Honor 6X Teardown


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Huawei’s Honor brand launched the Honor 6X smartphone in India last month, which went on sale in the country today exclusively on Amazon.in. It is a major upgrade to last year’s Honor 5X since this packs dual rear cameras, improved processor and more RAM. Even though this has a familiar design, there are a lot of components that go into making the device what that might not be revealed on a regular specs sheet. We did a teardown of the device, similar to the Honor 5X to see what it packs on the inside. Let’s take a peek.

The specifications of the Honor 6X are as follows:

  • 5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) Full HD 2.5D curved glass IPS display
  • Octa-core Kirin 655 ( 4 x 2.1GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) 16nm processor with Mali T830-MP2
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM with 32GB (eMMC 5.1) storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+ nano/microSD)
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with EMUI 4.1
  • 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, 6P lens, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, aperture F/0.95-F/16 and 2MP secondary camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 150.9×72.6×8.2mm; Weight: 162g
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
  • 3340mAh (typical) / 3270mAh (minium) battery with support for fast charging

We started off by switching off the device and removing the hybrid SIM tray. Since the doesn’t have any visible screws on the outside we can pry open the back cover with slim plastic tools. While opening the back cover we notice the finger print sensor cable connected to the main logic board. We removed the metal bracket over the logic board to disconnect the finger print sensor cable.

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The major part of back cover is made out of aluminum. The top and bottom part of the back cover are in plastic to improve signal strength. The back cover houses the cut outs for the dual camera setup, LED Light and Finger print sensor. And at the right side the volume rocker and power key are attached to the cover itself. At the left side there is an opening for the SIM card slot.

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The USB assembly id held in place by five Phillips screws and two TORX screws. After undoing all the screws, you will be able to remove the top cover of the USB assembly. This top cover holds the vibrator assembly. We disconnected the ribbon cable from the logic board and the speaker to remove the micro USB assembly.

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The components of the micro USB assembly includes speaker, micro USB assembly which holds the micro USB port which is covered in small silicon cover and a primary microphone. The last one is the vibration motor assembly which is circular in shape. The ribbon cables above the battery can be removed now to remove the battery, which is held in place by strong glue. You need to be extra cautious not to puncture it.  The battery is rated at 3340mAh.

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The motherboard is held in place by 4 screws, once it’s removed the motherboard comes off the phone body. The dual rear camera setup and front facing camera can be removed after that.

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The front facing camera is an 8MP 1/4″ Sony IMX219 Exmor R sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12 µm pixels.

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Coming back to the dual camera setup. The primary camera is a 12MP 1/2.9” Sony IMX386 Exmor RS sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 1.25µm pixels. The depth sensing camera is 2MP 1/5” OmniVision OV2680 sensor with 1.75µm pixels.

We then removed the metal brackets over the chips in the main logic board. The back side of the logic board houses the Volume rocker connector, finger print connector, display connector, battery connector and micro USB assembly connector.

Then we have the HiSilicon Hi6555 power management chip, HiSilicon Hi1102 WiFi and Bluetooth chip, Hisilicon Hi6362 RF receiver and SkyWorks 77648 Multimode Multiband Power Amplifier.

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The front side of the logic board consists of 3.5mm audio jack, ambient
& proximity sensor, hybrid dual SIM slot, secondary microphone, SKhynix H9TQ52ACLTMC 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and HiSilicon Hi6250 Octa-core Kirin 655 processor .

The display panel houses the internal speaker, display ribbon cable and antenna cable. We would like to tell you that the Honor 6X is working fine after reassembling.

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We give the Honor 6X a reparability score of 8/10. Only the back cover need some effort to open once you pass that it is fairly easy to replace the parts.Please note that teardowns will most definitely void your warranty so if you are planning to do the same on your device, keep that in mind.

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Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He is currently using the Motorola Moto G4 Plus. You can follow him on Twitter @ssrivatsan and on Google+