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Wireless Connectivity

Huawei Honor works in 2G/3G networks, downloading and uploading data at up to 14 Mbps and 6 Mbps, respectively.

As mentioned in the specifications, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. The latter isn't of the latest version but does everything necessary: transfers files and outputs stereo audio according to A2DP. Huawei Honor can also tether its Wi-Fi connection to nearby devices.

Like any other Qualcomm-based smartphone, the Honor has a built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support. There are no special navigation apps bundled, just the usual Google Maps with navigation.

Standby Time, Talk Time

Compared with other smartphones, Huawei Honor has a very capacious Li-Ion battery: 1930 mAh vs. 1650 mAh of Samsung Galaxy S 2, 1530 mAh of HTC Sensation, for example.

As shown by our tests, the battery has enough juice for 14 hours in the 'ebook' mode at 75% brightness, almost 37 hours of music playback with the screen turned off, 10 hours at the maximum load: 100% brightness, all wireless interfaces enabled, with a movie streaming over Wi-Fi.

As you can see, thanks to the capacious battery, Huawei Honor works under the maximum load for as long as most other smartphones work under typical load. All in all, this smartphone is one of the battery life champions, according to our tests. With just phone calls and 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, its battery lasts for about two days.

Performance

As mentioned in the specifications, the Qualcomm MSM8255T system-on-chip (same as in the HTC Titan, for example) features the Scorpion 1.4 GHz CPU and the Adreno 205 graphics core. Huawei Honor also has 512MB RAM.

Below are the test results of today's smartphone compared with other similar devices we had tested. The tests were conducted with Benchmark 1.03.

  Huawei Honor 1.4 GHz (Android 4.0) Huawei Vision 1 GHz (Android 2.3) LG Optimus Sol 1 GHz (Android 2.3) Samsung Galaxy S II 2x1.2 GHz (Android 2.3) HTC Sensation 2x1.2 GHz (Android 2.3) Samsung Galaxy S 1 GHz (Android 2.3) Samsung Galaxy S 1 GHz (Android 2.1)
Graphics
Total graphics score 74.65942 26.746336 57.328293 34.054173 63.32414 30.028656 30.482296
Draw opacity bitmap (MPixels/sec) 26.701435 8.892749 19.56065 11.17294 22.188517 8.854302 9.3687105
Draw transparent bitmap (MPixels/sec) 18.962963 7.4662776 15.503407 9.655823 16.542812 9.512309 9.275363
CPU Whetstone
Total CPU score 3200.6553 2574.0535 1999.432 3261.4143 2500.6213 1571.6143 771.9937
MWIPS DP 195.69472 170.06802 128.3697 181.4882 162.86644 97.84736 57.636887
MWIPS SP 257.73196 191.20459 167.78523 296.7359 190.4762 108.813934 60.79027
MFLOPS DP 17.900549 34.140034 8.925826 12.005697 26.03444 6.510691 7.3144784
MFLOPS SP 46.086174 34.295647 16.762455 34.02756 34.39461 14.372471 8.3832655
VAX MIPS DP 190.61703 145.86421 114.365166 156.00337 143.94771 111.43894 39.92782
VAX MIPS SP 181.2764 139.63206 119.336716 225.92809 137.0819 97.69196 40.446907
Memory
Total memory score 550.8008 503.20074 482.2524 782.7169 792.86743 647.3529 600.7096
Copy memory (Mb/sec) 500.5005 457.24738 438.2121 711.23755 720.4611 588.2353 545.8515
File system
Total file system score 279.8356 242.41754 101.20107 325.3547 213.823 74.25825 143.54076
Creating 1000 empty files (sec) 0.338 0.308 0.547 0.256 1.342 13.402 41.504
Deleting 1000 empty files (sec) 0.129 0.115 4.009 0.13 0.408 25.047 27.346
Write 1M into file (M/sec) 128.20512 103.09278 149.25374 99.0099 13.513514 37.037037 3.068426
Read 1M from file (M/sec) 434.78262 384.6154 54.347828 555.55554 416.66666 112.35955 285.7143
SD card performance
Creating 250 empty files (sec) 4.556 32.164 19.808 9.34 8.588 3.444 11.908
Deleting 250 empty files (sec) 5.076 45.308 52.244 12.42 4.772 3.0 13.684
Write 1M into file (M/sec) 57.471264 14.326648 14.556041 23.364487 26.88172 16.10306 20.833334
Read 1M from file (M/sec) 400.0 384.6154 312.5 312.5 357.14285 344.82758 303.0303

Thanks to the high CPU clock rate, Huawei Honor won in many benchmarks, having even bested such flagship devices as Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation.

In the Quadrant Standard benchmark, the Honor scored 2171 points, a nice result for a mid-range device. Unfortunately, you can see that while the CPU is very fast, the graphics core isn't. The Qualcomm MSM8255T platform is disbalanced in this respect. Anyway, from the user's point of view, everything works smoothly, without lag.

Huawei Honor, Quadrant Standard test results

The smartphone can play 720 videos (MP4, 4.5 Mbps, AVC/AAC) without noticeable lag. In turn, 1080 videos (MP4, 7 Mbps, AVC/AAC) stutter noticeably. For this test, we used MX Video Player in the software decoding mode.

Final Thoughts

Compared with the junior Huawei Vision, the Honor is better in every aspect. These smartphones used to belong to different price ranges, but now that they should both cost $300-something, going with the Honor is more justified.

Smartphone's downsides include the display which is inferior to AMOLED and S-LCD, mediocre camera image quality, and probably design which may seem too generic.

The upsides (which outnumber the downsides) include the very long battery life (one of the longest), high performance, large display, upgradability to Android 4.0, and, of course, the price.

If we forget about brands and vendors for a second, the Honor is a quality workhorse with an adequate price and matching features. For many people, this is just right.


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