Chinese manufacturer Huawei have been producing handsets for many years (both as white-label for companies and under their own name) but one area where the company has particularly struggled is adoption of devices bearing its name in European and American markets. Earlier this year they announced the new Honor 6 smartphone for Europe and whilst it shares many hallmarks of other Huawei devices such as the Ascend P6, it does drop the Huawei branding. How does this smartphone designed for Europe compare with the phablet behemoth that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?
Whilst the Galaxy Note 4 has a specs list to rival any handset, Huawei have set their sights a little lower with the Honor 6. Unlike the Galaxy Note 4 which has a 5.6 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Honor 6 comes with a 5.0 inch Full HD 1080p IPS LCD display offer 445 pixels per inch density (versus 515 ppi on the Galaxy Note 4).
On the back both handsets have reasonable snappers with the Galaxy Note 4 sporting a 16MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation and LED flash whilst the Honor 6 has a 13MP sensor with dual-LED flash but no OIS. It’s in the video recording department where the Galaxy Note 4 completely wins out as it supports 4K video at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p slow-mo at 120fps. In comparison, the Honor 6 only supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second and does not feature 4K or slow-mo video.
Both handsets may be targeted towards completely different audiences – the Galaxy Note 4 is a flagship killer whilst the Honor 6 takes over from the Nexus 5 and brings high-end specs to the mid-range price point – but they do have some common similarities. Both handsets feature an array of connectivity options including LTE Cat 6 (offering 300 Mbps download speed and 50 Mbps upload speeds) as well as NFC, 3GB RAM, Android KitKat OS and DC-HSDPA data (42.2Mbps DL, 5.76Mbps UL).
Whilst they both have 3GB RAM, the Honor 6 is powered by Huawei’s own-brand Octa-Core Kirin 920 chipset featuring quad-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 CPU and quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 processors. In comparison the Galaxy Note 4 is powered by either a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor or an Octa-core Exynos 5433 processor depending on region.
Overall whilst there are a few similarities, these two handsets differ in a lot of ways – given it’s target market, the Galaxy Note 4 has as many features as Samsung could include whilst the Honor 6 strips back some of the feature set in favour of a lower price tag. Both handsets have heavily customised interfaces with TouchWiz on the Galaxy Note 4 often laggy whilst Emotion UI 2.3 on the Honor 6 is snappy but features rather strange customisations such as the lack of an app drawer.