Honor 6X hands-on preview: Great hardware desperately waiting for a software update

Honor is still attempting to make strides in the U.S., but is the 6X compelling enough?

You really have to hand it to Honor. Huawei’s millennial-focused offshoot is still spitting out smartphones despite the relatively tepid reception of its previous two devices in the U.S. Remember, Honor has no carrier backing stateside, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the brood. It’s unlikely that the launch of the Honor 6X, the smartphone announced at this year’s CES, will do much to move the needle either.

Regardless, that’s not a reason to write it off. The Honor 6X is a compelling device, even though it’s not as sparkly and showy as its flagship sibling, the Honor 8. Pricing has yet to be finalized, but what we’ve previewed of the Honor 6X is a fair reminder of what Huawei’s capable of when it throws a device into the ring — and that’s offering major bang for your buck. This midrange device may run on middle-of-the-road hardware, but it really does offer more than the average smartphone in its price point (sub-$250). Now, if it only the company had the marketing to get that point across.

Honor 6X Specs

Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
EMUI 4.1
Display 5.5-inch 1920×1080 (403 ppi)
Processor Huawei Kirin 655 Octa-Core
4x 2.1 GHz + 4x 1.7 GHz
Storage 32GB (U.S.)
32/64GB (global)
Expandable microSD card
RAM 3GB (U.S.)
3/4GB (global)
Rear Camera 12MP (main) + 2MP (secondary)
Wide aperture range f/0.95-f/16
1080p video
Front Camera 8MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Network (U.S.) FDD-LTE Band 2/4/5/12/20, TD-LTE Band 38
HSPA Band 1/2/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Network (Global) FDD-LTE Band 1/3/7/8, TD-LTE Band 38
HSPA Band 1/2/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Charging Micro-USB
Battery 3340 mAh
Water resistance No
Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight 162 g
Colors Grey, gold, silver

 

 

Honor 6X Fundamentals

The Honor 6X’s fingerprint sensor doesn’t offer push-button action like the Honor 8.

Like last year’s Honor 5X, which also debuted on the CES show floor, the Honor 6X already exists overseas. Americans will see the same-looking hardware; the main differences are in network bands and storage space. (If you’re curious, we’ve got the a comparison between the Honor 6X, Honor 8, and Honor 5X.)

Design wise, the Honor 6X isn’t a far departure from its predecessor. It sports the same hard aluminum lines, slight curvature on the edges, dual stacked rear-facing camera lenses, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner that, again, proves the backside is the most practical place for it. The fingerprint scanner offers a few tricks, too: you can program gestures to do things like snap a photo, answer a call, or bring down the notification panel, though the 6X doesn’t offer push-button action like the Honor 8.

 

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New Skins and Accessories Available for Steam Hardware

New Skins and Accessories Available for Steam Hardware

Valve introduces new skins that will help its players customize their Steam Link and Steam controllers with various Valve properties’ logos and color schemes.

Valve has always been a bit of an oddity in the gaming world, going about its business with its customary flair and lack of concern over critics like it was the PC platform’s version of Nintendo. However, that willingness to embrace innovative, if sometimes bizarre, business models resulted in the birth of Steam, a program synonymous with PC gaming and the source of many a poor gamer‘s suddenly empty wallet.

It’s that popularity that has allowed Valve to launch its own pseudo-console in the Steam Linkdevice, an accessory that lets PC gamers play their Steam games on any television in their house, effectively turning their PC into a graphically-superior Xbox One or PS4. Valve has also released theSteam controller to more accurately simulate a console gaming environment, and now gamers who have either or both devices will also be able to show their true gaming colors. Valve introduced new skins today that will help players customize their Steam Link or Steam controllers, available in the Steam Store.

The skins, which are nearly all CS:GO themed, are available now and range from four different controller skins to three different Steam Link skins. Although a greater variety will likely be released if the initial skins sell well, there is at least a Portal skin for those Valve fans who aren’t part of the burgeoning CS:GO community.

Alongside the skins, Valve has also released a number of different Steam controller accessories. Gamers can pick up a wireless receiver, a custom battery door that also contains a storage spot for the wireless receiver, or a carrying case that fits the Steam controller, its wireless receiver, a wireless extender, and a few batteries. Given that many Valve games are multiplayer in nature and that LAN parties, although certainly not as prevalent, still happen now, the carrying case in particular could be a welcome addition to many traveling gamers’ arsenals.

 

Everything is available for 30% off to celebrate the new release, so interested gamers should make their decisions quickly to make sure they save some money. With a brand new Steam Store UI on the horizon and a Winter Sale looming, PC gamers will likely need some extra cash.

 

 

[Source:- Gamerant]