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Honor 7X Camera Review – Dual lens Magic, has scope to get better!

Honor 7X is the company’s latest mid-ranger from Huawei Honor which was announced few days ago in India. With dual lenses and the all new body, the Honor 7X aims to do a lot more than the competition. Let us look through the Honor 7X Camera Review, its Features and how you can snap great pictures with this device.

If you have already bought one or thinking about buying one, this would be useful. While the camera is the one of the interesting feature on this phone, the EMUI, and a fast fingerprint scanner are worth appreciating as well.

The contrasts are good. However the focus suffers at times in low light. The edge detection can get better for sure. The colours are neat. Here are some of the samples below.

Like mentioned earlier, The Honor 7X has a dual lens setup; one 16 MP sensor and other 2MP sensor, where one of them gets the depth only. When you click a picture, the depth sensor gauges the picture in terms of the light thats hitting the sensor through the glass and different objects in the frame. Using all these information available, the system then adds bokeh to the portraits.

Using both the lenses simultaneously helps in producing a superior image with good depth than a conventional one-sensor setup.

Camera UI and Modes:

When you launch the camera button on the device, you see a very simple UI which still looks very iOS‘ish. However, Swiping towards the right, brings in various modes to choose from. The quality of the output is good. The closeups are impressive. The portrait mode works decent as well.

While on the camera screen, when you swipe towards the left, you get these different menu options. These let you set the resolution of the photographs to either standard format or the wide-screen one. There is GPS Tag, if you like to tag your pictures to the location. Pretty useful option, if you are a traveller and want to make a summary of your route & sort at the end of your trip. There are few more straight forward options.

Most of the settings on the Honor 7X Camera are visible when you are on Pro Mode. To activate the pro mode, you will need to swipe up above the shutter button. Once you are in Pro mode, you will be able to adjust the focus points, shutter speed, Exposure Values, White Balance Settings and even the focus modes. Notably, it was weird not to find the option to tune the aperture settings.

Tap to Focus:

The Dual lens systems enables you to take pictures with an adjustable depth of field to create background blurs, what we call Bokeh. On the camera screen, once you select the Aperture icon here, you will have an option to click a picture with aperture settings and option for tap to focus; which results in specific part of the image being focused. You can also click a picture and then adjust the depth later.

When you go to the gallery, you can see these images with a small lens symbol. You can then tap open the picture and adjust the settings. There is a slider which appears. This helps you to change the width of the aperture. Wider (least the number) the aperture, greater the background blur. This way, you could tune the image to your preference – as shown below in this image.

The software Emulates as open as f 0.95. That makes the picture focus sharp at that point and everything else has this creamy blurred effect to it. Since it’s a software made, its easy to identify as the edges get very smooth.

Auto Focus could’ve been even better. Although, the above mentioned software focusing options does come to rescue at times.

The Video mode gives you some options for manual controls as well. The video quality is decent and the colours looks good too. The Honor 7X only records upto a 1080p and doesn’t support the 4K resolution output. Further, Lack of Optical image stabilisation also means, you may face some issues in low-light conditions; or if you want great quality, I recommend using a tripod.

 

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What powers the Honor 7X? The EMUI – Top Features

Huawei has impacted smartphone industry in a big way. The brand has created a niche for itself in the global market; due credits can be attributed towards the wide range of devices in all the price package with great specifications.

Few days ago, Huawei announced Honor 7X in India. Not just the hardware, the software on these phones is our favourite too. The phone offers the latest version of EMUI, with an intuitive interface with several gesture tricks. Here we list our favourite features that make Huawei’s EMUI unique.

Home Screen Customisations: With EMUI, one can customise home screen as per their own requirement. Pinching the home screen with two fingers will reduce the screen size and four options will appear at the bottom wallpapers, widgets, transition, and layout.

The EMUI user interface lets you accomplish several tasks even without unlocking your device, this makes usage of device hassle free. If you swipe up from the bottom of the display while the device is locked. A menu pops up, which lets you use the device as a voice recorder, calculator, firing the camera or let you use the rear LED as a torch.

With the great screen display , Huawei provides its users with the good collection of wallpapers. One can change the wallpaper by both ways manually & with the use of EMUI. By shaking the device one can change the wallpaper. To activate the feature, go to the wallpaper section and activate the desired toggle.

Motion & Gestures Friendly: EMUI provides seamless functioning with gestures and motions for controlling the device. The various options that EMUI gives are flip to mute, shake to rearrange and tilt to move icons, pick up to reduce volume, widgets, keyboard, dialler or navigation bar. Steps: Go to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Motion Control and customise the required gestures.

Notification Modifications: EMUI user interface lets one control the notification behaviour of the apps. You can allow any app to send you the notification or block it permanently. Steps: Settings>>All>Notification Manager and tap on the app icon, which you want to restrict. A popup window will appear with Allow, Notify and Restrict options.

Dropzone Manager: DropZone Manager is a key feature from the house Huawei to make the screen less cluttered. DropZone allows any seven apps to send floating notification. Steps: navigate to Settings>>All>>DropZone Manager

Two Profile creation: With Huawei phones, one can hide their Contact, Album, and App. It also gives you an option to restrict certain albums, apps, and contacts to yourself only. The EMUI allows you to creates two user profiles ó Administrator and Guest.

