May 19 2014

Review: Huawei Honor 3C

Huawei Honor 3C

Huawei Honor 3C was introduced in December 2013 and shipments started in January 2014. There has been a huge demand since because it offers exceptionally good hardware for a low price. In this review I will write about how it felt and performed during my two week test period.

What is Huawei?

Huawei Logo

Huawei was established in Shenzhen, China in 1987. It began producing telecommunication switching systems from a Hong Kong company. They started selling switches to rural areas and gradually gained market share in the cities as well. In late 1990’s Huawei expanded to GSM products and opened their first R&D center abroad in Bangalore, India to develop telecommunication software.

In the dawn of a new millennium, Huawei put efforts into expanding overseas. By the year 2000, it had international sales more than $100 million and invested heavily in R&D centers in Europe and in the USA. By 2002 Huawei’s international sales had grown to over $550 million. It also actively partnered around the world with operators and network equipment manufacturers.

In 2004 Huawei won its first contract to build a 3G network in Europe for Telfort, a Dutch operator. In 2005 Huawei became the first Chinese supplier to receive “Approved Supplier” status from Vodafone Group unleashing it globally via Vodafone.

Huawei delivered one of the worldโ€™s first commercial LTE networks for TeliaSonera in Norway in 2009. In 2010 Huawei had total sales worth of $22 billion.

Operating in communist China the company classifies itself not as a private company but rather as a “collective”, a group of entities with a common interest. This has helped its operation in China as it has received government support. Huawei’s ownership is unclear as of spring 2014.

Huawei Devices division produces a wide range of telecommunication equipment, such as USB modems, wireless modems, set-top boxes, tablets and mobile phones. The company is the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world (2014).1

Specs

Huawei Honor 3C

Priced at $200/150 โ‚ฌ (spring 2014):

  • 5″ display panel with the resolution of 1280×720 (294 ppi)
  • MediaTek MTK6582 Cortex A7 quad core 1.3GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Primary camera: Sony 8MP BSI Sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 28mm wide-angle lens
  • Secondary camera: 5MP sensor with a wide-angle 22mm lens
  • 8 GB flash
  • 2 x micro SIM (1 x 3G WCDMA, 1 x GSM)
  • Android 4.2 with Huawei’s Emotion UI
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 139 x 70 x 9 (6 from the edges) mm
  • Weight: 138 g (with battery)

Unboxing

Huawei Honor 3C box

The Huawei Honor 3C comes in a turquoise, stylish and compact box. The accessories are minimal: the phone, a quick manual and a charger, that’s it.

Huawei Honor 3C

Chassis

Huawei Honor 3C

The dimensions of the phone are 139 x 70 x 9 mm. The back side curves to the edges and it is only 6 mm thick on the sides. It weighs 138 g (with battery) and feels really light mainly because the weight is distributed evenly across a wide area. You would expect it to be heavier for such a large phone. As it is under 10 mm, it feels nicely thin.

Huawei Honor 3C

The battery is extremely small and light weight. It still has the capacity of 2,300 mAh.

Huawei Honor 3C

Two micro-SIM card slots and a micro-SD card slot are perpendicular to the battery.

Huawei Honor 3C

It is interesting that the Huawei logo is nowhere on the device itself. The white back cover just says “Honor” and nothing else. The Huawei logo is only on the charger plug. Back cover has one speaker at the bottom. The camera and the LED sit at the top center.

Huawei Honor 3C

The volume rocker and the power button are located on the right side, the left side has no buttons.

Huawei Honor 3C

The bottom part has the three normal Android touch buttons: back, home and context, from left to right. The order is different that I have been used to. Unfortunately the touch buttons are not lit. An interesting detail is that the micro-USB connector is upside down.

Huawei Honor 3C

The top part has the proximity sensor, secondary camera and phone call speaker.

Huawei Honor 3C Updating

The notification LED is next to the phone call speaker and it has multiple colors.

Huawei Honor 3C and Samsung Galaxy S3

As seen in the picture, the Huawei Honor 3C is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Display

Huawei Honor 3C

The display is large, bright and clear, it has vivid colors and wide viewing angles. With pixel density of 294 ppi it is sharp enough for my viewing. However small text looks a bit soft compared to displays that have higher pixel density.

Huawei Honor 3C

Android OS

The pre-installed Android version is 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). It feels really quick and smooth. As of today (April 2014) the Android version 4.2.2 is the highest a Mediatek powered phone can have. There has been rumors that Android 4.4 (KitKat) would be coming soon to phones using Mediatek chipsets.

Huawei Honor 3C Updating

Kernel version was 3.4.5. The Huawei-made user interface on top of the regular Android is EmotionUI, version 2.0. The phone wanted to update the EmotionUI right away. New version was an Apr 15, 2014 build. The updater reboots the phone and tries to update the firmware from the downloaded update.zip package. I could not update the EmotionUI as the updater gave me errors about invalid checksum. I tried with a memory card and without. A challenge is that the updater is in Chinese only. Please note that up/down is the volume rocker and select is the power button. The touch also works but you need to select with the power button. After it did not work, I guessed that the bottom text meant something like “Exit and reboot”.

