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Honor 3C Smartphone Review

Michael Moser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 03/10/2015

Get the Honor. The young Honor brand of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei adds a new member, which offers a great price-to-performance ratio. A 5-inch HD display, quad-core SoC and dual-SIM functionality – all for 140 Euros (~$149).

For the original German review, see here.

As previously reported, the Honor brand from Huawei takes an unusual path. The Honor 6 is priced in the 300-Euro (~$320) region and now Huawei wants to attack the 200-Euro (~$213) league. For roughly 140 Euros (~$149) you can buy the well-equipped Honor 3C, which offers a 5-inch HD display, Dual-SIM functionality and a conservative MediaTek MT6582 quad-core SoC which runs at 1.3 GHz. LTE and NFC have to be sacrificed in this price range. 

The price range of the Honor 3C houses many competitors. We will use the Acer Liquid Z5, the Motorola Moto G2, the Huawei Ascend Y530 and the LG L Fino for comparison. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is also a possible competitor.

Case

In this price class, the case is made of synthetic material, like in the Honor 3C. The case has good workmanship and is quite sturdy. The glossy surfaces are a magnet for dust and prints. The feel of the material is not great, but the rounded corners and edges are very nice.

The case of the Honor 3C is available in black, white and gray. The appealing, simple design does not stick out of the masses. The height of 9.2 mm places our device in the top-third amongst our comparison devices and only the Microsoft Lumia 535 and the Acer Liquid Z5 are a little slimmer. If you take the back off, the removable battery can be seen. The Micro SIM and MicroSD slots are below this battery.

145.5 mm / 5.73 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 147 g0.3241 lbs141.5 mm / 5.57 inch 70.7 mm / 2.78 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs140.2 mm / 5.52 inch 72.4 mm / 2.85 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 146 g0.3219 lbs139.5 mm / 5.49 inch 71.4 mm / 2.81 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs132.5 mm / 5.22 inch 67 mm / 2.64 inch 9.3 mm / 0.3661 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs127.5 mm / 5.02 inch 67.9 mm / 2.67 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs

Connectivity

The MediaTek MT6582 quad-core SoC and integrated Mali-400 MP2 are not impressive, but the 2 GB memory is extensive. Sadly, the large memory is only useful when intensively multi-tasking. The storage space is a typical 8 GB, whereas some competitors, like the LG L Fino only offer 4 GB. We like the dual-SIM functionality and the HD display offers a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. As expected, the phone lacks NFC and LTE. However, it supports App2SD and OTG.

Software

The Honor 3C uses the slightly outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with the equally old Emotion UI 2.0. Thankfully, the manufacturer has not changed much about the stock Android. Preinstalled apps, like the Google packet and a telephone manager, are also on-board and we notice a distinct lack of bloatware.

Unusual detail: in our test, the Honor 3C did not immediately allow us to look at the internal storage. We had to restart quite a few times before we could copy our screenshots. 

GPS Test
GPS Test

Communication & GPS 

LTE, NFC and Dual-band WLAN are not available in the Honor 3C – the price class cannot support these features. The test model uses UMTS Dual-band (900/2,100 MHz) and GSM Tri-band (900/1,800/1,900 MHz). The former offers a download speed of up to 42 Mbit per second and can only be used in SIM slot 1. WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are also included. The test model has a modest, but stable reception at a distance of 10 meters from the router, through three walls. Loading websites took a little time. The GPS reception is patchy. Inside the house, there is no connection, but outdoors the device can be accurate up to 3 meters.

Telephone & Speech Quality

The telephone app is the same as the standard Google app but with a slight graphics update. All the important functions, like caller lists, favorites and groups, are also available.

The speech quality is decent, but on the other end, we heard a lot of background noises, especially at higher volumes. The speakers should only be used in quiet surroundings and disappoint us with a modest max volume and tinny sound.

