The Asian smartphone market has been undergoing somewhat of a revolution lately, with numerous local manufacturers churning out handsets that offer incredible value for money. You will struggle to find a better example of just how tightly these Chinese companies are squeezing the margins than Huawei’s new Honor 4C, which has just been released in China.
The Honor 4C is priced at just CNY 799 (around $130) and is available from online Chinese retailers Tmall and Vmall. For this modest cost you will receive a handset with a 720p 5-inch display, octa-core Cortex-A53 powered HiSilicon Kirin 620 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 5MP front facing camera and a 2,550mAh battery. The smartphone also comes with 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot that supports an additional 32GB of storage and Huawei’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat based EMUI 3.0 software.
The Honor 4C is available in a choice of black, blue, gold, pink, or white color options. Unfortunately, the handset doesn’t look like it will be made available outside of China. However, Huawei’s growing presence in Asian and European markets may mean that a similarly compelling budget handset will appear in these regions in the future.