Huawei Honor 6X review: It's cheap, but I'd rather have the Moto G5 Plus

The dual cameras didn't wow me

Huawei warned us not to expect dual-camera image quality as good as its midrange Honor 8 ($495 at Amazon) and it's certainly not up there with the excellent P10.

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 ($670 at Boost Mobile) 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.

Where the Honor 6X falls short compared to the Moto G5 Plus

  • More slippery and less comfortable to hold
  • Display isn't as sharp (fewer pixels per inch)
  • Runs Android 6.0 instead of Android 7.0
  • Shorter battery life (12 hours on our looping video drain test compared to roughly 13.5 hours on the G5 plus)
  • Not splash-proof
  • Sometimes laggy and unresponsive (despite better scores on benchmarking apps)
  • Takes longer to get to quick settings (in notifications shade)

Where the Honor 6X beats the Moto G5 Plus

  • Larger screen and only slightly larger body (5.5 versus 5-inch)
  • More creative photo editing tools
  • More photography modes (for example, pro photo and pro video)

Other things to know about the Honor 6X

  • 128GB microSD card support
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks, like other budget phones (not 5GHz; this is expected)
  • No NFC (Moto G5 Plus for UK supports this, not for US)

Huawei Honor 6X versus Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus

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
Pixel density 403ppi 440ppi 424ppi
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
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video capture 1080p 1080p 1080p
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)
Expandable storage 128GB 128GB 128GB
Battery 3,340 mAh 2,800 mAh (removable) 3,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back cover Below screen Below screen
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB
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)

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