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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has officially announced its latest mid-to-high-end Android smartphone for Europe and Asia, the Huawei Honor. The Honor is a 4-inch device running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, with a 1.4GHz single-core CPU. The most interesting feature, however, is the phone's 1900mAh battery, which Huawei claims gives it the ability to run for up to three days on a single charge.

Other notable specs include a 854x480 resolution display, 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM and HSPA+ support (up to 14.4Mbps) on 900MHz, 2100MHz and AWS bands. That means it'll work on most European and Asian GSM carriers, as well as T-Mobile USA.

The Huawei Honor is due to launch in China, Russia and the Middle East before the end of the year. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

Huawei's latest smartphone Honor packs a punch with its 16M true color HD display and three-day battery life, the longest in its class

Shenzhen, 26 September 2011: Huawei today officially unveiled the Huawei Honor, its latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread smartphone that features a 16M 16:9 true color high-definition (HD) 4-inch FWVGA capacitive touch screen. Powered by a 1,900 MAh battery, Honor frees consumers from the inconvenience of searching for an electricity source, allowing them to share and connect for up to three days1 on a single charge – the longest battery life among smartphones in the 4-inch screen range. With a 1.4 GHz processor, an 8-megapixel HDR2-enabled camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Honor is a powerhouse in a sleek 10.9 mm-thin body and weighs just 140g.

"Huawei Honor encapsulates the Huawei brand – it features simple-to-use, advanced technology that allows people to share and connect easily. Honor provides a package of features that elevates the smartphone user experience, including an ultra-long battery life, so critical to the performance of smartphones but yet is often downplayed," said Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device. "Consumers now have a high-performing smartphone that lets them communicate, connect, entertain and share content for an extended period of time without compromising on looks, technology or style."

Honor comes with an exclusive Huawei user interface which is easier to customize and manage, as well as a dynamic weather widget. Honor also features a Gyroscope which enables a better gaming experience. The smartphone is DLNA-certified which ensures interoperability with other DLNA-certified devices such as digital cameras, game consoles and TVs. This makes it easier for consumers to share their digital photos, music and videos between different DLNA-certified devices. The DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a non-profit organization with more than 250 member companies in the mobile, consumer electronics, PC, and service provider industries. According to ABI Research data, as of 2010, more than 440 million DLNA-certified devices have been installed in homes.

Honor will be commercially available in "Classic Black" in Asia-Pacific, China, Russia and the Middle East in Q4, 2011. Honor will be released in more colors closer to the Christmas holidays.

Technical Specs

  • Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS
  • 1900mAh battery
  • 1.4 Ghz processor
  • 4.0 inch 16M 16:9 true color FWVGA capacitive touch screen
  • 8 megapixels auto focus camera supporting HDR, with 2 megapixels front-facing camera
  • 2G Network (operating band) GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G Network (operating band) WCDMA/HSPA+ 900/AWS/2100
  • Measures 10.9mm (0.43 inches) at its thinnest point and weighs around 140g (0.3 pounds)
  • Support Class 10 GPRS and EDGE
  • 3G HSPA+ DL 14.4 Mbps/UL 5.76 Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth V2.1 with A2DP
  • 512M RAM + 4G ROM memory with a memory card slot up to 32GB
  • Micro USB 2.0 port

Additional Features

  • Assisted GPS support
  • FM radio
  • Dual MIC, compass and gyroscope
  • G-sensor, proximity sensor and light sensor
  • Exclusive Huawei user-interface with a dynamic weather widget
  • 160GB network capacity CloudDrive
  • DLNA-certified enables sharing with other DLNA-certified devices

Colors and Availability

  • Classic Black available in China, Russia and the Middle East from Q4 2011 with other colors to follow.

Reader comments

Huawei Honor announced with Gingerbread and 'three-day' battery life


Hmmm, very intriguing. 3 days of battery life is a bold claim. Good thing it's easy to verify with hands-on testing.

In fairness, they say UP TO three days. And its not as easy to test as you might expect, because there is no agreement on what constitutes normal use.

I can easily get 3 days out of my Nexus One on a single charge.
As long as I don't use it for much of anything.

Turning off Data Enabled (under Mobile Network settings, name varies on different phones) and you will be astounded how long you can run a phone. The trick is keeping the screen off as much as possible.

I have a Droid2 that will last more than the weekend with minimal use and 3G connectivity. Especially if I just leave it at home.

I think on some devices the issue really is how much you play with it - the screen uses the most power on many phones. Play games? Use Facebook? That's where your battery life is going. Add to that the number of apps that regularly pull data down, and that's the problem.

Okay so I know this whole design infringement war is ridiculous and old, but I'd say this phone looks the closest to an iPhone any android device has ever looked.

Other than that, looks nice and the specs sound pretty good, but I'd rather pick up an HTC or Samsung device.

I still think the Galaxy S phones look more like iPhones because of the single button/trackpad thing that Samsung puts on there.

This phone doesn't have that.

But Apple won't go after Huawei. Huawei has strong ties to the Chinese government (military) and there is no way Apple dares piss off the Chinese since every single assembly plant is in China.

feasibly accomplished with airplane mode & minimal screen brightness & no actual use of the phone.
battery life & battery usage are two different things.

show me the Battery usage screen shot & I'll switch carriers, move, and buy one at cost.

Nice. I am sure it isn't the thinnest thing in the world but I would take that over a phone that claims it is super sexy thin but gets 5 hours of battery life.