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Huawei Honor U8860 Smartphone

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As mentioned in the specifications, Huawei Honor has a 854x480 display. This is very close to the 16:9 aspect ratio and is obviously aimed at those who like to watch movies. Whether it's convenient to watch movies on such a small screen at all is another question. On the other hand, the screen is larger than the standard 800x480 one and can show more information.

Display's physical dimenions are 85x50 mm, which is closer to 3.9 inches to be precise. This equals to ~244 pixels per inch (ppi). While not the highest, the pixel density is quite enough for comforable viewing. It's very hard to single out pixels and the image in general is crisp and clear.

The matrix seems like a TFT TN. Viewing angles are good enough, colors start to warp at average declinations.

The backlight adjusts automatically and is bright enough for a sunny day. The glossy glass surface spoils things a bit, though.

The response to screen touches is immediate, there's no noticeable lag at all. Since the display is capacitive, it supports multitouch, although "multi" actually means "two."

As good as the display is, there's one peculiarity: barely visible dots throughout the screen. They seem to be located somewhere between the matrix, touchpanel, and protective glass. We're not sure what the purpose of the dots is, but those might be the glue keeping the display parts together. Pixels under the dots have wrong colors, but that's barely noticeable and hardly affects viewing experience.


The audio subsystem includes two mics, two speakers and a headphones jack. All that is managed by the OS, and the user can adjust the volume of both speakers and switch vibration.

The loudspeaker is powerful enough, but you might still miss a message or a call if the speaker is obstructed.

The built-in FM radio works in the 87.5~108.0 MHz frequency range. The app is simple to use: you can set the radio to autoscan the entire range and compile an editable list of found stations, or you can enter the frequency manually. The reception quality is average.

Huawei Honor, FM radio


Huawei Honor has an 8-megapixel primary camera for taking shots at resolutions up to 3264x2448. The lens on the back is protected by glass in a metallic rim. The lens surface is aflush with the back cover, which may result in scratches.

Huawei Honor, camera lens

There's no dedicated hardware camera button, so you'll have to navigate to the app. Alternatively, you can use the lockscreen shortcut, but in that case you will sacrifice protection from unauthorized access to the phone.

Huawei Honor, camera controls

The Honor offers three shooting modes: standard, panoramas, and video recording. If you're shooting panoramas, the camera will instruct you how to move the smartphone and check whether you're doing it right. Videos are recorded at 720p in the MPEG-4 format (sample). The length is only limited by the memory card capacity.

The camera interface is somewhat plain, with only the most important settings: LED flash, white balance, exposure compensation, shooting mode, geo tags.

The image quality is mediocre despite the high resolution. Have a look at a few samples below (don't mind the snow, the shots were taken in April).

Huawei Honor, camera image quality, test shot

Huawei Honor, camera image quality, test shot

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