Review Roundup: Huawei Honor Holly
Expert Reviews50%
PC Pro75%
  • Decent screen
  • Low price
  • Surprisingly good camera
  • Woeful graphics performance
  • Iffy build quality
  • Stiff competition at its price
62%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (0 Votes)

Oh, the Honor Holly. Such a cute name, such a cheap phone. Whose heads couldn’t be turned by your gimmicky pricing strategy, 5″ 720p display, MediaTek MT6582 processor, Mali-400MP2 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, SD card slot, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras? That’s right, nobody. The real question is though, is the phone any good in real life? Well, to discover the answer, I went trawling the Internet for the best Huawei Honor Holly reviews out there and collated them here, in this here post. So, join us as we share the verdict on what may be Huawei’s last budget handset.

Expert Reviews:

The Moto G comes out on top in almost every respect, but it does cost (at least for now) another £35 SIM-free and doesn’t have as much internal storage. This might be enough to sway some users, but it’s worth bearing in mind that you won’t be getting an upgrade to Android 5.0 with the Holly, whereas you will with the Moto G. We might be willing to bump it up another star if the Holly’s price does end up falling below £100, as that would make it a much better value handset than either the Moto G or the Moto E, but for now, the Motorola Moto G remains our budget handset of choice.


The Honor Holly may have a clever pricing model, at least for the first four days after launch, but this is the only interesting thing about it.

Outside of this the Honor Holly is a bog-standard smartphone that features a slightly dull design and offers average performance. That said, considering its price the Honor Holly does have some perks. Chief of these are a reasonable battery life and a good-for-the-money screen.

Had it come loaded with a more recent version of Android we’d have listed the Honor Holly as one of the few affordable smartphones currently available capable of matching Motorola’s stellar Moto G in the budget space.


The Huawei Honor Holly does very little that previous Honors couldn’t, especially given it packs almost identical specs to the Honor 3C. However, it’s still a respectable affordable handset, boasting a crisp, clear screen, a solid all-round camera and decent budget performance.


If there is one thing that we managed to establish for sure in the course of our review, it was that the Huawei Honor Holly trumps the competition in one area (at least for the moment) – storage space. If that is one of the most important points on your checklist when deciding which phone to buy, we don’t see any reason not to pick up the Huawei Honor Holly. We say this with conviction because it ticks a lot of other boxes as well: it has a decent screen, competent performance, and sufficient battery life.


The Honor Holly is a promising budget handset with a strong line up of specs and an eye catching price tag. Trouble is you won’t find it in stores as it’s an online only venture and exposure for the handset could well be very limited.

It may not sell by the truck load, but early signs are positive for anyone tempted to take the plunge.

PC Pro:

We don’t know what the final price of the Honor Holly will be just yet, but even at £110, this smartphone represents excellent value, despite the mixed picture on battery life. It has a decent screen, performance is more than adequate, and the camera is much better than most in the budget smartphone sector. If 4G isn’t important to you, you’d be well advised to haul yourself over to the Huawei website and get registered.

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