Huawei Honor launched, priced at Php13,999

Huawei Philippines has introduced their new flagship phone in the Huawei Honor. The four-incher handset sports a thin and light-weight profile which is measured at only 10.9mm and weighs 140g. The device is powered by a single-core Qualcomm processor, clocked at 1.4GHz and currently runs on Android Gingerbread (2.3.5).

The team from Huawei promised that Android ICS update should come in the next quarter but did not mention the exact date. Honor is also equipped with an HDR2 capable 8MP camera at the back and is lit by a single LED flash. It also has 0.3MP front-facing shooter for video calling.

What’s special about this phone is that it packs a lot of juice. The Huawei Honor has a 1900mAh battery that, according to team, promises up to three days on normal use, 3 weeks on stand-by, 9 hours’ worth of talk time, 8 hours of web surfing and 6 hours’ worth of non-stop gaming. This is a pretty impressive feat on paper but we’re yet to see it perform on our tests.

On the other hand, the Huawei team awed us with how quick the Honor can boot. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first about the 5-second boot up. But after seeing it first hand, it just blew me away. Skeptical? I don’t blame you. But don’t worry, we captured a video clip showing the phone booting up from off state so you can also see it for yourself.

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Note: According to the team, they were able to achieve the quick boot up feature by installing a special software that boosts the load process.

Apart from the usual social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and email app, Huawei has also thrown in another pre-installed app to further enhance the phone’s sharing and storage capabilities. This cloud-based storage app is called Cloud+ and it offers up to 160Gb worth of extra memory so you can sync and save files from the phone to your personal Cloud+ account.

Huawei Honor U8860 specs:
4.0″ TFT capacitive display @ 480×854 pixels, 16M colors, 245ppi
Qualcomm MSM8255T Scorpion Snapdragon S2 1.4GHz processor
Adreno 205 graphics
1GB storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR, A2DP
8MP HDR2-enabled autofocus camera w/ LED flash
720p video recording
FM radio tuner
GPS with aGPS support
Li-Ion 1930 mAh battery (promises 3-day usage)
Exclusive Cloud+ services (up to 160GB of storage)
122 x 61 x 10.9mm dimensions
Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread (upgradeable to ICS)

As if that wasn’t enough, Huawei still has one trick up their sleeves. This amazing handset, with all the goodies it has, will only cost interested buyers a measly Php13,999. Not bad, considering that it has almost everything you need for smartphone. Units are being shipped to the Philippines this week and will be available in stores next week.

Editor’s Note: Original story by Ron with additional reporting and editing by Louie.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

31 Responses

  1. Edson says:

    I buy this phone because it is the cheapest in it’s class. I’m a bit disappointed with the Audio output which is very low and when I play the voice recording, I almost cannot hear it when playing especially when using a headphone. The upgrade to ICS have reduced the free RAM also. But all in all, I’m satisfied with the phone for the price.

  2. kikomachine says:

    please do a review..

  3. MichAEL B. says:

    is the 4gb rom available for downloads or just the 1gb storage??

  4. rawl says:

    This is my current android phone. It is “economical” and battery is decent. The unit is looks decent and has a really nice build. Hindi awkward (if you know what i mean regarding other china made phones).

    If you’re into phone with higher battery charging capacity out of the box, this phone beats high end HTC devices!

    Highly recommended!

  5. earl says:

    megaexchange is selling these for 14.3k

  6. kikomachine says:

    hoping a review of this unit would come.. been looking for a smartphone under 16k that’s bang for the buck.. not lg, not samsung, and not sony.. hehehe.. althou im looking on a blackberry 9680.. suggetions naman po jan.. hehehe

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