devices more energy to meet future wireless transmission of high definition and big data requirements.
Another surprise is that the Honor 6 users will enjoy of free WiFi service throughout the country since we have more than 6.5 million WiFi hotspots. 10 million hours long free WiFi, no need the password for a key access, the WiFi is free. This feature means , as long as you are in the vicinity of the Honor of free hotspots, is a key to connect to the free WiFi, the user is really a very attractive feature.
Guangzhou urban area, for example, in large shopping malls and crowded places, such as Grandview Plaza, Beijing Road Pedestrian Street and other places, it is easy to search for the free hotspots. Meanwhile, the functional description of “the WLAN service is based on China Mobile, China Telecom, ease of use,” so users can be assured of their safety. Just around the hot spots, Honor 6 will notify you if the free WiFi is available, just click a connect button, it will automatically connect to the network.
The connection process is only takes a few seconds, while applying the WiFi icon will tell you when ww got the great strength, as well as free WiFi signals long.
Life saving: High Density Battery
In the present mobile phone battery technology has not yet made the leap of progress, the mobile phone manufacturers in general practice can only continue to increase battery capacity. And the Honor 6 in addition to increasing the battery capacity, but also open up the path to increase the energy density of the battery choice. Honor 6 using large capacity battery that has 3100mAh lithium polymer battery, the energy density of up to 590Wh / L, has now the highest level in the sale of cell phones. In addition, the smart system of Honor 6 hardware and software integration electric power saving technology, the use of five power-down program, 30% less power than other systems.
Honor 6 system offers specialized power-saving management, performance mode, intelligent power-saving (default), super power and other scenarios, in addition to providing comprehensive power consumption testing, a key detection to tell you what the power consumption in the background, and how you can set up more power, very intimate.
Another special mention of the Honor 6 is the super power-saving mode, after opening this mode, the interface will automatically switch deep tones, and retain only the basic functions such as calls and text messages, turn off the network, turn off all the remaining applications. By this extreme power saving mode, tested remaining 10% power, the Honor 6 smartphone can stand more than 24 hours.
|Power consumption (3100mAh)|
|Browse microblogging 30 minutes||4%|
|Listen to music 30 minutes||2%|
|30 minutes watching video online||7%|
|Playing 30 minutes||10%|
Honor 6 has a large capacity and high energy density batteries, lower power consumption in the phone’s battery life.
System: continuous improvement Emotion 2.3
Honor 6 is continue to use the Emotion UI version 2.3. This is different from the recent rumors that syas tthe phone will uses Emotion UI v3.0. This version is a relatively mature version.
The lock-screen is look good, while the animation is more complex but this interface is nice and very smooth for your daily activity. Pull down the slide from the top status bar, slide the bottom can be opened from the shortcut bar. The default choice of the theme “glare (magazine lock screen)”, light up the screen lock screen wallpaper will change every time, pull the bottom action bar can be suspended automatically switch, switch to the next or the collection of the current picture, and so on.Several of the most commonly used shortcut should be the flashlight, after all, quickly open the flashlight in the dark is more a sense of security.
The Honor 6 themes is look good and cool. The user can download the new themes and the Huawei is also always up to date with the current issue and moments, so when we are in the middle of World Cup event, there is a lots of themes that uses keyword “2014 World Cup” theme. Also supports custom settings, you can replace wallpaper, fonts, etc. by yourself, with the common theme of all systems is not much difference.
The Huawei Honor 6 is still using the Android core for the based operating system, so most user can uses this phone with more intuitrive and very user friendly interface.
The status bar is divided into two parts, the left side of the main display notifications and partial information, the right is a variety of fast switching. You can slide left and right to switch between each other, relatively smoothly. It is worth mentioning that after the top left of the screen from the drop-down status bar will show a limited notification bar, pull down from the top right of the screen directly into the quick switch bar, familiar with this little trick is very easy to use.
All settings are divided into common settings and set two columns, based on common settings Huawei domestic users accustomed department points out common features, of course, which is also Huawei’s “special” function.
Do Not Disturb mode is very common here without tables. The phone prompts which said only after the effects of open and did not illustrate the principle. In fact, this is technically the screen resolution from 1080p (1920×1080) think down to 720p (1280×720), which can effectively reduce the CPU computational burden, not only to speed up the phone run faster, but also can effectively increase endurance, in the small screen on, 1080p down to 720p resolution after resolution, the screen will not have a significant grainy, small measured effectively.
Emotion supports dual card management, the Honor 6 is comes with two SIM card slots, supports dual SIM dual standby. Also support for customize boot management, the user can change the boot animation screen without root the system.
You can show or hide the softbutton below the screen, since the softbutton is appear in the screen rather than in physically under the screen.
The phone is also support for DTS sound technology.
The application comes with a special market, free flow area is within the area by application developers, telecommunications operators and handset manufacturer.
Built-in mirror function is actually very simple, just use the front camera to see our face, but which joined Huawei in the application of some of the more handy tools, more interesting. In addition, there is also a “magnifying glass” feature, this is the capability of macro mode lens in the phone.
Driver Mode is the Huawei efforts for make the user safety, so you can use the phone while driving but this is not recommended.
ITES 2.0 – Universal remote control center
Smart Remote is the new feature that comes to Honor 6, the principle is the use of infrared transmitter to the top of the fuselage remote control device, the Honor 6 has built-in independent infrared remote control chipset, the world’s leading supplier of pre-infrared code library without downloading. You can uses this phone to remote your TV, DVD Player, Music Player, AC, and other home appliance.
You can setting up the new device when you didn’t find the remote system in the database, so you have to align the infrared with other infra red port in the real remote control, the you have to press the button on the real remote control before press the button on the phone.
Camera features: first pictures after joining Focus
Huawei 6 is equipped with 13 megapixels rear camera, this camera is uses Sony stacked fourth-generation BSI camera with F2.0 large aperture and 5P aspherical lens, greatly enhance the amount of light, and is equipped with dual LED flash. Another independent research and development of Huawei’s Professional image processing engine fully upgraded, lead to higher quality performance and low-light shooting capabilities. The Honor 6 has 5 megapixels camera, with large viewing angle 88 degrees, more panoramic view and you can take the good quality self picture.
The Honor 6 has very rich options for camera mode, such as smart scene, HDR, Burst preferred function is quite useful and easier to get good pictures under different scenarios.
Here we look at the “full focus camera” function, which is to take pictures after the focus is how to achieve. Choose whole-focus function when taking picture.
Flowers above, we will focus on the background behind the scheduled close naturally become blurred. If the focus will be on the back of the building, then the flowers become blurred. So full focus camera lets you take pictures of the case earlier, and then manually adjust the late, very playable and practicality.
The largest indoor pictures under the feeling is quite good white balance control, room light did not appear the phenomenon of color cast. Thanks to the large aperture lens and Sony stacks, better preserved sample details, picture noise control is also satisfactory.
Huawei Honor 6 is the new member from the Huawei honor series smartphone, not only is the first mobile phone equipped with Hisilicon Kirin 920, is the world’s first mobile phone to support LTE Cat6 standard. Honor 6 is the new high-end flagship smartphone that comes from Huawei company. This is phone has good quaity camera for photography enthusiast.