HomTom HT6 Black – Chocoball

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A smartphone with an impressive battery capacity of 6.250 mAh. Echer, there is also cost savings on things like the processor and camera. Intended primarily as a device with a long standby, long call, and social media. In the field of 3D gaming and video watching scores no better than a normal smartphone.

Pros

  • Large battery
  • Long standby
  • Price
  • Display easy to read in daylight
  • Not vulnerable to Stagefright

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Budget SOC
  • Duration of battery power is higher with movies and 3D gaming
  • Quality camera
  • Well-known apps can’t ge lwa installed be

Final conclusion

Score: 3Per criterion

Range

Score: 4


In the last few years, as smartphones increasingly become more powerful, they get increasingly larger screens and thus a higher resolution. A trend that especially in Chinese smartphonefabrikanten is very popular. A disadvantage is that these components for more duration of battery power concerns, and that’s just not the strongest side in the Chinese smartphones. Often the used battery to light and a larger battery makes the smartphone thicker or longer and lasts the charge also longer.

In 2014 did the Chinese manufacturer THL been an attempt by a smartphone with a battery of 4000mAh and even later, 5000mAh on the market. In 2015, especially brands like Oukitel and HomTom busy to smartphones with a larger battery on the market. Oukitel comes with the K10000, a smartphone with a extreme battery of 10,000 mAh! HomTom does it, however, something a little less extreme with their top of the HT6 with battery 6.250 mAh which is also impressive. To the charging to speed up makes the use of PumpExpress, a snellaadtechniek of Mediatek. Echer is also saved as processing power and camera.Table of contents

  1. Packaging
  2. Specifications
  3. Finish
  4. Test results
  5. Firmware & apps
  6. Accessories
  7. Conclusion


Despite the previous ties with Doogee is HomTom an independent company and brand which focuses on an entire line of smartphones with reasonable specifications and a great battery. The HomTom HT 6 is available with a black and silver back. For this review, I have an HT6 with black back cover directly from HomTom. In the Chinese online stores is the HT6 from $122 (111 Euro) to get what not a bad price for a smartphone with such a battery. The HT6 comes in a neat blue packaging with logo and in addition to the smartphone is the following included:
1x 2A Charger with EU plug (black)
1x USB cable (black)
1x OTG USB cable (grey)
1x Screenprotector
1x Simtray pin
1x Transparent hard case
1x Manual in English


The manual consists of a section of instructions, a section on the existing features and safety requirements.

SpecificatieOmschrijvingSOCMediatek MT6735P 64-bit quad core (4 cores ARM Cortex-A53 1.0 GHz)GPUMali-T720 MP2 400 MHzMemory and storage2gb LPDDR3 RAM, 16 GB ROMDisplay5.5 inch IPS OGS display with HD resolution (1280 x 720), 5 point multi-touchCorning Gorilla GlassClass 3Dual SIM2x micro SIM cardMobile network2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 3G: WCDMA 900/2100 4G FDD LTE: 800/1800/2100/2600Data transferGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA+, LTEWi-Fi802.11 b/g/nCamera: OV 2MP (5MP by software) f/2.0, Rear: Sony 8MP (13MP software) f/2.2 with dual LED flash,SD card supportYes, up to 32GBSensorsAccelerometer, light, proximityFeaturesGPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB OTG, FM Radio, Smart wake and Gesture sensingAkkuLi-ion 6250mAh, non-removableAndroid versionLollipop 5.1.1 (Build HOMTOM-HT6.2015/12/22)Language57 languages, including EnglishDimensionsLength 153,8 mm x width 77 mm x thickness to 9.9 mmWeight170 gramsColorBlack

The first thing you notice on the HT6 is in spite of the thickness of 1 cm this is not thick seems and that effect is even further enhanced by the black housing. For those hoping for a metal casing is disappointed, the entire housing is made of plastic to support the weight of the HT6 keep it low. However, the housing burden of fingerprints that remain and with 224 grams is the HT6 still relatively heavy in the hand.

The design is not special, and the finish of the HT6 is definitely in order, no kraakjes or rattling keys. Attention to detail is also there. The top and bottom of the back are slanted by the camera a small edge to give it that remains the HT6 stably lie on a flat surface.

