After around five years on the German Android market, everyone should have heard the name Huawei by now. Reason enough for the Chinese to establish a new brand with the “Honor” brand. We took a closer look at the first tablet from the Honor series, here is our review.
The Honor T1 is an 8-inch tablet with the affordable Snapdragon 200 and 16 GB of internal memory. As with the rest of Huawei’s devices, a special graphical interface called Emotion UI is used here. Android 4.3 with the Emotion UI version 1.6 are preinstalled. In addition to the WiFi version, which is available from 130 internet prices, there is also a variant of the Honor T1 with a micro-SIM slot, which is not available in this country.
The first impression
The Honor comes in a simple light blue box, which is only adorned with the silver imprint Honor T1. You can tell that the device comes from Huawei by the label “Powered by Huawei” on the back. The Powered-by lettering can also be found on the back of the tablet. In addition to the tablet itself, the box contains a charger and the appropriate USB cable, a guarantee certificate and a quick start guide (also in German).
The tablet has a chrome-look plastic frame on the front, which gives the Honor T1 a classy look. The device, which is otherwise white, has a brushed aluminum cover on the back. If you hold the tablet in portrait format, the micro-USB port for charging and data transfer is located on the underside on the right, including a small hole with a mono microphone. Huawei has placed the headphone jack on the upper side, also approx. 1 cm from the right side. The left side of the tablet is free of any operating elements, on the right side there is the power button and the volume rocker, as well as a cover for the microSD card and – if a corresponding model is available – for the SIM card slot.
With its weight of around 360 g and what we think is a practical 8-inch format, the Honor T1 sits comfortably in the hand, and it can be used well in portrait and landscape format. Huawei’s own launcher is also prepared for landscape format, so that the home screen can be rotated 90 °, 180 ° or 270 ° if necessary. The resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is completely sufficient.
Huawei has opted for the Snapdragon 200 in combination with an Adreno 305 GPU as the chipset for the Honor T1. In addition to WLAN b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0, a GPS module, a proximity sensor and a brightness sensor are also on board. A compass and NFC are not available, although the built-in Snapdragon 200 could bring these elements as a SoC. The Honor T1 provides rather mediocre values in the benchmarks, but that doesn’t surprise us with the four 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 cores. The tablet is fast enough for daily use.
We have already reported in detail about the Emotion UI elsewhere. The special thing about it is that – as with iOS and other Chinese ROMs – there is no app drawer. All installed apps land on the home screen immediately. We were astonished that the rather old version 1.6 is still being used (the current version is 3.0). There is no online support for the themes, but you have to make do with the five pre-installed. However, this purely visual problem can be solved in a roundabout way. An alternative launcher can also be installed.
In addition to the Google Apps, the pre-installed apps also include a few demo games from Gameloft, Bitcasa, Kingsoft Office and the Zinio Reader. The Gameloft games and Bitcasa can be deleted, but Zinio is permanently integrated into the ROM. Of the 16 GB of built-in flash memory, just under 11 GB remain free for the user. Huawei specifies the maximum microSD size as 32 GB.
We liked the fact that a user manual in German is also installed on the tablet. This may be a minor issue for most users, but anyone who gets a taste of Android for the first time should be happy about it. Also worth mentioning is the tablet manager from Huawei, which can be used to stop running apps and prohibit apps from accessing the Internet and displaying notifications. In addition, as a user, you can save yourself the download of a third-party app.
Strengths and weaknesses
The sound output via the integrated mono speaker is acceptable, but the audio quality via the headphones is good. The built-in cameras were disappointing across the board. The front camera has a measly resolution of 0.3 megapixels and the main camera with its 5 megapixels doesn’t take really good photos either. The Honor T1 creates videos with a maximum quality of 1280 x 720 pixels. Here, too, the quality is below average.
On the other hand, the battery life of the Honor T1 is above average. The tablet easily lasted two weeks in standby. We also liked the built-in display, which is sufficiently bright and has an acceptable viewing angle.
The outdated software must also be described as a weakness here. An update to Android 4.4 or even to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is actually mandatory for an Honor device.
With the Honor T1, Huawei offers a solidly built and in most areas usable Android 4.3 tablet for around 130 to 150 euros (the Amazon price for the Honor T1 is currently 148 euros, at Cyberport the tablet costs 130 euros. ). The advantages of the Honor tablet over other low-cost devices are the slightly better design and the 16 GB of internal memory. If Huawei offers a software update to Android 5.0 for the Honor, then the tablet is definitely worth its price. Otherwise there are already tablets with KitKat from 100 euros, and we will certainly see the first low-cost tablets with Android 5.0 “Lollipop” soon. Huawei cannot count on the bargain factor as with the Honor 6 or Honor 3C, as the performance of the built-in hardware and the outdated software are not sufficient.
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