Huawei Honor unveiled, offers up true color HD display and 3-day battery life

Early this morning, Huawei offered up a new device that they seem to be pretty excited about. And, according to the specifications list for the device in question, that’s not surprising. While Huawei may not be a huge name here in the United States, after getting a look at the new Honor handset, we’re beginning to think that should change. Even if that means we only get this one device locally.

The Huawei Honor is the latest device to be released running Gingerbread. In this particular case, the Honor has the honor of running Android 2.3.5 right out of the box. However, it does look like Huawei has injected a proprietary interface in there, so it doesn’t look like potential owners should expect a complete stock experience. But that’s okay, because you’ll be using it on a 4-inch FWVGA capacitive touchscreen display that features a 16M 16:9 true-color high definition (HD) display. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.4GHz processor, an 8MP camera around back, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. The battery is 1,900mAh, and according to Huawei means you’ll be able to go 3 days on a single charge.

As we mentioned above, there’s no word on whether or not the Honor will be heading to the United States. According to the press release, it will be launching in ‘Classic Black’ Russia, China and the Middle East before the end of the year. You can check out the full press release below.

Press Release

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.

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