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Huawei Honor 3C Review: Honor the Price

Huawei recently introduced the most affordable smartphone with 2 GB RAM to Malaysian market and the device has blown a lot of people mind with its affordable pricing. However does this means that it is a perfect phone? Find out in our latest Huawei Honor 3C review.

Huawei Honor 3C official photos

- Dimensions: 139.5 x 71.4 x 9.2 mm
- Weight: 140 g
- Display: 5" HD (720 x 1280 pixels) TFT
- Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 8 GB, microSD card slot
- Camera: 8 MP Camera, 1080p video recording, 5 MP front
- Battery: 2,300 mAh
- OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

The Huawei Honor 3C design is quite normal, nothing much special on the smartphone and it is built by plastic material, which gives us a cheap feel. However the device is very light at just around 140 g, and we have no complain on its design.

Huawei Honor 3C front (left) and back (right)

The Honor 3C measurements are 139.5 x 71.4 x 9.2 mm, which is a perfect size for a 5" device. However we found that it is quite slippery and the back is fingerprint magnet.

A look at on top of display (left) and below the display (right)

The earpiece and 5 MP front-facing camera are on top of the display while you can find three Android navigation buttons below the display.

The right side of the Huawei Honor 3C

Just like most of the phones, the power/lock button and volume rocker are at the right side. There's nothing at the left side of the phone.

A look at on top the device (left) and below the device (right)

The 3.5 mm headphone jack is located on top the device. Below the device it has microUSB port and microphone for audio input.

Close up to the camera lens (left) and speaker (right)

The 8 MP camera sits right at the center of the back and the speaker is located at the lower part of the back.

Handling of Huawei Honor 3C

The Huawei Honor 3C is nice to hold and it just fits in our hands. Although it doesn't have slim bezels but it still considering comfortable enough.

The Huawei Honor 3C has a 5" 720p TFT display with the pixel density of 294 ppi.

The Huawei Honor 3C has a 5" display

The 5" display lacks of contrast but more details can be view on it. Surprisingly the TFT display has wide viewing angle but the colour will turn too bright.

Powering the device is a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz backed up by Mali-400MP2 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. What makes us surprised is this affordable smartphone has 2 GB of RAM, which means multitasking is not a problem on it.

Huawei Honor 3C benchmark results

However the processor did not perform well as it scored 5,851 on Quadrant Standard and 16,994 on AnTuTu benchmark. It struggles while playing high graphic games like Real Racing 3 but overall still acceptable.

The Huawei Honor 3C is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0. Huawei hasn't shared to us any news regarding to the software update.

The Huawei Honor 3C is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0

The newer version of Emotion UI comes with a few features, which we will cover it later.

The lockscreen and homescreen

Basically the Emotion UI looks identical to Apple iOS 7, it doesn't have applications drawer instead of all apps are at the homescreen.

Managing homescreen panels and widgets

Long press the homescreen will allow you to add widgets as well as apps to the homescreen. You can add up to 9 homescreen pages on the Honor 3C.

Selecting effect

You can select different effects for the homescreen switch transition. This feature has already found from the previous version of Emotion UI.

Notification area and power toggles

The notification area of the Honor 3C looks identical to previous version of Emotion UI. To access more power toggles all you need to do is just tapping the arrow down button.

Recent apps

The recent apps interface hasn't changed at all, you can close all the apps by just tapping the clean icon.

Changing theme and homescreen style

You can change different themes and the homescreen style at the settings. Changing the homescreen style to simple will change the interface to Windows Phone-like interface with tiles.

One-hand UI

The Honor 3C features one-hand UI, which allows you to typing the keyboard or dialing with one hand.

Motion control

It also comes with motion control feature, which is similar to the HTC One (M8) motion launch. You can slide any direction to open the app and double tap to turn on the screen.

Phone Manager

The Phone Manager app allows you to clean the memory and you can even restrict the internet connection for the apps.

The Huawei Honor 3C has an 8 MP shooter at the back with LED flash. Another selling point of it is the 5 MP front-facing camera, which you don't usually get in an affordable smartphone.

Camera interface

The photo capture and video record mode share the same camera interface at one screen, which makes the framing a little bit tricky.

Outdoor shoot

The outdoor camera shoot is very noisy, and some details have been blown out too. The image also looks a little bit too cold although it is under the bright sunlight.

Indoor shoots

The indoor images are more noisy and the colour fringing can clearly see in some images too. The image lacks of contrast and looks cold too.

Macro shoots

We have nothing much to comment for its macro shoots quality as it suffers the same problem as the indoor images.

Low-light shoots: Normal (left) / Smart (middle) / Flash on (right)

We have tried to test the camera with nearly no light condition, and at last it is able to capture the objects but with grey colour only. Turning on the LED flash is able to capture more details of the image but the objects are off focus.

The Huawei Honor 3C packs a 2,300 mAh removable battery. The battery stand-by time is long lasting and it is able to last for around 6 hours for heavy usage. As for the moderate usage, it should be able to last for around 19 hours.

Final thought
The Huawei Honor 3C is priced at RM 499, which is even cheaper than the Asus ZenFone 5 with the same 2 GB of RAM. However the Asus ZenFone 5 or the Xiaomi Redmi 1S could be better option than it as the MediaTek processor is less efficient compared to Intel Atom and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Asus ZenFone 5 (left) / Xiaomi Redmi 1S (right)

The Huawei Honor 3C is a good affordable smartphone, especially with its 2 GB of RAM multitasking shouldn't be a problem. What we have to say is the Honor 3C has all you want in an affordable smartphone, or even more.

- Low price tag
- 2 GB RAM
- Long lasting battery

- Plastic material makes us feel cheap
- Low efficient processing power
- Unimpressive camera

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