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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 | MYT 5:28 PM

Honor 6X comes to town

Mid-range marvel: The Honor 6X is the first affordable Honor to come with a dual camera system.

Mid-range marvel: The Honor 6X is the first affordable Honor to come with a dual camera system.

Honor Malaysia has just introduced the Honor 6X, the newest midrange model in the Honor lineup.

Despite its mid-range pricing, this Android 6.0 smartphone comes with the latest octa-core Kirin 655 which Huawei claims is 65% faster in CPU performance and 100% better GPU performance than the last generation.

Thanks to a chipset built on the 16nm process, better power management and a large 3,340mAh battery, the company claims that the Honor 6X will last up to 2.15 days on a single charge with moderate use or 1.54 days of "heavy usage".

The display is a 5.5in FullHD screen that comes with a sunlight mode that optimises the screen brightness and contrast so the screen is easily viewable in bright light.

However, the headline feature of the Honor 6X has to be the dual camera system.

While Huawei has been integrating a dual camera setup in its smartphones for quite a few years now, this is the first time that it’s appeared in an affordable phone in the Honor range.

The Honor 6X dual camera system combines a 12-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel camera located just below it – both work in tandem where the 2-megapixel camera is used to provide depth information to assist in producing artificial bokeh effects.

A very unusual feature of the Honor 6X is that it can be used as a WiFi bridge – essentially, the Honor 6X connects to your home WiFi network and acts as a repeater to extend your WiFi network to areas of low WiFi coverage in your home.

The Honor 6X is available in two versions – a 32GB version with 3GB of RAM and a 64GB version with 4GB of RAM.

Both models are available in grey, silver or gold and the 32GB model is available for preorder now (with availability on Feb 17) for RM1,199 while the 64GB version will only make it onto our shores on March 6 and will go for RM1,399. Preorder is available via DirectD retail shops and on Lazada.

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