It’s been a trend in India recently to launch new and budget phones exclusively on e-com sites. While that put a lot of good phones in the hands of people, it was largely limited to tech-savvy people and their circles. This means people who prefer to stay away from online sellers and instead trust local shops had to lose on many good phones. Huawei is going opposite the trend with its new phones for India. Mind you, it is already selling Honor branded phones as online exclusive.
Huawei has launched four new phones for the Indian market, and it has chosen to not to sell them online at all. These four phones will instead be sold offline, only through the local shops. These phones range from Rs.5,499 ($86) and all the way up to Rs.9,499 ($149). All of them fit well within the budget of the target audience. The cheapest Huawei Y336 features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4-inch display and a 5MP rear camera. The Y541 is simply the rebranded version of Honor Bee with same specifications. It’s priced at Rs.6,499 (~$102) whereas Honor Bee is being sold at Rs.5,000 (~$80) on Flipkart, cheaper than the cheapest Y336. The Y620 and G620s share most of the specs except that the G620s has 4G LTE support. Both of them are powered by Snapdragon 1.2GHz processors, 1GB RAM and both also feature 8MP cameras. Their designs are different as well. Y620 will set you back by Rs.8,499 (~$134) while G620s comes at Rs.9,499 (~$149). You can buy Honor 4X for the same price as G620s, and it has a far better camera, a bigger screen, a bigger 3000 mAh battery and a bigger 5.5-inch display. All these phones run on the ancient Android KitKat 4.4 and Huawei’s EMUI.
In my opinion, these phones do not have exciting spec sheets and Huawei could do better. Since the offline sales involve more costs such as logistics which have affected the pricing of these phones and hence the value for money isn’t really attractive compared to Huawei’s own Honor branded phones. So if possible,you better buy online and grab better deals.