If you are logged with the admin password, everything will remain open to using, but if logged in using the guest password, certain user-mentioned contacts, albums, and apps won’t be visible or accessible. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Security>>Privacy Protection. First, you’ll be prompted to create the admin password and then the guest password.

Modification of Navigation Bar: Every Huawei phone comes with three control menus at the bottom of the display. But EMUI allows changing the order or adding the notification panel open option on that bar. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Navigation Bar and turn on the Navigation Bar toggle and choose the desired option.

Display Customisation – Daydream, Colour Temperature: With EMUI one can change Huawei smartphones display according to their preference. The EMUI offers you options to change the display colour temperature and brightness. We always prefer to leave the colour temperature to phone’s default settings, an option for modifying colour temperature comes as a great help to make the screen comfortable for reading as per your convenience.

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Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1: What’s your take?

In this series of What’s your take, we are going to pit two devices against each other, explain their strongest and not so good features and let you decide which one would you go for.

Today, we take a look at the all new device from the team at Huawei, the Honor 7X and the Android One star, the Mi A1 from Xiaomi. Both these devices are almost priced similar; offer dual cameras for great pictures and are worthy competitors in this mid-range segment phones.

Both the devices are spec packed and come with 4GB RAM variants; also supports micro SD card with their hybrid slots. In terms of the processing power, both the Snapdragon 625 and the Kirin 659 performs very similar.

In terms of design, the Honor 7X scores a little more than the Mi A1. Mainly because of the 18:9 full view screen; and the blue colour body. The bezels on the Mi A1 is slightly an older design when compared to that of the Honor 7X. The screen looks more vibrant and clear on the Honor 7X when compared to the A1. It also sports a much higher resolution of 2160 x 1080 when compared to 1920 x 1080 on the A1.

The Mi A1 sports a twin 12.0-megapixel cameras with a a telephoto lens and performs better than the Honor 7X which has a 16 megapixel and 2.0-megapixel combo. The selfies on the Honor 7X is better with the 8MP front-facing camera as compared to the 5.0-megapixel one on the Mi A1. The portrait mode on the A1 is more narrower and looks more natural than the Honor 7X. The optical zoom gives Mi A1 an edge as well.

The Mi A1 comes with Type-C port and will support quick charge in the upcoming Oreo update. The Honor 7X offers a micro USB port, mainly because of their research that, most of the users ask for microUSB as of now. The 7X has a bigger battery when compared to that of the A1.

While the Mi A1 is powered by the stock android giving a fluid experience, the Honor 7X offers the latest version of the EMUI. As much as the tech savvy people would like the stock android feel, the EMUI has some neat features up their sleeve. The gestures on the EMUI for finger print sensors are slick. The IR Blaster on the A1 is a good value add as well.

Summing up, its a tie. While the Honor 7X leads in design, hardware, display and battery, the Mi A1 does quite well in camera and software. I think, as a customer you should be able to choose what matters you the most.

If you love to flaunt your phone, and watch a lot of media content then you would be better with the Honor 7X. If you are more of a tech savvy person and prefer stock software, you would be better with Mi A1. What’s your take?

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Honor 7X Review: Good Camera and a Pretty Awesome Display!

In this article, let us review the Honor 7X, a mid range smartphone from Huawei which just got launched few days ago in India. Although this device is priced like a budget phone, the features, design and the user experience give it a feel of a premium mid-range smartphone.

Honor is Huawei’s Smartphone e-brand for digital natives. Honor has been expanding aggressively in global markets, and has successfully launched in 74 global markets, entering the bestselling charts in most of the European countries honor launched.

The Honor 7X will be available starting at INR 12999. The phone is available online exclusively on amazon.in.

Hardware and Performance

The Honor 7X comes with a premium grade metal that also offers great level of heat sinks. We have the proximity sensor, earpiece, front-facing camera and the LED indicator above the display, while Honor logo shines in the chin. The Honor 7X has on-screen buttons for navigation.

On the rear, we have two very subtle dark grey antenna bands near the ends of the smartphone. The first antenna band near the top has the two dual cameras and the LED flash placed on top of it while the fingerprint scanner is placed a little lower to that.

The smartphone sports the hybrid SIM card slot on the left side while the volume rocker and the power/lock buttons are present on the right. Both the buttons and the fingerprint scanner are placed in a position where our fingers fell naturally, and we did not find ourselves straying away from the buttons at any point. With the top of the smartphone pretty plain, the base is where most of the work has been done. It carries the speaker grille, the micro USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Further. with a vibrant 18:9 display the screen looks very impressive as well.

The Honor 7X runs on Huawei’s in-house octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and is paired with 4GB RAM. You have an option to expand the storage using the micro SD card slot as well. The performance passes most of the tests and is impar with the competition like Xiaomi Mi A1. Check out our comparison here.

Camera

The Honor 7X has a dual lens setup; one 16 MP sensor and other 2MP sensor, where one of them gets the depth only. When you click a picture, the depth sensor gauges the picture in terms of the light thats hitting the sensor through the glass and different objects in the frame. Using all these information available, the system then adds bokeh to the portraits.

