Huawei Honor 3X and 3C officially launched, pricing from $131


Huawei officially launched the new Huawei Honor 3X and 3C smartphones today putting pressure on Xiaomi’s mid-range and entry-level Android smartphones.

In the past Huawei had launched Honor phones as mid-range devices, but with pressure from Xiaomi’s successful Hongmi, and low-cost mid-range devices from rivals ZTE’s Nubia brands, Huawei have had to reinvent the range.

Today 2 new Huawei Honor phones have been officially launched, the entry-level Huawei Honor 3C and mid-range Huawei Honor 3X with Mediatek’s true 8-core chipset.

Huawei Honor 3C Specifications

huawei honor 3C

The Honor 3C gets the same naming system as Apple’s entry-level iPhone 5C, and has a design which is almost identical to the Xiaomi Hongmi that it goes to market with the aim of beating.

Like the Hongmi the screen is a 720p (1280 x 720) unit, but measures in at a slightly larger 5-inch, a 1.3Ghz quad-core MT6582 processor offers enough power for a low-cost smartphone, and interestingly Huawei are offering both 1GB RAM and 2GB RAM options.

Other highlights include a 2300mAh battery, 8 mega-pixel Sony F2.0 aperture rear camera, micro SD card expansions and dual-sim with support for WCDMA, GSM and TD-SCDMA. Pricing starts at 798 yuan for the 1GB model rising to 998 Yuan for the 2GB option.

Huawei Honor 3X Specifications

The 3X also has a body inspired by the Hongmi, but with a larger still 5.5-inch 720p display, Under that large panel is a 1.7Ghz 8-core Mediatek MT6592 chipset, 2GB RAM, dual-SIM support, 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front and 3000mAh battery.

Pricing of the Huawei Honor 3X is 1698 Yuan, which has it in direct competition with the Xiaomi Mi2S with only a single sim, no SD card slot, 4.3-inch display but a Snapdragon 600 processor from Qualcomm.

Both the Huawei Honor 3C and 3X will go on sale in China through JingDong mall and large electronics retail chains. There is also the possibility that the phones could launch outside of China some time later this year!

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40 Comments

  1. Zsoltee
    December 16, 2013

    Great news! Andi please review the Honor 3X! Do you have any contact to Huawei or a retailer who will sell this phone?

  2. phone_user
    December 16, 2013

    what are the networks of this phones ?????
    2G Network GSM ??????
    3G Network HSDPA ?????

    • Zsoltee
      December 16, 2013

      “The 3X has an odd type of dual-SIM setup that’s just right for China’s
      market – one slot uses good ol’ miniSIMs, while the other is a microSIM
      slot. Both are 3G-enabled and both support regular 3G (China Unicom,
      also worldwide 3G) and China-specific 3G (the China Mobile kind).” – GSMArena

      • Hasibur Rahman Chowdhury
        December 17, 2013

        Is it same for 3c also?

        • Zsoltee
          December 17, 2013

          I’m not sure, but you may find some info on vmall . com (use google translate)

          • Hasibur Rahman Chowdhury
            December 17, 2013

            in vmall it saying only TD SCDMA/GSM. So I guess only TD version on sale.

    • December 16, 2013

      GSM, WCDMA as well as TD-SCDMA

  3. Zsoltee
    December 16, 2013

    Great news! Andi please review the Honor 3X! Do you have any contact to Huawei or a retailer who will sell this phone?

  4. Guest
    December 16, 2013

    what are the networks of this phones ?????
    2G Network GSM ??????
    3G Network HSDPA ?????

    • Zsoltee
      December 16, 2013

      “The 3X has an odd type of dual-SIM setup that’s just right for China’s
      market – one slot uses good ol’ miniSIMs, while the other is a microSIM
      slot. Both are 3G-enabled and both support regular 3G (China Unicom,
      also worldwide 3G) and China-specific 3G (the China Mobile kind).” – GSMArena

    • Yash Garg
      December 16, 2013

      GSM, WCDMA as well as TD-SCDMA

    • Hasibur Rahman Chowdhury
      December 17, 2013

      Is it same for 3c also?

    • Zsoltee
      December 17, 2013

      I’m not sure, but you may find some info on vmall . com (use google translate)

    • Hasibur Rahman Chowdhury
      December 17, 2013

      in vmall it saying only TD SCDMA/GSM. So I guess only TD version on sale.

