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Honor Opens Up Android 6.0 Beta For Three UK Devices

January 19, 2016 - Written By David Steele

Huawei are on something of a roll at the moment. 2015 was a very interesting year for the company as they launched a beautifully crafted Android Wear watch, a number of devices, and their first Nexus in the shape of the Nexus 6P. However, whilst Huawei is the name of the parent company, the business has a number of sub brands trading and offering products. These include HiSilicon, the semiconductor side of the business. HiSilicon offer the Kirin chipset and indeed, their current Kirin flagship, the 950, is the first System-on-Chip to launch based around the ARM Cortex-A72 application processor. Another Huawei sub brand is Honor, seen as one of the more successful Chinese sub brands, as the business has successfully sold a number of different devices into various markets around the world over and above China. Our story today concerns three Honor devices originally released in the second half of 2014: the Honor 4X, 6 and 6+, as sold into the British market. Honor have today tweeted that they are looking for volunteers to sign up to the beta test for the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Of these devices, the oldest is the Honor 6, which was released in August 2014. This handset is based around a 5.0-inch, 1080p resolution display and is powered by the 32-bit, octa-core, big.LITTLE HiSilicon Kirin 930 System-on-Chip. There’s a 13MP main camera, 3 GB of RAM and a 3,100 mAh battery. The next device to be released is the Honor 4X, launched in October 2014. This is a lesser device, based around a 5.5-inch, 720p display and a quad core, 1.2 GHz, 64-bit System-on-Chip. The Honor 4X comes with 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB or internal storage plus a microSD card slot, and a 13MP rear camera. Finally, there’s the Honor 6+, as released in December 2014 and based around the octa-core, 32-bit, HiSilicon Kirin 925 System-on-Chip, which is backed up by 3 GB of RAM. The Honor 6+ comes with a 5.5-inch, 1080p display panel, an 8MP main camera and a 3,600 mAh battery.

These devices are all currently running Android 5.0 Lollipop and it’s great to see Honor keeping them up to date with the new version. We’ve no word as to how many beta testers are needed or how many have already signed up to the website. However, is Honor are preparing for an open invitation for the beta, it would appear that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is only a number of weeks away from being released for these three devices.