Review smartphone Huawei Ascend Honor 3

Review smartphone Huawei Ascend Honor 3


Chinese companies (Huawei, Lenovo) gradually come to the middle segment with decent models that occupy an intermediate link between the flagship B-brands and last year’s flagship A-brands.


  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • Cable connection to a PC (also part of the charging device)

Say something more about the complete set is problematic, as the smartphone came to us without packaging.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

At first glance, we see a normal smartphone without any design refinements. But if you look a little bit, you know, that looks Honor slightly better than the same with Samsung Galaxy zamylennye angles. The main material used – semi-gloss plastic. He did not so much collects prints as covers of the same Galaxy S4 or LG G2, but to call it a frosted hand is not raised.

Most of the front side takes screen with a diagonal of 4.7 inches above it are mesh earpiece eye front camera and ambient light sensors and proximity, as well as the indicator light (it may turn red, yellow or green).

Underneath the panel of three touch buttons: “Back”, “Home”, “Menu”. As you can see, Huawei used the old solution with a separate button “Menu”, although many are now trying to move the button «Recent apps».

Can be seen from the top connector microUSB, and bottom – the microphone hole and a plug which hid under 3.5 mm jack for headphones.

On the right are the volume rocker and power button. The keys have a nice soft stroke, use them conveniently. Pressing hear a click. The buttons are made of aluminum.

On the back cover, locate the peephole 13 megapixel camera, flash and speaker grille core. The lid itself is removable, to remove enough to pry her groove bottom. Shoot it hard, which, however, will save you from further backlash. At great speaker volume reserve, while even unscrew it to the maximum, it will not “rattle”.

Under the hood hiding removable battery, memory card slot and a slot for a SIM-card format microSIM.

Use this month to assemble the unit does not appear any claims, smartphone perfectly assembled: backlash and no squeaks.


Describing the dimensions Huawei Honor 3, is very problematic to give them qualitative characteristic. This is largely due to the ever growing smartphone diagonal.

So let’s just say – on the background of smartphones with a diagonal of five inches and above Honor 3 looks compact, if we talk about the devices with a diagonal of 4.3 inches and below, in comparison with them Honor 3 large.

  • Huawei Honor 3 – 133 x 67.2 x 9.9 mm, 138 grams
  • Lenovo P780 – 143 x 73 x 10 mm, 176 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 – 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 – 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130 grams
  • HTC One – 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm, 143 grams
  • iPhone 5S – 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams

In comparison with the Meizu MX2 and Acer Liquid S2

Smartphone is easy to hold with one hand, but managed only thumb you can not, because it will not reach to about 30% of the screen.


Display size – 4.7 inches, resolution – 1280×720 pixels, type of matrix – IPS, supported by “multi” to ten simultaneous touches, the value of PPI – 312. Screen covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, has an oleophobic coating. In the apparatus has an automatic brightness control (does not work very well, underestimates a comfortable level of brightness) and the ability to customize colors.

In my opinion, Honor 3 excellent display with natural colors, good viewing angles and sufficient clarity of the picture. Among the shortcomings, I would note a higher threshold of minimum brightness in the dark you want to make it even smaller.

Importantly, the screen of the smartphone flagships inferior to B-brands with FullHD resolution, but due to the lower resolution of Honor at all three much better performance and oleophobic coating significantly improves the usability.

The screen is almost completely blind.

Operating system

Smartphone running the operating system Android 4.2.2, which is installed on top of a proprietary shell Emotion UI 1.6. I examined in detail the features of this shell in the review Huawei Ascend Mate. Those who want to read more about it can follow the link below.

Once again, I should mention that I love how much attention, Huawei pays its shell, but I’m still unhappy with some features in its localization (eg, the lack of additional symbols in Russian layout) and changes in the shell itself (especially annoying when you call the small picture subscriber). We should also mention speed. Apparently, this option is especially elaborating in detail. Huawei Honor 3 in the native launcher just flies, even if you use special visual effects when scrolling. He stumbles a bit except when moving wallpaper.


The smartphone is based on its own quad-core HiSilicon K3V2E, operating at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, video card – Vivante GC4000, RAM – 2 GB of internal storage capacity – 8 GB (4.8 GB user available), supports memory cards up to 64 GB or less.

Small internal memory could negatively affect the number of games with large cache, which you could set up on the device, but as is the case with the onscreen buttons, Huawei managed to elegantly “get out” of the situation. In the settings section “Memory” can be interchanged internal memory and memory card.