The back is not removable and the battery is not replaceable. Furthermore, sits at the top of the input jack for the headphones, the left is the SIM tray, and right are all important tests. Underneath, the micro USB connector. For a 5.5 display from LG with 720p resolution, a 2 MP camera and the navigation buttons do not light up. The 8MP rear camera has a dual LED flash.

The HT6 is equipped with a 64-bit Mediatek SOC with 4 Cortex-A53 cores which is clocked at 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage. 1 SIM card slot to offer storage up to 32 GB to expand. The reason for the HT6, to buy, of course, is the 6.250 mAH battery with PumpExpress snellaadtechnologie allowing the smartphone to 75% charge in 30 minutes. The battery life with average use would be 7 days. Other features include HotKnot (Mediatek counterpart of NFC data transfer), smart wake gestures, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG and FM radio. The HT6 is only equipped with the most necessary sensors like light, proximity and accelerometer. Also has the HT6 is a notification LED.
PrestatiesDe HT6 features a Mediatek MT6735P SOC. This quad-core 1.0 GHz SOC. This budget SOC will probably be chosen for the duration of battery power still further to reduce. We see that also reflected in the benchmarks. In Antutu Benchmark , where most of the devices above the 40,000 points can be scored and scores HT6 almost 25.000. In other benchmarks it is not much different and is mostly in the lower regions.BenchmarkScoreAntutu 6.0.1248143DMark Ice Storm Unlimited30113DMark Slingshot ES 3.0123PCMark Work Performance2638Geekbench 3single core 484, multi-core 1337AndEBench Pro 20152961Nenamark248.3 fps

Playing a 2D game like Bejeweled is problem-free but the HT6 is struggling with an intensive 3D game such as Asphalt 8, especially when the graphical view is set to high. With the latest firmware update of december 22, it seems better to go.Memory and opslagDe HT6 has 2GB of RAM at its disposal thereof is 1.6 GB free available. Of the 16gb of storage is standard out of the box, still 12 GB free available. If there is more need for storage is then to extend this with an SD card up to 32 GB only, which can be at the expense of the dual SIM functionality.
BedieningDe physical buttons sticking out of the housing but don’t feel the sharp and respond well. Smartphones with a 5.5 inch display, but often are not with 1 hand to operate so the HT6. Also it does not have a one hand mode of operation such as smartphones from Xiaomi, Huawei, and iPhone 6(S). The touch operation of the display may stop responding to further smooth to touch and swipe. The capacitive keys are not illuminated but respond well. Also the vibration of the capacitive keys is very noticeable, but is otherwise not adjustable. GesprekskwaliteitOver the call quality is little to note. Also the call quality on Bluetooth car kit is good.SIM managed HT6 is a dual SIM, dual standby smartphone and it is possible to have 2 SIM cards at the same time in the unit to have. In the settings menu you can manage the cards to be arranged. It can only be 1 SIM card to have a working data 3G or 4G connection.Wi-Fi, 3G/4G and Bluetooth The HT6 has no support for 802.11 ac with which it has no Wi-Fi on the 5 GHz band supports. The Wi-Fi signal remains strong throughout the house of 2 floors and will remain, a Wi-Fi Analyzer continuous in the green range with a maximum signal strength -40 and runs back to -54 dBm. In Ookla Speedtest gets the nearly 17 Mbps with a 20 Mbit ADSL connection. Use of 3G and 4G is fast with 3G a little more than 15 Mbps, and 4G nearly to 24.5 Mbps. 4G seems to be no to make use of 4G+ or LTE Advanced.

Connect via Bluetooth to Bluetooth devices is hassle free also, there are no glitches, for example when streaming music. Also the volume over Bluetooth can be quite loud.GPSEen GPS fix is both inside and outside secondenwerk. Only GPS satellites are shown, and will appear there is no GLONASS or BeiDou satellites. Below are the results from GPS Test and AndroiTS GPS Test:
Outside

Within

The accuracy is good, a driving route in Google MyTracks is well displayed. Also the use of HERE Maps is no problem.
DisplayDe HT6 has a IPS OGS HD display that around Corning Gorilla Glass Class 3. The display size is 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1280 by 720 (720p). It is, however, that the edges on the sides with 3 mm quite large. At the edges, no bleeding to recognize. Further, the display 5 point multi-touch.

