Huawei Mobile has brought its Honor range of mobile phones to South Africa, announced at a media event yesterday at their future head office. The company refers to the Honor range as an internet brand, appealing to a different target market who are into games, music, technology and sport, and aim to have events around these for customers.

What you should know upfront is that it will be sold online only via retail partners like Takealot, Mustek, and TFG, so you’re not likely going to walk into a store, play with it, and then buy it. You will have to read up about it online before you decide to buy one, like on this blog 🙂 

I had a look at them briefly yesterday and I’m not likely going to review them so this is what I can say – they do look good, and bring real competition to the mid-range Android segment in SA. If you’re looking for an affordable handset with good specs, this is definitely a handset to consider.

The two models available in SA currently are the Honor 7x and the Honor 9 Lite, both listed on Takealot already.

Seeing that South Africans are always looking for good deals on phones (and everything else) with that in mind (along with replies and comments I received), I am doing a comparison of the Honor 7x with its competitor, the Xiaomi Mi A1.

As you can see above, both are similarly specced but with the Honor 7x, you’re getting a bigger screen, higher-capacity battery, and more megapixels on the camera (which does not necessarily mean better) but it has portrait mode etc, all for R400 more. As of today, 20 March, Takealot has it for R200 less, so R4800.

For everyone who asked me, I do think it’s a great phone for the price point. I personally love the blue shade that it comes in (obvs), with both Honor devices offering the same shades, either black or blue (refer to pic above). I’m so over black phones.

And if you’re interested in the Honor 9 Lite, it’s a 5.65-inch handset is powered by a Kirin 659 chip with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, a 13MP+2MP rear camera AND 13MP+2MP selfie-cam, and a 3000mAh battery, for R3499. The blue on this model is more glossy (pictured above).

I have requested more info about accessories, covers, and screen repairs but awaiting Huawei’s response. Check back later for an update.

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