China’s Huawei will have a long-life Android smartphone, while it launches the low-cost Blaze in the UK
Huawei has begun trumpeting the battery life of its latest Android smartphone, Honor, which it says lasts up to three days.
The handset is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest effort to boost its own name, as it looks to move on from selling its hardware under third-party brands.
The device uses a 1900MAh battery that can provide up to three days’ use on a single charge, Huawei said. The company said this is the longest battery life of any smartphone with a four-inch screen.
The Honor, due to launch in the UK sometime next year, runs Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” and features a 1.4GHz processor. It has a four-inch capacitive touchscreen and an 8 MP rear camera as well as a 2 MP front camera.
It includes 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of integrated storage that can be increased to 32 GB with a memory card.
The device is 10.9 millimeters thick at its thinnest point and weighs 140 grams, compared to 9.3 millimeters and 137 grams for the iPhone 4.
Huawei said the Honor is to launc hin China, Russia, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific markets in the fourth quarter, with pricing details coming soon.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Huawei signed its first contract with a network operator in May – with Everything Everywhere – and now wants to establish its mobile phone brand in Britain “almost from scratch” beginning with a handset called Blaze, Huawei UK executive vice president Mark Mitchinson said in August. The UK will be the focus of Huawei’s biggest push within Western Europe, he said.
Will Blaze catch fire?
Blaze is likely to compete with lower-end smartphones selling for around the £100 mark. The handset will be the first Android device that Huawei has launched under its own brand.
The company is also planning to sell the MediaPad tablet and the Vision handset in the UK, and is looking to sell the phones through operators including Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere.
Huawei’s sales outside of China grew three times faster than within its home market last year and accounted for 65 percent of sales.
The announcement follows that of Huawei rival ZTE in July that it, too, would begin selling own-brand handsets in the UK.