Cameras & Multimedia

The main camera on the back of the Honor 3C offers 8 MP which is quite high, especially when compared to the competition. Auto-focus and flash are also on-board. With good lighting, the cameras capture nice photos. However, in bad lighting, the performance is modest and disappoints due to strong blurring. The weak flash does not improve the quality much. The poor details and colors of the Honor 3C in bad lighting are disappointing when compared to the competition.

The front camera offers a high resolution of 5.0 MP for selfies and group pictures. The competition has much less to offer, with the exception of the Microsoft Lumia 535 which can hold its own. The picture quality is decent and the camera offers decent snapshots in good lighting. Overall, the cameras are average for their class.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories

The Honor 3C includes the usual: charging cable, a stereo headset with poor audio, a USB power adapter and a brief manual. Optionally, the manufacturer plans on offering various accessories on their website, including different covers and high-quality in-ear headphones.

Warranty

The warranty period of the device is 24 months, whereas the battery and accessories have a period of 6 months.

Input Devices & Interface

The user can operate the device smoothly thanks to the capacitive touchscreen. Furthermore, the panel is very sensitive, even in the corners. An optional glove mode is also available.

The virtual keyboard "Swype for Huawei" offers various input possibilities. Aside from typing each letter, the user can also use the sliding technique employed by Swype, to write faster. We did not like that there is no direct access button to the numbers and that the keyboard is overflowing with keys. Thankfully, the user can use the stock Android keyboard as an alternative.

The keyboard offers little space in portrait mode...
The keyboard offers little space in portrait mode...
...in landscape mode the view shrinks a lot.
...in landscape mode the view shrinks a lot.

Display

The 5-inch LCD IPS display of the Honor 3C has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, which is higher than the competition and only the Motorola Moto G2 can keep up.

The max brightness of 479 cd/m² is impressive and can beat all the competitors. The Microsoft Lumia 535 offers a brightness in the same region. The illumination of 90% is very balanced, but the competition does it slightly better. Only the Acer Liquid Z5 offers a little less illumination.

429
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
432
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 479 cd/m² Average: 449 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 474 cd/m²
Contrast: 677:1 (Black: 0.7 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.59 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 3.46 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.58
Honor 3C
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Liquid Z5
Mali-400 MP, MT6572, 4 GB Flash
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
Huawei Ascend Y530
Adreno 302, 200 8210, 4 GB Flash
LG L Fino
Adreno 302, 200 MSM8212, 4 GB Flash
Microsoft Lumia 535
Adreno 302, 200 MSM8212, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-77%
-1%
-52%
-23%
-2%
Brightness middle
474
339
-28%
349
-26%
375
-21%
299
-37%
431
-9%
Brightness
449
307
-32%
348
-22%
370
-18%
303
-33%
424
-6%
Brightness Distribution
90
85
-6%
96
7%
91
1%
93
3%
90
0%
Black Level *
0.7
0.62
11%
0.4
43%
0.74
-6%
0.5
29%
0.64
9%
Contrast
677
547
-19%
873
29%
507
-25%
598
-12%
673
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.59
10.95
-205%
3.74
-4%
8.8
-145%
5.41
-51%
3.6
-0%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.46
12.53
-262%
4.52
-31%
8.69
-151%
5.44
-57%
3.71
-7%
Gamma
2.58 85%
2.29 96%
2.63 84%
2.03 108%
2.23 99%
2.4 92%
CCT
7437 87%
15632 42%
7336 89%
8507 76%
7400 88%
6878 95%

* ... smaller is better

The black value of 0.7 cd/m² and the contrast of 677:1 are good and on par with other devices. However, the Honor 3C cannot match the great values of the Motorola Moto G2. Still, subjectively, the picture seems plastic and the color black is quite dark.

The CalMAN analysis shows deviations from the sRGB color spectrum, which are especially strong in the yellow-green region. The color accuracy is quite good, but the color brightness is a little too low. The gray levels show a minimal blue tinge at high brightness. The color temperature can be adjusted in the settings. Subjectively, the Honor 3C offers an acceptable color spectrum, given the price class.

ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Color management
Color management
Grayscales
Grayscales
Saturation
Saturation

Outdoors, the Honor 3C benefits greatly from its bright panel but due to its glossy screen, legibility is poor in direct sunlight. Overall, the brightness is sufficient for the smartphone to be legible outdoors.

Thanks to the IPS technology, the display offers great viewing-angle stability. The content gets dark at very high angles but the colors remain stable.

Outdoor use with direct sunlight.
Outdoor use with direct sunlight.
A little shadow: legible.
A little shadow: legible.
Stable viewing angles thanks to...
Stable viewing angles thanks to...
...IPS technology.
...IPS technology.

Performance

The MediaTek MT6582 quad-core SoC runs the Honor 3C at 1.3 GHz and has an integrated Mali-400 MP2 graphics chip alongside 2 GB RAM. This hardware is powerful enough for most applications.

In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, the Honor 3C is able to distance itself from the competition. The multi-core test shows a large gap between our test model and the other devices, which means our model offers considerable performance for its price. The Motorola Moto G2 and the LG L Fino were able to keep up.

The synthetic graphics benchmarks show a weaker performance. The competition performs much better.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
1186 Points ∼4%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1133 Points ∼4% -4%
Acer Liquid Z5
533 Points ∼2% -55%
Huawei Ascend Y530
605 Points ∼2% -49%
LG L Fino
1113 Points ∼4% -6%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
354 Points ∼7%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
341 Points ∼7% -4%
Acer Liquid Z5
303 Points ∼6% -14%
Huawei Ascend Y530
324 Points ∼7% -8%
LG L Fino
329 Points ∼7% -7%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 3C
7670 Points ∼9%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
7904 Points ∼9% +3%
LG L Fino
7961 Points ∼9% +4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
2470 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4265 Points ∼1% +73%
LG L Fino
3543 Points ∼1% +43%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
2908 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4751 Points ∼2% +63%
LG L Fino
4041 Points ∼2% +39%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 3C
0 fps ∼0%
Huawei Ascend Y530
0 fps ∼0%
LG L Fino
1.3 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 3C
0 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
4 fps ∼1%
Huawei Ascend Y530
0 fps ∼0%
LG L Fino
6.8 fps ∼2%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 3C
3.8 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
5.8 fps ∼0% +53%
Huawei Ascend Y530
0 fps ∼0% -100%
LG L Fino
4.4 fps ∼0% +16%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 3C
6.6 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
10.8 fps ∼0% +64%
Huawei Ascend Y530
11.7 fps ∼0% +77%
LG L Fino
13.3 fps ∼0% +102%

Legend

 
Honor 3C Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
Acer Liquid Z5 MediaTek MT6572, ARM Mali-400 MP, 4 GB Flash
 
Huawei Ascend Y530 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
 
LG L Fino Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
 
Microsoft Lumia 535 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 8 GB eMMC Flash

The browser benchmarks show that the test model performs quite well. The Honor 3C performs quite well in the older SunSpider benchmark. It is able to outperform the LG L Fino in the Kraken 1.1 benchmark, but in the rest of the tests it places quite far in the back. We tested with the Android browser. If you use the preinstalled Google Chrome Browser, the performance increases when loading pages and so does the joy in surfing.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
17906.6 ms * ∼30%
Huawei Ascend Y530
19673.3 ms * ∼33% -10%
LG L Fino
15615.8 ms * ∼26% +13%
Microsoft Lumia 535
27174.9 ms * ∼46% -52%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
1485 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
2217 Points ∼4% +49%
LG L Fino
1938 Points ∼4% +31%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 3C
1581.7 ms * ∼17%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1406 ms * ∼15% +11%
Huawei Ascend Y530
1538.8 ms * ∼17% +3%
LG L Fino
1525.9 ms * ∼17% +4%
Microsoft Lumia 535
1254.1 ms * ∼14% +21%