Huawei Honor 3C Lock Screen

The lock screen has a quick access to the camera.

EmotionUI

EmotionUI

EmotionUI

EmotionUI

EmotionUI Themes

EmotionUI Themes

EmotionUI Themes

EmotionUI Themes

The EmotionUI feels fresh, it has nice design and it runs very smoothly. It is responsive and fast without any noticeable lagging or glitches. It has hundreds of themes, similar to MIUI themes where users can submit their own themes to the repository. Huawei makes also many themes itself.

DNLA Sharing

DNLA Sharing

DLNA Video

DLNA Video

DLNA

DLNA

DLNA

DLNA

DLNA

DLNA

DLNA

DLNA

Huawei has really put efforts into smooth DLNA experience. The phone can act as a DNLA player and a server. It detects DLNA servers in the WiFi network and asks if you would like to stream content from them.

Weather App

Weather App

Sound Recorder

Sound Recorder

Application Installer

Application Installer

Huawei Tools

Huawei Tools

Music Player

Music Player

Weather App, Sound Recorder, Flash Light, Calculator, all work very well. The music player can show cover art but only if it is embedded in the MP3 meta data. It cannot fetch the art from the Internet based on the artist and the title like for example MIUI music player can.

Huawei Honor 3C FM Radio

FM Radio has really good reception and it consumes only little power. I could commute by bicycle and listen to the radio couple of hours a day and the battery would only deplete by a few percentage units.

Huawei Honor 3C Driving Mode

Huawei Honor 3C Driving Mode

There is a special driving mode that would be awesome if it supported other languages than Chinese as well.

Apps Data Permissions

Apps Data Permissions

Gloves Mode

Gloves Mode

System Info

System Info

One welcome feature is the “Gloves Mode” which enables operation with gloves on. I tried it and it works pretty decently. The challenge however is to hit the UI elements accurately with gloves on. It is virtually impossible to write text with gloves.

Power Management

Power Management

Power Management

Power Management

Power Consumption

Power Consumption

Power Consumption

Power Consumption

Background Power-Intensive Apps

Background Power-Intensive Apps

Huawei has really concentrated on power efficiency. There are tons of tweaks that can optimize power consumption. The phone kindly informs if there are new power-intensive apps installed and running in the background and shows their power consumption in mAhs.

There is also Huawei cloud services but I presume they are located in China so using it could be painfully slow. I did not try it.

Battery Life

Battery Life

Battery Life

Battery Life

Battery Life

Battery Life

Battery Life

The battery life is in my opinion exceptional. Even with heavy use the battery level was about 60% at 10 pm (22:00). I used FM radio, made phone calls, took photos, chatted with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp extensively, browsed the internet, used Facebook App with WiFi and 3G. Where Samsung Galaxy series batteries would have died the Honor 3C battery remained at 60% in the evenings. Way to go Huawei!

Languages/Locale

The stock ROM supports a vast variety if languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Burmese, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Indonesian, Malay, German, English, Spanish, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Croatian, Finnish, Swedish, Swahili, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Turkish, Zulu, Greek, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Arabian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Korean, Japanese, Simple Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Mediatek and GPS

Mediatek chipsets are notorious for taking their time to get GPS fix. It is the time that it takes to get a proper location set based on different GPS satellites’ positions. There is a well-known fix to correct the slow positioning on Mediatek powered phones but during the test period it was not necessary to apply. I got the GPS status in 15-30 seconds and it is good enough for me.

Benchmarks

Huawei Honor 3C AnTuTu

The cold boot time from pressing of the power button to a fully loaded, functional and responsive user interface is 20 s which seems to be really fast.

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With AnTuTu Benchmark v. 4.4.2 I scored 17,130 points. With that score it is about the equivalent of a Samsung Galaxy S3, which has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 running at 1.5 GHz and has either 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, depending on the model. With Mediatek quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz clock speed and having 2 GB of RAM on board, this is very much in line what it should be.

Charging

The charging seemed to be of normal pace, for example taking 90 minutes from 39% → 98%.

Camera

With the large aperture of f/2.0 I expected good quality photos. Large aperture should mean good photos in low lighting and excellent bokeh in macro shots meaning that while the object is sharp, the background is softly blurry. The maximum resolution of the 4:3 photos is 2560 x 1920 which yields 4.9 million pixels per photo and the 16:9 photos have maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 that has 3.7 million pixels. The sensor actually has a native aspect ratio of 4:3. The 16:9 aspect ratio is achieved by simply cutting the picture from the top and bottom and thus losing some of the pixels of the “full frame” photo. What annoys me is that we are living the year 2014 and still all camera sensors are 4:3 even though we have not had 4:3 televisions or monitors or displays in ages. What I do not understand however, is that the camera sensor is 8 MP but the maximum supported photo size is about 5 MP. Please enlighten me in the comments below if you know the reason for this.

Camera Software

Huawei Camera App

Huawei Camera App

The Huawei Camera App is a really disappointment. First of all, it is totally useless because it crashes immediately when you take a picture with it before it saves it. Plus it has only the very basic settings and the preview/view state shows only 4:3 regardless of the chosen aspect ratio. The video shooting mode is however excellent.

