Chinese company Huawei has just launched the Honor 4C smartphone, in the latest effort to gain market share in an increasingly competitive budget handset market from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi.
The new phone has a 5-inch display – that’s larger than the iPhone 6 and the same as Xiaomi’s impressive Mi 4 device. It also starts at an incredible $129. In contrast, the iPhone 6 starts at $750 while the Mi 4 costs $250.
Honor 4C: the best value-for-money phone?
The Honor 4C certainly looks the part and has decent specs, and to save marketing costs it will mainly be sold online through companies such as Alibaba’s Tmaill, said Huawei’s marketing director George Zhao in Beijing.
Zhao and vice president of Alibaba, Jeff Zhang, said the new phone’s launch coincides with a new level of corporate ties between their companies.
Honor is a largely independent phone unit from Huawei, formed about two years ago, and has already released several budget smartphones which are almost exclusively sold online. They have also received pretty decent reviews, and for that kind of money you can’t really go far wrong for a 5-inch smartphone.
Huawei says it sold 20 million Honor phones last year, around a third of the 60 million sold by rising star Xiaomi during the same period. Huawei is also one of the world’s biggest makers of mobile telecoms network equipment, and other electronic products such as fibre-optic compatible routers for companies such as 3BB in Thailand and elsewhere. Last year, Huawei was ranked fourth in global smartphone sales, and managed to ship 68 million units.
It remains to be seen when the Honor 4C will be available in Thailand, but we’ll let you know if the situation changes. It seems like it could be a competitive and desirable phone for the Thai market. It runs Android KitKat, has a 1.2 GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP camera, and a 720p HD (720 x 1,280) at 294 pixels per inch. You can check out the full specs here at gsmarena.com.
Let us know in the comments below whether you think the Honor 4C appeals to you and why? Perhaps the price, or the 5-inch touchscreen?