  5. AbdulB1
    December 16, 2013

    The problem with these mtk phones is that they don’t have compass and gyro

    • Faux-News
      December 16, 2013

      this is what the spec says at vmall.com:

      Sensor

      Gravity Sensor Support
      Light sensor Support
      Proximity light sensor Support
      Electronic compass Support
      NFC Not supported
      Status Indicator Charging Status Indication

    • Zsoltee
      December 17, 2013

      They aren’t integrated in the MTK SOC, but Honor 3X and 3C have both feature.

      • AbdulB1
        December 17, 2013

        i am not sure about this as its not mentioned on any website.

        • Zsoltee
          December 17, 2013

          take a look at vmall . com (3C only) and gsmarena . com specs

  6. Joshua
    December 16, 2013

    So what does this all mean, the new MTK processors have support for both TD-SCDMA and workable WCDMA for Europe in the same SIM slots? Can someone enlighten me exactly how the dual slots work?

  7. AbdulB1
    December 16, 2013

    The problem with these mtk phones is that they don’t have compass and gyro

    • Faux-News
      December 16, 2013

      this is what the spec says at vmall.com:

      Sensor

      Gravity Sensor Support
      Light sensor Support
      Proximity light sensor Support
      Electronic compass Support
      NFC Not supported
      Status Indicator Charging Status Indication

    • Zsoltee
      December 17, 2013

      They aren’t integrated in the MTK SOC, but Honor 3X and 3C have both feature.

    • AbdulB1
      December 17, 2013

      i am not sure about this as its not mentioned on any website.

    • Zsoltee
      December 17, 2013

      take a look at vmall . com (3C only) and gsmarena . com specs

  8. pancho
    December 16, 2013

    i got a question the Huawei Honor 3X and 3C have 2g 850 and 3g wcdma 850?

  9. Guest
    December 16, 2013

    So what does this all mean, the new MTK processors have support for both TD-SCDMA and workable WCDMA for Europe in the same SIM slots? Can someone enlighten me exactly how the dual slots work?

  10. Hasib
    December 17, 2013

    In this link only showing TD-SCDMA version of huaewei honor 3c going on sale.
    http://www.vmall.com/product/806.html
    Can anybody conform is WCDMA version is released or not? I am interested to buy one.

  11. Guest
    December 17, 2013

    i got a question the Huawei Honor 3X and 3C have 2g 850 and 3g wcdma 850?

  12. Hasibur Rahman Chowdhury
    December 17, 2013

    Can anyone confirm whether WCDMA version of Huawei honor 3c released or not. Cz in this link only showing TD version. Please confirm. I want to buy one.
    http://www.vmall.com/product/806.html

  13. Guest
    December 17, 2013

    In this link only showing TD-SCDMA version of huaewei honor 3c going on sale.
    http://www.vmall.com/product/806.html
    Can anybody conform is WCDMA version is released or not? I am interested to buy one.

  14. Hasibur Rahman Chowdhury
    December 17, 2013

    Can anyone confirm whether WCDMA version of Huawei honor 3c released or not. Cz in this link only showing TD version. Please confirm. I want to buy one.
    http://www.vmall.com/product/806.html

  15. Alejandro Moreno
    December 17, 2013

    Where we can buy the 3x and 3c phones?
    Thanks!!!

    • Zsoltee
      December 17, 2013

      3X will come a bit later 🙁 3C is still in presell phase, and only in China.
      I hope that 3X will be available early January.

  16. Alejandro Moreno
    December 17, 2013

    Where we can buy the 3x and 3c phones?
    Thanks!!!

    • Zsoltee
      December 17, 2013

      3X will come a bit later 🙁 3C is still in presell phase, and only in China.
      I hope that 3X will be available early January.

  17. ISlam
    January 15, 2014

    here it says priceing for 131$
    but i had found it on Antelife.com with 440$$!!!

    so can some one let me know how&where to get it with that 131$

  18. Guest
    January 15, 2014

    here it says priceing for 131$
    but i had found it on Antelife.com with 440$$!!!

    so can some one let me know how&where to get it with that 131$

  19. Preet
    February 23, 2014

    When Honor 3x will be launched worldwide?

  20. Guest
    February 23, 2014

    When Honor 3x will be launched worldwide?