Huawei’s current crown jewel is undoubtedly the Ascend P6, an uber skinny 4.7-inch phone with upper mid-range specs and budget-conscious price, but the Honor 3 might well threaten P6’s privileged spot in the company’s product line-up.
Leaked a number of times back in June, the Honor 3 has earlier today finally gone official, looking pretty much like a chunky, slightly less premium version of the P6. But that’s not the full story, as the newly unveiled handheld ups the ante in a number of departments, also lowering the price bar compared with its “cousin”.
Then again, that last part is a guess for the time being, as Huawei is yet to officially confirm the price point and exact release date of the Honor 3. Based on unofficial inside information, chances are the third-gen Honor will start at 300 US bucks, give or take a couple, in China (i.e. 1,888 Yuan).
That would be considerably less than what the Ascend P6 goes for, but it’s somewhat understandable when the Honor 3 weighs in at 138 grams and measures 9.9 mm in thickness (vs. 120 grams and 6.2 mm).
The newest member of the Honor series is not exactly ideal for selfies either, only featuring a 1.3 MP front snapper, but on the bright side the fellow packs a more generous 2,230 mAh battery, rocks a top-notch 13 MP rear-facing camera, plus protection to water and dust courtesy of IP55 and IP57 certifications.
Not too shabby for a $300 gizmo, with pretty much all the other features replicating those of the P6. Namely, you get a 4.7-inch 720p IPS screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core K3V2 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Emotion UI 1.6.
Too bad Honor devices don’t traditionally make their way stateside, although we should probably at least see the thing up for grabs in Europe by the end of the year. Hopefully, for under €300.