The white balance is good and not too blue or too yellow but black, maybe grey. The viewing angles are good, from an oblique angle, the brightness, but the colors remain good. When the brightness all the way off but on, for example, 20% of the screen remains readable in daylight.
Speakers/headsetHet sound of the loudspeaker on the back is expensive. This gives plenty of sound and sounds sure not to tinny. A headset is not included but the sound on the headphones is also in order.CameraDe HT6 has about a Sony 8 MP camera using the interpolation pictures of 13 MP. Only it is unclear to what Sony sensor this is going. The first picture is the same object and shot in 8 MP and 13 MP format.
8 MP

13 MP

Here are some other examples:


The aperture of the photo’s is 2.0 and which is also remarkable that the autofocus is not fast, and the pictures soon what out of focus. The dual LED flash provides sufficient light, and the light is also quite white so this is also good as a flashlight to use.For an OV 2 MP camera and with interpolation 5MP. Below, a selfie preview in 2 MP and 5 MP.
2 MP

5 MP

The aperture of the photo’s is 2.4, and are also sharper than those with the main camera.AccuDe 6.250 mAh Li-ion battery is the main reason for this smartphone to buy. The rechargeable battery is not removable what is the lifespan of the unit is shortened. A long wait until the battery is charged is not due to the PumpExpress technology. Charging from 0 to 100% with the included charger, this means a little more than 2 hours. The measure of the battery life posed some problems with Geekbench 3 , which was unable a score. The file that is sent to the server must be found to large. But with a dimmed screen gets almost a time of 25 hours. In PCMark Work Battery Life went well and got a time of 23 hours and 59 minutes. In Antutu Battery Test is 13574 points at the top.

In the real world the HT6 is in standby the 4 weeks. In normal use with calls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is the device easy for a week. During intensive use it is still all a bit less long. Movie or Youtube watch comes on an hour or 4 and 3D gaming go with 2-3 hours, even faster. This is the HT6 especially suitable for users who like to have a long standby, want to have, regular calls and chat.SensorenDe HT6 only has 3 sensors: light, proximity and accelerometer. In box has for Android is only the light sensor was a bit nervous, and respond slowly when automatic brightness is enabled. The proximity sensor works without problems during the call. A (electronic) compass is missing on the HT6. Nofiticatie LEDDe notification LED colors only blue when a notification or missed call. When the HT6 is almost empty, color it red and green when almost fully charged.
Smart wake gesturesSmart wake gestures are referred to the HT6, to awaken with a double tap on the display or a certain app to start by drawing a letter or character when the display is off. This functionality works without problems.

Although the HT6 is a 64-bit SOC comes with a 32-bit version of Android Lollipop 5.1 which is almost bare. This version has its own theme, a opstartanimatie (boot animation) with melody (boat audio) and there are a number of applications consumed lwa installed such as Documents To Go, QR Code Reader and Xender are there. Only the QR Code Reader, which, incidentally, claims contains, to remove. In addition, apps such as 9292ov, Flitsmeister and PayPal will not be installed because they are not compatible. This problem was also there with the Doogee F3 Pro for example.

Meanwhile, the HT6 4 software updates received in which the firmware 22 december 2015 the latest, and the Android security patch level of december 2015. A check with several virus scanners show no malware, and the HT6 is also not vulnerable to Stagefright.

The standard HT6 without Root access and as yet there seems to be no instruction to Root access. Incidentally, when the HT6 once English is set, not all features in the settings Menu translated and remain in English.
Transparent coverHomTom provides a transparent hard case. This protects mainly the back and the corners of the unit. Beautiful or not the HT6 is extra protected.


The HomTom HT6 is budget dual SIM 4G smartphone, with the great plus a large battery of 6.250 mAh. The battery can quickly be charged and the device has a long standby of up to 4 weeks, and normal use of 7 days. The 5.5 inch display is easy to read and also in daylight. With 4G, there is also support for LTE 800.

Less good is that the smartphone is quite heavy, the battery life with heavy use the HT6 is not longer than other smartphones. Also the weak CPU and out-of-focus camera.

The HT6 is very suitable for people who are looking for a smartphone with long standby time, calls, chat and social media.

  • Large battery
  • Long standby
  • Price
  • Display easy to read in daylight
  • Not vulnerable to Stagefright

  • Heavy
  • Budget SOC
  • Duration of battery power is higher with movies and 3D gaming
  • Quality camera
  • Well-known apps can’t ge lwa installed be

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