Huawei Honor 3C receives network license, could this be the end for the Xiaomi Hongmi?

Is it time for Xiaomi to start shaking in their boots? Huawei believe so as their $160 Hongmi killer breezes through certification!

Xiaomi’s success has also painted a target on their back, and finally after months of hanging around Chinese tech giants are pulling the trigger. The first real attack came from ZTE’s Nubia Z5S Snapdragon 800 phone which went on sale at the same low price as the Xiaomi Mi3, now it’s Huawei’s turn!

Huawei are aiming at the entry-level Hongmi with their phone the Honor 3C which has just received its network license. According to details the 3C has the latest quad-core MT6588 chipset with an alleged 2GB RAM! Other unconfirmed details include an 8 mega-pixel rear camera and 5 mega-pixel front plus a magnesium alloy chassis.

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With hardware like that the Huawei Honor 3C the Xiaomi Hongmi with it’s 1GB RAM and older, slow and more energy hungry MT6589T chipset could finally be in trouble!

Pricing for the Huawei Honor 3C is rumoured be around 999 Yuan ($160), a little more than the Hongmi but still a good price considering the hardware.

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  1. Victor
    December 10, 2013

    IMHO, people (and me) spend their money on Hongmi considering the MIUI OS , not only the phone specs itself

    • phandroid324
      December 10, 2013

      I have to disagree, I couldn’t care less about the Custom skin, all I want is the best bang for my buck. And there are countless others who want the same. Huawei may have a serious contender here especially if its screen is OGS laminated.

    • Jögo Suán-Kōr
      December 10, 2013

      I do agree, what no-one else got is MiUi OS and this is nice one step ahead for Xiaomi, i love MiUi,.. Hongmi can be improved soon so no worries!

  2. Freeje
    December 10, 2013

    Should be better than the Hongmi build wise. A colleague came over the other day to show off one that she bought online. Asked me to take a look at it. Looked cheap and I told her that the buttons looked like it won’t last long. Sure enough a couple of days later she came back to ask me if I can do anything to get the on/off button to work. I told her just to ship it back and ask for a replacement as the button was stuck.

    • Qidamin
      December 10, 2013

      Are you sure it was not a fake? I got tricked and got a fake one, it is not easy to find it is a fake one, but back cover feels made in a cheap thin plastic, and button are feel also cheaper.

      • Freeje
        December 11, 2013

        Yep. Bought a Xiaomi M1 before so I’m familiar with them. Also had problems with it. Still in use as a secondary phone by my wife but freezes and reboots every once in a while. I recommended to my colleague to wait for the Honor 3C instead as she was thinking of buying it from another reseller. The Huawei unit should have a better build quality.

  3. Jason
    December 10, 2013

    Has the GPS problems been fixed?

  4. user
    December 10, 2013

    this a nice xiaomi slayer XD nice specs for that price ,i hope bring with wdcma 850 Xd, and de resellers don’t increase the price of the clouds as they do , fortunatelly the scene made custom roms for the Huawei phones and you can find MIUI OS sopported to a lot of models of huawei phones include the old versions of Honor in the official MIUI forums XD

  5. danilekk
    December 17, 2013

    in China huawei 5c price as 798yuan, hongmi 799yuan, can’t help putting these models together