The Huawei Honor 5X was unveiled in November 2015 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC and 5.5 inches of display with a 1080p resolution. When the Honor 5C came in May 2016, it featured a smaller 5.2-inch screen, same resolution, but was powered by a Kirin 650 SoC.
A few months after the launch of the Huawei Honor 5C, the Chinese OEM came in with the successor to the Honor 5X dubbed Honor 6X. Like its predecessor, the 6X came with a 5.5-inch display screen with a 1080p resolution, however, Huawei reverted to using an in-house Kirin 655 SoC, which is actually the successor to the Kirin 650 used in the Honor 5C.
Now, today, the OEM has just unveiled a new Huawei Honor 6C and just like it mixed and matched the Huawei Honor 5 series, the tech giant has done the same, equipping the new Honor 6C with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC instead of a Kirin chipset. Like the Honor 5C, the new 6C is also smaller than the 6X, but it gets an even smaller 5-inch display screen with a weaker HD (720p) resolution compared to its predecessor, the Honor 5C.
Considering that the Huawei Honor 6C is seen as the cheaper variant of the high-end 6X, this slim-down of specs isn’t a surprise. On the contrary, the phone is still a solid one, at least on paper. The 5-inch screen has a 2.5D glass cover on top and the Snapdragon 435 SoC offers much faster download speeds of up to 300Mbps thanks to the support for LTE Cat.7. You also get Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The chipset is paired with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, but you won’t find the dual-lens setup that has made the Huawei Honor 6X such a highlight in the budget family. Instead, the Huawei Honor 6C ships with a 13MP lens on the back with an f/2.2 aperture, LED flash and support for 1080p video recording. The front panel gets a 5MP lens with the same aperture and support for 1080p video recording as well.
To keep the Honor 6C alive is a solid 3020mAh battery unit that should do just fine considering the smaller number of pixels to be powered on the 5-inch HD panel. Although it has an aluminum cover on the back side, the phone still manages a weight of just 138g. Unfortunately, buyers of this phone will only be able to get Android Marshmallow out of the box, which is quite a disappointment, but hopefully, an update to Android Nougat won’t take long to show up.
As far as pricing is concerned, the Huawei Honor 6C has a price tag of 229 euros in Europe, which is slightly above ksh 25,000. This price tag, coupled with the fact that the Honor 6C runs on older software, could be the phone’s deal breaker, especially in a market that is dominated by the likes of Infinix Zero 3/Zero 4, Tecno Camon CX or even Tecno Phantom 6, among others. So far, you can grab the outgoing Huawei Honor 5C at just ksh 15,550 on Jumia, excluding shipping charges.
The official availability is in Kenya is still a mystery, but we’ll follow up the matter and let you know when this happens. Stay tuned!
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