Pro Capture Camera App

Pro Capture Camera App

To my surprise there was a paid third-party camera app pre-installed, namely the ProCapture. It is an excellent and powerful camera app that has all the tweaks and settings – such as white balance, exposure level, macro focus mode and night shot – a photographer like me needs. All the photos in this review are taken with the ProCapture.

Normal Shots

Huawei Honor 3C Normal Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Normal Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Normal Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Normal Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Normal Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Normal Shot

With optimal lighting the camera performs perfectly, as expected.

Macro Mode

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

Huawei Honor 3C Macro Shot

The macro shots are awesome in my opinion. The Huawei Honor 3C could focus extremely close, closer than any of the other phones I have tested, including my Xiaomi Mi2.

High Contrast Conditions

High Contrast

High Contrast

High contrast environment is really difficult for any camera optics and software. If the exposure is adjusted to some area in the view, then other areas become either over exposed or under exposed. The white fur of the cat is clearly over exposed but the bird on the eaves below is pretty evenly exposed.

High Contrast

High Contrast

HDR Mode

The High Dynamic Range can help when the lighting is challenging, there are bright and dark areas and if you adjust the shutter speed to the other, then the other will be over/under exposed. The HDR mode takes several photos (usually 2-3) with different shutter speeds and then combines the optimally exposured areas from each photos into one result photo. I love HDR and I use it personally really often. What it also usually does is that it saturates colors giving the photos more vivid and richer colors. Not all photographers like the color saturation but it is a matter of personal preference.

Huawei Honor 3C HDR

Huawei Honor 3C HDR

The HDR mode worked fast and well.

Panorama Mode

Portrait Panorama

Landscape Panorama

Landscape Panorama

Portrait Panorama

The panorama mode takes a photo and leaves its “ghost image” on the screen and you would then move the camera and try to align it properly and take the next photo and so on. Once you get familiar with the concept they are really easy and fast to take. The end results are also flawless.

Low-Light Conditions

Low-Light Condition

Low-Light Condition

Low-Light Condition

Low-Light Condition


I dare to say that all modern smart phone cameras take good pictures when there is enough light, for example in bright daylight or sunshine. The true quality of the optics is revealed when there is little light available. As you can clearly see in the sample photos, there is some noise in the low-light pictures. In the ProCapture app there are some settings that you can experiment with, such as exposure level and night time shooting mode, to get the best possible result and there is also a LED flash light, but which I use only if I absolutely have to because it in my opinion ruins the ambiance. But it is there in case you need it.

The aperture of f/2.0 means that the hole in which the light passes through the lens onto the sensor is relatively large and thus giving greater luminosity than a smaller one. At least in theory. I have read some comments by disappointed users of Vivo Xplay 3S which has even larger aperture of f/1.8. So it is not always all about the size of the aperture.

I am personally happy with the Huawei Honor 3C performance under low-light conditions.

Secondary Camera

The secondary or “selfie” camera on X has the resolution of 1792 x 1008 yielding 1,8 million pixels. It is more than enough for regular Instagram/Facebook selfies but is not quite full HD (1920 x 1080). However the optics seem to be just fine for self portraits.

Secondary Camera (4:3)

Secondary Camera (4:3)

Secondary Camera (16:9)

Secondary Camera (16:9)

The wide-angle 22mm lens gives a great view and helps to squeeze in all those people in group selfie shots.

Video

The video is of excellent quality in my opinion. I could not detect any frames being dropped even in the fast moving scenes. The “HD Ready” resolution of 1280×720 is enough for most users. The secondary front camera can only record 680×480 with the antiquated aspect ratio of 4:3 but it is usually used just for video calls anyway.

Huawei Honor 3C vs. Huawei Honor 3X

There is another Huawei Honor 3 phone as well, namely 3X. It shares the basic design with the 3C but they are quite different phones otherwise. The 3X is a larger “note class” phone with 5.5″ display. It has Mediatek MT6592 octa-core 1.7Ghz chipset, 13 MP primary camera, 16 GB internal memory, DTS sound system and a 3,000 mAh battery. Its measurements are 149.5 x 77.4 x 8.9 mm and it weighs 162 g. So it is not exactly a big brother of 3C but rather a whole different model. You can find it for about $300 from various Chinese brokers.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • A large and bright display with vivid colors and wide viewing angles
  • Slim and lightweight
  • A fast and smooth UI (EmotionUI)
  • Both primary and secondary cameras are excellent
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • Physically large, may be difficult to operate one-handedly
  • Softer text compared to displays with larger PPI
  • Plastic body not the sturdiest possible
  • The Huawei camera app was useless as it constantly crashed
  • I could not update EmotionUI even when it informed me about the available update

Where to Buy?

The Huawei Honor 3C can be bought from various Chinese brokers such as Merimobiles, Fastcardtech and AliExpress.

The Huawei Honor 3C in this review came from a reliable AliExpress seller ETstar.

Summary

The Huawei Honor 3C is a thin and lightweight smartphone that operates smoothly. I was really surprised by the high quality camera, considering the $200 price tag. With its awesome battery life I could even think of replacing my old reliable Xiaomi Mi2 with it. It is something I did not imagine before the test.