Software, User Experience

The phone offers EMUI v5, with an intuitive interface with several gesture tricks. The phone is going to get the latest version of the Oreo software early next year. With EMUI, one can customise home screen as per their own requirement.The EMUI user interface lets you accomplish several tasks even without unlocking your device, this makes usage of device hassle free. If you swipe up from the bottom of the display while the device is locked. A menu pops up, which lets you use the device as a voice recorder, calculator, firing the camera or let you use the rear LED as a torch.

EMUI provides seamless functioning with gestures and motions for controlling the device. The various options that EMUI gives are flip to mute, shake to rearrange and tilt to move icons, pick up to reduce volume, widgets, keyboard, dialler or navigation bar. EMUI lets one control the notification behaviour of the apps. You can allow any app to send you the notification or block it permanently. Dual apps and profile support is another feature. The EMUI also offers you options to change the display colour temperature and brightness.

Summing up

The Honor 7X is an impressive device. The pricing is pretty good and well positioned with the rest of the competition in this segment. I personally love how the honor phones offer a good user experience with its EMUI; and of course the accurate finger print scanner which doubles with great gesture controls. I believe, software updates with Honor aren’t going to be an issue either. This phone offers a good design and camera, beautiful display and most importantly, finger print scanner which is accurate and does a lot more things than just unlocking your phone.

Do let us know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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Meet Honor 9i – The First Smartphone with Four Camera Setup

Honor, Huawei’s e-brand for digital natives, today unveiled the Honor 9i smartphone with intuitive and powerful 4-camera set up; a crisp and vibrant FullView FHD+ display and a sleek, industrial design.

The Honor 9i is focused on enhancing the overall smartphone experience for consumers enabling them to explore and discover various exciting new photography aspects.

Leveraging in-house premium technology, Honor 9i cameras produce flattering pictures with 45-degrees projection, making every shot a ‘cover shot under butterfly lightning’.

The 13 MP dual-lens front camera incorporates studio-level smart selfie toning flash and delivers remarkable bokeh effect. The 16 MP dual lens back camera produces richer pictures with vivid details for a more sophisticated photography experience.

The Honor 9i will be available starting 14th October exclusively on Flipkart at Rs 17,999/- for 4 x64 RAM /ROM configuration .

With a 8-core Kirin 659 chipset under the hood and 4X64 RAM/ROM internal storage, the Honor 9i is capable of seamlessly running multiple tasks efficiently.

Huawei’s Android 7-based EMUI 5.1 intelligently optimizes user experience by learning and predicting user behavior, making it a device that really understands its owner and acting on this knowledge to improve performance. The 3340mAh battery delivers power efficiency with talk time upto 20 hours.

We will review this device in the coming days.

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Honor 6X Camera Review: The Affordable Dual Lens Magic

Honor 6X is the company’s mid-ranger this year. With dual lenses and all glass design, the Honor 6X aims to do a lot more than the competition. This is the third phone from the company this year, after Huawei P9 and Honor 8 to come with a dual lens setup this year. LG G5 started it all this year. While on the G5, the secondary module is a wide-angle lens, Huawei’s approach is slightly different. Let us look through the Honor 6X Camera Review, its Features and how you can snap great pictures with this device.

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If you have already bought one or thinking about buying one, this would be useful. While the camera is the most interesting feature on this phone, the oct-core chipset, The EMUI, and a fast fingerprint scanner are worth appreciating as well. Read our full review here.

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How does the Twin lens System on the Honor 6X Camera work?

Like mentioned earlier, The Honor 6X has a dual lens setup. It uses the extra sensor to try to add depth to photos. It is possible to alter the aperture, from f/0.95 to f/6.5, to add software “bokeh” effects to snaps. Bokeh is where the background blurs and the subject stays in sharp focus. Pictures are well defined and bright. Colours are reasonably accurate. It takes good landscape shots and captures strong tones with portraits.

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Camera UI and Modes:

When you launch the camera button on the Honor 6X, you see a very simple UI which still looks very iOS‘ish. However, Swiping towards the right, brings in various modes to choose from. The quality of the output is neat. Especially the details. The contrasts and tones are worth falling in love with.

While on the camera screen, when you swipe towards the left, you get these different menu options. These let you set the resolution of the photographs to either standard format or the wide-screen one. There is GPS Tag, if you like to tag your pictures to the location. Pretty useful option, if you are a traveler and want to make a summary of your route & sort at the end of your trip. There are few more straight forward options.

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The colour reproduction is neat too. The contrasts are good; neither too much nor too subtle.

You also have live filters in the camera. Once you click the icon, you will be able to see all the filters in action. You can then choose according to your taste.

Most of the settings on the Honor 6X Camera are visible when you are in Pro Mode. To activate the pro mode, you will need to swipe up above the shutter button. Once you are in Pro mode, you will be able to adjust the focus points, shutter speed, Exposure Values, White Balance Settings and even the focus modes. Notably, it was weird not to find the option to tune the aperture settings. As a photographer, I really missed this.

