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Huawei's play here is simple: Bring some of the advanced features you'd otherwise find only on a top-tier device to a seriously budget phone -- one that costs $250 or £225, which converts to about AU$331. So to "beat" the Galaxy S8 in this fashion -- and to be clear, the Honor 6X is absolutely not in the S8's league -- is a feather in Huawei's cap. It's also a way to put other affordable phones, such as the Motorola Moto G5 Plus, on notice.
The problem is, the Honor 6X falls short of the G5 Plus, its true competitor, in nearly every way. Even the 6X's double rear cameras and higher-resolution front-facing camera (8-megapixel versus the G5 Plus' 5-megapixel lens) produce less distinct and detailed shots than the G5 Plus. For roughly the same price, the Moto G5 Plus is the clear budget winner.
If you live in the UK, the smaller, cheaper Moto G5 is another affordable option. Scroll to the end for a full specs comparison of all three phones.
The 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel lenses are there to add depth of field, a bit like the artsy "bokeh" effect on the iPhone 7 Plus that blurs the background and helps the subject pop. But in almost every comparison with the Moto G5 Plus, Motorola's photos were sharper and more detailed, and that goes for selfies, too. (The Honor 6X did have warmer colors, though.)
I will give Huawei a lot of credit for including a ton of photo tools and modes, from pro photo and video modes to "light painting," a food mode, document scanning and time-lapse. And of course you'll find HDR, Panorama and the other usual filters. There are also plenty of neat, very specific editing tools, including one that highlights a single color and keeps everything else black and white.
There's even a tool that helps you manually adjust depth-of-field with a slider that picks f-stops. But if you're into camera photography enough to know what that last sentence even meant, you'd probably be happier saving up for something like the midrange Honor 8, whose superior image quality is a better match for all the 6X's cool tools.
|Huawei Honor 6X||Motorola Moto G5||Motorola Moto G5 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||5.5-inch, 1,920x1,080 pixels||5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels||5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.9x3x0.3 inches||5.7x2.9x0.37 inches||5.9x2.9x0.3 inches|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||151x76x8.2 mm||144.3x73x9.5 mm||150.2x74x7.7 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.7 oz, 162g||5.1 oz, 145g||5.5 oz, 155g|
|Mobile software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Camera||12-megapixel + 2-megapixel||13-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Processor||2.1GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 655||1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Storage||32GB||16GB, 32GB (varies by region)||32GB (UK & US), 64GB (US only)|
|RAM||3GB||2GB or 3GB, based on region||2GB or 32GB (US model), 3GB or 32GB (UK model) or 4GB or 64GB (US model)|
|Battery||3,340 mAh||2,800 mAh (removable)||3,000 mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Below screen||Below screen|
|Special features||Dual SIM||Dual SIM, splash-proof||Dual SIM, splash-proof|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$250||Converts to $216 (2GB model)||$229 (32GB); $299 (64GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£225||£169 (16GB or 2GB RAM); £179 (16GB or 3GB RAM)||£249 (32GB)|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$330||Converts to AU$290 (16GB)||Converts to AU$300 (32GB) or AU$390 (64GB)|