91 Responses to “Review: Huawei Honor 3C”

  • Kiran Says:

    Heya,

    I would have referred to you by name however, dint find it in the About the Author section except for the fact that you are a Father of Two.:-) So, Father-of-two, This was indeed a very comprehensive review of the phone.I was looking for an English Review of the phone and hence landed at your site. The others were usually in SE Asian languages and hence couldnt understand anything except the specs of course. Im in India and I was contemplating buying the Huawei Ascend G700 when within the time I spent towards procrastination of the purchase, they came out with 3 more phones, Honor 3C, Ascend G6 and Ascend G750. Among these I found the Honor 3C to be very promising and budget friendly yet a powerful phone.It is still available on pre-order for about 190 Euros and should be readily available in stores by end of May.
    Coming to your review, I guess you have done justice to almost every point about the phone and the camera esp.Since I too happen to be an avid photographer or atleast used to be, i loved it.Check out some photos here:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/skin-deep . With photos such as these possible in a camera phone,I think it opens up lotsa opportunities to capture on the go anytime, any place with Honor. ๐Ÿ™‚
    One aspect you did not talk about or could have talked about is the Input System. Im a big fan of Swype(currently own a Motorola Defy) and use it extensively. Is there such an input method on the Honor 3C or is it the regular tap,tap,tap? I believe Jelly Bean by default has a swype like interface but not sure how good it is and what kinda support it offers for custom words and dictionaries. Also is there any support for 4G or would it be based on the market n model which they release? Would you also be able to comment on say how sturdy the phone is say the use of plastics,does it feel premium or does it creak? Is there any room for dust to enter the internals of the phone easily? How about water-proofing or at least spill-proof or splash proof i.e to some extent. And if the phone tends to heat up a lot after few hours of phone calls or EDGE/HSDPA use? Please see if you can answer these questions for me.
    Otherwise, you have done an awesome job and I commend you for the efforts. Thanks you for your time.I have bookmarked your site and will visit regularly for other topics and updates. Thanks once again.

    Cheers,
    Kiran.

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Kiran,

      Thank you for the comment. My name is Ari, nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

      I took a look at your flickr account and boy there were some amazing shots, especially liked the ones in Paris. There were some underground photos as well where I could see carvings and art on the rock walls. Could you tell me what is the place and where is it?

      Now to you questions:

      • Unfortunately I don’t have the phone any more so I cannot confirm the Swype feature.
      • There is no 4G support, maybe some later updated models will have it.
      • The phone felt sturdy enough, no rattling at all.
      • As it is completely plastic and it is so lightweight, to my hand it does not feel premium. However I was very satisfied with the look and feel anyway.
      • It is normal and not dust or water proof.
      • It did not heat up even after extensive use of the Internet or after long phone calls. The battery life was exceptional in my opinion as I wrote in the review.

      It is always nice to read the comments, it gives some gratification because I spend a lot of time writing these articles and it is nice to know that some people read them and get some value out of them.

      -Ari

  • Kiran Says:

    Hi Ari,

    Sent you a response via e-mail to take it offline.The review is indeed an invaluable one. Mighty thanks once again for taking so much time and pains at highlighting the important points to come up with a clear n comprehensive review.

    Cheers,
    Kiran.

  • zaffar Says:

    hi there Ari…
    your name reminds me to the famous Ari Vataanen, the rally driver..
    are you from the same country?
    your looks also tells me you’re a good guy..

    about your statement ” i dont have the phone anymore”… whats that mean? u throw it away? if its a good phone, why dont u keep it? just curious..
    anyway its a very good review..
    by the way im from the other side of the globe, Malaysia to be precise.. where the sun shine all year around…
    nice to know u bro..

    p/s.. im a dad of eight.. lol..

    • arinium Says:

      Hi zaffar,

      Yes, I am from the same country as the rally legend Ari Vatanen, Finland that is.

      Not all the electronics I review are my personal purchases, so some are for example bought by my friends and I have been given the device to be reviewed for couple of weeks. This phone went to my relative.

      I would love to visit Malaysia some time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Salim Says:

    Looked many places for a detailed review of Honor 3c, I found it after i bought the phone ๐Ÿ™‚ This review almost reflects with my experience with the phone.
    Only thing i dont like about this phone is that speaker could ve been louder and the battery gets really hot during 3d games.
    by the way i had to install the MIUI rom, the UI 2.0 didnt give me OTA.

  • nirjhar mistry Says:

    Huawei India says it has 4GB ROM and 2GB of RAM and gsmarena says It has 8GB ROM and 2GB of RAM. Which one is true?

    • arinium Says:

      Hi,

      The one that I had was with 8 GB ROM. There is also a 1 GB RAM variant but I have not heard that there is a 4 GB ROM version.

    • Asfandyar Says:

      I can help you with that. You see the phone has 8GB Rom, but due the specified software installed in it, the remaining Rom is 4GB.

