Honor Holly 2 Plus Review : Huawei has officially launched the Honor Holly 2 Plus smartphone as successor to Honor Holly which had a decent success given at Rs 6999 in India. The Honor Holly 2 Plus has lot more things to offer, one the biggest feature addition is the 4000 mAh battery.
Display & Design
For a smartphone design has definitely become the most attractive point because there is saying "So you see it is sold". It's so true for Honor Holly 2 Plus case. Design isn't that great, you can say it average design but it has got some good specifications included in the box. There is a metal like rim which runs through all edges of the smartphone and the device is a bit rounded at the edges.
On the back we have a textured finish with plastic body and its definitely feels grippy than the shiny plastic back which was on Honor Holly phone.
Coming to the display we have the 5 inch screen size with 66.2% screen to body ratio. It makes cut above the rest of other smartphones in terms of pixel density as we have 1280 x 720 panel here supporting five finger multi-touch.
From the connectivity front, we have the Volume Rocker keys and Power button on the right side bezel and on the top we have the 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is nothing on the left and at the bottom we have the micro USB port at the center with speaker grill assembly located on either side of the port.
Back cover of the device is removable but battery isn't. Nearly 70% of the back is occupied with the larger 4000 mAh battery and right on the top there is camera, SIM 1, SIM 2 and micro SD card slot. Good thing is that we don't have a Hybrid SIM2, micro SD card.
Hardware & Benchmark Scores
In terms of hardware we have this smartphone powered with Quad core processor with Mediatek MT6735 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz coupled with 2 Gigs of RAM. There is ARM Mali-T720 GPU to handle the graphics on the device. Such kind of specifications is normal on to a sub-$100 smartphone and we are no way surprised with that.
Given that, it does fairly good job in terms of gaming playback which is decently good enough. The smartphone has 16 GB of internal memory, out of which only 10.8 GB is user available.
The smartphone does have SIM 1 and SIM 2 card slot with dedicated memory card slot and the battery isn't removable on the device even though the back cover is.
We tested out this device with several Benchmark apps and it achieved the following Benchmark scores –
- AnTuTu Benchmark - 33400
- Quadrant Standard Score - 10841
- GeekBench 3 -
- NenaMark - 59.9 fps
All the Huawei phones are with custom EMUI overlay customization. Our Honor Holly 2 Plus runs on EMUI 3.1 Lite version which is modified version of Android based on 5.1 Lollipop. We have our fingers crossed on the Marshmallow update of this device but if Huawei does it then it will be great surprise for all of people who own it.
Unlike Samsung TouchWiz, this is a lighter UI version which doesn’t include too many pre-installed apps. Yet we have Clean Master, Facebook, Instagram, UC Browser, WPS Office and SOS Emergency app pre-installed. Apps can be moved to SD card.
Going with the EMUI skin overlay, the camera doesn’t have too many options. It’s quite easy to understand and ‘Beauty Photo mode’ apart from normal photos and videos modes.
Sadly camera doesn’t support full HD [1920 x 1080 pixels] video recording and it’s quite surprising for me as well.
People look for high-end gaming on a better resolution, atleast for the budget that they spent they are getting all the popular games easily playable on Honor Holly 2 Plus with 1280 x 720 pixels display.
We played Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 on it and it played it without any strucking and not even the device get heated up.
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Next we moved on playing the high-end games like Asphalt 8 Airborne, Need for Speed No Limits, Kill Shot Bravo and World Cricket Championship on it. We noticed some heating on the device if you play the game for more than 15-20 minutes. The phone didn't struck in between and the graphics were normal. That's definitely acceptable because you are giving nothing more than Rs 8500 for this phone.
Battery Life & Features
Powered with 4000 mAh battery, it’s one the best battery life smartphone under Rs 10,000 in India. Infact this phone brought us to a standstill with that impressive battery life. It’s like a power bank on your smartphone and company has added reverse charging feature as well. They have named it as ‘Power Bank’ which can be accessed directly from Settings > Battery.
My Experience: I was able to run this smartphone for around 3 days 15 hours before the battery ended. With power saving mode I could have extend the battery for another 10 hours but I just preferred testing out in normal usage. So, it’s definitely insane to get 3 days battery life on normal usage.
Using the 5V-2A charger we achieved full charging within 2 hour 30 minutes.
Charging time – 2 Hour 15 Mins for 7% to 100%
Full Charge Time - 2 Hour 30 Minutes
Battery Life on Normal Usage – 3 to 4 days
Battery Life on Heavy Usage – Maximum 2 days
- 3-4 days of battery life on normal usage
- Perfect size for an ideal smartphone [5 Inch]
- Decent rear and front facing camera
- Beauty mode for front & rear camera does awesome job
- Doesn't support USB OTG
- EMUI UI is simple and straightforward but I don’t like it [personally].
- Huawei Skype is the default input method for typing – I still go wrong when I type
- Doesn't includes full HD video recording
Through photo gallery we should you some of the phone photos from different angles, inside and outside. Check them all one by one here.
Checkout Honor Holly 2 Plus Photos
If you are complaining of battery life on smartphones, then Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus is the phone that you should buy right next. And you got to give to the rear camera on the device which is with 13 mega pixel sensor, does awesome jobs. The cons are easily fixable using alternatives but on other sides it has many Pros. Go ahead and order one for yourself by clicking the link below.