An interesting device has just landed in our laps and it’s the latest addition to Huawei’s Honor badged range of smartphones – the Honor 4X. Externally, the device sports rounded edges and has a removable backplate done up in an interesting thatched pattern that mitigates fingerprints and adds to the grippability of the phone. It’s fairly hefty at 165g and is 8.7mm thick while having a 5.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen up front, making it somewhat of a challenge to use one handed though Huawei’s own Emotion UI 3.0 has a one-handed mode within easy reach to handily resolve that complication.
Up front, the phone has the aforementioned 5.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen that has 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution with 320ppi and three icon buttons menu buttons at the bottom. Under the hood, the phone runs Android 4.4.2 on an in-house Huawei 64-bit Kirin 620 processor that houses 8 1.2GHz RM Cortex-A53 processors, 2GB RAM and a built-in 8GB of storage along with an expandable microSD card slot that offers up to 32GB of additional storage. The rear consists of the removable backplate and a 13-MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and Sony sourced sensor while the front has a 5-MP camera.The former is able to take 1080P video while the latter is able to take 720P video. Alas, the 3000mAh built-in battery is non removable though with a rated three days of battery life, it’s hardly necessary to swap it in the field.
Of interest are two micro SIM card slots, both of which are able to support dual-band LTE. The phone ships sometime in Malaysia in April with approximately similar times in certain other markets like India and can be had in white and black. The approximate price has been, as quoted, “aggressively priced” with a sub RM-700 price tag which is pretty darned good for something with the spec sheet and capabilities of this device. More on when this device officially launches and when we put it through its paces.