Huawei’s crazy dual-camera phone is also called the ‘6 Plus’


Like the HTC One M8, the Honor 6 Plus has two cameras on its back. Photo: Huawei

Huawei today announced its new Honor 6 Plus smartphone at an event in Beijing, and the device is already getting a lot of attention for having almost exactly the same name as Apple’s latest flagship.

Despite what you may think, however, this isn’t just another iPhone clone. Instead, it’s a flagship Android phablet with some impressive specifications, including an integrated coprocessor for fitness tracking, a massive battery, and two 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras that promise sharper images and some incredible features.

The Honor 6 Plus follows the slightly smaller Honor 6 that was announced back in June, and it’s bigger and better in almost every way. In addition to its larger, 5.5-inch 1080p display, the 6 Plus is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 925 octa-core coupled with 3GB of RAM, a low-power I3 coprocessor, and 32GB of internal storage.

It also has two SIM card slots, and one of them doubles as a microSD card slot — so if you don’t need to use two numbers, you can choose to expand your storage instead. A 3,600mAh keeps the handset going throughout the day, while its built-in infrared transmitter will allow you to control your TV, set-top box, stereo, and air conditioner.

The highlight of the 6 Plus is, of course, its rear-facing cameras. Two 8-megapixel sensors work together to provide you with faster autofocus and sharper images, and an adjustable aperture that can be set between f/0.95 and f/16. This setup also allows for some cool effects, like the ability to refocus images after they’ve been taken — like you can on the One M8.

The 6 Plus also has an 8-megapixel camera on its front (yes, there are three of them in total), as well as NFC and TD/FDD-LTE Cat 6 connectivity. The device runs Huawei’s own EMUI 3.0 operating system, which is a heavily customized version of Android, and comes with 100GB of lifetime cloud storage, and free access to more than 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world.

The Honor 6 Plus will go on sale in China initially, where it will will be available in two variants; one of which will offer only 3G connectivity and 16GB of storage for 1,999 yuan ($320) off-contract, and the other will have 4G connectivity for 2,499 yuan ($400). The latter also comes in gold, while the former is only available in black and white.