* ... smaller is better

The storage of the Honor 3C is very fast and offers an 8 GB capacity. Competitors, like the Motorola Moto G2, are clearly left behind.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Honor 3C
2.94 MB/s ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
1.6 MB/s ∼1% -46%
Acer Liquid Z5
1.31 MB/s ∼1% -55%
Huawei Ascend Y530
0.51 MB/s ∼0% -83%
LG L Fino
0.6 MB/s ∼0% -80%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Honor 3C
14.71 MB/s ∼8%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
8 MB/s ∼5% -46%
Acer Liquid Z5
11.35 MB/s ∼7% -23%
Huawei Ascend Y530
8.02 MB/s ∼5% -45%
LG L Fino
9.5 MB/s ∼5% -35%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Honor 3C
22.73 MB/s ∼6%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
13 MB/s ∼3% -43%
Acer Liquid Z5
7.48 MB/s ∼2% -67%
Huawei Ascend Y530
9.24 MB/s ∼2% -59%
LG L Fino
10.79 MB/s ∼3% -53%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Honor 3C
78.99 MB/s ∼5%
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
58 MB/s ∼4% -27%
Acer Liquid Z5
86.72 MB/s ∼6% +10%
Huawei Ascend Y530
37.2 MB/s ∼3% -53%
LG L Fino
55.7 MB/s ∼4% -29%

Games

Many of the latest games are not a problem for the Honor 3C. Gaming is fun, thanks to the fast and accurate movement sensors.

Preinstalled game demos.
Preinstalled game demos.
Angry Birds Transformers crashes after the intro video.
Angry Birds Transformers crashes after the intro video.
Trials Frontier always runs well.
Trials Frontier always runs well.

Emissions

Temperature

The case of the Honor 3C heats up to a moderate 36.2 °C at full load. We measure an average of 32.5 °C on the surface whereas the bottom heats up to 30.8 °C.

While idle, the test model stays cool and does not heat up tangibly. On average the surfaces reach 26.6 to 30.2 °C (bottom and top).

Max. Load
 30 °C
86 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
32.3 °C
90 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
34.3 °C
94 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
Maximum: 35.3 °C = 96 F
Average: 32.5 °C = 91 F
28.3 °C
83 F
28.2 °C
83 F
27.7 °C
82 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.6 °C
87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32.4 °C
90 F
36.2 °C
97 F
34.2 °C
94 F
Maximum: 36.2 °C = 97 F
Average: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  38 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.5 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.2 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.2 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.

Speakers

The speakers placed on the back of the Honor 3C offer a modest max volume and disappoint us with tinny sound which has distorted highs. The low notes are not audible. A 3.5 mm audio jack allows the user to plug in headphones or speakers which will produce good sound.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Honor 3C requires 0.6 to 1.9 W while idleThis is quite conservative and places it on the same level as the competition. At load, the smartphone mutates into a power-hungry device and consumes up to 6.8 watts tablet values!

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.6 / 1.4 / 1.9 Watt
Load midlight 5.9 / 6.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 870

Battery Life

The battery of the Honor 3C is bigger than that of the competition: 2,300 mAh or 8.8 Wh. Still, the test model cannot surpass others in terms of battery life due to its high power consumption. At full load, the phone runs for 3:25 hours. During the video runtime test with the FHD Big Buck Bunny video, the Motorola Moto G2 (7.9 Wh) performs much better and the Microsoft Lumia 535 (7 Wh) reaches the level of our test model. In the practical WLAN test, the Honor 3C surpasses most competitors, like the Huawei Ascend Y530 or the LG L Fino, with 9:47 hours. Only the Motorola Moto G2 can surpass our test model in this case. The smartphone should last an entire workday with modest use and adjusted brightness.