Once you are in Pro mode, you can again swipe left and now you can find more options show up. The first notable feature is the option to store photos in RAW (DNG format). In a RAW mode, the pictures are captured as-is with all the information intact available for you to post process the image later. This is very nifty if you love playing with your images in Lightroom or Photoshop. You have an option to change the camera grid if you prefer to get some aid while composing the pictures. There is an optional level scale too!

Tap to Focus:

The Dual lens systems enable you to take pictures with an adjustable depth of field to create background blurs, what we call Bokeh. On the camera screen, once you select the Aperture icon here, you will have an option to click a picture with aperture settings and option for tap to focus; which results in specific part of the image being focused. You can also click a picture and then adjust the depth later.

Tap to Focus on Huawei P9 Leica

When you go to the gallery, you can see these images with a small lens symbol. You can then tap open the picture and adjust the settings. There is a slider which appears next to the icon. This helps you to change the width of the aperture. Wider (least the number) the aperture, greater the background blur. This way, you could tune the image to your preference – as shown below in this image.

Defocusing-on-Huawei-P9

The software Emulates as open as f 0.95. That makes the picture focus sharply at that point and everything else has this creamy blurred effect to it. Since it’s a software made, it is easy to identify as the edges get very smooth.

Auto Focus could’ve been even better. Although, the above-mentioned software focusing options does come to rescue at times.

The Video mode gives you some options for manual controls as well. The video quality is decent and the colours look good too. Further, Lack of Optical image stabilization also means, you may face some issues in low-light conditions; or if you want great quality, I recommend using a tripod.

I hope the latest version of the software, EMUI 5.0 with Nougat, would bring in even better camera software optimizations as well.

HDR is pretty good as well. It brings down the shadows and increases the colour saturation. The dynamic range of the images are pretty good. The two cameras working in conjunction definitely helps the device click great pictures. The pictures look even better when you have a high dynamic range in the scene.

The option for RAW file processing might really impress people who love tweaking their images. Something I really miss on this phone is a hardware camera button. That would’ve been a nifty addition.

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Our Favourite Software Features from the Huawei EMUI

Huawei has impacted smartphone industry in a big way. The brand has created a niche for itself in the global market; due credits can be attributed towards the wide range of devices in all the price package with great specifications.

Few days ago, Huawei announced Honor 6X in India. Not just the hardware, the software on these phones is our favourite too. The phone offers the latest version of EMUI, with an intuitive interface with several gesture tricks. Here we list our favourite features that make Huawei’s EMUI unique.

Home Screen Customisations: With EMUI, one can customise home screen as per their own requirement. Pinching the home screen with two fingers will reduce the screen size and four options will appear at the bottom wallpapers, widgets, transition, and layout.

The EMUI user interface lets you accomplish several tasks even without unlocking your device, this makes usage of device hassle free. If you swipe up from the bottom of the display while the device is locked. A menu pops up, which lets you use the device as a voice recorder, calculator, firing the camera or let you use the rear LED as a torch.

With the great screen display , Huawei provides its users with the good collection of wallpapers. One can change the wallpaper by both ways manually & with the use of EMUI. By shaking the device one can change the wallpaper. To activate the feature, go to the wallpaper section and activate the desired toggle.

Motion & Gestures Friendly: EMUI provides seamless functioning with gestures and motions for controlling the device. The various options that EMUI gives are flip to mute, shake to rearrange and tilt to move icons, pick up to reduce volume, widgets, keyboard, dialler or navigation bar. Steps: Go to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Motion Control and customise the required gestures.

Notification Modifications: EMUI user interface lets one control the notification behaviour of the apps. You can allow any app to send you the notification or block it permanently. Steps: Settings>>All>Notification Manager and tap on the app icon, which you want to restrict. A popup window will appear with Allow, Notify and Restrict options.

Dropzone Manager: DropZone Manager is a key feature from the house Huawei to make the screen less cluttered. DropZone allows any seven apps to send floating notification. Steps: navigate to Settings>>All>>DropZone Manager

Two Profile creation: With Huawei phones, one can hide their Contact, Album, and App. It also gives you an option to restrict certain albums, apps, and contacts to yourself only. The EMUI allows you to creates two user profiles ó Administrator and Guest.

If you are logged with the admin password, everything will remain open to using, but if logged in using the guest password, certain user-mentioned contacts, albums, and apps won’t be visible or accessible. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Security>>Privacy Protection. First, you’ll be prompted to create the admin password and then the guest password.

Modification of Navigation Bar: Every Huawei phone comes with three control menus at the bottom of the display. But EMUI allows changing the order or adding the notification panel open option on that bar. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Navigation Bar and turn on the Navigation Bar toggle and choose the desired option.

Display Customisation – Daydream, Colour Temperature: With EMUI one can change Huawei smartphones display according to their preference. The EMUI offers you options to change the display colour temperature and brightness. We always prefer to leave the colour temperature to phone’s default settings, an option for modifying colour temperature comes as a great help to make the screen comfortable for reading as per your convenience.

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Honor 6X Review: Dual Camera Rockstar, Swagger way!

In this article, let us review the Honor 6X, a mid range smartphone from Huawei which just got launched today in India. Although this device is priced like a budget phone, the features, design and the user experience give it a feel of a premium mid-range smartphone.

