The Honor Holly 2 Plus features a standard design language, with the fascia having minimal attributes. The display sits in the middle dominating the front, with an earpiece, a couple of sensors and the front shooter above. The area below the display is empty since navigation keys are part of the software interface. The 5-inch display bears a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, and offers decent sharpness and colours.
A mammoth battery
The halo feature of the Honor Holly 2 Plus is a mammoth 4,000mAh battery, which is notable considering that the phone’s quite slim at 9.7mm and its weight has been kept in check at 160g. The phone can also be used to charge other smartphones and USB-powered gadgets.
The sides sport a metallic finish, with both the volume rocker and the power button placed on the right spine. The audio socket is available on the top, whereas the micro-USB port is available at the bottom, sandwiched between holes that hide the speaker on one side.
The removable back panel sports a criss-cross pattern that adds to the look of the Holly 2 Plus. The rear holds the primary camera, an LED flash, a microphone and Honor’s branding. Prying open the backplate gives you access to the pair of micro-SIM slots and a storage expansion slot.
Like all Honor devices, the Holly 2 Plus comes with the brand's custom ROM on top of Android. EMUI 3.1 Lite runs atop Android Lollipop 5.1 and brings some useful features such as support for a few gestures. The phone also comes preloaded with a variety of apps such as Clean Master, Instagram, and WPS Office among others.
The device is powered by MediaTek’s 1.3GHz quad-core processor, which is mated to 2GB of RAM. The combination should offer a smooth performance, and we’ll be checking this aspect in detail in our review. For storage, the smartphone has 16 gigs on board, out of which around 9GB is available to the end user. One can also insert a microSD card for more storage.
In the camera department, the smartphone offers a 13-meg BSI sensor at the back and a 5MP snapper at the front. The primary camera can record full HD videos, and also gets assistance from an LED flash for shooting in dim environments.
Another highlight of the phone is that it supports CDMA networks, making it one of the very few capable options that offers both CDMA (only on the first SIM slot) and GSM support. Overall, as noted in our first impressions of the Holly 2 Plus, the phone comes across as a solid option in the affordable segment. We’ll be bringing our review soon to tell you whether it’s a worthy buy or not.