Huawei has launched another pocket friendly smartphone named the Honor Holly 2 Plus, it is the successor of the previously released Honor Holly. The Honor Holly 2 Plus is priced at INR 8,999 which makes it compete with the over-crowded budget range smartphones under INR 10k. We were at the launch event that took place today in Delhi and here is our wrap up of the hands on experience.

Honor Holly Plus

Honor Holly 2 Plus Specifications

Key SpecsHonor Holly 2 Plus
Display5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
ChipsetMediatek MT6735P
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 32 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 4000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight-
Price INR 8,999

Honor Holly 2 Plus Photo Gallery

Honor Holly 2 Plus Hands On  [Video]

Physical Overview

Honor Holly 2 Plus comes packed in a plastic body, which is not commonly seen in smartphones these days. The overall looks of the new Holly 2 Plus resemble what we saw on its predecessor. It retains the polycarbonate body and has added a metal frame along the sides to add a bit or premium feel. The back has a crisscross diamond shaped pattern which adds to the looks. Build quality is good, one could instantly feel the sturdiness once you hold it in your hand.

On the fron top, there is a speaker mesh with front camera, ambient light sensor and  proximity sensor. At the bottom there is nothing except a broad bezel.

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On the right side you will find a volume rocker and power button.

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On the bottom side you will find a microUSB port with speaker grills on both sides of it.

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On the back you will find a camera unit holding the 13 MP lens and LED flash on its left. In the middle there is logo of Honor and rest of the surface has nothing much to talk about.

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User Interface

Honor Holly 2 Plus runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS with the latest version of EMUI customized by Honor itself. Aesthetics and design of the new Emotion UI, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, look good. Huawei is highlighting the use of screen and smart gestures, which you can use to trigger apps directly from standby. We tried these features and everything seemed to work very smoothly during the the hands on experience.

Camera Overview

Honor Holly 2 Plus features a 13 MP rear snapper and a 5 MP front shooter. While on paper, the camera specs look improved, we could not test the camera properly due to the bad lighting conditions at the event, and we will reserve our judgment for when we review it. By the time if you want to see how the camera performs, you can watch the hands on video above.

Price and Availability

Honor Holly 2 Plus is priced at INR 8,999 and will be available to purchase starting February 15 only on Flipkart and Amazon online stores.

Comparison And Competition

Honor Holly 2 Plus will be competing with the likes of  Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KL), Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G, Samsung Galaxy On5, and the Lenovo Vibe P1m.

Conclusion

Honor Holly 2 Plus is a price worthy handset which offers great battery backup in a not so bulky shell. There are a lot of devices which may look better than this on paper but when it comes overall performance, Honor does its job the best. It is a great phone for someone who doesn’t like running low on battery or performance and need a satisfying camera module for the price.