  • TechnoGardian Says:

    hi ari,
    you posted a very comprehensive review of this honor 3C, a great job indeed.
    some more things i would like to know from your side.
    1. i think it did have a scratch proof glass or Corning Gorilla glass, can u put bit lighting detail on the display, it it resist when when put pressure using thumb at the center of screen?
    2. why there is no HUAWEI written on the phone and also packaging i didn’t understand why ? can you explain a bit?

  • Ghost Says:

    Wonderful review precise and helpful

  • Robeel Says:

    very nice and useful review by u..
    Why there is no logo of Huawei inside mobile or even any place (except charger,etc)..
    which one should I buy Honor 3c or Ascend G700?
    Or whethter should I wait for Honor 3c 4g or Honor 3x pro?
    So u r appreciated for giving me advise for:
    ->Honor 3c or Ascend G700…which one is better?
    ->Honor 3c 4g or Honor 3x pro..which one is better?

  • Kiran Says:

    Hi Ari,

    Another doubt that came to my mind. Does the phone support USB On-The-Go?

    Cheers,
    Kiran.

  • arinium Says:

    Thanks guys about the comments and follow-up questions. I have given the phone to my relative already but I will try to find out answers to your questions when I see him and can access the phone again.

    I have no idea why Huawei has decided to not have the Huawei brand text or logo on the device or on the box. Huawei Honor 3X has the Huawei logo in the back of the phone.

  • Allen Says:

    I am using this phone in Malaysia. most of us bought it online for rm499. thats around usd160.
    this phone does not support USB otg.

  • Jaypee Says:

    HI Ari
    Indeed a very comprehensive review. Now I am buying it soon, I want to know if Android 4.2.2 can be upgraded to 4.4, if yes, how to go about it. I live in Bangalore India.

  • Ammar Says:

    change the firmware so it will be 8mp.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jaypee Says:

    Got the phone, at last. Initial reaction very good, still no answer to my qstn abt upgrade to 4.4.4

  • noob Says:

    nice review there ๐Ÿ™‚

    I already heard many good reviews for this phone, will buy it this month, and this baby will be my 1st ever smartphone (never use one before, currently using samsung e1100) hehe

    thanks for the review

  • Jaypee Says:

    Hi Noob I just got it yesterday, I must tell you for the price you pay its just awesome. Go for it. With your eyes closed.

  • Franck Says:

    hi

    i know why rear cam is only 5 mpx, in fact it’s linked to the rom they installed, this is not an original ROM,I put the original rom from huawei called b611 and rear cam is 8 mpx, and pictures are really fantastic.

    Franck

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Franck,

      Thank you for the comment. Can you give me a link to the original ROM and how did you install it? I heard that the ROM they put into international versions is really buggy but it has a ton of languages. I would not mind if the ROM would be stable and there was only Chinese and English available.

  • Leroux Says:

    I think you can get it on needrom.com
    2 months ago, it has only English or Chinese but now it has international version with lot of languages
    With this version you like have a formula 1
    Franck

  • mohammad kazemi Says:

    Hi, thanks for great blog. I’m from iran. I bought this phone a week ago. It’s good but My battery life is short.
    For the first charge, how much you charge the phone?
    I use the phone less than you have but my battery is dead.

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Mohammad,

      Thank you for the comment. I charged it over night for the first time. The old Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries required longer initial charge but these newer type of Li-Ion and Li-Poly batteries are good to go fresh from the box. Maybe your battery is somehow defected?

  • Mitchell Watson Says:

    hey !!
    i m big fan of ur blog .. :)Good Job ๐Ÿ˜‰
    i want to purchase this phone .. is it a better option for gaming ? will it be able to play hungry games like GTA VC, Asphalt 8 or GTA San Andreas or N.O.V.A Smoothly ? Thank You

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Mitchell,

      I am not a gamer myself but as Jiri pointed out, the phone should be powerful enough to play even the more demanding modern games.

  • Jiri Says:

    I have Huawei Honor 3C and Asphalt 8 Airborne works smoothly. I do not have GTA.

    The phone has only the following problems:
    – it is not able to play embedded video on web pages but youtube player works great.
    – it is sometimes needed to switch to SW decoder in MX player application to play a particular movie because onle a few codecs are implemented in hardware, but SW decoder works smoothly.
    – the phone starts to vibrate during the call 2 months after the purchase. The next call is OK. I do not know if it is an intention, a bug or a virus of a 3rd party application.
    – restart of the android operating system or closing all applications using builtin tools is sometimes needed
    – the phone connects to China but this can be banned by the No Root Firewall (At the expense of higher battery consumption probably.)

    Altogether, the phone is great! Playing videos on the 5″ screen with the resolution 1280×720 is awesome. The phone does not produce heat!

  • Asfandyar Says:

    Hi Ari,

    I am from Pakistan and i would like to say that you did really a great review of the phone. I bought this phone last week and did not had any single problem with. Also i noticed that in GSM ARENA site they didn’t mention that the phone has HDR, Micro and the audio feature mode for taking the photo.
    Anyway, I would once again like to say great review.

