Huawei is upping its game in the budget segment with smartphones that look more premium and have some unique features. The Honor 7x and 9i are some of the examples of this new crop of phones. For buyers looking for a more affordable and smaller screen smartphone that fulfils the basics, they have the Holly 4. It is priced at Rs10,750 and is available in gold and silver colour options on Amazon.in.
Here are the key highlights of the Holly 4 and how it compares with Xiaomi Redmi 4 (4GB+64GB), which is selling at Rs10,999.
■The smartphone impresses with its build quality and premium looks right away. It has a lustreless metal finish, like the more expensive Honor smartphones which were launched recently. It doesn’t have a thin bezel design, yet doesn’t feel hefty or big. It weighs just 144g and fits naturally in the palm due to the slightly curved design at the back. The only niggle with the phone is the slightly protruded camera module.
■The fingerprint sensor on the back is quick and accurate. It can also be used as the camera shutter button to shoot a photo/video, answer calls, stop alarm, and browse through photos in the default gallery app.
■It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280x720p and pixel density of 269ppi. It is a good looking display by the standards of a budget smartphone. Colours don’t pop out like on high-end screen but they don’t appear to be washed out either. Videos on YouTube or a live match on Hotstar looks good and clear.
■ The options to fine-tune the screen are limited compared to the Redmi 4. So you can adjust colour temperature, but there is no option to enhance colour contrast.
■ Like most Huawei smartphones, the Holly 4 doesn’t come with the latest version of Android which, according to Google, is currently running on a measly 0.5% of all devices. So you get Android 7.0 with a thick layer of their proprietary Emotion UI on top.
■ Emotion UI looks polished and offers some unique personalisation options, which are not available even in MIUI 9. There is the option to switch to the app drawer mode, change the position of navigation keys as per one’s convenience, and search for items on the phone by swiping down on the home screen.
■ Unlike the other Huawei smartphones, which use their proprietary Kirin processors, Holly 4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. Coupled with 3GB RAM, the processor was able to wade through most everyday tasks with ease. Switching between apps with 5-6 apps running in the background won’t slow it down. It is not meant for avid gamers as we noticed frequent frame drops with games such as Shadow Fight 3.
■ Powering the Holly 4 is a 3,020mAh battery, which requires charging once every day even on modest use. The Redmi 4 has a bigger 4,100mAh battery and easily lasts about a day and a half on a single charge.
■ The Holly 4 provides 32GB internal storage and in case one needs more, there is a microSD card slot which can accommodate cards of up to 128GB. This is at par with many budget smartphones, but not with the variant of Redmi 4 it’s competing against, which offers 64GB internal storage and has a microSD slot too.
■ Honor Holly 4 impresses with its premium looks and smooth performance, yet it doesn’t score points over the Redmi 4, which offers better battery backup, runs on a slightly superior Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor and offers 64GB storage.