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Huawei Honor 4x: First Impressions

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Huawei recetly launched Huawei Honor 4x in Nepal at an unexpected price of Rs.26,999. The Huawei Honor 4x stands out to be among the most overpriced smartphone to ever launch in Nepal. If it wasn’t for the SEO titles and meta keywords, the headline of the Honor 4x launch story in Nepal should be something like Huawei Device Nepal launches the most overpriced smartphone of the year. The price tag of NPR. 26,999 doesn’t make any sense, especially when you consider the fact that it is priced at INR. 9,999 (~NPR.16,000) in India. (update: Honor 4x price now in Nepal: Rs. 22,999)

Huawei Honor 4x Pricing Strategy

Huawei has exacerbated their pricing strategy in Nepal for a while now. Last month, they launched Gplay mini for NPR. 19,999 which is identical to Honor 4C priced in India at INR.7,999. No matter what way you look at it, newly launched phones from Huawei here in Nepal can’t justify its price.

Huawei Honor 4x, Lets Talk About It

It boasts a 5.5 inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display, is powered by 1.2 GHz Huawei Kirin 620 64-bit A53 Octa-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) with Emotion UI 3.0. In terms of memory, the phone has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable memory. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual SIM support and 4G connectivity and packs a 3000 mAh battery.

BUILD:

The Huawei Honor 4x sports a plastic body with a textile finish on the back. It weighs 165gms and measures 152.9mm × 77.2mm × 8.65mm in dimension. Honor 4x lies in a phablet category because of its 5.5-inch display. It’s a big phone and performing with one hand is next to impossible.

DISPLAY:

Honor 4x comes with a big 5.5-inch display. The IPS panel is bright, produces accurate color and has decent viewing angle. It’s perfect for watching movies and playing games. The display lacks a gorilla glass protection, so its highly recommended to have a scratch protection cover.

Honor 4x screen quality is better and brighter than Huawei Gplay mini–the phone that was launched a couple of months ago for NPR. 19,999. However, both these phones are a fingerprint and smudge magnet.

CAMERA:

Like the Gplay mini, Honor 4x comes with 13/5MP cameras. The 13MP rear camera has a minimal interface and looks quite similar to the one seen in iPhone 6/6 Plus. The image quality of the 13MP rear camera of Honor 4x is just mediocre, lacking sharpness and color accuracy. The 5MP front camera, on the other hand, is good for selfies and video chatting.

PERFORMANCE:

Honor 4x is equipped with Huawei’s in-house Kirin 620 chipset with an Octa-core 1.2Ghz Cortex A53 64 bit processor supplemented by 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The Kirin 620 Chipset is somewhat similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset seen on Micromax Yureka Yu, HTC desire 820 and Xiaomi Mi4i. Under normal usage like browsing, chatting,etc., the phone is deprived of any lags. The phone runs smoothly while multi-tasking or switching between apps. We will be able to tell you more about its performance(gaming and benchmark) once we review this phone.

BATTERY:

Honor 4x is equipped with 3000 mAh battery, slightly bigger than most other mid-range Huawei smartphones. The 3000 mAh battery should provide enough life to last for a day of moderate usage.

CONNECTIVITY:

Honor 4x has two micro SIM card slots and supports 4G LTE connectivity. The phone also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Early Verdict:

Had the price of this phone been somewhere near NPR. 20,000, It would have made sense. But, at NPR. 26,999, it’s too much what Huawei are asking for. At this price range, you can get Xiaomi Mi4i, or Asus Zenfone 2 which are equipped with a FullHD screen, superior hardware specs, and better camera performance.

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Yural Maskey is an Electronics Engineering graduate and a co-founder of Gadgetbyte Nepal. Besides being a Tech Geek, he is also a die-hard Arsenal fan.