Last time we saw this device, it promised some pretty good specs. You may know Huawei as a low-to-mid-end manufacturer, but the Huawei Honor looks like quite a powerful smartphone. Huawei has just announced this device, and the Honor is actually better than we’d heard.
Last month’s leaked specs are still standing. The Huawei Honor will come with a 1.4 GHz single-core processor, 4-inch FWVGA display (854 x 480), 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory with microSD slot (supports cards up to 32 GB), an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera and a hefty 1900 mAh battery.
One of the main features on this device is something most of us really want: good battery life. By good battery life, we mean nearly as good as those Nokias we almost never charged. That 1900 mAh sure is big. And according to Huawei, this device will give up to 3 days of battery life. That’s simply unimaginable for anyone who’s been using Android smartphones.
That’s Huawei’s estimated battery life, which might not be what everyone will experience. We assume only those who use the device fairly lightly will get 3 days of juice. Heavy users should not expect such longevity. It’s safe to assume heavy users could definitely get through the day easily with one charge, though. If Huawei is going to make such a claim, the battery life must be substantially superior than average.
The Huawei Honor is comes with the bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and the WCDMA/HSPA+ 900/AWS/2100. This means the device is compatible with America’s T-Mobile 3g network. So if the device happens to not come around the US, you might be able to import it. Release is scheduled to come during Q4 of 2011 in China, Russia and the Middle East. For the Classic Black version, that is. If you want to add some color to your life, other colors are “to follow” soon afterwards.
What do you guys say? Would you go for this device? Are you surprised by the specs/battery life? Would you be willing to import it, if it doesn’t hit the US?
Watch out for lawsuits, Huawei! Your device looks a lot like you-know-who’s…Show Press Release
Shenzhen, 26 September 2011: Huawei today officially unveiled the Huawei Honor, its latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread smartphone that features a 16M 16:9 true color high-definition (HD) 4-inch FWVGA capacitive touch screen. Powered by a 1,900 MAh battery, Honor frees consumers from the inconvenience of searching for an electricity source, allowing them to share and connect for up to three days1 on a single charge — the longest battery life among smartphones in the 4-inch screen range. With a 1.4 GHz processor, an 8-megapixel HDR2-enabled camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Honor is a powerhouse in a sleek 10.9 mm-thin body and weighs just 140g.
“Huawei Honor encapsulates the Huawei brand — it features simple-to-use, advanced technology that allows people to share and connect easily. Honor provides a package of features that elevates the smartphone user experience, including an ultra-long battery life, so critical to the performance of smartphones but yet is often downplayed,” said Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device. “Consumers now have a high-performing smartphone that lets them communicate, connect, entertain and share content for an extended period of time without compromising on looks, technology or style.”
Honor comes with an exclusive Huawei user interface which is easier to customize and manage, as well as a dynamic weather widget. Honor also features a Gyroscope which enables a better gaming experience. The smartphone is DLNA-certified which ensures interoperability with other DLNA-certified devices such as digital cameras, game consoles and TVs. This makes it easier for consumers to share their digital photos, music and videos between different DLNA-certified devices. The DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a non-profit organization with more than 250 member companies in the mobile, consumer electronics, PC, and service provider industries. According to ABI Research data, as of 2010, more than 440 million DLNA-certified devices have been installed in homes.
Honor will be commercially available in “Classic Black” in Asia-Pacific, China, Russia and the Middle East in Q4, 2011. Honor will be released in more colors closer to the Christmas holidays.
Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS
1.4 Ghz processor
4.0 inch 16M 16:9 true color FWVGA capacitive touch screen
8 megapixels auto focus camera supporting HDR, with 2 megapixels front-facing camera
2G Network (operating band) GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G Network (operating band) WCDMA/HSPA+ 900/AWS/2100
Measures 10.9mm (0.43 inches) at its thinnest point and weighs around 140g (0.3 pounds)
Support Class 10 GPRS and EDGE
3G HSPA+ DL 14.4 Mbps/UL 5.76 Mbps
WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP
512M RAM + 4G ROM memory with a memory card slot up to 32GB
Micro USB 2.0 port
Assisted GPS support
Dual MIC, compass and gyroscope
G-sensor, proximity sensor and light sensor
Exclusive Huawei user-interface with a dynamic weather widget
160GB network capacity CloudDrive
DLNA-certified enables sharing with other DLNA-certified devices
Colors and Availability
Classic Black available in China, Russia and the Middle East from Q4 2011 with other colors to follow