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Honor 6X (Nougat) review: A great value proposition

Huawei is keeping up its attempts to break into the saturated U.S. smartphone market with its sub-brand Honor. It started with the 5X and continued with the Honor 8. The premise is to bring mid- or high-tier specs and slap them in a premium chassis, then sell it at a very affordable price. However, as good as those devices have been, their weakness has been the software (again).

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[Update: New deal at Newegg] Deal Alert: Honor 8 on sale as low as $285 (32GB) and $325 (64GB) on Amazon

The Honor 8 has always been a very, very pretty phone. But the software was a serious drawback until just recently. Huawei rolled out Nougat to this phone a few weeks ago, and it improved the experience greatly. If that sounds like something you want to check out, the Honor 8 is on sale today for over $100 off.

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[Update: Nougat beta is rolling out to testers] Huawei is recruiting Nougat beta testers for the Honor 6X

Honor 6X owners, pay attention. Huawei has announced on its Honor Twitter account that it has opened up Nougat/EMUI 5 beta testing for the phone. Signing up only requires you to email your IMEI number(s) to the address in the tweet.

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Huawei's thin new Honor V9 sports a 5.7" QHD display, a Kirin 960, Nougat, and a massive 4000mAh battery

Huawei has been producing some pretty sweet smartphones lately. Most recently, we found the Mate 9 to be a solid smartphone all around. The Chinese company's latest smartphone, the Honor V9, packs a lot of amazing specs into a remarkably thin metal chassis.

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The Honor 8 receives Nougat/EMUI 5 starting today

True to its word, Honor says that Nougat/EMUI 5 is rolling out to the Honor 8 starting today (February 11). This comes via the official Twitter account and is great news for owners of the mid-range device.

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Update: Honor says the 6X will get Nougat in H1 2017, March not promised

We were contacted by Honor today in regard to this post. Honor's claim is that the March date is in reference to the review device we received for testing. March is not being promised as the timeline for the EMUI 5 / Android 7.0 update for owners of the Honor 6X. Instead, Honor defers to their original statement that it will receive the update in the first half of 2017.

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Honor announces the Honor 6X with dual cameras, Kirin 655 SoC, and Android 6.0 for $249

Are you a "cost-conscious yet uncompromising Internet-minded millennial?" If so, this is your lucky day, because Huawei's Honor sub-brand says it knows how you think. It understands the "double or nothing motto that millennials live and breathe." Finally, someone gets it! These are all things Honor has said in its PR today as it announced the global launch of the Honor 6X. It only costs $249, and I assume you can buy it even if you're not a "young and bold consumer." I myself am old and cautious.

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Huawei says that the Honor 8 will receive Nougat and EMUI 5 in February 2017

Nougat has been out for a few months now and several devices have already received the new version of Android, or will be in the coming months. Well, we can add the Honor 8 to that list. Huawei has said that the budget phone will be getting Android 7.0 with EMUI 5 in tow sometime in February.

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The Honor Magic is a curvy little smartphone with AI smarts, but it's only for China right now

At an event in China today, Huawei's Honor sub-brand announced the Honor Magic (not to be confused with the venerable HTC Magic). This device has the fewest corners of any phone in recent memory thanks to a curved AMOLED display and rounded chassis. Honor is also talking up this phone's AI capabilities and a new fast-charging technology.

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Honor 6X announced in China with dual cameras and affordable price

Huawei's Honor brand has been selling a few phones in the US, but the company's primary focus is still in its native China, and there's a new Honor phone there today. The Honor 6X has been announced with solid specs and dual cameras for not a lot of money.

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