New Huawei Honor to take on the LG Optimus Black P970

Huawei Devices, known for its extremely cost-efficient Android devices, has launched the 4-inch smartphone Huawei Honor in India.

The Huawei Honor is one of the very few 4-inch smartphones priced at less than Rs 20,000 in the Indian market, and will compete directly with the other 4-inch Android phone, the LG Optimus Black P970.

The main difference between the LG Optimus Black and the Huawei Honor is that the latter supports Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the former is sold with Android 2.2. In addition, the Huawei Honor has a 1.4 GHz single core processor, compared with the 1 GHz one on the LG Optimus Black P970.

The other major difference is that while the Huawei model has an 8 megapixel camera, the LG Optimus Black has a 5 megapixel one. However, the LG model has a superior front camera at 2 megapixels compared with the VGA camera on the Huawei model.

The Huawei one also has a slightly higher resolution display.

Huawei Honor also has a bigger capacity battery, at 1,900 mAh compared to 1500 mAh on the LG model. It will give “users upto 9 hours of talk time, 6 hours of gaming and 10 hours of video – which means a common user on a single charge can have upto 3 days of talk-time,” the Chinese company said.

In addition, Honor has DLNA — a method of wirelessly connecting devices to external displays. “It ensures interoperability and ability to play content wirelessly on other DLNA-certified devices such as digital cameras, game consoles and TVs,” Huawei said.

Though Huawei claims that the 4-inch Gorilla glass display can “break any records in terms of contrast in its class,” users may actually find that the LG Optimus Black P970 has a more vivid screen.

The Optimus comes with a IPS LCD, the world’s first to have a brightness of 700-nit in its class. The display on the LG model is supposed to use only half the energy that normal LCD phone displays use, according to LG, negating the effect of the bigger battery on the Huawei model.

Though it is not clear, the Huawei model may also have a 14.4 Mbps 3G connection, compared to the 7.2 Mbps speed that the LG model has.

Further, the Huawei model may see a sharper drop in its price than the LG model as the former has a weaker brand perception in the Indian market, making it value for money.