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Huawei Honor 3C
Huawei Honor 3C
Huawei Honor 3C
Huawei Honor 3C

Informr score
The Huawei Honor 3C currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright, crisp display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dual SIM support
  • Price
  • Replaceable battery
  • MicroSD card support

What's bad

  • Android 4.2.2
  • Quirky interface
  • Finicky camera
  • Tinny call quality

Huawei has built a name around making quality devices at affordable prices. The Honor 3C follows their successful formula, adding yet another entry into the already competitive budget smartphone market. Does it have the chops to compete with the offerings of big name phones? We’ll see what the reviews have discovered!

With a plastic glossy case and removable back, the phone’s specs list it as quite light and thin. Sometimes, this means a phone will feel cheap or hollow. In the case of the 3C, reviews all agreed that the phone felt great in the hand. TechRadar says it “feels a lot more premium than you'd expect” and Fone Arena called the handset “resoundingly solid.”

The front of the device is filled with a 5-inch 1280-by-720 IPS screen. While the resolution is certainly standard or average for many phones in its bracket, reviews of the color and contrast were outstanding. Fone Arena noted that it was “very good in terms of contrast ratio and brightness levels.” Software controls on the phone also allow you to set the color temperature and tweak other settings than many higher priced devices don’t allow.

A quad-core MediaTek 1.3GHz processor with 2GB of RAM earns good reviews for the 3C in terms of performance. While it is far from the most powerful processor on the market, Huawei has optimized the software on the phone to make the most of its specs. TechRadar declared that it has “enough guts to work through social media, video, music and games without too much drama.”

If you frequently travel, or plan to use your phone for business, you’ll find dual SIM support a welcome addition. However, lack of 4G support will limit your network options.

Like many other choices in the budget market, the Honor 3C is equipped with an 8MP rear camera with flash and 5MP front-facing selfie camera. While reviews found the cameras to be adequate, none were particularly impressed either. Fone Arena found that “photos in less than ideal conditions appear a bit washed and exhibit noise.”

8GB of internal storage offers a respectable amount of room for apps, pictures and music. However, you might find yourself looking for a little more storage space unless you rely on cloud storage for movies or other larger files. Fortunately, the handset supports microSD cards for cheap and simple storage expansion.

Overall, reviews of the Honor 3C are positive. While it is similar to a number of competing handsets, it offers a respectable price and outstanding build quality. Fone Arena called it “a formidable offering” and TechRadar found it “enough to meet the demands of most casual users.”

Operating system
Operating system
1.3 GHz
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
2300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Honor 3C offers a great price-to-performance ratio and deserves our recommendation. The test model, which is available for around 140 Euros (~$149), offers the user a bright, colorful IPS HD touchscreen. The slightly outdated software works well and is intuitive. The performance offered by the s...

- Michael Moser, Notebookcheck
Digital Versus
Digital Versus

The Honor 3C is, without doubt, the most impressive entry-level smartphone at present. Its overall performance would have certainly benefited from 4G, but if you can live without it, you needn't think twice. Even though it isn't free from fault, it fares better than most of the competitors in its pr...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

The Honor 3C boasts a good screen for the price tag, and trumps some of its rivals when it comes to design, power and camera capabilities, but its downfalls include the old software, the disappointing camera and the poor graphics performance.However, for anyone looking for a cheep but cheerful smart...

- Ashleigh Allsopp, Tech Advisor

The Honor 3C is actually a year old. It was announced in December 2013 for the Chinese market, but for some reason it look a year to make it to UK shops.This dated-ness shows in some respects. The UK version doesn’t have 4G, and it runs an old version of Android with a custom interface taped o...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

Huawei has done an admirable job with the software and hardware combination on the Honor 3c. Despite not being a very new handset, it is most certainly a formidable offering. The LTPS display, camera, software and battery life in general standout on the device.What we’re not huge fans of was t...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Fone Arena

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Honor 3C user manual here.

Huawei backs up the Honor 3C with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Honor 3C has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Huawei Honor 3C's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.3 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6582 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 3 days standby time.

Honor 3C Specs

Release Date December 21, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor MediaTek MT6582 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.417 W/kg
Body: 0.586 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 3 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.9 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 140 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA):

Huawei Honor 3C 4G

Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 910 Quad-Core 1.6GHz
RAM: 1 GB / 2 GB
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