Sneak peak into Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone

Huawei is all set to launch its new Honor flagship device which they believe can compete against Google Pixel. To test that out, we got our hands on the device.

The device has a 5.5-inch full HD screen, 2.5 D curved glass and a slim body with volume rockers and power button at the right side of the phone so It doesn’t look especially unique or attractive and feels similar to other Honor phones. The camera features a dual lens – 12MP + 2MP (6 element lens) with F/0.95-F/16 and LED flash. It rocks a octa core KIRIN 655 CPU, 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage variants expandable up to 128GB so performance is rather smooth.

The device’s fingerprint scanner is better enhanced compared to its predecessors. Its quick screen unlock time of 0.3 seconds works with partial and wet fingers. The phone has a 3340 mAh non-removable battery. Considering the capacity of the battery, it should easily last a day of heavy use.  It will run EMUI 4.1 on top of Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). This might chase away those who prefer the clean Vanilla Android user interface. Besides that, there has not been any announcement as to whether  the device will get Android 7.0 (Nougat). The EMUI is also similar to older Huawei devices without anything new being introduced.

Sources suggest that this device will be launched on January 4th. We estimate that its price would be around INR 15,000 – 20,000. For the same price the device would compete with OnePlus 2 (INR 19,999) or a Moto G4 (INR 13,999). There is so much competition in the market from companies such as ASUS, OnePlus, Motorola, Xiaomi, Oppo etc. for similarly priced ‘Bang for Buck’ phones that it would be difficult for this device to outshine its opposition.