Huawei shows off its new rugged outdoor-ready Honor 3 smartphone and MediaQM310

It was slightly under a year ago when the Chinese electronic manufacturer, Huawei announced the Huawei Honor 2 and they are back with the successor, the Huawei Honor 3. This new phone seems like a modest upgrade when compared to the previous model. While not a high end phone, this phone boasts the following specifications;

  • a 4.7 720p LCD screen
  • a 1.5 GHZ quad-core Huawei manufactured K3V2 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of on-board storage with a MicroSD card slot
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera
  • 1 megapixel front facing camera
  • IR Blaster

Unlike previous versions of the Honor, rather than focusing on a slim design, the Honor takes a more rugged and industrial look and feel. The phone is IP57 certified to allow it to stand up to water, shock and dust. The digitizer of the screen was designed to be very sensitive to touch which allows the screen to register touches, even when wet. The phone will run Huawei's heavily skinned version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will likely have access to the Baudu Application Market in lieu of the Google Play Store.

The phone is currently on sale to Chinese retailers for ¥1,888(309 USD) and it is doubtful that this will make it stateside any time soon but it is possible that a variant of this may see it to a few budget US retailers later this year.

Huawei also took the time to announce the addition of a new set-top box to their device lineup which will be known as the MediaQM310.  This media receiver will connect to several cloud streaming services including the state-run Chinese Network Television online video service. While we are unsure of the exact specifications, we do know that the device will likely ship with the same quad-core K3V2 Cortex A9 processor and 2 GB of RAM. From a connectivity standpoint, the MediaQM310 will come with dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth.

As the MediaQM310 was built with the Chinese Market in mind, I would not expect to ever see this launch in the United States or any other countries so please stick with your ChromeCast or Sony's latest offering. No pricing or release dates have been published at this time.


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