Huawei Honor 3C

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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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.

The "1-Minute" Review

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
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

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

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

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
TrustedReviews

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

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


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the Honor 3C on December 21, 2013.


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
5"

The Huawei Honor 3C's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

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

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

Storage
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.

Battery
2300mAh

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

Overview
Release date December 21, 2013
Regions available India
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor MediaTek MT6582 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.417 W/kg
Body: 0.586 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & 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 (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
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
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Huawei Honor 3C 4G

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


Notebookcheck

Bright display, good battery life and performance

from Notebookcheck

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 smartphone in everyday use is sufficient and it is always comfortably cool. The camera modules capture good pictures in decent lighting. The sturdy and light case offers nice workmanship and the design is conservative....

More

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 smartphone in everyday use is sufficient and it is always comfortably cool. The camera modules capture good pictures in decent lighting. The sturdy and light case offers nice workmanship and the design is conservative.

We did not like the poor speakers or the high power consumption. Still, the battery life is good.

Overall, the Honor 3C is a fierce competitor, which will even cause some difficulties for its own siblings. This phone is recommended for beginners and entry-level users. 

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Digital Versus

Features galore at a sensible price

from 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...More

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 price range, thanks to its smoothness, great screen and remarkable photo quality.

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Tech Advisor

Impressive display but several downfalls

from 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 cheer...More

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 smartphone that will do the trick for browsing the web, social media, messaging, emails, phone calls and more, the Honor 3C is well worth considering.

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TrustedReviews

Superb screen for the price but performance issues only partly fixable

from TrustedReviews

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 on top that doesn’t feel as well optimised as the latest versions we’ve seen in phones such as the Huawei Ascend Mate 7...

More

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 on top that doesn’t feel as well optimised as the latest versions we’ve seen in phones such as the Huawei Ascend Mate 7.

As such, the Motorola Moto G remains a better choice for most people. But that doesn’t mean you should rule the Honor 3C out entirely. It offers better handling than the Motorola, and the same grade of screen quality that makes these phones real stand-outs at the price.

If you’re willing to put some effort into applying a few tweaks, the Honor 3C is a very attractive device whose screen and stature mean it can can compare at least superficially with phones twice the price. We just wish Honor hadn’t already ruled out giving it an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop – just because it’s not a new phone doesn’t mean it's not new to markets other than China.

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Fone Arena

A simple yet elegant looking device that performs admirably well

from 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 hug...More

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 the limited built in storage and the price point. Though the Huawei Honor 3c is a very good handset, we’ve come to a point where the competition is offering even better handsets at similar price points which makes it a bit hard to recommend. That said, you really cannot go wrong with this device.

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