Huawei has always been the perennial underdog in India. After months of waiting, things are definitely looking up for Huawei, it seems. The company's recently launched premium handset, the Honor 6, has been well received by critics and consumers alike. The Honor 6 received full marks when we reviewed it on GizBot; effortless design; sharp 5-inch FHD screen and insanely fast processor.
Considering its flagship Honor 6 just now hitting store shelves, it's likely Huawei will see greater shipments in the coming quarter.
In an apparent effort to encash on its new-found popularity in the country's entry-level handset market, Huawei today officially launched its Honor Holly in India at Rs. 6,999. Huawei's latest budget smartphone, the Honor Holly, will be coming to India on Oct 15, and it'll be exclusive to Flipkart.
In case you're not familiar with the Honor Holly's specs, the device comes with a 5-inch 720p HD display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front shooter, It runs on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with Emotion UI layered on top.
The Honor Holly seemed to be a decent handset. It's going to compete against the likes of the Moto G and Xiaomi Redmi 1S. The specs lists are not too different, though it's sweet pricing does make a huge difference for common masses.
We go hands on, and give you our first impressions of the Huawei Honor Holly!
Huawei Honor Holly: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System (OS)
When it comes to the design, the Honor Holly shares a lot of common elements with the company's other mid-end handsets. It's mostly a plastic phone, but that doesn't mean it looks cheap.
Yes indeed, it's mostly a plastic affair; we actually liked the overall appeal. Though, the device is a bit heavy.
Up front, there's a large 5-inch 720p HD screen. Below the display, you get to see the soft capacitive touch sensitive keys. Button wise, the volume rocker, on/off button sit on the right side, while the micro USB charging port down the bottom of the phone. The top edge of the devices houses the 3.5mm headphone jack.
There's a glossy removable back that pulls away to reveal the microSIM card slot and microSD card slot; the battery is removable. Turn around the back side it reveals the camera sensor, noise cancellation microphone and the speaker system down the bottom. Overall, the Honor Holly is a good looking entry-level phone.
The Honor Holly has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It does match the screen resolution found on the Xiaomi Redmi 1S.
To be honest, the screen does have a 720p resolution, and it's pretty decent as well. It's nice bright screen, but there's some minor issues.
For instance, the display is reflective. Of course it's not a big issue, but the company should take this feedback seriously. On the whole, the screen is good to read texts and offer decent viewing angles.
The Honor Holly runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Huawei's Emotion UI layered on top. The company has made a custom Android ROM, dubbed as Emotion UI.
The UI is very colorful and appealing in nature.
There's no app drawer, just like any other handset supported by a custom Android ROM. The user interface (UI) is quick and snappy.