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Asfandyar,

      Thank you for your kind words. It is always my pleasure to deliver high quality and detailed reviews ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sundar krishnamurthi Says:

    i want to buy this , am afraiding that its gud or not .. its going to be my first ever smart phone … users please help me

  • Sujit Says:

    Hi Ari,
    really good review & efforts taken.
    I am using this phone since last couple of weeks & there was problem with contact list. It doesn’t open it and you can’t find contact & call.
    After updating the OS it seems to be resolved but sometime it doesn’t take input. It resolves the problem if lock & unlock the phone again.
    Still overall good phone comparing to all in same price band.

  • JOhn Says:

    Hi, Huawei 3c Kitkat firmware (EMUI2.3) has been start sourcing in China. It will be coming soon to the world.

    • arinium Says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for the KitKat heads up. Have any of you users gotten the KitKat update over the air and if so, was it successful?

  • Sai Says:

    Can anyone provide me more picture and video samples of the front camera? Tq

  • dev sharma Says:

    hi ari,
    i really want to know about music clarity of this phone,i had one htc set with me which was very good in music, can i expect good music in this phone apart from all the specs which everyone is telling is very good

    • arinium Says:

      Hi dev sharma,

      Unfortunately I don’t have the phone anymore as I passed it on but as far as I remember it had good audio quality. At least I did not find it worse than the other phones I had tested.

  • danpogi Says:

    Hi ari,
    Thanks for the good review and i have question? Is is normal that when i play game like candy crush the phone is getting very hot after 15 minutes of playing? I bought this phone only for 10 days. Shall i return it because t has 1 yr warranty? Please help and thanks

    • arinium Says:

      Hi danpogi,

      It is perfectly normal for the phone to heat up when playing one of the more power intensive games, such as the Candy Crush.

  • chalith Says:

    My honor 3c have 5mp, video 720p front 8mp 1080p rear cam.

  • Sudhi Says:

    Thank u Ari. I am going to buy that soon. Hey guys here is another review http://en.miui.com/thread-24010-1-1.html

  • Sudhi Says:

    Hi Ari

    Huawei Honor 3c and Xioami Mi3 has the same price in India. Which is better??

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Sudhi,

      If you can buy a Mi3 then I would definitely go for it! My personal phone is still the Mi2, almost two years old and still I consider its camera to be one of the best available – even today! I have been very satisfied with Xiaomi and MIUI in particular. The availability is however an issue. Xiaomi has organized three sales in India and they have lasted only for 40 minutes, 2 minutes and 5 seconds.

      • Sudhi Says:

        Hi Ari,
        I was extremely impressed by your review on Honor 3c. The photos and video samples in the review were excellent . In my mobile I want to have a good quality Video/Photo Camera.Even though I can get Mi3 , there is a big problem of Service Centers in my area.Whether the Camera of Honor 3c can perform as better as Mi3? In your review I really like the macros captured by honor 3c.And also the videos shooted by honor 3c.(I know that you have the photographic skills). Can you help to make a decision ???

        Thanks in advance.

        • arinium Says:

          Hi Sudhi and thanks for the comments. I was truly surprised by the quality of the Honor 3C and particularly its optics. Nevertheless I would buy the Mi3 because of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 overall performance advantage over MediaTek MTK6582 and I personally am in love with MIUI and its features. If you can get your hands on the Mi3, I would go for it, but both phones are excellent choices in my opinion!

  • Ajsal u j Says:

    Hey Ari !
    Its the same old Indian fan of you, who now a days leaves comments on all of your posts, sorry for that as now, its a need of mine. A bought honor 3c for my wife as a gift after reading your review and now as am fedup with my htc chacha ,which became a restart master, I was in Search of a phone for myself and end up reading your review on mi2 and decided to go for new mi3 but even after booking it before many days, Flipkart (online seller of mine brand in india) did not give good facility to get it, and after reading your review again I change my mind as…..

    * mi2 is smaller in size like chacha
    * battery is detachable , so can be handy if hangs
    * mhl , otg and dragontrail glass protection which is not mentioned in mi3 description
    * and mi2 is already a known model with a trusty review is in front

    So I ordered mi2 from aliexpress.com and waiting for the product….

    Thanks in advance

    • Sudhi Says:

      Hai Ajsal
      ….How is your experience with Honor 3C???

      • Ajsal u j Says:

        Dear sushi ji, ( I hope you are also from india)
        As far my wife’s experience is concerned she is happy with it, and she likes to keep the moments of life digital, camera is pretty good when there is good light, and better in macros . front can is a champion and felt better cokour sense that the back, you need big hands to handle phone in one hand as its 5 ‘
        Many gesture based option s, same as seen on high end htc m8 , battery life is decent but takes some time to get fully charged, also sound is not good enough when there is some other noise is there. Use capturepro which she is using now as a kid accidentally deleted the default can n gallery app, but felt capturepro a better choice( read on Ari’s review ) but there is some noise in detail
        Then not heat up much, and gaming isn’t done much as I have a tab , we do all those stuff on that. Then phone never lags behind.

        Big minus I found is the lack of otg support and lack of screen protection like gorilla glass n is a fingerprint magnet.

