The Huawei Honor series always seem to get underestimated, they’re well designed and a pretty nifty smartphone. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus hasn’t been released yet so now is the perfect time to discover whether it is worth delaying a purchase until it hits the shelves, check out our Huawei Honor 6 Plus vs Honor 4x review.

Huawei Honor design

A clear demonstration of progression

The Huawei Honor 6 Plus clearly has the better design and overall premium feel. The 5.5” display may be the same size as the one used on the Honor 4x but the resolution is much more detailed at 1080 x 1920 pixels (versus 720 x 1280). The Honor 6 Plus also uses the latest screen technology to deliver deep blacks and heightened colour with a 1500:1 ultra high contrast ratio.

In the hand the difference in weight is indistinguishable with the Honor 6 Plus shedding just 5 grams off of the 170 gram Honor 4x. It is, however, a different story in the waistline that’s now just 7.5mm thick (down from 8.7mm on the Honor 4x) and it’s this measurement that really makes the Honor 6 Plus look like a top-of-the-range premium smartphone.

The Huawei Honor 4x has a Kirin 64-bit octa-core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM and these new 64-bit processors deliver 40% better performance compared to the 32-bit processors that we have seen so far. This doesn’t stop the Huawei Honor 6 Plus from outpacing the Honor 4x though with 1.8GHz and 3GB RAM so expect graphic intensive gaming and media streaming to be slicker than ever.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus camera

Is less more?

The camera proposition is one of the most interesting differences between these two Huawei phones. The Honor 4x has a very impressive 13MP camera that really isn’t going to disappoint anyone.

The camera on the Honor 6 Plus though may get consumers confused as to which of these phones has the best camera. A dual 8MP camera has been used and whilst you could argue that there are less pixels on offer their are two lenses so twice the amount of light can be captured, which is very useful under low-light or night time scenarios.

This isn’t the first time that we have seen a mobile phone manufacturer touting that capturing more light is better than having more pixels. HTC and the HTC One attempted to get this message across with their UltraPixel camera but be assured that this will be the trend of the future so maybe now is the time to get on-board with this new message.

Moving on from this point we see the Honor 6 Plus’s camera outclass the Honor 4x with a dual LED flash, 8MP selfie camera (compared to 5MP) and super fast focusing at 0.1 seconds versus 0.6 seconds. The playing field is even when it comes to recording video with both cameras delivering 1080p quality.

Huawei Honor Features

An intuitive and natural experience

The features on these two smartphones are very similar yet there are a few small differences to uncover along the way. Both phones are delivered with the Android KitKat operating system and both can be upgraded to Android Lollipop for the latest experience.

The 3600mAh battery on the Honor 6 Plus is slightly larger with 600mAh extra but both phones will deliver 2 days of use under typical usage patterns and have an ultra power saving mode for when extended standby is the priority.

The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is more comfortable to use for longer with a unique graphite design to keep the phone cool in the hand. If you are an intensive gamer or download tons of media and apps then choosing the Honor 6 Plus could be a wise decision with its 16GB internal memory and 128GB microSD card slot (versus 8GB / 32GB).

The good news is that no matter which handset or price appeals to you both of these smartphones enjoy the same Emotion UI 3.0 user interface. The features that come with this interface are numerous and include the Huawei Music app with random playback feature, new slick looking themes, dual weather clock and built-in security for when you go online.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus vs Honor 4x verdict

The Huawei Honor 6 Plus is certainly the more premium of these two smartphones and this will be reflected in price. If your budget allows then the Honor 6 Plus should be your natural choice but if it doesn’t then the same Android OS and Emotion UI still gives plenty to make the Honor 4x a desirable buy.