Specs summary


The Huawei Honor's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

1024 MB

Internal memory is 1024 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1930 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 390 minutes (2G).

It does offer a decent package of capabilities but more importantly offers a below-$300 price range SIM-free, which is a huge plus for people with tight budgets.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

Based on 13 reviews

The world smartphone market has no shortage of models that come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed. One such model is the Huawei Mercury a.k.a. the Huawei Honor, which ships with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1GB RAM, over 4GB of internal storage, and a 4-inch 480x854 pixel resolution touchscreen display. It’s one of Huawei’s larger Android smartphones and while it looks pretty impressive on paper, real life performance offers something different.

There’s no denying the fact that the Honor is pretty well-equipped. It has an 8-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash, stereo speakers, and a 1,930 mAh battery. Its wireless features include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. And when it comes to wired connectivity, it gets the job done with a microUSB port. Again, it’s not such a bad phone on paper. But its actual performance is just not up to snuff.

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Users have complained about poor call quality and lackluster touchscreen performance with the Honor. Apparently, having a speedy dual-core processor is not enough to guarantee smooth operations.

Need to Know: Huawei Honor

1. 4-inch color touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Relatively low price. (The Good)

3. Uses an older version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Bad call quality. (The Bad)

Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)

Android Police

Call quality is pretty abysmal and touchscreen sensor is just awful but it is ridiculously cheap

from Android Police

Here's the thing about the Mercury Ice. It does everything an Android phone running Gingerbread can do, and that's a lot. For $150, you're getting a piece of technology that, 5 years ago, would have practically been magic to someone. They'd have paid $500 or more for a phone like this. That's how fast we're moving. That is incredible.

But this isn't a phone anyone who doesn't need to live with a cheap regional wireless provider should buy. I don't mean to trivialize RadioShack's target market, but this phone is pointed at a decidedly narrow audience. At $50 a month for the 1GB plan wi... Full review


Its performance is sufficient but the operating system outdated and call quality suspect

from PhoneArena

In the end the Huawei Mercury Ice is a rather unspectacular phone; its performance is sufficient but the operating system outdated and call quality suspect. At just $150 with no contract the price is right, but in the growingly competitive pre-paid space there are better phones with better networks available on better plans. Some MVNO’s start things off with a bang by offering ultra-competitive plans or high-end devices; Radio Shack chose to do neither with their plans nor the Huawei Mercury Ice. As a simple re-brand this MVNO might be a bit easier to operate, but we have to ask: with no... Full review


It's not a budget phone, and it's not a performance handset either

from Pocket-lint
Comparing the Honour to the ZTE Grand X seems fair. Both are about the same price, and both will be sold to the same people. Sadly, both are flawed. The Grand X suffers from an insensitive screen that isn't great in sunlight, while the Huawei has a better touchscreen, but still doesn't work well outside in the sunlight. The ZTE has a smaller battery, but Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Huawei should last longer on the go and may soon get an Android upgrade, although that's far from certain... Full review

Good call quality, cover feels cheap, and camera is confounding

from Wired
A “good enough” starter phone, especially for first-timers or those who hate long-term contracts. Good call quality. 2.03GB of internal storage with room to expand to 64GB via microSD. Muve Music services included. Light, just 4.9 ounces.Plastic battery cover feels cheap. Limited video codec support: no AVI, DVIX, XVID. Camera is confounding... Full review

Good interface, high-resolution display, built-in cloud and back-up features

from PhoneArena

Probably the biggest advantage of the Huawei Honor is its great value-for-money ratio. It can be bought for about $370 off contract, and at that price point, no other brand name company would be able to match its specs. However, you get what you pay for, so you will have to get used to its not-so-sensitive display and hope that your camera is free of glitches, not to mention that the device feels cheap and plasticky.

If you insist on having a relatively big display, you can also check out the LG Optimus Black and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and if 3.7-inches of display real estate w... Full review


Excellent battery life; mininalist UI; multiple keyboard input options

from Mobile88

All in all, for a no nonsense smartphone that's a little easier on the pocket, you can't go wrong with putting the Huawei Honor on the shortlist of candidates.

This solidly built device bodes well for Huawei's upcoming higher-end smartphone offerings when it hits our shores such as the high profile and recently unveiled Ascend D quad. But before that happens, this is the phone for those who want a little more out of their smartphone experience but won't be pushing it to its limits, which would then justify forking out a few thousand ringgit for a high-end performance model.

Plus... Full review

Android Central

The hardware is very well built and the Honor runs rather smoothly

from Android Central
On one hand, the Honor is a fairly solid mid-range device. On the other, battery life was disappointing, as was the camrea. And those are pretty big negatives. With a rather impressive set of specs and having already released an Ice Cream Sandwich build, this device hits a lot of key needs, and does it well. The bad news is that Huawei still has some work to do on the Honor. But that the manufacturer has already released official ICS demo ROMs means they're pretty likely to do it. We're not expecting to see any lines for the Huawei Honor, but it's a good start... Full review

Incredible battery life, great performance for a midrange device, above-average display

from Engadget
The Huawei Honor has been flying under the radar, which is a shame since it's quite the underrated device. Sure, it doesn't have the best chipset available on the market, nor the fanciest components otherwise, but it's one of the best phones we've seen Huawei make to date (let's talk again after the Ascend P1 S comes out). It's obvious the company put a lot of tender lovin' care into the Honor, and if this phone is any indication, we suspect Huawei has even better devices left to share this year... Full review

A very balanced device

from GSMArena

The Huawei Honor is a capable device but it would definitely have a hard time dealing with its “Made in China” stigma.

Huawei is a major telecommunications player and has enough leverage to cut deals with telecoms and we’re sure it will get over the not so noble origin and turn the situation in its own favor.

The brand may not be that popular as a phone manufacturer, but Huawei are stepping up the effort in improving brand recognition as we speak, forgoing past attempts of setting up the Ideos brand as its headliner.

Huawei is yet to establish itself as a major playe... Full review

PC Magazine

The Huawei Mercury is the best prepaid smartphone in America right now

from PC Magazine
Talk about a pleasant surprise. The best prepaid smartphone in the U.S. comes from Huawei and Cricket, a manufacturer and a carrier that haven't been bywords for quality in the past. But it's true: the $249.99 Huawei Mercury, paired with Cricket's terrific $55 contract-free monthly plan, beats other cell phones on Cricket, MetroPCS, Virgin, and Boost... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date November 15, 2011
Regions available USA, Asia
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/1700/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
1 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.391 W/kg
Body: 0.85 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1930 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
390 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Pink, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 cm
(4.8 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 140 grams
(4.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info 0.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC, AAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PDF, PPT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Huawei Cloud+, Twitter, Facebook)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei Glory, Huawei U8860, Huawei Mercury, Huawei Mercury Ice

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