Huawei launches octa-core Honor 3X and extremely cheap Honor 3C to fight against Xiaomi
After quite a bit of teasing (including from CEO Richard Yu himself), Huawei has officially unveiled two new Honor-branded Android smartphones today. For now, these are only meant for the Chinese market, and they represent the company’s answer to the rise of Xiaomi over the past couple of years.
Huawei will from now on apparently use the Honor brand for affordable devices that come with decent specs and are good value. Today we meet the Huawei Honor 3X and Honor 3C.
The former is the bigger and higher-end. It comes with a 5.5-inch 720p IPS touchscreen, a 1.7 GHz “true” octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, dual-3G SIM slots (one mini SIM and one micro SIM, for WCDMA networks such as China Unicom and most carriers worldwide, and TD-SCDMA for China Mobile), dual microphones for noise cancellation, DTS audio, all the usual connectivity options (sans 4G LTE), and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 on top.
That version of Android is quickly becoming ancient, and the screen’s resolution will disappoint die-hard spec freaks. But the Huawei Honor 3X is priced at just 1,698 yuan, which is about $279 or €203 – which makes these shortcomings a lot more palatable.
The Huawei Honor 3C is even cheaper, starting at 798 yuan ($131, €95) with 1 GB of RAM, and costing 998 yuan ($164, €119) with 2 GB of RAM. Aside from the memory, the Honor 3C also comes with a 5-inch 720p LTPS touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM functionality, all the usual connectivity options (except 4G LTE), and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 on top, just like its bigger sibling.
The Honor 3C will be up for pre-order in China tomorrow, but the release dates for either handset are still a mystery. Huawei certainly seems to have tried its best to offer comparable products to Xiaomi at comparable prices. Now we’ll have to wait and see whether Chinese consumers go for the new Honor series or not. As for other places, it’s unclear if the Chinese company will ever sell these devices outside of its home market. We’ll keep you posted though.