Following Honor Holly's overnight success, Huawei has launched yet another budget smartphone in India. At ₹4,999, the Honor Bee has been primarily targeted to the budget consumers of India.
Though there are several successful smartphones available under ₹10,000, the Moto E, Infocus M2 and Micromax Canvas Spark are the only few successful smartphones to compete with Honor Bee for its price tag. The smartphone boasts of an array of specifications and has enough potential to kill the craze for Xiaomi and Motorola in the budget smartphone category in India.
Like its predecessors Honor Holly, Honor 4X and Honor 6, the new smartphone will also be available exclusively via Flipkart starting on 8 May.
We were lucky to spend an hour with the device at the pre-launch event and here's our take on the device:
Build & Design
Honor Bee features a modest design and features a polycarbonate textured removable back cover, which gives access to its dual SIM slot, Micro SD card slot and the non-removable battery.
It also feels reasonably sturdy, yet looks good for its rounded back and sides that also make it quite ergonomic to hold.
The textured casing looks different from other similar budget smartphones and also gives an anti-slippery feel. The panel also keeps the phone free of fingerprints and smudges..
Like its competitors ― Moto E and Micromax Canvas Spark ― Honor Bee packs a 4.5-inch FWVGA qHD (960x540) display. The display offers ample brightness with decent viewing angles. We wish Huawei would have featured a 720p display in Honor Bee, but in its price qHD display counts as a standard.
Huawei packed decent specification for its price. A SpeedTrum 1.2GHz processor has been aptly backed by a 1GB RAM and 8GB in-built memory, impressive enough when we consider the price.
In our test, we found out of 8GB, the OS consumes less than 3GB and leaves 5.12GB memory for user's consumption.
Honor Bee packs an 8mp rear camera with autofocus and a 2mp front camera for selfie snapping. The camera app is identical to other Honor series devices. In our session, we found out that the stock camera app offered a detailed menu to customise each features and bundle several filters.
At ₹4,999, Honor Bee positions itself in the same price league as that of Micromax's hottest selling smartphone Canvas Spark, Infocus M2 and Moto E 1st Generation.