Huawei sub-brand Honor today launched a new budget Android smartphone in India. Dubbed Honor Bee 2, the smartphone has been priced at Rs.7499 and is now available from all Honor retail stores across the country in Gold, White, and Black color options. It comes backed by a 15-month warranty, slightly longer than most other smartphones on the market.
The Honor Bee 2 features a 4.5-inch LCD display with 480 x 854 FWVGA resolution display, with a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch. It is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, but the company hasn’t specified the exact SoC that it has employed in the Bee 2. Moving on to memory, the handset ships with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded by up to 32GB with a microSD card. A unique feature of the Honor Bee 2 is a Smart Key that lets users open apps such as the flashlight. Another interesting feature is the ‘Rainbow Light’ notification LEDs around the camera lens, glowing in different colors to notify users when they receive a call, message, or other notifications.
In the camera department, the Honor Bee 2 isn’t particularly impressive, but that is hardly a surprise given its positioning. The rear camera is a 5MP unit with 1.4 micron sized pixels and a dual-LED flash. For selfies and video calls, the Honor smartphone comes equipped with a 2MP resolution snapper on the front. Connectivity features include the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE. There is FM Radio as well, which could come in handy when you’re bored and do not have access to the internet. Keeping the lights on is a rather small 2100mAh capacity battery, so you probably can’t expect the Honor Bee 2 to get you through a normal work day if you use it quite a lot. Just like the hardware, the software on the Honor Bee 2 isn’t remarkable. It runs on the outdated Android 5.1 Lollipop platform, with Honor’s Emotion UI 3.1 skin running on top.