Honor 3C
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Motorola Moto G 2. Gen XT1068
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB SSD
Acer Liquid Z5
Mali-400 MP, MT6572, 4 GB Flash
Huawei Ascend Y530
Adreno 302, 200 8210, 4 GB Flash
LG L Fino
Adreno 302, 200 MSM8212, 4 GB Flash
Microsoft Lumia 535
Adreno 302, 200 MSM8212, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
82%
-32%
-9%
-10%
-25%
Reader / Idle
1195
801
948
H.264
330
941
185%
322
-2%
WiFi
587
904
54%
341
-42%
483
-18%
407
-31%
376
-36%
Load
205
221
8%
161
-21%
208
1%
228
11%
127
-38%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
9h 47min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 25min

Verdict

The Honor 3C offers a great price-to-performance ratio and deserves our recommendation. The test model, which is available for around 140 Euros (~$149), offers the user a bright, colorful IPS HD touchscreen. The slightly outdated software works well and is intuitive. The performance offered by the smartphone in everyday use is sufficient and it is always comfortably cool. The camera modules capture good pictures in decent lighting. The sturdy and light case offers nice workmanship and the design is conservative. 

We did not like the poor speakers or the high power consumption. Still, the battery life is good.

Overall, the Honor 3C is a fierce competitor, which will even cause some difficulties for its own siblings. This phone is recommended for beginners and entry-level users.

If you wish to invest 60 Euros (~$64) more, you should take a look at the Motorola Moto G2.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

Honor 3C
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, Capacitive multi-touchscreen, IPS LCD, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, 5.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSDXC (up to 64 GB), Sensors: GPS; Movement sensor; Proximity sensor; Ambient light sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Dual-Micro-SIM; GSM: Tri-Band (900/1,800/1,900MHz); UMTS: Dual-Band (900/2,100MHz); Network bandwidths: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA standards (Download/Upload): 42Mbps/5.76 Mbps (UMTS)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.2 x 139.5 x 71.4 ( = 0.36 x 5.49 x 2.81 in)
Battery
8 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2,300 mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 300 h
Operating System
Android 4.2
Camera
Webcam: Front camera: 5 MP; Main camera: 8 MP, AF, light, Video resolution: 1920 x 1080 Px
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, Emotion UI 2.0, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
140 g ( = 4.94 oz / 0.31 pounds), Power Supply: 59 g ( = 2.08 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
200 Euro

 

In review: Honor 3C smartphone...
In review: Honor 3C smartphone...
...with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - including Emotion UI 2.0 - as OS.
...with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - including Emotion UI 2.0 - as OS.
Android system information.
Android system information.
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (HD).
The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (HD).
Very bright and good colors.
Very bright and good colors.
The colors can be adjusted to suit the taste of the user.
The colors can be adjusted to suit the taste of the user.
The back is glossy and attracts smudges as well as fingerprints.
The back is glossy and attracts smudges as well as fingerprints.
The cameras capture good quality pictures in decent lighting.
The cameras capture good quality pictures in decent lighting.
The physical keys have good pressure points.
The physical keys have good pressure points.
More accessories are coming.
More accessories are coming.

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  • Our test criteria

Pros

+Bright IPS display
+Decent colors
+Cameras are good with bright lighting
+Good performance
+Sturdy case
+Removable battery
+Dual-SIM
+Battery life is good
+Stable WLAN reception
+GPS fast and precise
 

Cons

-Poor low light performance
-Glossy panel attracts smudges
-No LTE or NFC

Shortcut

What we like

The great price-to-performance ratio and decent connectivity.

What we miss

NFC and LTE.

What surprises us

Huawei has created a fierce competitor which will cause its other smartphones some trouble.

The competition

Acer Liquid Z5

Huawei Ascend Y530 

LG L Fino

Microsoft Lumia 535 

Motorola Moto G2

Rating

Honor 3C - 03/03/2015 v4(old)
Michael Moser

Chassis
72%
Keyboard
62 / 75 → 83%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
40 / 60 → 67%
Weight
93%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
52 / 63 → 83%
Application Performance
19 / 70 → 27%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
43 / 91 → 47%
Camera
52%
Average
68%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
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