        Also if you are going for honor 3c, dear never buy screen guard or case online, will never fit the phone , better check it from a shop , also buy honor 3c from a site other than Flipkart as it a bit overpriced on fipkart , go for aliexpress , eBay or amazon with better price, also if you can afford bit more go for honor 3x pro pricing around 16k on aliexpress with otg , 13 mp cam ,n screen protection and yes with DTS sound and logo behind ( some are so worried about it on honor 3 c

  • Ajsal u j Says:

    Sudhi ji I mean my dictionary did corrections to make it wrong , so sorry

    • Sudhi Says:

      Hi Ajsal,
      Thank U for your advice.How can I get Honor 3x Pro via aliexpress. I cant understand the payment method?(COD/Netbanking), Tax , warranty etc? Have you purchased anything from aliexpress . Please share me that experience.
      I am from Kerala. Where are you from?
      I have three options
      1. Honor 3c- Rs.13900/- +discount from Kochi store.
      2.Mi3- My brother in law -Banglore
      3.Asus Zenfone 5 Rs. 10500/- store
      But after all I was really in love with the camera performance of Honor 3c after reading the review of Ari. Please let me share the experience of 1080p video capturing in Honor 3c.
      Thanks in Advance..

  • Sudhi Says:

    Hi Ajsal,
    Thank U for your advice.How can I get Honor 3x Pro via aliexpress. I cant understand the payment method?(COD/Netbanking), Tax , warranty etc? Have you purchased anything from aliexpress . Please share me that experience.
    I am from Kerala. Where are you from?

    I have three options
    1. Honor 3c- Rs.13900/- +discount from Kochi store.
    2.Mi3- My brother in law -Banglore
    3.Asus Zenfone 5 Rs. 10500/- store

    But after all I was really in love with the camera performance of Honor 3c after reading the review of Ari. Please let me share the experience of 1080p video capturing in Honor 3c.

    Thanks in Advance..

  • sasanka Says:

    hi,

    sometimes my 3C honor has signal dropping problem, time to time it will loose network.. how can i over come this problem

  • danial Says:

    hi all,just want to know your opinion.which one should i get redmi 1s,honor 3c or zenfone 5

    • arinium Says:

      Hi danial,

      Personally I have only used the Honor 3C. The specs are similar for the trio but there are some differences.

      Zenfone and Honor have 5″ displays while Redmi has 4.7″. Zenfone and Honor have 2 GB RAM while Redmi hasonly 1 GB RAM. All three have different chipsets from different manufacturers: Zenfone has Intel Atom Z2560, Honor has MediaTek MTK6582 and Redmi has Qualcomm Snapdragon 400.

      For me personally, the camera is the most important part of a smartphone. You have learned from my review that the Honor 3C has an excellent camera. The guys at GizChina have reviewed Redmi’s camera and it is awesome too! I have not read any reviews of Zenfone’s camera though.

      Then they all have different ROMs. It is not a secret that I am in love with the MIUI. Both Huawei and Asus have their own UI modifications on top of the stock Android.

      Finally you have the design. In my opinion the Redmi has quite thick bezels, especially vertically around the screen.

      I hope this helped even a bit on the tough decision ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Prabhu Says:

    Dear Admin,
    Can the front camera capture videos in HD?
    Please let me know.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Prabhu

  • Hellogram Says:

    Huawei p6 vs honor 3c vs lenovo s820

    Which has the best screen and overall performance? I want very good viewing angles and color saturation

  • Uthayendra Says:

    hey admin.
    iam going to buy this phone by this week.
    I am confused with the quality of this camera.
    most of the reviews says front camera is having better quality than real camera.
    some reviews says that front camera is having 8MP and real camera is having 5MP.
    is this review true??
    pls give me a quick respond. because I am going to purchase this phone by this week.
    thank you

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Uthayendra,

      I don’t understand why the front-facing secondary camera would be better than the rear-facing main camera? I don’t know how other people use their cameras but I take 90% photos with the main camera and only selfies with the secondary camera. I don’t have this review sample phone anymore but based on my camera tests the rear-facing camera is a lot better and it was great quality even compared to my Xiaomi Mi2.

  • Uthayendra Says:

    hey admin thank you for y r respond…
    which phone will u recommend me by its overall performance???
    honor 3c or Samsung S3 or nokia xl,lumia 630? ??

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Uthayendra,

      Although I worked for Nokia for five years, I have never used a Lumia, because I left the company right at the same time when Stephen Elop arrived and started creating the Lumia brand. But judging from the specs, both XL and 630 have quite small resolution displays, too little RAM and slow processors. Based on the specs, I could not recommend either one. However, I have tried and tested both Honor 3C and Samsung Galaxy S3 and I would say they go neck and neck. Both have great cameras too. So it would come down to personal preference on the brand.

  • Petr Says:

    Hi Ari. I’m from Czech Republic. Super unbiased reviews. Your Mi2 is 16 or 32 BG option? Thus, 8 or 13 MP camera? Thank you

  • Chang Lee Says:

    Ilove my Honor 3C but I am also interested in Honor 6, the new super hero of Huawei….
    Huawei Honor MY is giving away Brand New Honor 6 Smartphones.

    Just take the poll & invite your friends to be a part.

