Huawei’s been making the headlines for the past few months with impressive sales figures, which are only bound to improve in 2016, and the Honor sub-brand in particular got an important hype boost when the surprisingly affordable, surprisingly powerful 5X went official at CES.
The sub-$200 Honor 5X is apparently about to go global, adding a number of European markets and now India to a release list started with the United States. On Indian shores, the fingerprint-capable upper mid-range 5.5-incher will go on pre-order later today through Amazon and Flipkart at Rs 12,999 ($190), with actual sales and deliveries slated to kick off on Monday, February 1.
But the regional press event that just ended focused more on an all-new Honor device, dubbed Holly 2 Plus, priced at the equivalent of $125 (8,500 rupees), and due out on Amazon and Flipkart on February 15.
This is clearly positioned lower on the Android totem pole than the Huawei Honor 5X, although it’s certainly no pushover, with a 5-inch 720p IPS screen in tow, quad-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6735P processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 5MP selfie shooter, and especially 4,000 mAh battery.
That’s right, you get a 4,000 mAh juicer to keep the HD lights on while stifling an MTK chip. Sounds like a two-day endurance affair, particularly once (if) Android 6.0 Marshmallow enters the equation to replace the pre-installed 5.1 Lollipop iteration. No wonder the company’s tipped to be the industry’s top performer over the next 12 months, in spite of essentially everyone else’s stagnation or decline.