Huawei launches 5.5″ Honor 3X octa-core phablet and 5″ Honor 3C cheap smartphone with $130 price tag
Huawei is most known worldwide for its Ascend lineup, however, as you may know the company’s portfolio is much richer. Another series, notably less popular though, is the Honor lineup dedicated for select budget markets. The series dates back to 2011 and since yesterday has two new members, the Honor 3X and Honor 3C. Both phones are budget-friendly devices designed to compete with other affordable brands in China, like Xiaomi for example.
Huawei Honor 3X vs. Honor 3C
The Huawei Honor 3C is available from online retailer JD.com or Huawei’s own Vmall.com starting at CN¥798, that is about $130 for a model with 1 GB of RAM. The phone with 2 GB of RAM costs CN¥998, which is an equivalent of $160. The Honor 3X is yet to go on sale and will be priced at CN¥1,698 or about $280 off-contract.
The Huawei Honor 3X is actually a phablet with its 5.5-inch 720p IPS display. Anticipating customers’ questions about the phone’s rather lowlish resolution, Huawei explained that 1080p resolution could use up to 20% more power reducing significantly battery life. Besides, according to the company, many users would probably not notice the difference anyway.
Screen resolution aside, the Honor 3X is a pretty decent offering. The handset is one of the first devices to come with an octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A7 MediaTek MT6592 processor backed by 2 GB of RAM and a hefty 3,000 mAh battery.
The Honor 3X is also equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture as well as a 5-megapixel 1.4-micron front-facing shooter. Other features include a dual-mic system for in-call noise cancellation, as well as DTS audio support.
Like most phones destined for Asian market, the Honor 3X supports dual-SIM support. One slot accepts Mini SIM cards and the other one Micro SIM. Both slots are 3G-enabled and are compatible with regular 3G present worldwide and China-specific 3G.
As you might have guessed from the prices, the Huawei Honor 3C is more modest in terms of specs, though given the cost, you will have nothing to complain about. The phone features a 5-inch LPTS display with the same resolution as the Honor 3X, that is 720p.
Under the hood, the smartphone also has a MediaTek chip, this time however, it is MT6582 Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.3 GHz. The handset comes in two versions: with 1 GB or 2 GB or RAM, both offering 8 GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot.
The Honor 3C boasts an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture made by Sony. There is also a 5-megapixel sensor residing on the front panel.
The phone has a dual-mic setup for noise cancellation and, just like the Honor 3X, dual-SIM capabilities in two configurations, that is WCDMA + GSM or TD-SCDMA + GSM. The Honor 3C’s battery offering capacity of 2,300 mAh should have no trouble getting you through the day.
The phone is currently available in six color options including black, white, grey, yellow, pink and blue.