Huawei’s Honor sub-brand celebrated its first year in business earlier today in quite some style. Its birthday celebration wasn’t just to celebrate its past, but to provide a glimpse of what it has in store in the immediate future – with the introduction of several new devices. The most important is the new Honor 6 Plus, featuring two rear camera sensors.
Though it isn’t the first smartphone in the world to use two rear camera sensors, Honor’s dual-camera setup is significantly different from HTC’s Duo Camera setup. While HTC uses a depth sensor paired with a 4MP UltraPixel sensor, the Honor 6 packs two 8MP sensors that are almost perfectly symmetrical. Honor says that the two sensors are pretty much perfectly parallel from each other, with an error margin of just 0.3 degrees. This is important, because the idea behind the dual-sensor setup is similar to the human eye: two sensors parallel to each other work in symmetry to lock focus faster, capture depth information, and allows for faster exposure shifts.
On top of that, the Honor 6 Plus has a few other impressive-sounding technologies, including Vision Camera technology that performs “iterative exposures” with “multi-frame noise reduction and image synthesis algorithm” called 3IE, or “ImaginE ImagE EniIgma”. There’s even a separate “SLR-grade” image signal processor. As a result, the camera should perform exceptionally well, with a 0.1s focus lock, faster HDR image capturing, and a upscaling feature that combines information from the two 8MP sensors into a 13MP image.
As a smartphone, the Honor 6 Plus – which by now should sound inexplicably similar to the iPhone 6 Plus – is a pretty solid smartphone as well. It’s powered by the new Kirin 925 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with up to 128GB microSD card support (as well as 100GB cloud storage from Huawei), dual TDD and FDD-LTE support and dual-SIM support, a larger 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display by JDI, a huge 3600mAh battery, 8MP f/2.4 front camera, and a body that’s just 7.5mm thick and weighs 165g.
Software-wise, the Honor 6 runs on EMUI (or Emotion UI) 3.0, based on Android 4.4.2. Those who have used Huawei and Honor devices should be familiar with its app drawer-less interface, but there are a few new additions here and there. For instance, double-clicking the volume down button instantly snaps a photo (even when the phone is locked), and this new version brings support for custom gestures to open apps – a similar idea with Oppo’s ColorOS.
The Honor 6 Plus will be available in China in two editions: a Standard white edition with only 3G connectivity and no NFC for 1,999 Yuan (about RM1,130) and a Premium black variant with 4G at 2,499 Yuan (about RM1,410); the Premium edition also comes in Gold. Due to its support for international FDD-LTE standards, it is very likely that we will be seeing the Honor 6 Plus in Malaysia in the coming months.