Huawei’s Honor model challenges Xiaomi with 3X and 3C low-value telephones
Huawei’s recognized for its Ascend smartphones around the globe, however again in late 2011, the corporate additionally began toying with a small Honor collection for choose finances markets. Quick ahead to as we speak, the latter sub-model has turn out to be Huawei’s platform to compete with the sudden surge of reasonably priced on-line manufacturers in China — most notably Xiaomi, the pioneer of that business. With somewhat assist from MediaTek (and paradoxically not Huawei’s personal HiSilicon), the telephone maker is upping its firepower over this territory with two new twin-SIM units: Honor 3X and Honor 3C.
The Honor 3X joins the primary wave of octa-core 1.7GHz MT6592-powered units, and it boasts 2GB of RAM, a thirteen-megapixel f/2.2 essential digital camera, a 5-megapixel 1.four-micron entrance imager plus a beneficiant three,000mAh battery. The 720p decision on the glove-pleasant, 5.5-inch IPS touchscreen might appear to be a let-down, however on this case, Huawei reasoned that going 1080p would push energy consumption up by as a lot as 20 %, plus many people might not discover the visible distinction — some extent that Huawei System Chairman Richard Yu has typically echoed publicly.
On a brighter notice, the 3X is the primary telephone to function twin-3G SIM slots — one Mini SIM and one Micro SIM — for WCDMA (China Unicom and most carriers all over the world) and TD-SCDMA (China Cellular). Higher but, each slots will acknowledge both sort of 3G radio, versus having designated slots for every. There’s additionally a twin-mic system for in-name noise cancellation, in addition to DTS audio help. The worth? From simply CN¥1,698 or about $280 off-contract, making it a tad extra reasonably priced than the Xiaomi MI3. Alas, there is no launch date simply but.
The “C” in Honor 3C in all probability stands for “cheaper,” as evidenced by its specs. This Android four.2 system encompasses a quad-core 1.3GHz MT6582 SoC, together with a 5-inch 720p LTPS panel, a 2,300mAh battery, a Sony eight-megapixel f/2.zero foremost digital camera, a well-known 5-megapixel entrance imager, twin-SIM slots (WCDMA + GSM or TD-SCDMA + GSM), 8GB storage and microSD enlargement. Just like the 3X, this mannequin additionally comes with twin-mic noise cancellation. The injury is simply CN¥798 (about $one hundred thirty) for the 1GB RAM mannequin, or CN¥998 ($one hundred sixty) for the 2GB RAM taste, each of that are consuming into the shanzhai worth vary. China-based mostly people can pre-order the 3C from on-line retailer JD.com or Huawei’s personal Vmall.com as early as tomorrow, and naturally, we’ll be maintaining an eye fixed out for its worldwide availability.