Honor 6X vs. ZTE Blade V8 Pro


CES introduced a couple of new notable smartphone entries into the ultra-value segment (sub-$300) of the US market, both from Chinese phone makers: The Honor 6X and the ZTE Blade Pro. Honor had already announced the Honor 6X a few months before it brought the 6X to the States at the CES announcement.
Honor’s 6X was announced with a Kirin 655, 3GB of RAM, 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 3,340 mAh battery, and a dual camera setup. Since the 6X was technically released earlier than the Blade V8 Pro, ZTE had a glimpse of what Honor was offering and immediately took a chance to one-up the Huawei-owned brand.

Honor 6x vs. Zte Blade V8 Pro review

ZTE’s product checks more boxes on paper: NFC, 5 GHz Wi-FI, USB-C, and Quick Charge 2.0. The 6X has none of these and costs $30 more than the Blade V8 Pro. In addition, the Blade V8 Pro has a dual-13MP camera VS the Honor 6X’s 12MP+2MP setup. This will definitely be an interesting comparison.

Honor 6X at a glance

  • 5.5″ LTPS IPS LCD – 1080 x 1920px ~403 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 – 4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4×1.7GHz Cortex-A53 & Mali-T830MP2 GPU
  • 32GB of storage (expandable) / 3GB of RAM (64GB / 4GB model available in markets outside US)
  • Dual camera: 12MP + 2MP depth sensor, PDAF, 1.25 micron pixel size, 1080p @ 30fps
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Slim and lightweight construction with metal backing
  • HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • Hybrid DualSIM support via microSD slot
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 3,340 mAh battery
  • No NFC, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi a/b/g/n

ZTE Blade V8 Pro at a glance

  • 5.5″ IPS LCD – 1080 x 1920 px ~401 ppi w/ Gorilla Glass 3
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 – 8×2.0GHz Cortex-A53 & Adreno 506 GPU
  • 32GB of storage (expandable) / 3GB of RAM
  • Dual 13MP camera setup, PDAF, 1080p or 2160p @ 30fps video
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Metal-reinforced construction with soft-touch textured backside
  • HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • Hybrid DualSIM support via microSD slot
  • Quick Charge 2.0 support via USB-C charging port
  • Fingerprint scanner embedded into physical home button & capacitive nav keys
  • 3,140 mAh
  • NFC and 5GHz Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
Both devices are shipping with Android Marshmallow, but Honor’s 6X is in line for Nougat before the Blade V8 Pro’s (Honor is currently beta testing the Nougat update). Only time will tell how both of these devices will stand up to the user experience once they are updated. But for now, we’ll focus on hardware design, displays, battery life and performance. We’ll also be comparing the two dual-camera shooters head-to-head.
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