Huawei expands its smartphone lineup under its sub-brand Honor in India with the launch of two new handsets: Honor 5x and the Honor Holly 2 Plus. With the launch of Holly 2 Plus, the company seems to directly target mid-range smartphone in India.
Initially, the Honor Holly 2 was launched in China last year, named as Enjoy 5. This device brings some big improvements over its predecessor and packs a couple of new features that makes it different from other devices in its price range. We got our hands on with the handset and here are our first impressions.
Design-wise, the Honor Holly 2 Plus has overall plastic construction, but visibly it is more polished than its predecessor. A plastic rim runs through the edges, which is given a metal finish to make it look premium. The front of the handset is a 5 inch HD display, a 5 megapixel camera, the usual set of sensors and three on-screen Android buttons.
The handset has a polycarbonate shell at the back with a crisscross pattern that adds a bit of styling on the back. The back panel is removable and house two SIM card slot, a microSD card slot, and a non-removable battery.
On the right-hand side of the device, you will see the power button and the volume rockers. At the bottom, there are a microUSB port, speaker grilles, and microphone, while the 3.5 headphone jack on the top. The Holly 2 Plus feels compact and is fits comfortable for one-hand operation.
The smartphone sports a 5 inch 720p display, which we found it just fine while using indoor lighting. The display is similar to what other smartphones offering at the same price point. The display has a pixel density of 293ppi, which is perfectly fine when compared to the other 720p display smartphones. The contents look sharp and text is readable, and the display produces impressive vibrant colors.
Under the hood, the Holly 2 Plus is powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek T6735P chipset at a clock speed of the 1.3GHz processor and paired with 2GB of RAM. Well, looking at the specs sheet, it is not the most powerful smartphone at this price point, but the device doesn't lag and worked without a hitch while using for a while. However, it lagged a bit, when we used multitasking with a heavy game running background.
Speaking about the performance of the smartphone will be too early. We will run the smartphone for the full test to see its performance in different situations, stay tuned for our complete review.
The Honor Holly 2 Plus runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with Huawei's custom EMUI 3.1 user interface on top. Our experience with the EMUI 3.1 was a good, the UI enhances the hardware features to some extent.
Like most of the smartphone in this price category, this smartphone also features a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera comes with a f/2.0 aperture with single LED flash. Both cameras produce some great images and show plenty of details and colors are well balanced even in harsh and bright light condition.
The Holly 2 is packed with a 4000mAh battery, which is the selling features of the smartphone. The bigger battery comes with support for fast charging and also can be used to charge other USB-powered devices using USB OTG.
The company is targeting budget buyers with the Holly 2 Plus in India. With the price of Rs. 8,499 this smartphone miss some features such as fingerprint scanner and a more powerful RAM. But, with features like a powerful battery and an option for CDMA connectivity, the handset will give a tough competition to Samsung Galaxy On5, Lenovo Vibe P1m, and Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G.