Honor, part of the Huawei Group, debuted the 6X budget-priced smartphone at CES 2017 today. The low-priced phone is aimed at millennial professionals, and it includes a range of photography features and artistic photo editing options.
The phone is also the first one from Honor to offer a Wi-Fi hotspot, according to company president George Zhao.
The 3GB RAM version is priced at $249.99 for the US market and will be available for pre-order on January 4 in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, with other markets to follow soon. A 4GB RAM version will sell for $50 more and will be available during the first quarter of 2017.
The 6X includes a dual-lens rear camera with a wide aperture range. It also has photo editing functions that include a splash feature that allows users to isolate individual colors in black and white shots and add color as desired. The focal point of a shot can also be changed after the image is captured, and the user can blur objects or bring them into sharp focus.
"Research identified millennials were less interested in the overall quality of the camera and more interested in what they can do with the camera," said Zack Zhang, vice president of Honor US.
George Zhao, president of Honor, said in the Honor press conference at CES 2017 that Honor, which just celebrated it's third anniversary, was the first smartphone to offer parallel rear dual cameras.
"In 2016, I was very happy to see that iPhone 7 Plus also followed this step," Zhao said, referring to the first iPhone to include dual rear cameras.
Zhao said in an interview with TechRepublic that artificial intelligence will play a big role in the future phones that Honor produces. This was apparent in the Honor Magic, a phone with built-in AI that the company released exclusively in China in mid-December. The Magic is not available in the US. The Magic smartphone includes infrared sensors that scan the face and hands of the user to verify that they're the phone's owner, even after the initial fingerprint scan or password entry.
"I do believe that AI will be the future," Zhao said. "We would like to sell our service, our platform to others. We can really build an artificial intelligence platform."
6X specs as provided by Honor:
- 5.5 inch 1920p x 1080p full HD display with 16 M colors, 403 PPI
- Multi touch-sensitive screen
Size and weight
- 150.9 mm (L) x 76.2 mm (W) x 8.2 mm (T)
- Approximately 162g (including the battery)
- Huawei EMUI 4.1
- Huawei Kirin 655, Octa-Core (4x2.1 GHz+4x1.7 GHz)
- 3340 mAh battery
- Charging duration: 2.5 hours
- Airtime: 23 hours
- Standby time: 600 hours
- ROM: 32 GB
- RAM: 3 GB
- Expandable storage
- 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear-facing camera with a wide aperture range from F/0.95-F/16
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
Modes available: wide aperture mode, professional mode, food mode, perfect selfie, beauty mode, makeup mode for the front camera, panorama, HDR, watermark, audio note, ultra snapshot, best photo, smile snapshot, audio control, timer function, touch to capture, and time-lapse mode
- 720P/1080P full HD video recording and video playback
- 3.5 mm headset jack
- Hall effect sensor
- Fingerprint sensor
- Proximity sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- Phone status indicator
- Gray, gold, silver
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