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Huawei Unleashes iPhone 5 Rival Called Honor

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has announced the (paper) launch of its latest smartphone, the Honor (note the American spelling), which packs some significant firepower and marks the first time the company has launched a device capable of competing at the top end of the market.

The Honor comes with an unknown 1.4GHz SoC (we suspect that it is a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC but hopefully we're wrong), an unknown amount of system memory and storage (1GB and 8GB would be the sweet spots), plus a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen.

We're not sure at this point about the screen resolution; Huawei's press release mentions HD but then follows that statement with FWVGA (that's 854x480 pixels), which is what the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has.

Interestingly, the screen is also said to have a 16:9 screen ratio and 24-bit colour resolution. Other features include a 1900mAh battery, the second highest of its category behind the Motorola Atrix, one which allows it to top three days of standby.

Huawei also included an eight megapixel camera with HDR and a front facing two megapixel one. The phone is also powered by Android OS 2.3.5 Gingerbread, is only 11mm thick and weighs a mere 140g. The Honor will be commercially available in the UK in 2012 with timing and pricing available then.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.