The rumors are piling up concerning Huawei’s super-slim Ascend P6, expected to be unveiled in a week, but that’s not the only phone the Chinese have in the pipeline.
We’ve heard whispers of a third-generation Honor 3 for a good couple of months now, but the thing’s existence is only today proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. The evidence comes by way of China’s FCC (aka Tenaa), where a Huawei HN3-U01 has gained the regulatory approvals to see daylight.
I think that model number is pretty self-explanatory (HN3, Honor 3, get it?), so let’s sink our teeth deeper in what Tenaa’s internal docs reveal about the phone. First off, the bad news – this is no Galaxy S4 “killer” and will likely not break many speed records.
However, it can’t really be called a mid-range gadget either, as it will sport a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution display. Furthermore, there will be a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor ticking beneath the hood (likely a “homebrewed” Hisilicon K3V2), plus 2 full gigs of RAM.
So far, so good, though I can’t help but notice the list of features is identical to that of the Ascend P6. But here’s where things get different and interesting all at the same time – the Honor 3 will carry a top-notch 13 MP camera on its back, unlike the modest 5 MP unit tipped for the P6.
Sure enough, Honor 2’s follow-up will not be as skinny as the P6, but at 138 grams and 9.9 mm thick it should be fairly elegant. As a matter of fact, we do have a couple of pics with the thing, and, while it does look a little too plasticky, it’s definitely not ugly.
Other features should include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (kudos for that), a 1 MP front cam, 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, but sadly there will be no optional 4G LTE support.
As Huawei is yet to make this fellow official, the ETA is very much up in the air at the moment, though it’s safe to assume the release will happen sometime this summer. Who’s excited?