Honor is Huawei’s Smartphone e-brand for digital natives. Honor has been expanding aggressively in global markets, and has successfully launched in 74 global markets, entering the bestselling charts in most of the European countries honor launched.

The Honor 6X will be available at INR 12999 in three colours – gold, silver and grey. The phone will be available online exclusively on amazon.in. The sale of Honor 6X will commence later this week.

Hardware, Look and Feel:

The Honor 6X comes with a premium aircraft grade metal that also offers great level of heat sinks. The top and bottom of the phone are made up of plastic, but still the phone doesn’t look cheap at all.

The phone is neither heavy, nor very light. Its a good weight in the hands; and doesn’t slip-off easily. Although this phone looks a little big, it is very comfortable to hold them.The curved edges is quite ergonomic and the rear flows very well to the 2.5D glass in the front. There is a LED notification on the top of the phone as well.

The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side which feels vey neat and also offers a good amount of tactile feedback. The buttons also have a textured feel to it making it more comfortable to use. The left side is for the SIM and SD card slots. Its surprising why Honor dropped the 2 separate slots and included the Hybrid SIM slot this time.

The phone is powered with an octacore 64bit Kirin 655 16nm SOC processor clocked at 2.1GHz, Mali-T830MP2, faster EMMC 5.1 and 3/4GB RAM (depends on the variant you choose from). The phone has a onboard 32GB ROM for the 3GB variant and 64GB for the 4GB variant. The phone has support for expandable storage upto 128 GB.

The Emotion UI makes the OS much user friendly and optimises the OS with a good RAM management. The OS also provides some good tweaks that help in better performance when compared to other phones in  this segment.

The rear of the phone sports the camera and the finger print sensor. The finger print sensor is an impressive feature on this phone (or in any Huawei phone in that matter). The finger print reading is fast (the company says 0.3 seconds to unlock) and also, has worked well all the times for me. When compared to other phones in this segment, the accuracy is pretty neat.

The phone has a 3340 mAh battery which offers a good battery life of over a day; It gives me SOT of 7 hours which is pretty impressive. With Emotion UI, there are tons of more customisations which you can do, to make your phone even better in terms of battery saving. Thanks to the patents Huawei has on the same.

The call drops are fairly less. The sound quality on the phone isn’t great when you play music on loud speaker; it gets slightly better with a headset. However, The call quality is very impressive and the volume is good too.!

Camera:

The Dual camera is at a rise now and Huawei has been pioneering there. The dual camera setup is also one of the highlight of this phone.

The rear cameras are powered with a 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel PDAF cameras. The front-facing camera has 8-megapixel. The aperture allows good amount of light; the device also has a single LED flash to use in low-light conditions. In outdoors, the camera performs very well and is quick. The quality of pictures is pretty neat and the details are sharp with colours being good as well.

Thankfully, the software doesn’t over-sharp the images and hence, images feel realistic. Here are some samples pictures I clicked.

Emotion UI also offers a great camera software which gives you options for smart selfies, food mode etc.

Shot with a Good Food Mode

The Honor 6X also offers manual shooting controls (professional mode) for people who like to create photographs. This stands out when compared to the competition like Redmi Note 4.

The follow-focus on the videos is a pretty good addition. The front camera performance is decent and does take some good pictures; and if you’re a selfie lover, there are tons of more options to play around.

Display

The Display is very impressive and sharp. I find it to be one of the real good features of the phone. Its a 5.5 inch, IPS Panel display powering a full HD resolution of 1080 * 1920 offering a 480 dpi. The quality and the details are neat. Images aren’t over-saturated or too warm/cold. the colours are vibrant and the brightness on the screen is impressive as well. Reading text on the phone is pretty good. I like the fact, it isn’t too sharp giving a realistic clear text.

Software, User Experience:

The Honor 6X runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with the customised version. These days, Every company have their own android skins for their phones. Out of all, my personal favourites have been the Flyme OS, MIUI and Emotion UI. They are not just basic customisations, but give users few features which are actually worth trying.

This phone offer Emotion UI 4.1, the first Honor phone to feature Marshmallow. There are few software features which makes the phone pretty good. My personal favourite is the notifications window. They show a lot more detail on a timeline about the app notifications and your system. Shake to re-align icons is cool as well. Themes would also fancy some people. I love the Health App; that little notification on the lock screen is super cool. This version of EMUI also brings in some performance improvements.

The emotion UI provides you way more options to further make use of the finger print sensor, than to just unlock your phone. Gestures help you do that. For e.g.: Swiping up on the finger print scanner shows the recently used apps. Swiping down brings in the notifications page to quickly read through and toggle settings. A tap can be configured to take you to back screen or even click a picture while you take a selfie. You can even take a call, or use it like a home button with customisations available.

The Wi-fi Bridge is not just a hotspot but a repeater as well. It helps you share your Wi-Fi connection to other devices.

Pros and Cons, Value for Money:

With a metal body, premium design and a good display, the Honor 6X is impressive. The pricing is pretty good and well positioned with the rest of the competition. The Honor 6X offers better user experience than the likes of Coolpad and Vivo. The only competition would be the Redmi Note 4.

