We just received an announcement that Chinese manufacturer Huawei is planning to release an intriguing new smartphone in the fourth quarter of this year. The design looks very sharp (pictured right), bearing more than some resemblance to the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy, whichever you believe came first.
The Huawei Honor will be powered by Android 2.3.5 and a hefty 1.4 GHz processor. It features 512 megabytes of RAM, 4 gigabytes of on-board storage supporting expansion of up to 32 gigabytes via a memory card slot. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera is HDR-enabled, and there’s a 2 megapixel cam around front for chat. The company is touting it as one of the phone’s strong points, claiming that you can ‘share and connect’ for up to three days on a single charge. Chief marketing officer Victor Xu said in a statement:
Honor provides a package of features that elevates the smartphone user experience, including an ultra-long battery life, so critical to the performance of smartphones but yet is often downplayed.
With such solid specs, this phone could attract a lot of buyers. The a representative tells Penn Olson that Huawei isn’t targeting a specific region, although it will first be available in China, Russia, and the Middle East with other regions to follow.
Digitimes Research recently speculated that Huawei would lead the smartphone industry in growth this year, and a phone like this one would certainly help the company on its way. That report said that Huawei was expected to ship 400 percent more units on the previous year.