Huawei Honor and Huawei Vision: our hands-on

The Chinese giant unveiled its Android line-up for the European market.

Chinese manufacturer Huawei is not among the most recognizable names for many, but in the past years the company has been steadily among the top 10 vendors with global sales higher than Motorola and Sony Ericsson. In the recent past they have decided to launch their own brand rather than simply selling phones to mobile operators, and to concentrate their smartphone business to the Android platform reaching already a placement in the top 5 Android vendors. We have already written about their latest smartphones, such as the Huawei Honor and Huawei Vision, but now that the company is ready to launch them in Europe we had the opportunity to touch them with our hands during an event in Milan, Italy. Here our preview, with the best wishes to the young and enthusiastic Italian Huawei crew we have been happy to meet.

Huawei Honor

Specs-wise, the Honor features a powerful dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, 8Mpx rear camera with HDR and LED flash, 2Mpx front camera, all usual connectivities and sensors including gyroscope for gaming. The bright 4-inch display has a FWGA resolution (854×480) and the whole device is 10.9mm thin. A 1900mAh battery guarantees a long autonomy to perform every task. The smartphone comes with Android 2.3.5 but we are pretty sure it will receive Android 4.0 in the first months of 2012.

Our test with the device has been extremely positive: the system is fluid and there have been no lags; the Huawei UI is simple and functional, and the compact dimensions make it light and pocketable. The smartphone will be available in Europe in early 2012 at a still undisclosed price that rumors place around €349: definitely a good deal!

Huawei Vision

The Vision is built into a 9.9mm aluminum unibody chassis and has a 3.7-inch curved display with WVGA resolution (800×480). It features a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, 5Mpx rear camera and VGA front camera, 1400mAh battery. The user interface is a customized version of the SPB Shell 3D and the Android version is the 2.3.5. No word about a future update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The phone is simply beautiful, light and compact. The 3D UI is really pretty and the overall performances are very good. Considering the rumored price below the €300 threshold, this smartphone is going to be very appealing!

Huawei Sonic

Last but not least the Sonic, which we did not see in real life, but that is also going to be released soon for the European market. This low-end Gingerbread smartphone features a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 Snapdragon processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, 3.2Mpx camera and 1400mAh battery. The display is a 3.5-inch with HVGA resolution (320×480).

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32 risposte a Huawei Honor and Huawei Vision: our hands-on

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  3. Anonimo scrive:

    Huawei Honor vs Nexus S which do you prefer and why?

  4. Flavio scrive:

    Well, there’s a 1 year difference between the two devices! Main differences are (Honor vs Nexus S):
    CPU: dual-core 1.4GHz vs single-core 1GHz;
    display resolution: 854×480 vs 800×480;
    rear camera: 8Mpx HDR vs 5Mpx;
    video capture: 720p vs 480p;
    front camera: 2Mpx vs 0.3Mpx;
    battery: 1900mAh vs 1500mAh;
    3G speed: 14.4Mbps vs 7.2Mbps.
    Nexus S has NFC which is not included in Honor.

    And price-wise the Honor is supposed to be released at a price lower than the Nexus S is still sold one year later.

  5. Anonimo scrive:

    Thanks for the info but sorry that i didn’t define well my question i was talking about the quality of the device, i have hold an Nexus S and i can test it for a while, but what about Huawei Honor. In the Greek review the reviewer said that maybe it will be released with another better-quality back cover do you have this information too? Thanks in advance 🙂

  6. Flavio scrive:

    Back cover is in plastic, same quality as the plastic on Nexus S. The Vision is in aluminum, but we had no info about a different version of the Honor. Doubt it will be changed now.

  7. Anonimo scrive:

    Vision will not be released in my country saw its out of the game i am also thinking about the Honor but I don’t know if i can w8 until Dec 11 or Jan 12 :/

  8. Anonimo scrive:

    Thnx for the info too 🙂

  9. Flavio scrive:

    It seems my friend Aggelos tested a Vision for your country, and I bet the Honor will arrive also in the next months: Stay tuned!

  10. Anonimo scrive:

    Techblog in which i believe a lot it is saying that  it won’t released in our country , anyway all I have to do is wait until both come out and make a comparison 🙂 Thanks for all the replys and info.

  11. Flavio scrive:

    My Greek friend confirms that Vision will be on retail at €269 while Honor at €289 with a Wind contract.

  12. Anonimo scrive:

    Happy to have such a close friend here in Greece so you can reach out this info, sorry if a bother you but if you can find a release date primary for Honor it would be so awesome. Thanks in advance for all this info.

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  14. Aggelos Sfakianakis scrive:

    Φίλε “RomanosNianios” το Vision θα κυκλοφορήσει κανονικά αλλά μόνο από το δίκτυο retail. Όσο για το Honor θα έχει όντως διαφορετικό καπάκι – αλά Galaxy Ace. Η κυκλοφορία του τοποθετείται περί τα τέλη του χρόνου.

    Thanx Flavio, my friend 🙂

  15. Anonimo scrive:

    I would like to thans Flavio firstly for replying to my comments and secondly that retrieve information from you in order to reply with precision in my questions. Ευχαριστώ για τις πληροφορίες όποτε αναμένω 1 μήνα και κάτι ακόμα. 🙂

  16. BTN scrive:

    Thanks Flavio, can you confirm if it is really a dual core?? and when will it be for sale in Portugal?? Thanks mate

  17. Flavio scrive:

    I do confirm it’s a dual-core, and while I have no specific info on its sales in Portugal, I know the company wants to expand in Europe so I guess it will arrive after the holidays.

  18. BTN scrive:

    Many thanks for the fast answer, how about the screen, does it have good colors, contrast, etc?? and what phone do you compare the Honor??

  19. Anonimo scrive:

    I believe it’s one core but we will have to see until release.

  20. Flavio scrive:

    Display is good IMO, good contrast and colors also in sunlight. Performances are at same level as HTC Sensation and Samsung GS2, thanks also to a very light UI.

  21. Flavio scrive:

    Honor is dual-core, MSM8260, I tested it with my hands! Vision is single-core MSM8255.

  22. Anonimo scrive:

    w00t man , thats even nicer for a phone. At 300 € price range xD

  23. Anonimo scrive:

    Sorry for replying again but these guyz are talking about MSM8255 SoC

  24. Flavio scrive:

    They can talk about whatever they like, I can tell you for sure what I have seen and tested with my hands. 

  25. Anonimo scrive:

    Thanks again 🙂

  26. Kostas123pao scrive:

     Does Honor has sensor for auto brigtness?

  27. Anonimo scrive:

    We got a confirmation for dual core thanks a lot Flavio for your patient and replies.

  28. Flavio scrive:

    Not 100% sure about this… I’ll enquire with my contacts at Huawei and let you know

  29. Anonimo scrive:

    After all its one core they said it in their fb account :/ never mid i am still on the run for this phone. 🙂

  30. Flavio scrive:

    Huawei Italia just confirmed to me the presence of both light and proximity sensors on the Honor 🙂

  31. Joschi scrive:

    Huawei Device Hi Jourdan, we would like to clarify the information we had shared earlier about Honor’s CPU. Honor is in fact a single, not dual core smartphone. We apologize and please let us know if you have further questions about Honor. 
    In fact no dual-core. Damn it! 

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