I personally love how the honor phones offer a good user experience with its Emotion UI; and of course the accurate finger print scanner which doubles with great gesture controls. I believe, software updates with Honor aren’t going to be an issue either. The Honor 6X will also receive the EMUI 5.0 update Android 7.0 Nougat in Q2 2017.

Summing up, This phone offers a good design, beautiful display and most importantly, finger print scanner which is accurate and does a lot more things than just unlocking your phone. If you love playing around with cameras, you will enjoy this phone.

Do let us know your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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Honor 8 Review: A Super Gorgeous Flagship!

Honor announced its flagship, the Huawei 8 this week in India. The phone will be available for 29999 INR on Flipkart. The Honor 8 is one of the best looking phones the company has ever made. Let us look at a detailed review in this article.

Hardware, Look and Feel:

The Honor 8 has a double-sided glass design’ with a first from Honor – a Sapphire blue colour. The edges are smooth and straight design makes the device easy and comfortable to hold.

The phone is very light and feels great to carry along. The back is quite ergonomic and the rear flows very well to the front.Might feel slightly slippery because of the all glass body. A protective case will still be a good idea.

The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side which feels vey neat and also offers a good amount of tactile feedback. The power button also have a textured feel to it making it more comfortable to use. The left side is for the SIM and SD card slots.

The Emotion UI makes the OS much user friendly and optimises the OS with a good RAM management. The OS also provides some good tweaks that help in better performance when compared to other phones in this segment. The Gaming performance on this phone is impressive as well. It also allows the users to take partial or full screenshots with the tap of their knuckle and similar other features through its enhanced knuckle feature.

The rear of the phone sports the dual camera and the finger print sensor.

The finger print sensor is an impressive feature on this phone (or in any Huawei phone in that matter). The finger print reading is fast (the company says 0.5 seconds to unlock) and also, has worked well all the times for me. When compared to other phones, the accuracy is pretty neat. It also doubles up as a button here.

The phone is powered with an octacore Kirin 955 chipset (This octacore processor comes with 4 x Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz and 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz), Mali T880 GPU, faster EMMC 5.1 and 4GB RAM. The Honor 8 has a Depth Image Signal Processor onboard. The phone has a onboard 32GB ROM, expandable upto 128 GB. The phone doesn’t support adoptable storage though.

The Kirin 955 chipset also helps with silicon-chip level protection. There is a dedicated security module within the silicon chip that ensures user security, handling key information like fingerprints, keypad, and voice.

The phone has a 3000 MAH battery which offers a decent battery life of around a day. The charging speed isn’t one of the best either. Considering the phone to be a flagship, the battery life could’ve been better for sure. However, With Emotion UI, there are tons of more customisations which you can apply, to make your phone even better in terms of battery saving. Thanks to the patents Huawei has on the same.

The call quality is very impressive and the volume is good too. The Wi-Fi+ 2.0 automatically connect to the strongest available Wi-Fi network. The phone ranks the Wi-Fi hotspots, and prioritises the best connection.

The combination of beautiful design, powerful hardware, and a great camera gives this phone an edge when compared to the rest of the competition.

Display

The Display is very impressive and sharp. I find it to be one of the real good features of the phone. Its a 5.2″ FHD display with 96% colour saturation and high contrast. The quality and the details are neat. Images aren’t over-saturated or too warm/cold. the colours are vibrant and the brightness on the screen is impressive as well.

The LCD ensures blacks are nice and deep. It’s quite good even in a broad day light. Reading text on the phone is pretty good. I like the fact, it isn’t too sharp giving a realistic clear text.

If you want to nit pick, the display brightness could still look slightly low when compared to other flagships who offer Quad HD displays and much brighter nits. Huawei has managed to offer a better battery life with a full HD display here.

Software, User Experience:

The Honor 8 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with the customised version. These days, Every company have their own android skins for their phones. Out of all, my personal favourites have been the Flyme OSMIUI and Emotion UI. They are not just basic customisations, but give users few features that are worth trying.

This phone offer Emotion UI 4.1, featuring Marshmallow.  There are few software features which makes the phone pretty good. My personal favourite is the notifications window. They show a lot more detail on a timeline about the app notifications and your system.

Shake to re-align icons is cool as well. Themes would also fancy some people for sure. I also like the screenshot gesture, where you just have to knock the screen.

step counter emui healthI love the Health App; that little notification on the lock screen is super cool. This version of EMUI also brings in some performance improvements.

The emotion UI provides you way more options to further make use of the finger print sensor, than to just unlock your phone. Gestures help you do that. For e.g.: Swiping up on the finger print scanner shows the recently used apps. Swiping down brings in the notifications page to quickly read through and toggle settings. A tap can be configured to take you to back screen or even click a picture while you take a selfie. You can even take a call, or use it like a home button with customisations available. Read some of our favourite features of EMUI here.

Camera:

There has been great number of dual camera phones available in Indian market this year. This is the second phone from Huawei after the P9 to come with a dual lens this year. While on the LG G5, the secondary module acts as a wide-angle lens, Huawei’s approach is different here. Check out the other implementations here.

The Honor 8 has a 12MP RGB main sensor and accompanied by a 12MP monochrome chip on board. The Honor 8’s merging algorithm, intelligently combines the colours taken by the RGB sensor with the detail of the monochrome sensor. There isn’t an exclusive Monochrome mode like the one on the Huawei P9. However, you can use filters/advanced settings to get the effect.

