Huawei has come up with a new phablet under its Honor brand. This new phablet, Honor 4X, is aimed at sub $250 segment where ‘value-for-money’ will be key to its sales. Right now, Huawei is selling it in two markets, Indian and European. The only difference between the two variants is the processors they use and prices. Everything else is same.
In Europe, it will have relaxed conditions while in India it will have to compete for every single user. Irrespective of where you live, we must find out if you’re making a right choice by picking up one.
Hardware, Performance and Battery:
Huawei is selling Honor 4X in Europe and India and both the variants come with different hardware. The key difference between both is the processors they use. The European variant has Huawei’s in-house Kirin 620 octa-core processor running at 1.2GHz while Indian variant comes with Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor ticking at 1.2GHz as well. However, both the variants come with same 2GB of RAM. The rest of the specs of the phablet remain same, too. Sure there will be little performance differences but then Huawei is charging more to its European buyers.
Snapdragon 410 is a proven SoC and has been used on many phones in the mid-range. One notable device is Moto G. It is also 64-bit one if that’s your concern. Ample amount of RAM and optimized software from Huawei deliver a decent performance. It leaves more than 1GB of RAM for the user to run his/her apps. Very rarely, I saw some insignificant studders which are anyways novelty of Android. While I can’t test the Euro variant here, looking at Huawei’s optimization I can at least say performance would be similar if not better.
The battery on both the variants remains same at 3000 mAh and it’s both huge and strong. Since I was using it solely on WiFi (along with a single SIM) for all my needs and purposes, I was getting more than real world output from the battery. I could easily get two days battery life. But, load both the SIM cards and use it with mobile data and battery life could take a significant hit. However, it comes with different battery tricks to optimize and extend battery life.
OS and the UI:
Android KitKat (4.4.2) is in-charge of OS department and assisting it is Huawei’s EMUI v3. The UI is neatly designed and makes most of the screen estate. As a recent trend, EMUI too uses flat styling for colors instead of gradients and has a minimalistic approach. That makes it neat and clean looking.
This is another UI that doesn’t have separate homescreen and app drawer approach. So, all the apps you install end up landing on your homescreen. I quite liked the way notification drawer is designed. It’s as neat as the rest of the UI. It shows a detailed timeline of notifications which is a probably the best implementation I’ve ever seen. There’s a separate page for toggles too and there are a lot of them. EM UI also offers quick launch shortcuts on the lockscreen which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom, like iOS. On the homescreen, if you swipe down on the screen, you can quickly access universal search.