Actually, the processor is already quite old, his version without index “E” used more in Huawei Ascend Mate and Huawei FHD10, but the worst of it was not. Smartphone demonstrates excellent performance of battery life in everyday use (browser, email, twitter, video). As for toys, here let’s just say – you can play most of the “kazualok” and even run from the device hard game, but rely on the fact that they will go without a slowdown, not worth it. This is not a gaming device.


The smartphone is removable lithium-ion battery capacity of 2150 mAh. Figures are quite modest by today’s standards, however, let’s look at the test results.

While reading (30% brightness mode “Airplane” is included) Charge smartphone enough for nine hours.

View Mode HD-video at the maximum brightness of the discharge device almost five hours.

With everyday use (mail, twitter, web-surfing a couple of hours in total, plus 10-20 minutes of calls, SMS and listening to music for an hour) Huawei Honor 3 lasted one day. In general, on the part of battery life 3 Honor did not surprise.

Watching videos and reading

Honor 3 perfect as a portable video player, if you certainly want it diagonal. Problems with codecs and video formats not supported containers MP4, MKV and AVI and the following codecs: H.264, Xvid, DivX, VC1, as well as audio codecs: MP3, FLAC, AC3, DTS (not all video files). In public transport for easy viewing enough brightness at 80-90%.

Read with Honor 3 too comfortable (except for the dark room without additional light sources, due to the high threshold of minimum brightness you will quickly get tired eyes), HD-resolution enough for the eyes, but here again the question arises diagonally if you have enough or not.


The smartphone is set the main camera with a resolution of 13 MP and LED flash and a front facing 1.3 megapixel resolution. Below you can see examples of photos and video from the main camera. Video writes in the resolution with 1080p at 30 frames per second.

The front facing camera is perfect for Skype, no problems with no support.

Wireless interfaces

Mobile networks – phone works over cellular networks 2G (GSM / GPRS / EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz).

Wi-Fi (b / g / n) – in the settings you can turn on “hand” mobile Internet via Wi-Fi, as well as take advantage of transferring files via Wi-Fi Direct.

Bluetooth 4.0 – supports all popular profiles including A2DP.

GPS – cold start takes about five seconds.


Smartphone certified to protection IP57. This means that you can no problem dropping it in the water or talk to him in the rain. I tried to bathe in the sink Honor 3 and threw him into the snow. After all the test unit still works fine.


Claims to the quality of communication I have, you and your partner can hear each other perfectly.

Suggested retail price Huawei Honor 3 is 12 thousand rubles. For the money you get a smartphone with a sleek design, good screen, nice (albeit non-ideal) shell and great speed. Here are just squeezed Honor 3 in a very difficult segment. First, it is 13-14 per thousand can buy last year’s flagship (Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X), which will win the camera and performance, and secondly, in the same segment of “play” and the flagship brands with B- FullHD resolution, there’s even a model for 9000 rubles.

You know, testing a large number of devices from the B-brands, I come to the following conclusions: despite the best features, they are still inferior to the decisions of the A-brands. Honor and 3, though inferior to the characteristics of B-brands, but they still enjoy pleasant. This is largely due to higher speed and, of course, the oleophobic coating.

But the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X – it really is a formidable competitor, but let’s compare with Honor and 3.

Galaxy S3 wins best camera and dimensions on the side of Honor 3 higher-quality materials and speed (if it comes to work launcher). On the other hand, as the playing device is more suitable Galaxy S3. With screens very controversial issue. I was a longtime user of S3, I can say that I display in Honor 3 like much more crisp small text, natural color reproduction, no Pentile, although the screen S3 great black and bright contrasting colors.If it is important for you to play with the most powerful smartphone in the game and make high-quality images, you should pay attention to the Galaxy S3, if you prefer a more calm colors, the best speed in the launcher and you need moisture protection, the advantage on the side of Honor 3.

If we talk about One X, it definitely wins the screen quality, and shell design. Now with autonomous operation of the smartphone, I can not say, because from the moment it left many drivers use that, like, fixed problems with autonomous operation. On the side of Honor 3 left except water protection, removable battery and support the memory card slot.

There is another competitor – Lenovo P780. Beautiful aluminum smartphone from Lenovo with a huge battery life. It’s simple: if you want long lasting smartphone – take P780, if you need moisture protection – that Honor 3, last, by the way, is also faster, and on the side of R780 is the support of two SIM-cards.

Huawei Honor 3 itself turned out good, but for 12 thousand rubles from him a huge amount of competitors, so that, in my opinion, Huawei is worth considering to lower the price.