Honor 6X released: A lot of phone for not a lot of money

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Specs at a glance: Honor 6X
Screen5.5-inch, FHD (1920x1080)
OSAndroid 6 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1
CPUHuawei Kirin 655 Octa-core (4x 2.1GHz A53, 4x 1.7GHz A53)
RAM3GB/4GB (64GB model)
GPUMali-T830 MP2
Storage32GB or 64GB, plus microSD expansion
Networking802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.1
PortsMicro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Camera12MP and 2MP dual rear-facing cameras f/0.95 to f/16, 8MP selfie camera
 Dimensions150.9mm x 76.2mm x 8.2mm
Weight162g
Battery3000mAh
Network BandsLTE FDD bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20
TD LTE bands: 38
WCDMA bands: 1, 2, 8
GSM bands: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Release dateJanuary 3
Price£225/$250

Honor, the budget offshoot of Chinese hardware giant Huawei, is releasing another surprisingly decent budget-minded smartphone to Europe and the US.

The Honor 6X, which was released in China in late 2016, features a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, speedy octa-core Kirin 655 SoC, and a dual-camera system for sharper pictures. And while that might not sound too exciting on paper—and despite Honor's teeth-gritting claim that the Honor 6X "is the smartphone for Internet-minded millennials"—those are impressive specs for a phone that costs a mere £225/$250. That's nearly half the price of a OnePlus 3T.

Even better, Honor hasn't skimped on the rest of the phone to hit that price point. Alongside the Kirin 655 SoC—which features four A53 cores running at 2.1GHz and four running at 1.7GHz—there's 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage with microSD expansion, and a hefty 3340mAh battery that Honor claims will last as much as two days without a charge. Should users run short on power, there's 5V/2A fast charging support too.

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