By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 16:37
At Rs 6,999, the Huawei Honor Holly does have an appeal as it has decent features to challenge the market leaders like Redmi 1S and Motorola Moto E.
Huawei has several lucrative devices to its name, the latest one being the Honor Holly. The handset is set to be launched soon and is expected to be available in the affordable segment.
Huawei was kind enough to offer the handset before its launch for a look and here is our first hand analysis of the Huawei Honor Holly.
The Honor Holly has a 5 inch display with high definition resolution. It is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and is run by a 1.3 Ghz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. It has 16 GB ROM and has an expandable storage slot as well. Besides, the Holly has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. This dual SIM smartphone has Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, DLNA, WiFi Hotspot, and a 2000 mAh battery.
Look and Feel
The Huawei Honor Holly comes with a 5 inch display but is lot lighter than many entry level phablets. It feels quite light but the glossy finish may not appeal to many. Due to the glossy finish, the phone attracts lot of smudges. But the thick side walls give a good grip. Like other entry level handsets, the Holly has a plastic body as well.
The back panel is removable but there is no dedicated groove to do so, hence you have to use the micro USB port to take it out. Inside the back panel lies the two SIM slots (one for 3G and the other for 2G) and the micro SD card slot. The 2000 mAh battery is removable too.
As far as keys and ports are concerned, the power button is just beside the volume rocker on the right hand side while the micro USB port is located at the bottom panel; the audio port (3.5 mm jack) is at the top. Below the display there are three touch tabs -Return, Home, Menu.
As I stated earlier, the Huawei Honor Holly has a 5 inch display with the necessary high definition resolution, unlike qHD or WVGA resolution of many entry level devices. The display also swiftly responded to our touches during initial interactions. The display seems to have just enough brightness for indoor as well as outdoor operations.
Like other Huawei devices, it has a modified user interface though it is based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. The UI, called Emotion, does not have app drawer so everything is laid out in the home screen itself. Another pleasing aspect of the UI is the app icons which are very pleasing to eyes. The onscreen keyboard was also much easier to use, perhaps due to the big screen and is as responsive as it could be.
Regarding the off-screen keys, on a single tap, the menu key brings up the option to change wallpaper, place widget/thumbnails, transitions, and other home screen settings. A long press on the same brings up the recently closed applications. The home key has also dual use- when pressed for 2-3 seconds, it brings up the Google Search application while a quick tap will lead you to the home screen.
The Huawei Holly has a 1.3 Ghz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM like most other its competitors. It is thus expected to offer a decent performance. During this quick review, I did play some racing games (not the high end ones like Real Racing 3) on the device which it managed to run without much effort. But ofcourse I will try some high end games later.
Coming to the camera properties, the Holly sounds great on paper with an 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash and BSI sensor. It has also a 2 megapixel front camera. However, our initial trials did not yield expected results. Most of the pictures were washed out and were not showing the true colours but I will deliver a verdict on its camera quality after more tests later.
But one thing that needs no test is that the Huawei Honor Holly has plenty of storage facility. It comes with 16 GB internal storage of which about 13 GB is available for users. There is an expandable storage slot in the phone as well.
Images by Sushil Kumar
The Huawei Honor Holly does look impressive in terms of storage and performance. It has the latest Android software too. Look wise, it may not appeal to everyone though. We will conduct more tests on the phone during our extended usage, so keep checking The Mobile Indian for our final analysis on the phone.