Honor 6 Plus launching in the Middle East on 18 May

Huawei's dual-camera handset to be available exclusively through Souq.com

At an event held yesterday in Abu Dhabi, Chinese smartphone giant Huawei announced the Middle East launch of its Honor 6 Plus handset exclusively through online retailer Souq.com.

Coming off as a shot fired across the bow of Apple's jump to a larger iPhone, the latest addition to the Honor range sports a 5.5in 1080p JDI negative LCD and Huawei's own Kirin 925 octa-core chipset. The real kicker, however, is the inclusion of two 8 megapixel rear cameras which boast to pump up the effective pixel size to 1.98 microns for cleaner images and improved sensitivity. The dual-lens setup allows for refocusing and adjusting photos thanks to a simulated aperture that ranges from f/0.95 all the way up to f/16. The phone's front-facing camera also gets an 8-megapixel resolution for better quality selfies than you're ever likely to need.

The handset's other features include a fitness-tracking low-power I3 coprocessor, 3GB RAM, a 3,6000mAH battery, up to 32GB of internal storage as well as NFC and TD/FDD-LTE Cat 6 connectivity. There are also dual-SIM slots of which one doubles as a microSD tray for up to 128GB of expanded storage.

Pricing on the device was surprisingly fair at only AED1399 (approx US$380) and is available in black, white and in an additional rose gold variant.

The Honor 6 Plus is available for preorder exclusively via Souq.com before it hits general release on 18 May. Stay tuned for our review of the device.

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