    WIN Honor 6 Here: http://on.fb.me/1ockgbq

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Chang,

      The Honor 6 is a phone of a completely different category, I would place it among the flagships like Xiaomi Mi4, Meizu MX4, Vivo Xshot, IUNI U3, Nubia Z7 and OnePlus One. The Honor 3C is a great budget phone.

  • kewlguyfly Says:

    Hi Ari,

    Thanks to your review, I’ve bought an Honor 3C for my mum. Nothing bad so far but I do have a problem regarding the unusually long time that it takes to load stuffs on FB page (videos, photos etc.). I’ve compared to my friend’s Honor 3C and his seems to load faster. There is no way to uninstall & reinstall the apps, is there?

    • arinium Says:

      Hi kewlguyfly,

      Have you checked which data network does it use? The first thing that came into my mind was that could it use only a slower 2G connection? Then the data icon next to the network signal strength icon would display “G” (GPRS) or “E” (EDGE). The icons for the faster 3G modes are “3G”, “H” (HSDPA) and “H+”. Is it slow also when connected via WiFi?

      • kewlguyfly Says:

        Hi Ari,

        Thanks for your fast reply. Didn’t expect it at all :). Well, actually the phone is connected to Wifi all the while. I checked the speed with Ookla it shows 5Mbps

  • Shaib Says:

    I am from pakistan and about to buy this phonee….
    I wanted to know few things
    1) Is the display vivid enough
    2) Is the touch good
    3) Does it give a good impression of looks
    4) Is the camera satisfying for a normal user

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Shahib,

      In my opinion:
      1) The display has beautiful and vivid color reproduction.
      2) The touch is fast and responsive.
      3) The phone is a good looking device.
      4) The camera is excellent (for even a photographer like me).

  • Shaib Says:

    Bro its shaib not shahib ๐Ÿ˜›
    I have done alot research but stiil em nt clear ….what phone would u recommend me in this range…..(one which is available in pak )

  • zajath Says:

    Hi Ari,

    thank you for the review, I have a honer 3c
    it’s a good smart phone from Huawei
    if update will come pls inform to me
    I use the third party camera capturepro
    it’s working probably in honer 3c
    I capture some photos with it
    I also update my photo in my instagram (ahamed zajath)
    see that for one of the best camera of honer 3c

  • aftabjaaan Says:

    Hi
    I have purchased honor 3c. But after few weeks I got issue of signal dropping. Any one can help me in this regard.

  • Achani Says:

    huawei honor 3c how to screen on without using power button??

  • Jathya Says:

    thanks a lot for the review. I got phone with no such camera issues.Bought this from Sri Lanka. This version must have bug fixes. Battery life is the greatest plus point of this phone. I have no complaint’s about this phone yet!

  • noor Says:

    this a request to everybody that i am need help in order fix huawei honor 3c contact browsing problem most of time mobile hanged and even some time when some body called my saved contact it do not display the name of contact person.

    any favorable response will be highly appreciated.

    noor

  • Meer Says:

    Hi ari,
    Thank you for such a detailed review.. I have always used galaxy phones but this time I bought this honor 3c on a friends recommendation, and I feel it’s better than Samsung phones, excluding Lcd resolution and 4g unavailability, well that can be ignored keeping price in mind.. problem I am facing with honor 3c that I still unable to figure out how to take a snap shot.. Hope you or anyone else(as I know you don’t have honor 3c) can help me out with it.. Thank you

    • arinium Says:

      If you mean a screenshot, please try volume down + power keys simultaneously. It takes some time to learn how to time it right but it should work.

  • Arius Wu Says:

    Good day sir! Iโ€™ve been looking for the reviews of huawei honor 3C, and yours is the best! I just bought it, and its a good phone. The phone runs well, have no issues so far. The only thing that dissapoint me is the primary camera is not as good as my xiaomi redmi 1s, except the macro shot. However, it is still a very good phone with a very good price.

    Actually, thereโ€™s something that comes up in my mind. It seems that the led notification doesnโ€™t work, except for the incoming messages. The led notification does not lights up when thereโ€™s incoming chat from BBM, Line, WeChat, and Whatsapp. Can you help me, sir? Is there some setting that iโ€™ve got to do? Thanks for you help! And your reviews for sure!

    • arinium Says:

      Hello Arius,

      I am sorry, I cannot help with the notification LED because I don’t have the review sample any more.

  • Rez@ Says:

    Thanks, you are a life saver!
    Simply the best review, I’ve ever read, thanks again.
    Peace!

    • arinium Says:

      Hi Rez@,

      Thanks for the feedback, it is always nice to hear that I have been helpful. I put some time and effort into these reviews :).

  • Buyung Says:

    Hello there!

    I just bought my Honor 3C about a month ago, since my Galaxy Note II had a sudden death problem.

    Well, in my opinion, this phone is very valuable for money. You could get a $500 famous brand smartphone specification with the price of only around $200.

    However, I got quite dissatisfaction on the battery life. The battery life is good, I could get almost one day lifetime by a single charge with normal usage. But when I use the phone with full load, it turns into a hungry battery eater, consuming 30% of battery level in 20 minutes.

    Thus, I could only get 4 hours of full charged Honor 3C with intense using.

    That’s all I’ve got. Anyway, nice review, bro!

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