According to Huawei, the image information from both sensors makes the Honor 8 camera 100% more light-sensitive than other smartphone cameras. Further, using the colour and monochrome camera simultaneously helps in producing a superior image with deeper blacks, vivid colours, and natural looking depth of field.

The Dual Lens on the Honor 8 also helps in simulating shallow depth-of-field.

The camera is powered with a 12MP sensor, a f2.2 aperture, 22mm Leica optics, which does allow a lot of light and a dual tone LED flash to use in low-light conditions. The device doesn’t have an optical stabiliser though.

In outdoors, the camera performs very well and is quick. The quality of pictures is fantastic and the details are sharp with colours being good as well. The bokeh (background blur) is natural unlike the other phones in this segment. Thankfully, the software doesn’t over-sharp the images and hence, images feel realistic. Emotion UI also offers a great camera software which gives DNG Raw capture and other modes.

The Honor 8 also offers manual shooting controls (professional mode) for people who like to create photographs. Here are some of the pictures I clicked with this camera over the past 2 weeks.

Pros and Cons, Value for Money:

In the past two weeks, I have been using the Honor 8 as my primary phone, and I am very impressed with it. To begin with, the phone feels great on hands, software is optimised, the images aren’t too saturated; the colours and details feel real etc. The phone is gorgeous and feels super premium with the glass body.

Well, at this price, although it looks quite expensive, we need to consider that, the camera optics on this phone is superior than the rest of the competition in this segment. The design feels very unique. While the camera is the most interesting feature on this phone, the oct-core chipset, The EMUI, and a fast fingerprint scanner are worth appreciating as well. The phone is perfectly sized, feels premium and the software is top-notch as well.

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Huawei P9 Review: A Smartphone every Photographer would Love

Smartphones have always tried to replace our cameras. In true world, it does make sense, as you don’t carry your camera wherever you go unlike your mobile devices. While some companies claim to make camera phones, that would replace a DSLR, its nothing but just a joke. Each have different purposes and it would be wiser if we do not compare these two. However, on a regular daily usage you do not need a DSLR for everyday pictures; it would be nice to have a good portable Smartphone that couples as a camera which clicks quick and great pictures.

Huawei announced its flagship, the Huawei P9 today in India. The phone will be available for 39999 INR on Flipkart. The Huawei P9 is one of the best phones the company has every made. It is targeted at people who love creating photographs. Especially, with its association with Leica, it makes it even more worth looking at. I have been using this phone for over a couple of weeks and I am very impressed. Let us look at a detailed Huawei P9 review in this article. If you are keen on the camera review, read it here.

Hardware, Look and Feel:

The Huawei P9 is made up of aerospace-class unibody aluminium and a 2.5D glass with a brushed metal effect for a smooth look. The edges are flat and straight design makes the device easy and comfortable to hold.

The phone is very light and feels great to carry along. Might feel slightly slippery. The back is quite ergonomic and the rear flows very well to the front. A protective case will still be a good idea.

Huawei-P9 rear antenna

The power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side which feels vey neat and also offers a good amount of tactile feedback. The power button also have a textured feel to it making it more comfortable to use.

The left side is for the SIM and SD card slots. There is a single slot with a dedicated SIM and a Hybrid slot. You could either pop-in two SIM cards or use one for a expandable micro-SD card.

The phone is powered with an octacore Kirin 955 chipset (This octacore processor comes with 4 x Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz and 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz), Mali T880 GPU, faster EMMC 5.1 and 3GB RAM. The Huawei P9 is the first phone with a processor, that has a Depth Image Signal  Processor onboard.

The phone has a onboard 32GB ROM, expandable upto 128 GB. The phone doesn’t support adoptable storage though.

There is a very slight lag on the app-load when you launch 3rd party apps; its certainly not a major deal breaker. Probably, it would’ve been better on a 4GB/64 RAM model. However, the Emotion UI makes the OS much user friendly and optimises the OS with a good RAM management.

The OS also provides some good tweaks that help in better performance when compared to other phones in  this segment. The Gaming performance on this phone is very impressive as well.

The rear of the phone sports the camera and the finger print sensor. The Leica branding on the rear adds to the premium feel to the phone. Although, I still wonder why the SUMMARIT H1:2.2/27 ASPH was needed. They could’ve just kept it subtle with just Leica.

Huawei P9 Dual Camera Leica

The finger print sensor is an impressive feature on this phone (or in any Huawei phone in that matter). The finger print reading is fast (the company says 0.5 seconds to unlock) and also, has worked well all the times for me. When compared to other phones, the accuracy is pretty neat.

The Kirin 955 chipset also helps with silicon-chip level protection. There is a dedicated security module within the silicon chip that ensures user security, handling key information like fingerprints, keypad, and voice.

The phone has a 3000 MAH battery which offers a decent battery life of around a day. The charging speed isn’t one of the best either. Considering the phone to be a flagship, the battery life could’ve been better for sure. However, With Emotion UI, there are tons of more customisations which you can apply, to make your phone even better in terms of battery saving. Thanks to the patents Huawei has on the same.

