Huawei Honour launches in the UK

The Huawei Honour (or Honor) is now available in the UK from various retailers with more stores expected to embrace the Android smartphone on its shelves very soon.

The Honour features a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, a 4-inch HD display, 8 mega-pixel camera and a sizable 1,900mAh battery, however, the device will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) out of the box.

We find it awfully strange that when the device was announced in December, Huawei claimed it’d run Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich)  but beggars can't be choosers and we're sure the device will see a new Android flavor eventually. 

The device weighs in at a reasonable 140g, but the device does seem a little fat around the edges.

Huawei has slapped a retail price of £250 on the Honour, however online retailer Clove has it listed at £238.80, while Expansys is offering it for just £210.

This price puts the strongly featured Honour up against the Orange San Diego as well as the Nokia Lumia 710 and HTC One V but then again, these devices do share more or less the same or similar specs.

Huawei does seem to have upped its standards in design, so we hope the company continues giving us decent affordable devices. Huawei have yet to release the world's fastest smartphone and MediaPad 10 tablet which we look forward to.

Source: Techradar

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Here are the specifications for the Huawei Mercury:

Frequency :
• 4.0” FWVGA 854X480 TFT Full-Touch
• 8.0 MP HD AF(Rear) W/LED Flash
• VGA (Front) For video chat
• Camcorder (HD 720p)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR W/A2DP
(Supports: HFP, OPP, SDAP, AVRCP, GOEP and HSP)
• Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n
• Integrated GPS Navigation
• Micro USB (High Speed)
• OS: Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
• Qualcomm MSM 8655T
1.4 Ghz Scorpion ProcessorMemory:
• MicroSD™ (supports up to 32GB)
• ROM: 4GB built-in
• RAM: 512MB

• Audio: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, WMA, OGG, AAC+, eAAC
• Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, RM, rmvd, and ASF
• Android Web Browser
• Streaming Audio & Video
• Supports: XHTML/HTML/WML
• Swype Input
• Documents To Go
• Google Mobile Services
• Tango (Video Chat)
• FM Radio
• All Backup
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Lets Golf 2
• Asphalt 5
• 4.80 x 2.42 x 0.42 inches
• 4.93 oz
• 1930mAh Lithium Polymer
• Talk-Time: up to 400 minutes
• Stand-by: up to 16 hours
• Music Player: up to 12 hours
• Video Playback: up to 8 hours

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I dont like the sound of these "CIQ loggers" ... anyway, if someone gets it, hope to see a review of this phone on Neowin.

Tai said,
I dont like the sound of these "CIQ loggers" ... anyway, if someone gets it, hope to see a review of this phone on Neowin.

I'll suggest it to Tim .

I have the Mercury, which I believe is the same thing spec wise. It was around $220 brand new and has gorilla glass to boot. Performance is impressive, I have to run A LOT of things to get it to stutter. Very happy overall. Root happened fairly quickly, some tweaked ROMs but no ICS or Cyanogen yet. For single core, it does OK, can even run playstation and n64 emulators without a hiccup. Crashes on GTA3 though. Let's Golf 3 plays but struggles. HD MKV videos play through Dice player perfectly. 64GB memory accepted without issue. Dual core would make it perfect.

One thing though, Huawei and Cricket together are doing some really nasty things with CIQ loggers, they just "upgraded" it to include even more. I don't know much about it, but some claim Huawei has a bad rep in this department as well.

McKay said,

What about the RAM?

Sort of wished it had a bit more RAM, I run a ton of crap and regularly get to close to running out of the 350 "usable"