Huawei Honor Bee was showcased for the very first time at an Honor event in Kolkata on April 14. Check out our Huawei Honor Bee hands on and detailed first impression.
Honor, a digital subsidiary of Huawei sells their devices exclusively on Flipkart in India. They do not have any plans of shifting to retail stores yet. The company is currently selling the Honor 6 Plus and Honor 4X on Flipkart and Honor Bee is coming soon.
Honor Bee is aimed at the lower end of the market, specially at first time smartphone users and consumers preferring one hand grip. The smartphone will be priced around Rs 5,000-7,000 considering the hardware exclusively on Flipkart in India.
During the Kolkata event, we got some time to check out the yet to be launched device. So check out our Huawei Honor Bee hands on and detailed first impression.
Huawei Honor Bee hands on and first impression
Lets start with the display on the Honor Bee. It is a 4.5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display with 16:9 ratio. As mentioned, it is good for movie viewing but you would not enjoy a movie on a 4.5-inch screen. The display is not the most brightest or has the best of colours but is good enough for daily usage, specially on a budget device. On asking on of the officials from Honor India, “Why did you not put a 720p HD screen?”. They answered, “It would have made the device more costlier as the display is one the most important and costly component.”
The Honor Bee is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It runs on Emotion UI 3.0 LITE based on Android 4.4 KitKat. While playing with the device, we found it snappy but occasionally dropped frame rates. The overall UI was little bland to be honest because of the LITE version. Honor had to put in a lighter version of Emotion UI as it is quite heavy and 1GB RAM may not be sufficient to run it smoothly. We could not run many applications due to limited time but the officials assured us that the Spreadtrum processor has been extensively tested and churns out good performance. One important thing to note is Emotion UI will get regular incremental updates but porting it on Android Lollipop in the near future, is not on cards for the folks at Honor yet.
Now coming to the camera, there is a 8 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash which was good but no extra ordinary. On the front, it has a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. We did not really test the cameras much as we were quite bowled over by the Honor 6 Plus’ camera. So we would reserve our judgement on the camera section.
Coming to the usual specifications, the phone comes with 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB. It has Dual SIM support with 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS as connectivity options.
With limited Huawei Honor Bee hands on time, we would reserve our final judgement till the pricing is revealed. It mostly depends on the pricing of these devices featuring low-specced hardware. If it priced below the Redmi 2, Moto E and others i.e. around Rs 5,000, it will be dubbed as a good phone. However, if it is priced around Rs 7,000, we would say there are better options in the market.