With triple Antenna, the call drops are fairly less. Also, you don’t need to worry about your hand position under different signal conditions. Better RF performance- system automatically switches to the antenna with the best signal to prevent dropped calls.

Huawei P9 Leica Dual Lens back rear

The call quality is very impressive and the volume is good too. The Wi-Fi+ 2.0 automatically connect to the strongest available Wi-Fi network. The phone ranks the Wi-Fi hotspots, and prioritises the best connection.

The combination of beautiful design, powerful hardware, and a great camera gives this phone an edge when compared to the rest of the competition.

Display

The Display is very impressive and sharp. I find it to be one of the real good features of the phone. Its a 5.2″ FHD display with 96% colour saturation and high contrast. The quality and the details are neat. Images aren’t over-saturated or too warm/cold. the colours are vibrant and the brightness on the screen is impressive as well.

The LCD ensures blacks are nice and deep. It’s quite good even in a broad day light. Reading text on the phone is pretty good. I like the fact, it isn’t too sharp giving a realistic clear text.

Huawei P9 EMUI

If you want to nit pick, the display brightness could still look slightly low when compared to other flagships who offer Quad HD displays and much brighter nits. Huawei has managed to offer a better battery life with a full HD display here.

Software, User Experience:

The Huawei P9 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with the customised version. These days, Every company have their own android skins for their phones. Out of all, my personal favourites have been the Flyme OS, MIUI and Emotion UI. They are not just basic customisations, but give users few features which are actually worth trying.

This phone offer Emotion UI 4.1, featuring Marshmallow.  There are few software features which makes the phone pretty good. My personal favourite is the notifications window. They show a lot more detail on a timeline about the app notifications and your system.

Shake to re-align icons is cool as well. Themes would also fancy some people for sure. I also like the screenshot gesture, where you just have to knock the screen.

step counter emui healthI love the Health App; that little notification on the lock screen is super cool. This version of EMUI also brings in some performance improvements.

The emotion UI provides you way more options to further make use of the finger print sensor, than to just unlock your phone. Gestures help you do that. For e.g.: Swiping up on the finger print scanner shows the recently used apps. Swiping down brings in the notifications page to quickly read through and toggle settings. A tap can be configured to take you to back screen or even click a picture while you take a selfie. You can even take a call, or use it like a home button with customisations available.

Camera:

With dual cameras, the P9 does a lot more than the competition. This is the second phone after LG G5 to come with a dual lens this year. While on the LG G5, the secondary module acts as a wide-angle lens, Huawei’s approach is different here.

With being, co-engineered with Leica, The Huawei P9 has a 12MP RGB main sensor and accompanied by a 12MP monochrome chip on board. The Huawei P9’s merging algorithm, intelligently combines the colours taken by the RGB sensor with the detail of the monochrome sensor.

Huawei P9 Dual Camera Leica

According to Huawei, the image information from both sensors makes the P9 camera 100% more light-sensitive than other smartphone cameras. Further, using the colour and monochrome camera simultaneously helps in producing a superior image with deeper blacks, vivid colours, and natural looking depth of field. Read our in-depth camera review here.

The Dual Lens on the Huawei P9 also helps in simulating shallow depth-of-field.

The camera is powered with a 12MP sensor, a f2.2 aperture, 22mm Leica optics, which does allow a lot of light and a dual tone LED flash to use in low-light conditions. The device doesn’t have an optical stabiliser though.

In outdoors, the camera performs very well and is quick. The quality of pictures is fantastic and the details are sharp with colours being good as well. The bokeh (background blur) is natural unlike the other phones in this segment. Thankfully, the software doesn’t over-sharp the images and hence, images feel realistic. Emotion UI also offers a great camera software which gives DNG Raw capture and other modes.

The monochrome pictures out of the Huawei P9 are worth falling in love with!

The Huawei P9 also offers manual shooting controls (professional mode) for people who like to create photographs. Here are some of the pictures I clicked with this camera over the past 2 weeks.

Pros and Cons, Value for Money:

In the past two weeks, I have been using the Huawei P9 as my primary phone, and I am very impressed with it. To begin with, the phone feels great on hands, software is optimised, the images aren’t too saturated; the colours and details feel real etc.

The Huawei P9 has been my favourite Smartphone, not just for the fantastic camera capabilities, but for a great User Experience.

Well, at this price, although it looks quite expensive, we need to consider that, this is a device from Huawei (not Honor, which has been making the budget phones) and they are competing it along with other flagships in the market. The company seems to be aggressive in getting out the brand Huawei in the country and they would like to keep it at a premium point.

While the camera is the most interesting feature on this phone, the oct-core chipset, The EMUI, and a fast fingerprint scanner are worth appreciating as well. Something I really miss on this phone is a hardware camera button. That would’ve been a nifty addition. The phone is perfectly sized, feels premium and the software is top-notch as well.

If you are behind the latest and greatest of hardware, you may see various other options in the market. However, if you love clicking pictures and value great user experience than hardware, then Huawei P9 is the camera phone for you. Like I mentioned the, photos are great and the monochromes are something worth falling in love with. The P9 is one of the best phones Huawei has ever made.