Specs summary

Screen
5"

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

Processor
1.3GHz

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

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat 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 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

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

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G), 180 minutes (3G).



Reviews summary

6.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 19 reviews

What's good  

  • Removable battery
  • Crisp, bright display
  • Dual SIM support
  • Good price

What's bad  

  • Lackluster camera
  • Weak speaker
  • Smudge and fingerprint magnet

When it comes to mobile markets, there are few as competitive as the budget market. The Huawei Honor Holly is a new entrant into the fray of who offers the best value. But in an age with ever-increasing specs and a flood of entry-level devices, is there room for another? We’ll sort through the reviews and find out!

At first glance, the Holly is your standard issue budget phone. Its all plastic chassis and wide screen bezels were pointed out by nearly every review. However, reviews also noted that the build, while using basic materials, was sturdy and comfortable to hold.

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The phone houses a 5-inch 720p IPS display. Unlike many budget competitors, the screen features no protective treatments or layers. While this leaves the screen prone to scratches or cracking, it has another side effect that Fone Arena was quick to point out. The screen is “very glossy and is prone to fingerprints.” Many reviews noted issues using the phone in direct sunlight due to glare and all reviews complained needing to frequently clean both the screen and glossy plastic case.

Powering the Holly is a quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB RAM. While it won’t win any benchmark wars, it is in on par, if not slightly better, than many similarly priced handsets. Reviews all noted that intensive gaming wasn’t possible on the phone but that it was very much usable for everyday tasks. NDTV said that as a budget phone, the Honor Holly “doesn't disappoint.”

Reviews were quick to point out that the phone included a nearly unheard of 16GB of internal storage. Add in support for microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity and you have an affordable phone that is ready for all the apps, music, movies and pictures you can throw at it.

Unfortunately, taking pictures with the phone’s 8MP rear camera or 2MP front-facing camera was a hit or miss affair for most reviewers. Fone Arena called the camera’s quality “decent, but not impressive.” According to reviews, low light performance, even with the flash, was weak and color balance issues cropped up in a variety of situations.

A final mark on the perks of the phone is its 2000mAh battery. Coupled with the budget specs of the device, this battery charges quickly while still managing to offer respectable. Tech Magnifier found that “a full charge can easily take you through the day with mixed usage.” Even under heavy usage, such as gaming or HD video streaming, many reviews noted a solid 6 to 7 hours on a single charge.

In all, the dual SIM budget phone has a lot to offer. But will it be enough in a market that is already flooded with similar devices? Gadgets to Use thinks so, stating that it “has got what it takes to grab attention in a fiercely competitive market.”


Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)


tech2

A budget smartphone that goes big on specs and value

from tech2
At Rs 8,999 there are clearly no reasons to buy anything else in this price segment. Huawei has impressed us with a good combination of hardware and then added the right mix of software to help push the hardware to its limits. This is indeed a no compromises smartphone. The only drawbacks so far include the placement of the speaker and the display, which was not bright enough for us but worked fairly well indoors... Full review
Coolsmartphone

Looks good, performs well

from Coolsmartphone
Overall the Honor Holly was a pretty good phone, there isn’t anything massively wrong with the phone, especially for the price of £89. At that price it is firmly in the Moto G and low end Lumia market and I feel it competes admirably. Yes the inclusion of a better display and 4G would have basically made a reasonable phone into something really rather good, it would have also bumped the price up to “the wrong side of £100”... Full review
Digital Versus

Sensational marketing, underwhelming product

from Digital Versus
The comparisons drawn between the Honor Holly and its predecessor, the 3C, aren't in the former's favour. For a marginally higher cost (and sometimes even at the same price), the 3C offers a better finish and slightly more charming features (note that neither Holly nor 3C offer 4G). Aside from that, the Holly is well-made and competitively priced, though it lacks a few important qualities here and there. We hope there'll be some software updates to correct some of its flaws, which will surely make the phone more appealing... Full review
Beta News

Budget phone without budget performance

from Beta News

Performance-wise, the Honor Holly belongs to the medium category. Its most impressive virtue is its ability to deliver snappy operation quite reliably and without any obvious weak points.

This is an amazing feat for a device that comes in at just £74.99. Given the impressively favorable performance/price ratio, if I was Samsung, LG or HTC I would worry more about competition from Huawei & Co rather than Apple.

