Huawei has today unveiled its all new Honor 6 Plus smartphone, a follow-up to the reasonably priced Honor 6, featuring dual-lens 8-megapixel rear cameras, which claim to boost the effective pixel size to 1.98 microns for improved sensitivity and cleaner images. More importantly, the model looks to have jacked Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus moniker.
According to Engadget, Huawei’s dual-lens setup lets you refocus the captured photos, adjust their simulated aperture and apply fun filters like tilt shift, sketch and comics.
The metallic device comes with a vibrant 5.5-inch 1080p JDI negative LCD, an octa-core chipset, a low-power I3 coprocessor for fitness tracking, 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage, a 3,600mAH battery, NFC, LTE connectivity and dual-SIM slots. Even the front camera on the Honor 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel resolution. Like the Honor 6 and other recent Huawei smartphones, the Honor 6 Plus also has an infrared transmitter to let you control devices like TVs, Hi-Fi systems and air conditioners.
“On the software side, the Honor 6 Plus runs a heavily-customized EMUI 3.0 Android ROM which has some nifty features, especially when the screen is off. For example, you can double-click the volume-down button to instantly take a photo; double-click volume-up to start recording a voice memo (great for us tech reporters); and draw custom gestures to trigger your desired apps.
As part of the package, Huawei is offering 100GB of lifetime cloud storage, free access to over 8 million WiFi hotspots globally (7 million of which in China) and the company’s own SoftSIM data roaming subscription service (about 80 cents per 20MB or about $4.5 per day; commencing in 2015 Q1) to Honor 6 Plus users. Alas, these services are likely limited to users in China”.
The Honor 6 Plus will come in two editions: the 16GB, 3G-only version starting at US $320 while a 4G premium edition with gold colour option will sell for around US $400.