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Huawei Honor U8860 – Android phone below 20k stands apart from the crowd

September 6, 2012 - Life
Huawei Honor U8860 – Android phone below 20k stands apart from the crowd

Huawei Honor U8860 – My first Android smart phone.

I have done some research before buying Huawei Honor mobile in the below 20K category. I’ll focus on how Huawei Honor stands apart from the crowd and after effects of buying Huawei Honor.

Factors which impacted my decision to buy Huawei Honor are as follows :

Single Core vs Dual Core. Huawei Honor is a single core processor. Why I choose HONOR over dual core processors mobile ?

Based on these factors, I ignored Dual Core or Multicore options mainly due to average or poor battery life OR lack of dual core support added by Android Gingerbread OS. Finally, settled with Huawei Honor powered by fastest 1.4 Ghz single core processor.

Why I choose Honor over other single core processor mobiles ?

Huawei Honor is powered by 1.4 GHZ Scorpion single core processor (CPU), Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon S2 chipset, Adreno 205 GPU. Runs on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS. Most android smart phones below 20K price range uses 1 GHz single core processor. Few smart phones which uses 1.4 to 1.6 GHz single core processor costs more than 20K price tag. Based on my analysis, Huawei Honor is 40% faster than most android smart phones that uses 1 GHZ below 20K price range and the price is cheaper than its competitors w.r.t processing speed. Honor 1.4GHz phone is pretty fast for a price range below 20K. 

CAMERA : 8MP HD auto-focus camera with HDR and built-in LED-flash Plus 0.3 MP Front-facing VGA camera.

Most 8MP HD camera andorid phones cost above 20K price.

Nidhi Bond - Photo taken using Huawei Honor Rear Camera

Nidhi Bond – Photo taken using   Huawei Honor Rear Camera

       Video specific features are as follows :

Sample Video : Captured using Huawei Honor

[jwplayer config=”myplayer” mediaid=”91″]   There are 2 models from Sony Ericsson (Experia Pro & Experia Ray ST18i) that has 8.1 MP HD camera costs below 20K with few additional camera features (like Smile detection, Self timer, etc) compared to Huawei Honor. I’m a great fan of SONY company and I own Sony Bravia LED TV and Hi-Fi Music system. But when it comes to mobile, the above Sony Ericsson models can’t match Honor’s processing speed and battery life for below 20K price tag.   DLNA enabled.I don’t know exactly which models are supporting DLNA in the below 20K price range. With DLNA, I connect wirelessly and effortlessly with a Sony LED Bravia TV (supports DLNA) to play photo slideshows and videos from Huawei Honor. Sharing memorable moments with my family is easier than ever.

Huawei Honor claims to be the smartphone with the longest battery life. 

Huawei claims that Honor comes with a large capacity battery which lasts longer :

My experience : Battery life is pretty goodso far. Eventhough I can’t really judge it accurately, I can tell you that with a single charge it definitely lasts more than 2 days that includes playing games like Angry bird & youtube videos for few hours.  With only talk time + browsing few sites will lasts up to 3 days. Tips to effectively utilize your battery : Turn OFF Wifi, GPS, GPRS, Auto Rotate & Bluetooth when NOT in use. Use Play Store only when needed. Many configurable options that you can use to effectively make use of battery and reduce wastage of battery power.

Price : Value for money ?

With great features and a budget price-tag, the Huawei Honor is great value for money. Highlights of Honor are :

Following prices as on Sep 06, 2012:

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Best deal at Homeshop18 : Rs.17299/- includes back panel worth Rs.500/- [ price after applying coupon code worth Rs.1000/-] http://www.homeshop18.com/huawei-honor-u8860-mobile-phone/mobiles-accessories/mobiles/product:28689417/cid:3027/

Flipkart price tag : Rs.18500/- includes back panel worth Rs.500/- http://www.flipkart.com/huawei-honor-u8860-mobile-phone/p/itmd85zfzuq5yr9w?pid=MOBD85ZARXZPJNZG&ref=beb301bd-45d0-40c8-bfea-06154e26eb11

Authorized Huawei Stores : Average Rs.17500/- [ You need to bargain for back panel worth Rs.500/- plus Scratch guard worth Rs.300/-] http://www.huaweidevice.co.in/Stores/

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What I don’t like about Huawei Honor ?

However, these are minor things and alternate solutions exists. Not a major concern it seems.

Last, but not the least . . .  After effects of buying Huawei Honor 

Most friends, colleagues & relatives started laughing and questioning me as follows :

Simple answer to all these questions is “Huawei Device is already ahead of HTC, Sony, Motorola, RIM and occupies 6th place w.r.t. Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to End Users by Vendor in 1Q12 (Thousands of Units)” says Gartner (May 2012). Source [ Gartner May 2012 ] : http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=2017015

Huawei Device - Gartner - May 2012 Report

Huawei Device – Gartner – May 2012 Report

This shows the commitment from Huawei Device.  Huawei seeks to break into the top three of the global smartphone market by 2015. For those who don’t know anything about Huawei, Here you go :

More about Huawei Device : http://www.huaweidevice.co.in/AboutUs/about-milestone.php

Huawei Why Wait Logo

Logo : Huawei  –  Why Wait?

Finally, It is my (Huawei) HONOR and privilege to have you 🙂