A new affordable and powerful Android mobile phone came into the market. This time, it is from Chinese cell phone maker Huawei. The Huawei Honor is an authentic creation from the Land of the Dragon and has been particularly designed, engineered and produced by the Chinese. In fact, this new device is the company’s first try to get into the giant leagues of Android smartphones. If you have put hold on your next mobile purchase as waiting for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to come out, then catch hold of this smartphone. Huawei Honor runs on Android 2.3, which will be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS as soon as Google releases it.
Huawei Honor is the first phone from company, which has big 4” inch capacitive touch screen display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution. It is a solid mid-range handset that presents upright performance for its price. It retails for around $370 off contract and has comparatively a lot to provide in exchange like a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 3G connectivity, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, and more.
This device could be used on any GSM network in the world. The Huawei Honor will be an ideal choice if you are a world traveler seeking for an unlocked phone that can acquire any SIM card, anywhere in the world. As well, the good battery life makes it a superb phone for on the go use. This handset is really packed with some amazing specifications; let’s check it out in detail here.
Design and build quality
When you first take a look at the phone, you will come to know that the design is greatly influenced by the design of the iPhone. As the design is very much similar to the iPhone, it may give rise to probable lawsuit problems for Huawei. Anyways, seeing at the design, it measures 122 mm lengthwise, 61 mm breadthwise and 11 mm in thickness. It weighs 140 grams, so, you will certainly feel the phone resting in your pocket. When you hold this phone, you get a premium feel as its build quality is extremely good. The handset is available in various colors such as 2 shades of black, burgundy and some attractive colors like yellow and pink. It has a 4 inch capacitive LCD of FWVGA with a reasonable resolution of 480 x 854 pixels that packs in around 245 pixels per square inch (PPI). There are 4 capacitive buttons beneath the display, which are satisfactorily responsive. On the device’s left and top sides respectively, 2-button volume rocker and the lock key are located. They are well exposed and giving a lot of tactile feedback. The front face of the handset has a pleasant little LED light that breathes when you have a notification such as a received message, missed call or things like that.
The device sports an extremely amazing 8 MP shooter in the rear and a 2MP front facing shooter camera for video and self-portrait picture-taking. It has also video capturing facilities at 720p video and frame rate of 30 fps. Video capture and playback is quite smooth and natural. It has relatively a few features like auto focus, geo tagging, HDR, LED flash, etc. To be honest, the camera’s picture quality is a bit unsatisfactory though outdoor shots look fine; most of the indoor shots appear to lack sharpness and vivid color contrast. In summary, it seems that Huawei Honor specs could have been much superior in the camera section.
Processor and performance
Huawei Honor is powered by a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor from Qualcomm. It is even equipped with 512MB RAM. As well, an Adreno 205 GPU processor is supporting the processor. Performance is quite snappy and you may not have any complaints regarding the speed of this phone. In terms of benchmarks, the phone is pretty average however for a stock single-core system the results were superior than projected.
The battery life has been wonderful so far, placing the Honor up near the top of list. The phone has a powerful Li-Ion battery of power rating 1930 mAh. It offers a superior stand by time of 380 hours and a talk time of 6 hours 40 minutes. With a single-core processor and no overly giant screen, the 1930 mAh battery keeps this phone running well throughout a particular days use. If you are looking for a phone that won’t need being attached to a power outlet or car charger, then this can be a decent place to begin.
The handset owns 1 GB internal storage as well as one can expand internal memory by up to 32GB, using an SD card. Also, the phone comes with 4GB or ROM.
Taking into consideration the price tag, the Huawei Honor is perhaps the best budget smartphone on the market. It is packed with good features but there are superior phones accessible at the same price. When looking at the specs, Honor is far away from being a high-end phone, mainly if compared to its dual-core and LTE competitors; however, it is the best device offered to date yet. In my opinion, you should pass on this phone or possibly wait until it is tied up with carrier as there is no assurance that carrier tie up may happen. Though, Ice Cream Sandwich is significant to you, you may wish to splurge on this handset since it can provide you an instant upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Screen size is fairly good
- Above-average display
- HDR camera captures a big amount of light
- Made wholly of plastic, feels dense and solid
- Incredible battery life
- Free upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich
- Outstanding performance for a midrange device
- Not compatible with all chief UMTS / HSPA networks
- No hardware shutter key
- No native video calling although built-in VGA camera
Table showing key features and technical specifications of Huawei Honor:
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100|
|HSDPA 850 / 1900 – for AT&T|
|Status||Available. Released 2011, December|
|Display||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 inches (~245 ppi pixel density)|
|Data||GPRS||Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|EDGE||Class 10, 236.8 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|Body||Dimensions||122 x 61 x 11 mm|
|- Touch-sensitive controls|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB|
|Internal||1 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM|
|Camera||Primary||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1930 mAh|
|Stand-by||Up to 380 h|
|Talk time||Up to 6 h 40 min|
|Misc||SAR US||0.39 W/kg (head) 0.63 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||0.38 W/kg (head) 0.49 W/kg (body)|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon|
|CPU||1.4 GHz Scorpion|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Browser||HTML, Adobe Flash|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Glossy Black, Textured Black, Elegant White, Vibrant Yellow, Cherry Blossom Pink, Burgundy|
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
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