Huawei Honor 6 Plus: 2x 8MP cameras... on the back

Thanks to their relatively small lenses and sensors, lowlight photography can be difficult on smartphones, but Huawei thinks they have a solution with the dual rear cameras on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Sporting not one, but two 8-megapixel sensors, which Huawei claims combined provide an "effective pixel size" of 1.98 microns. For comparison, the HTC One M8 has 2-micron pixels on its main camera, but it's just a 4MP unit. Apart from the trick cameras, the Honor 6 Plus also sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by Huawei's own 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (plus microSD expansion), all backed up by a 3600mAh battery.

But back to those dual cameras. As is all but required when putting in two of anything, they're offset side-by-side. Which means that in addition to gathering a bunch of light, they're also getting images affected by parallax (from different viewpoints, like the two eyeballs in your head) that can be combined to create 3D and lens effects. In this case, you can both refocus the photo (like the One M8) and adjust the aperture all the way from a everything-so-crisp ƒ/16 down to bokeh-rich ƒ/0.95. Of course, that's all generated lens effects and may be subject to the same wonkiness you sometimes get with HTC's dual-sensor set-up. There's also an 8-megapixel sensor up front (not quite the 13MP of the HTC Desire Eye, bringing a "lucky triple-8" to Chinese customers.

When it comes to software, we're looking at a phone running Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Huawei's Emotion 3.0 UI on top of that.

One of the more outlandish claims comes in the form of durability for the phone. Apparently the launch event in China saw a video of the phone getting shot by a gun, with the bullet bouncing off the back. While we're somewhat skeptical — and also really interested in trying that out (they're practically daring us to shoot a phone for a review) — that they're even willing to imply that kind of durability is something insane.

All of this is set to come at a relatively affordable price — just ¥1,999 unsubsidized, or about US$320. There's also a gold color version that will set you back ¥2499 (US$400). If you so desire, the Honor 6 Plus is up for pre-order from oppomart, though you'll pay an extra $100 for the privilege.

Source: oppomart, Engadget