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Test Honor 6 Plus midrange PHABLET

Honor unveiled its 6+ on the first anniversary of the brand.The Honor 6+ PHABLET is a mid-range, but in the top of the basket with a sale price of 399 euros. In an attempt to distinguish itself in this niche, including Honor has relied on a rather special part photo since the terminal features a dual camera.

Honor 6 plus

The Honor 6+ is the big brother of Honor 6 that we already know and that is passed into our hands during a complete test . Both smartphones are very similar, both in terms of design or the data sheet. Exactly, let’s look in more detail on the latter.

6+ Honor
Operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Manufacturer Interface Emotion UI 3.0
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Screen technology IPS
Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels
Resolution 400 PPP
Anti-scratch Gorilla Glass 3
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 925
Number of Cores 4 x Cortex-A15 + 4 @ 1.8 GHz Cortex-A7 X @ 1.3 GHz
Graphics chip (GPU) Mali-T628 MP4
Random access memory (RAM) 3GB LPDDR3
Internal memory (ROM) 32 GB
Micro-SD Yes (128GB max)
Camera (dorsal) 2 x 8 megapixels
Camera (Front) 8 megapixels
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0
FM Yes
Infrared port Not
4G category Category 6: 300/50 Mbps
4G bands 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz
SIM 2 (1 + 1 x Micro SIM SIM nano x)
Location GPS, A-GPS
USB micro-USB 2.0
Battery 3600 mAh Li-Ion (removable)
Dimensions 150.4 x 75.7 x 7.5 mm
Weight 165 grams
Colors White (golden thereafter)
DAS Head: 0.284 W / kg
Body: 0.464 W / kg
Price 399.99 euros

For a mid-range phone, the SoC disappoints us a little on paper, with 32-bit cores, but especially a graphics chip that begins to age. Imagine Honor limit costs by reusing a SoC already met on the Ascend Mate 7. For the rest, we are in what is done on the segment, except for the photo Party which hosts two cameras with each of an 8-megapixel sensor.Small eccentricity for the modem portion that supports the 4G Category 6 on all bands.

Compact design 5.5 inches

For the design, Honor resumed 6th standard codes. Difficult for the neophyte to distinguish a 6 of a 6+. At first glance, nothing changes, everything is almost the same in slightly larger. It takes a bit of attention to play games of the seven differences. On the front, the sensors have changed places, but the LED remains on the top left. The screen occupies a larger portion of the front face and edges of the screen are slightly thinner. So we least a visual sensation pad.

When returns the 6+, the back side is almost identical to 6, except for one detail: the two cameras, the flash-assisted dual-tone. The shell (fiberglass) remains immovable, which thus prevents quickly change the battery. For the sides, Honor abandoned the cheap plastic borders and to the right of aluminum, except for the lower edge, which keeps the plastic. A fine upmarket which gives a better feeling of solidity in the grip. And it is on these sides found the two carriages to install the SIM card and microSD card.

Note that the nano SIM card can only be installed if the microSD slot is free.

In use, the Honor 6+ is quite nice as it is more compact than a 4X Honor, a ZenFone Wiko Ridge Fab 2 or 4G. By comparison, it can even be less wide and tall as iPhone 6 Plus. The latter remains slightly thinner. In terms of weight, the Honor terminal is in the average of 5.5 inches phablettes with its 165 grams.

A good full HD

The screen of Honor 6+ does not appeal to an IPS-NEO slab unlike Mate 7 or P8. Instead, it’s a pretty good IPS panel. Compared to Mate 7, the white band is more faithful, but the colors are more flashy, less natural. The maximum brightness is very good on the Honor 6+ with 560 cd / m2, which leaves the possibility of using it in the sun without being bothered too.

At the definition of full HD on a slab 5.5 inches is enough for the average person with a resolution of 400 DPI. We may gain a slight comfort in passing qHD but sticky eyes on the screen.


Emotion UI 3.0, an interface which begins to age

For the software part, it is very simple, you can refer to our tests of Honor 4X, Huawei Ascend Mate 7 in single SIM version, but also dual SIM versions. All these phones are based on Emotion UI based on Android 3.0 KitKat, like the Honor 6+. No real difference between all these terminals except a few small changes in the supported movements – but whose usefulness is close to nil. Honor offers China a screen protector (available for export) Special, to deport the touch buttons outside the screen display area. They will appear below, which saves precious pixels.

For the rest, there is an Emotion UI 3.0 Android 4.4.2 KitKat such as is already known. It is possible that happening in the future under Lollipop , and then find an Emotion UI of date, as the P8 Huawei. Remember, Emotion UI 3.0 offers a slightly different experience of a stock Android. Thus, the application drawer is nonexistent, forcing to create folders on the Home screen if you will avoid multiple icons. The center of notifications has also been reviewed. It is divided into two parts: one dedicated to notifications, and another to shortcuts (configurable). A fork of Android rather ergonomic once you get used to it, but which would deserve a little dusting level to the theme (we will return to the icons “stylized”) and a passage to Lollipop planned for summer.

