Huawei Honor has launched a new budget smartphone in its major market for such category of smartphones, India. The smartphone is named the Honor Bee 2, and I’m here wondering if its name is related to the rainbow-patterned circular notification light at the phone’s rear.

The Honor Bee 2 is not limited by its budget status, as it features a metal back panel and an extra hardware button that can be used for various functions.

Honor Bee 2 Specifications, Review and Highlights

The Honor Bee 2 comes with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 * 480 pixels) display. The phone is 9.9mm thick and uses capacitive navigation buttons. The phone packs a 2100mAh battery which, when coupled with its other low-end specs, would last you through the day.

The Honor Bee 2 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. It ha a dual SIM slot with 4G LTE connectivity option.

Honor Bee 2 Rainbow Light

At the rear of the smartphone, a 5MP camera with a dual-LED flash is present to handle moderate photography ventures, while a 2MP camera at the front makes sure you’re not exempted from making video calls and taking selfies, at the least.

On its left side, the Honor Bee 2 sports a Smart Key button which can be used to open applications like flashlight. It also has a special notification system called Rainbow Light which is in a circular form around the rear camera sensor and lights up in rainbow-like colours when notification-worthy events occur on the phone.

The Honor Bee 2 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.1 layered on top.

Honor Bee 2 Full Phone Specifications

General

Device Brand Honor
Model Bee 2
Announced April 19, 2017
Released April 19, 2017
Status Available

Network

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Network LTE with VoLTE
SIM Type Micro-SIM, dual standby
SIM Count Dual SIM

Data

2G GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4G Up to 300/50 Mbps
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web Browser Yes, HTML5

Design

Type Smartphone
Dimensions 134.18 * 66.7 * 9.9 mm
Weight
Build Metal aluminium design
Colors Gold, White & Black

Display

Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size 4.5 inches
Resolution 480 * 854 pixels (FWVGA)
Colors 16M colors
Pixel Density
Touch Screen Yes
Protection n/a
Features n/a
Secondary Display No

Camera

5MP
1.4µm Pixel size
Yes
Yes
n/a
Yes, Dual LED flash (Primary)
2MP

Software

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Emotion UI 3.1
No
Skype Yes
Whatsapp Yes
Facebook Yes
Youtube Yes

Hardware

CPU Quad-Core 1.3GHz
GPU
1GB
Internal Storage 8GB
Expandable up to 32GB (microSD) [dedicated]
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light

Connectivity

Yes, Bluetooth v4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type Yes; USB v2.0
USB On-the Go (OTG) No
GPS Yes, GPS + A-GPS
NFC n/a
No
No

Battery

Battery Type Li-Ion
Capacity 2100mAh
Placement Removable
Standby
Talk Time

Messaging

SMS Yes (threaded view)
MMS Yes
Email Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IM Yes

Media

Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
n/a
Yes
Vibration, Ringtones
MP3, WAV
Yes
Yes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Availability and Price of Honor Bee 2 in India

The Honor Bee 2 costs Rs. 7499 in India and can be picked up with a 15-month service warranty in Honor partner stores in the country.

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