Huawei opens preorders for its Honor 6X phone in China

Starting at about $150, it brings some mid-range hardware at a very affordable price.


A month after Huawei started selling its Honor 8 in the US, the company has opened up preordering for its 6X phones in China and to ship out on October 25th. While there's no news about when that device will reach the rest of Asia, Europe or North America, because the 5X was the first phone in the Honor line to go on sale in the US back in January, it's a good bed that its successor will follow in time.

As expected, the released spec list describes a beefier 5X, ditching the last generation's Snapdragon 616 for Huawei's in-house octo-core Kirin 655 processor. The lowest price tier gets you 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for about $150, the middle boosts memory up to 4GB for around $190, and the top tier expands space to 64GB for about $240.

The 6X has a dual rear-facing camera (12MP and a second 2MP for depth), while its front one is a respectable 8MP. Like its predecessor, it supports dual-SIM functionality with a microSD slot, though 9to5Google couldn't confirm whether it has a USB-C connector. It runs Huawei's EMU 4.1 software on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to start, with an update for Nougat likely on the way.

It's not as powerful as the $400 Honor 8, which comes with a Kirin 950 processor, but the 6X has enough mid-range hardware at low prices to serve as a decent affordable option. At least its 5.5-inch 1080p display covered in 2.5D glass and all-metal build gives it a little class near the bottom of Huawei's product family.