The Kirin 925 not necessarily at the top

The Honor 6+ exactly the same SoC integrates the Ascend Mate 7 Huawei: Kirin 925 with its eight cores of another age: 4 x Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 4x. The processor and graphics chip (Mali-T628 MP4 a) are accompanied by 2 GB of RAM. Not surprisingly, the performance between the two terminals is extremely close.

6+ Honor Zenfone 2 (4GB) Huawei Ascend Mate 3GB
Screen 1080p 1080p 1080p
SoC Kirin 925 Intel Z3580 Kirin 925
AnTuTu 45,150 items 47327 43,800 items
PCMark 2810 5722 2713
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited General 13932 20385 13812
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics 14759 20269 14432
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 11649 20800 11851
GFXBench (offscreen Manhattan / onscreen) 8 / 8.5 FPS 13/12 FPS 8.1 / 8.6 FPS
GFXBench (T-Rex offscreen / onscreen) 15.1 / 15.9 FPS 30/30 FPS 17/17 FPS
Real Racing 3 (Xtra High) 27 FPS 37 FPS 29 FPS

As seen in the table above, the Honor 6+ has the same performance as the Huawei in all fields: synthetic, applications and video games. We still note and always an emotion IU has trouble with PCMark including the Writing subtest that simulates a word processor. We do not really know if this poor score can impact in practice, but the engineers of Honor working on the issue and the PCMark score is to be taken lightly.

Like Mate 7, the Honor 6+ is not a very good player. Its graphics chip is indeed a bit limited for the most demanding titles at the Real Racing image graphics mode since Xtra High is below the 30 FPS with so many slowdowns. In comparison, reducing details on High, Mate 7 reached the correct 36 FPS.

In everyday life, with various applications, the Honor 6+ is reactive.

Two photos sensors

The Honor 6+ has a total of three image sensors: two 8-megapixel rear cameras and an 8 megapixel on the front. As we have seen in our focus on picture and video features of the device, the dual sensor adjusts the focus of the photo post, but also increase the image definition up 13 megapixels. This last feature is quite convenient since indeed adds an additional level of detail on the photographs, even if it is not obvious.

However, the development of a feature post is a bit of a gadget. This, however, can adjust – again a posteriori, or live – the aperture of the lens to change the blur in the background. All this is software, not hardware, and the effect is sometimes a little too strong to seem real. But we can not blame Honor not to leave the choice to the user and this is a good point. Especially since it is possible to independently adjust the exposure of the development zone. The Honor 6+ also has an HDR mode, panoramic mode and a black night mode (for use with a tripod). The HDR mode is convincing enough to bring out the dark portions of pictures.

Good battery life

The autonomy of Honor 6+ is one of its main strengths. On our usual self-test (1h YouTube 720p video over Wi-Fi with the brightness set to 200 cd / m2), the 3600 mAh battery has lost 13% of its capacity. A score pretty good for a 5.5-inch device. Better, GameBench gives us an estimate of 4 hours of autonomy under Real Racing 3. A very good score.

To recharge the battery, Honor provides a 10W charger (5V and 2A), slightly faster than conventional chargers, but slower than fast chargers QuickCharge Qualcomm or Adaptive Fast Charging Samsung reaching a power of 15W.


Dual SIM 4G but not 100%

The Kirin 925 of Honor 6+ possible to support 4G Category 6 (300/50 Mbps). Unfortunately, the mobile does not support the 800 MHz band for 4G and therefore glad of 2600 and 1800 MHz bands. For 4G +, only Bouygues Telecom is concerned with the aggregation of 2600 and 1800 MHz bands.

The phone supports two SIM cards with the use of the Dual SIM Dual Active technology that can receive calls on a SIM card even if the user is already on a call on another number.

Our opinion

The Honor 6+ PHABLET is a mid range. If you are looking for a compact smartphone 5.5 inches and done, it is a wise choice. But if you are willing to put the dual SIM functionality side, a slightly less compact size and storage space down the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 seems a better choice for the same price. It has a better screen, a fingerprint sensor, a slightly larger and a little more careful finishing autonomy. If you leave the Huawei Group / Honor may be interested in ZenFone 2 in its version 5.5 “1080p (ZE551ML). The phone is more affordable but less compact than the Honor 6+. However, it is in much better effort on levels of video game performance and therefore should more interest players. Autonomy is, however, lower than the Honor terminal. In sum, between games and design, so you have to choose.


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