Huawei Honor 6 Plus Unboxing, First Thoughts

 

Phones that are overhyped may not even be your type. Good to know that some underrated brands actually deliver on their promise. One such phone maker is Huawei, and we’re unboxing the Honor 6 Plus.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review, Huawei Honor 6 Plus Price, Huawei Honor 6 Plus Specs

There’s no “Huawei” branding on the Honor 6 Plus – nothing on the box or on the phone itself screams the company name. That absence leaves an odd empty space on the Honor 6 Plus’ chin; you just feel that something should be there. But one less word to pronounce is a good thing. “What’s your phone?” “Oh, it’s an Honor 6 Plus.” Compare that with “What’s your laptop” “It’s an ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi.” See?

This is an unboxing after all, so here’s how it went.

The 5.5″ Honor 6 Plus is the bigger sibling of the 5″ Honor 6, but has a more advanced rear camera set up (dual 8MP). We’re no stranger to the Huawei midrange (G610, G6) to phablet (Mate 7) to premium (P6, P7, P8) line up. The Honor line also belongs to the midrange offering, except that it’s Huawei’s attempt to push what bang for buck means.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review, Huawei Honor 6 Plus Price, Huawei Honor 6 Plus Specs

Seldom will you find an upper midrange phone with an elegant glass front and back build (most midrangers are mostly plastic), dual rear cameras for that bokeh (diffused background effect for great portraits), a 3,600 mAh battery (because some us forget to bring power banks), and two comes-with screen protectors so you don’t have to worry about scratching the Honor 6 Plus’ glass beauty. But then, every package is a compromise: the Honor 6 Plus doesn’t come with earphones in the box.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review, Huawei Honor 6 Plus Price, Huawei Honor 6 Plus Specs

As a 5.5″ phone, it doesn’t feel awkwardly wide in your hand, the way the G3 might feel to some. The Honor 6 Plus is something you can comfortably hold and grip, call and text with, slide into or pull out of your front pants’ pocket easily. The display looks crisp, images look sharp, and one simple joy I discovered was that the lock screen offers a different wallpaper ever time you unlock it, which shows off, again, that wonderful screen. The side bezels are tiny and the entire physique carries over the iPhone 4-like aura of the smaller Honor 6. It’s an industry thing to mimic what works, the way the ZenFone 2 did with the LG G3’s rear keys. That aside, I like how the rear plastic cover of the Honor 6 Plus doubles as an instruction manual.

Sometimes, underrated is better than overhyped, only followed by a price cut. Like what happened with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4. The Honor 6 Plus is incredibly promising, what with its compact, feels-sturdy-in-your-hand build, great display, 3,600 mAh battery, and those intriguing bokeh-capable dual rear cameras. Stay tuned for the full review.

 

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.