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Huawei Honor 4X Unboxing and First Impressions

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We finally have the Huawei Honor 4X! The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has further strengthen its foothold on the lower mid range smartphone category when they launched their new smartphones under the Honor brand. Most Chinese smartphone makers like Lenovo, Xiaomi and Meizu have leveled up the game by adding LTE connectivity and bigger displays on this category. Now, we have Huawei’s contender. Let’s unbox it!

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Huawei Honor 4X:

  • 1.2GHz Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 620 64-bit processor
  • Mali 450 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 267 ppi
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash (f/2.0 aperture)
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat with EmotionUI 3.0 upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • SRP: P8,290 (Lazada) P8,990 (Huawei stores and retailers)
  • Status: Available on Huawei stores, retailers and Lazada

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What’s inside the box?

  • unit itself
  • wall adapter
  • USB cable
  • earphones
  • screen protector (installed on the device)
  • manuals

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

This is our first time to review a smartphone from Huawei. But we’ve seen many Huawei smartphones before and we are impressed of the build quality of their devices. The Huawei Honor 4X is no different. It feels so premium in the hand despite having a plastic build.

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Let’s check the button and port placements – 3.5mm headset jack on the top, nothing on the left, power/lock button and volume rockers on the right, USB charging port and speaker grill at the buttom, 13 megapixel rear camera with flash and Honor branding at the back.

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Just like any other Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei has its own skin over Android called Emotion UI. It omits the app drawer and all apps are on the home screen. We personally like look of the UI. You can change look of the UI by choosing themes on Huawei’s own theme store.

It is interesting to see Huawei to brand some of their offerings under the Honor brand. The company seems to be targeting a specific market similar to those who are eyeing for the Lenovo A7000, Alcatel Flash Plus, Meizu M1 Note, and Xiaomi Redmi 2.

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We only had about 12 hours using the device and so far we are impressed with everything we are seeing here. That’s all for now. We will be using this as our daily driver for a week or two.