September 26, 2011

Huawei Honor smartphone unveiled

by Darren Allan

Huawei has big plans in the smartphone sphere.

Previously it has manufactured phones which have been sold in the UK, but under carrier brands. This year, however, it intends to bring out its own Huawei handsets, the first of which is the Blaze, due to appear at the end of this week.

One phone alone (sounds like a film) won’t carry the firm’s ambition to snag a 5% share of the UK smartphone market by the end of next year, however, and of course Huawei has other models on the boil.

The Huawei Honor being one of them, a freshly unveiled Android handset which is a higher end model than the budget £99 Blaze.

The Honor’s specs include a 1.4GHz processor, 4GB of memory (which can be upped 32GB via microSD), a front-facing camera for video chats and an 8 megapixel main camera. Couple that with a 4 inch FWVGA display and you can see why this isn’t a budget phone.

Despite the chunky hardware on board – and that 1.4GHz engine in particular – Huawei is claiming that the battery life of this device is very impressive. The company talks about three days of use on one charge, which seems, well, fanciful even.

If it can back up that claim, however, then the Honor could indeed be a possible threat to Samsung, HTC and the other big Android players in the UK.

However, this smartphone isn’t imminently due as the Blaze is. In fact, Huawei isn’t going to be making it available until an unspecified time next year, although we’d imagine it would be spring at the latest.

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