In many ways the Honor Holly signifies what most of us require. Fast enough performance, large screen size in lower phablet territory, a decent camera... Full review

Notebookcheck

Such a good performance for money ratio

from Notebookcheck

Not only the low price of Honor's Holly looked good in the test. It was not least the very bright and high-color IPS screen that, unlike the comparable rivals, even features a HD resolution that contributed to this. Although the casing does not really make a high-quality impression, it is well-built and stiff. The most painful gap in the configuration is the lack of LTE; many users will be able to tolerate the omitted NFC and some sensors like a barometer. There is enough power for routine use and an occasional game, but current graphic smash hits are too much for the sooner relaxed entry-l... Full review

AndroidPIT

Quick at performing basic tasks

from AndroidPIT

It's hard to be too harsh that's priced as low as the Honor Holly, and it really is good value for money. The Holly is perhaps more impressive at first glance than it is when you turn it on, at which point you'll be working within a slightly outdated UI. But this won't bother people just looking for a smartphone that 'does the job' - phone calls, texting, internet, and non-3D games all work well enough to satisfy the needs of casual smartphone users.

If you're looking to stay more en vogue by getting the Android Lollipop update, then the Moto E may be better suited to you, althou... Full review

Tech Advisor

Cheap and cheerful Android smartphone

from Tech Advisor
The Honor Holly price may drop below £99 but even if it doesn't, it's an affordable Android smartphone. It might not look stylish and have brick-like proportions but it does offer a large HD screen, dual-SIM slots, expandable storage and good battery life. Software is not great with Emotion UI 2.3 and there's no 4G support though... Full review
The Inquirer

Cheap phone impresses

from The Inquirer
We had our reservations with the Honor Holly, such as its plastic design and child-like UI, but we find it difficult to criticise too heavily given the price.However, for the extra few quid, we think most buyers would be better opting for Motorola's Moto G, which boasts a better and more robust design and a largely vanilla version of Android... Full review
The Indian Express

Handle most things well

from The Indian Express
The Huawei Honor Holly would have been a great phone a few months ago; but with the Redmi 1s in the market, it pales in comparison. It’s not a bad purchase by any yardstick; and it’s far easier to buy the Holly than sitting patiently through one of Xiaomi’s terrible flash sales. If you can’t get the Redmi 1s, this is a good option... Full review
The Indian Express

Not a bad buy

from The Indian Express
The Huawei Honor Holly would have been a great phone a few months ago; but with the Redmi 1s in the market, it pales in comparison. It’s not a bad purchase by any yardstick; and it’s far easier to buy the Holly than sitting patiently through one of Xiaomi’s terrible flash sales. If you can’t get the Redmi 1s, this is a good option. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-reviews/huawei-honor-holly-review-not-a-bad-purchase/#sthash.08QhrfIm.dpuf.. Full review

Better price

but speaker is too low
but speaker is too low Less
pavan

It's my first ad phone

Good one

Lags in usb OTG support. with firmware update company can do it. and and upgrade to lollipop will make it super hit.
Lags in usb OTG support. with firmware update company can do it. and and upgrade to lollipop will make it super hit. Less

Cost benifit phone..

battery backup is something which is to be look after with this phone need to charge my phone twice or sometimes might be trice a day but should appreciate the company for smart hands of work for the product.. would like to see many more products from you and budget also..
battery backup is something which is to be look after with this phone need to charge my phone twice or sometimes might be trice a day but should appreciate the company for smart hands of work for the product.. would like to see many more products from you and budget also.. Less

Best in Internal Space, Screen Size & Performance.

Honor Holly is a Good choice & value for your prime concern than better look for other alternatives like Redmi 1S, ASUS Zen4, Moto-E.. It offers 12.5GB User space, 5'inch HD Screen(294 ppi), Quad Core Processor, 2000mAh Battery. The Quad Core performance is Proficient. Battery stands upto 8 Hrs for... More
Honor Holly is a Good choice & value for your prime concern than better look for other alternatives like Redmi 1S, ASUS Zen4, Moto-E.. It offers 12.5GB User space, 5'inch HD Screen(294 ppi), Quad Core Processor, 2000mAh Battery. The Quad Core performance is Proficient. Battery stands upto 8 Hrs for Normal use and while Gaming its became hot as Normal smartphones!! There is no In-built Equalizer in Music. That only major disadvantage for Music Lovers.!! Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 31, 2014
Regions available Asia, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor MediaTek MT6582 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.29 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
180 minutes (2G)
180 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm
(5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 156 grams
(5.5 ounces)
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 No
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots 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, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, 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
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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