• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • Frequency: HSDPA 2100/900 EDGE / GPRS / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 8GB (expandable up to 32GB via microSD)
  • Screen: 5.0-inch HD (1,280 x 720) LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon) LCD
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
  • Others: 8-megapixel front camera, Vice camera 5,000,000 pixels front camera
  • Dimensions: 139.5 x 71.4 x 9.2mm
  • Weight: 140g
  • Pros:
  • Very Affordable
  • Good Performance
  • Dual SIM support
  • Great cameras
  • Cons:
  • Low battery life

Awesome And Affordable

For the last couple of years, Huawei has been trying to push the envelope for very affordable, yet pretty well-equipped Android phones. More often than not, smartphones that cost anything under RM1,000 are typically shunned by brand conscious consumers who believe that big name brands and expensive price tags are the way to go. With the Huawei Honor 3C, the company is looking to change that perception.

The Honor 3C features a 5.0-inch LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon) display, with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Whilst the resolution isn’t as high as one would expect it to be on such a large display, the colour quality and viewing angle of the Honor 3C is still quite excellent.

The Honor 3C has a dual-SIM feature which allows you to use two phone numbers in the same phone

The Honor 3C has a dual-SIM feature which allows you to use two phone numbers in the same phone

Powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, the Honor 3C also has an impressive 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. That’s not all of course as the Honor 3C also supports dual SIM, which allows you to store two numbers inside the phone.

Huawei has also done a bit of modification to the stock Android UI by adding their own flavour to it in the form of the Emotion UI 2.0, with the most obvious bit of change being the fact that there is no more app drawer, with everything being available on the home page. It’s a mixed bag as some people will want to have control over what goes onto the home screen.

The Honor 3C’s rear-facing 8MP camera is also great for taking candid shots

The Honor 3C’s rear-facing 8MP camera is also great for taking candid shots

An 8MP Sony BSI camera and a 5MP camera occupy the back and front sides of the Honor 3C. The cameras perform quite well, especially in well-lit areas, and the front-facing 5MP camera deserves special mention because it takes some excellent wide angle shots.

Performance-wise, the Huawei Honor 3C does well, in fact a lot better than what its price tag suggests. It’s capable of playing 720p videos without lag, and plays the games that we tested it on with only minor sluggishness.
That said the Honor 3C does have a pretty major drawback in terms of its 2,300mAh battery life. On minimal usage, the battery generally lasts pretty much almost throughout the day on a full charge, but if you’re a heavy user the battery can easily be drained come mid-afternoon. We recommend that you have a powerbank stored within arm’s reach.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Huawei Honor 3C is easily the best phone you can buy at its price point. Not too long ago, phones that cost this low are typically put together with subpar components and shoddy craftsmanship but this device will truly change all that misconception.

(previously published in issue June 2014)

Huawei Honor 3C