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Huawei Honor Review

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Huawei Honor Review

The Huawei Honor is a mid-range Android smartphone that retails for about $370 off contract and has relatively a lot to offer in exchange, namely a 4-inch high-resolution display, a 1.4GHz single-core processor, and an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. But those are all specs on paper. What we are more interested, as usual, is the way the smartphone performs in real life. That is why we put the Huawei Honor to the test and we are ready to share with you how it fares.

Huawei Honor Review
Huawei Honor Review
In the box:
  • Wall charger
  • micro USB cable
  • Wired stereo headset
  • Quick start guide


The Huawei Honor feels cheap and plasticky, but its white, glittery back cover looks quite catchy. (Plenty of other colors are available too.) It is 11 millimeters thick, which is okay for a contemporary mid-range device. However, with a weight of 135 grams, you will surely feel the handset resting in your pocket. It fits nice and solid in the hand, although we had some difficulties reaching the far corners of its screen with a single thumb.

The Huawei Honor feels cheap and plasticky - Huawei Honor Review
The Huawei Honor feels cheap and plasticky - Huawei Honor Review
The Huawei Honor feels cheap and plasticky - Huawei Honor Review

The Huawei Honor feels cheap and plasticky

We are quite happy with the four capacitive buttons underneath the display, they are sufficiently responsive and we did not experience any accidental presses. The 2-button volume rocker and the lock key, located on the device's left and top sides respectively, are also well made – well exposed and providing plenty of tactile feedback.

Capacitive control keys - Huawei Honor Review
The volume rocker on the right - Huawei Honor Review
Lock button on the top - Huawei Honor Review

Capacitive control keys

The volume rocker on the right

Lock button on the top

Huawei Honor Review
The 8-megapixel camera on the back - Huawei Honor Review
The microUSB port is on the bottom - Huawei Honor Review

The 8-megapixel camera on the back

The microUSB port is on the bottom

Huawei Honor Review
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Huawei Honor Review
The 4-inch display on the Huawei Honor left us with mixed feelings. Something that we particularly liked about it is that it is pretty high-res for its size – 480 by 854 pixels (254ppi), which is why graphics on it look very detailed and tiny text is easy to read. The color reproduction is pretty accurate as well. Unfortunately, the screen's biggest flaw is that it is not as sensitive as one would like it to be, and before we got used to pushing our thumb more firmly against it, about one out of ten touches would not register. Another thing that we are not happy about is that its surface is prone to collecting too much finger smudge. Other than that, its viewing angles are okay, and if you put some effort into it, you can read it under broad daylight.

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posted on 26 Mar 2012, 06:22

1. zheking (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Who the he'll would buy this if the Sony Ericsson xperia arc s is almost the same price

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:34

3. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

its better and faster than the Arc S. Don't follow branding, follow product.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 02:09

4. Bhavis (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)

Hi, here is a good news. Now its the time for all the Honor Users to experience Emotion UI.

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Huawei Honor

Huawei Honor

OS: Android 4.0.3 2.3.6 2.3.5
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.42 x 0.43 inches
(122 x 61.5 x 10.9 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1900 mAh, 6.66 hours talk time

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