The new mid-range: leaked hands-on with Huawei's Honor 3
The Honor 3 may not win you over with its wholly unimpressive design nor its now seemingly trivial 4.7-inch 720p panel. The silicon underneath, however, is where it gets a bit more interesting – Huawei's mid-range device sports a respectable 1.5GHz quad-core processor, rumored to be either a Hisilicon K3V2 or K3V2E. That, paired with 2GB of RAM may soon shift our understanding of what a mid-range smartphone's internals should sound like.
Unconvinced? The device will allegedly also come with a 13MP rear shooter and a more frugal 1.3MP front-facing camera for those #selfies. Exactly 3.13GB are what's left over of the microSD-expandable 8GB of internal memory, so a quick trip to the store may prove necessary. An Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running Huawei's Emotion UI 1.6 almost makes up for the above oversight.
The bad news? As great as those internals may look on paper, we'd have to wait and see for ourselves before the final verdict. Furthermore, the release date remains unknown and as of yet there is no confirmation on whether this device will ever grace the western hemisphere.
Hands-on with the leaked Huawei Honor 3
1. Huawei's Honor 3 has a 4.7-inch 720p HD display
2. The 13MP shooter on the back of the Honor 3
3. These specs beg the question: is this the new mid-range?
1. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Those internals suck for a screen estate of that tier. If they had put it on a 4-4.3 inch device, that would be a better story.
3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Why does a big screen have to mean it's high end? And who said the internals sucked? The K3V2 is very comparable to the Exynos 4412 in the international GS3, and it has 2 GB of RAM with a 720p display. This is identical to high end 2012 specs, and last time I checked no high end 2012 Android device sucked.
4. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Because we expect to see high end, top quality displays in this size tier. Why can't OEMs be a little more creative with their hardware portfolio and introduce a competent small phone? The HTC One Mini is the only claim to this.
5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Because processors are just now getting power efficient enough to where you can have a decent performer in such a small device. Battery life is the key, you can't put a quad core 40 nm A9 processor in a device smaller than 4.5 or 4.7 inches, because any smaller than that and you can't fit a battery big enough to support it without it being a brick (unless you're Motorola).
However, a dual core 28 nm Krait processor (like in the One Mini) is efficient to put in smaller devices, while still giving a good amount of performance.
Anyways, this Honor 3 is very much so a higher end mid range device, and has very respectable specs.
2. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
If samsung produces handsets with same specifications with a new snapdragon 200 chips the mid rangers today will be more affordable.