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HONOR X6a Review: A Budget-Friendly Marvel


The HONOR X6a is the brand's latest addition to the budget-friendly category. designed to meet the needs of those looking for an affordable yet feature-packed smartphone without breaking the bank.


In this review, we take a look at the HONOR X6a design, display, performance, camera capabilities, and more to determine whether it stands out in the crowded market of budget-conscious consumers.

HONOR X6a Specs

MagicOS 7.1(Based on Android 13)
6.56-inch HD+ TFT LCD display, 720 × 1612 pixel resolution, ~269ppi
90Hz refresh rate
2.2GHz MediaTek Helio G36 octa-core processor
PowerVR GE8320 GPU
128GB ROM, expandable via microSD up to 1TB
50MP (f/1.8) + 2MP depth (f/2.4) + 2MP macro (f/2.4) rear cameras, LED flash
5MP (f/2.2) selfie camera
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Headphone jack, single loudspeaker
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BDS
USB 2.0 Type-C
5,200mAh Lithium Polymer Battery, 22.5W HONOR SuperCharge
Colors: Sky Silver, Midnight Black

Design and Built Quality
The HONOR X6a showcases a flat and square design with subtle curved edges, offering a premium look and a comfortable, ergonomic hold. With a slim profile of only 75.07mm and a weight of 188g, this device is comfortable to use.


In terms of build quality, the HONOR X6a features a plastic body with a glossy finish at the back. It provides a comfortable grip while maintaining durability. One notable aspect is the back's resistance to dirt and fingerprints, and the use of the free protective case, it ensures that the phone remains sleek and pristine even after extended use.


The camera setup on the rear adds a modern flair, enhancing the overall look. The HONOR X6a is available in Midnight Black for a classic look and Sky Silver for a touch of elegance.


On the right side of the HONOR X6a are the volume rocker and a power button, which also acts as a fingerprint reader, for both convenience and added security.


Up top, the device houses a hybrid SIM slot that can hold two nano-SIM cards for 4G connectivity, or one nano-SIM and a micro-SD card slot that supports storage expansion up to 1TB, providing ample additional storage space.


At the bottom is the familiar Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Here, you'll also find a speaker and a microphone, while the 3.5mm audio jack remains conveniently accessible for your audio needs.
Overall, the HONOR X6a's design and build quality not only meet our expectations but also exceed functional ones. Its flat design, ergonomic feel, and attention to detail in color options make it an attractive choice for users looking for both style and functionality in a budget-friendly smartphone.
Under the hood, the HONOR X6a is powered by the MediaTek Helio G36 (12nm) processor, clocked at 2.2GHz Cortex-A53. This ensures smooth everyday tasks and gaming performance, complemented by the PowerVR GE8320 GPU for a better gaming experience.


With 4GB of RAM and HONOR RAM Turbo, coupled with 128GB of internal storage, the device offers ample space for apps, photos, videos, and personal data. In our personal experience, playing a variety of games, from intense shooters to racing games and even casual titles, was a breeze.

The X6a handled resource-intensive game titles like Call of Duty Mobile which demonstrated smooth graphics rendering and responsive gameplay using the default settings. The device's 90Hz display added an extra layer of immersion, contributing to an enjoyable gaming experience.

Transitioning to casual games, the X6a showcased its versatility. Games like the new Metal Slug: Awaking, Stumbler Guys, 8 Ball Pool, and more ran seamlessly. The combination of the processor, RAM, and GPU proved adept at handling the varied demands of casual gaming.


Running on MagicOS 7.1, based on Android 13, the X6a provides a nice and customizable user experience. The inclusion of some bloatware apps is a minor drawback, but the ability to remove them is a welcome feature. Full Google Suite support ensures a seamless app installation experience.

The HONOR X6a, with its limited 4GB of RAM augmented by the HONOR RAM Turbo, strikes a commendable balance between budget considerations and gaming performance. It handles popular and casual games fine, offering a smooth and good gaming experience.

Camera System
The X6a boasts a triple camera system, featuring a 50-megapixel (f/1.8) main camera, a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) depth camera, and a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) macro camera. Up front, there's a 5-megapixel (f/2.2) selfie camera.


During our test of the camera capabilities, it offered commendable performance, with an easy-to-use and intuitive camera app offering various shooting modes like portrait, video, super macro, and more for users to experiment with.


The primary camera excels at capturing sharp and detailed images, particularly in favorable lighting conditions such as daylight and outdoor settings. It showcases good picture quality, bringing out vibrant colors while maintaining clarity. While the depth sensor is good for bokeh effects, it enhances portrait shots by isolating the subject from the background. Although the macro lens enables up-close photography, it may not produce top-quality photos but is suitable for sharing on social media platforms.

You can find our sample photos using the HONOR X6a here.

The selfie camera offers a satisfactory performance with a few noteworthy considerations. While the camera captures decent selfies, it tends to fall short of delivering razor-sharp details. However, the results are generally good enough for casual use, especially for social media sharing, where the emphasis is often on overall composition rather than minute details.

Battery and Charging
The X6a is a reliable companion with its 5200mAh battery, providing ample juice for extended daily use. Whether engaging in multimedia, gaming, social media updates, or browsing, this allows us to stay connected without the constant worry of running out of power.


While the 22.5W HONOR SuperCharge has commendable charging capabilities, achieving a 31% charge in just 20 minutes, it falls short compared to the faster charging speeds offered by a 65W charger. Nevertheless, it remains a respectable and practical feature for users looking for a balance between fast charging and convenience.

Stylish slim design
Versatile triple-camera system
Nice large display with a 90Hz refresh rate
Dependable Processor
Ample storage
Latest Software
Long battery

Bloatware Presence
Limited color options
4GB RAM Limitation
Low-light camera performance
Macro camera quality

The HONOR X6a is a commendable budget-friendly smartphone, offering a stylish design, a versatile camera system, and a smooth user experience. It's a reliable daily driver. While it has some limitations, these drawbacks are outweighed by its overall performance. If you're looking for an affordable smartphone that balances style, performance, and long battery life, the HONOR X6a is a good choice in the budget smartphone category.
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