Honor Bee 2 is a basic entry level handset meant for the first time and basic Android users, particularly those who prefer to buy from offline retail stores. And if you are one such buyer looking forward to tasting Huawei’s Android experience, you might be considering it as an option. Let’s explore it further details in our quick review.
Honor Bee 2 Specifications
- 4.5-inch FWVGA 854 x 480 IPS LCD display
- 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735M
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB Internal storage; expandable up to 32GB
- 5MP rear camera, LED flash
- 2MP front camera
- Android 5.1 Lollipop Based EMUI
- Rainbow light
- 2100mAh battery
- Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE support, WiFi, Bluetooth
Design and Build
With a 4.5-inch display, the Honor Bee 2 is a compact phone, even when there are generous bezels surrounding the screen. The phone measures 134.10 x 66.70 x 9.90 mm in dimension.
Interestingly, Huawei provides a couple of add-ons to spice things up. There is a rainbow light encircling the camera module that can be customized to glow in line with your mood or even blink to pass on a morse code. And then there is a dedicated extra button on the left edge that can be programmed to open flashlight or other apps.
The phone comes with a removable back underneath which you will find two SIM card slots and a micro SD card slot. You can even remove the battery if for some reason you wish to do so. The volume rocker and the power button are present on the right side.
The look and feel of the device are simple, but at the same time, the design is functional and ergonomic.
The 4.5-inch display on the Honor Bee 2 has FWVGA (854 X 480) pixel resolution. We would have definitely liked something sharper since we are used to high-resolution screen by now. HD resolution or at least qHD (960 x 540) resolution would have been a better fit.
Having said that, in experience, offline buyers who examine it on retail store shelves might find it reasonable enough. Viewing angles, color contrast and brightness of the display are pretty adequate.
Camera and Imaging
For photography, the Honor Bee 2 has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera. It’s hard to expect much in terms of camera performance in this budget, and what you get with Honor Bee lies within the bounds of expected. The cameras can click workable shots in good indoor and outdoor lighting but the low light performance is poor.
Performance and Software
The Honor Bee 2 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. You can add another 32Gigs of MicroSD card storage too. Once again, this is bare minimum hardware that restricts it to a device meant for basic usage.
The EMUI skin on the handset is based on Android Lollipop. Normally we would have liked something more up to date as the base OS, but on the Honor Bee 2, the software works just fine. It’s rich in features, and at the same time, it’s well optimized to work smoothly on the minimal hardware on the phone.
We didn’t encounter any UI lag and day-to-day usage was smooth. This isn’t a fast chipset and apps do take some time loading, but there is no stuttering on the phone.
Call quality was good in our area. The loudspeaker on the rear is fairly loud too. We didn’t face any connectivity issue on our unit either.
Battery life, Price, and Verdict
The 2100mAh battery on the phone is removable. It is also good enough to last for more than a day of basic to moderate usage.
Price at 7,499 INR, the Honor Bee 2 is strictly meant for offline buyers. If you are comfortable buying online, you can get phones like Redmi 4A and other in the same budget, but if you prefer buying from a trusted offline store, you can consider Honor Bee 2 for its decent software, basic usage experience and rainbow light for its price