When we talk about the major Android manufacturers, we tend to talk the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and Sony. Huawei usually doesn't enter the conversation until the low-cost, prepaid market. An afterthought, for those of us who spend too much time playing in the high-end.
We come by it honestly, of course, but we've also been missing out on some rather compelling devices. But 2015 will see a new push from Huawei in the United States, and sooner rather than later.
We caught up with Huawei at CES Live 2015 in Las Vegas for an early demo with the Honor 6 Plus, and we've since taken it for a quick spin on our own time. And while this is a China-specific device — that means no Google services, first and foremost, it gives us another good look at the sort of hardware Huawei as capable of building, and even more important the sort of camera quality we'll be looking for when we get new North American devices.
About this mini-review
This is not a full Android Central review of the Honor 6 Plus. Frankly, we'd be in danger of repeating "no Google services" over and over again, which is neither helpful nor representative of the phone and the services that are available in China. That much is evident after even a short time with this phone. It's not missing out on things, it's just missing the things we're used to here in the U.S.
(That also means there's a ton of new and strange and usual features for us to poke through, which is fun.)
So we'll give a brief overview of the hardware and software, but mostly focus on the camera and the sort of shots you'll get from it. We'll go much more in depth with Western releases in the coming months.