Huawei Honor T1 first impressions: a sturdy budget slate

“The Honor T1 tablet gets an edge over the competition by combining a large screen with voice-calling support and a hefty 4,800mAh battery”

Yesterday, Huawei announced an all-new Honor range of products for the Indian market. What’s more interesting is the fact that Huawei’s Honor series will only be sold online (it has partnered with Flipkart for this purpose). This has become a raging trend these days and thus will allow the company to price its offerings competitively.

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Along with its flagship Honor 6 (review) and budget Honor Holly (first impressions), it also showcased a budget slate dubbed as the Honor T1. We were able to lay our hands on the device and here’s our first-hand experience of using it after spending some quality time with it.

The Huawei Honor T1 is built around an 8-inch display, and with such a large display panel, there’s no doubt that the slate is quite big. However, what’s really good about the device is that it’s quite light for its size at 360 grams and has sleek frame of 7.9mm. Huawei is referring to the tab’s design as swan design language and has made it robust with the use of metallic body.

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The front is dominated by the screen, although there are considerable amount of bezels around the sides. Above the display, lies an earpiece, front camera and a few sensors, while below it is Huawei’s branding. There are no navigation buttons, since they are available as software overlay. Coming to its sides, the right edge is filled up with the volume rocker and a power button along with a flap towards the bottom. The flap hides a SIM slot and a microSD card slot. The left side is completely empty, while the top spine has a headset socket and the bottom houses a micro-USB port along with a microphone. The rear panel features a dual-colour finish of white and silver, lending it a classy look.

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The 8-inch display panel bears a HD resolution (1,280 x 800 pixels) with the aspect ratio of 16:10. While the display looked fine, colours were slightly on the dull side, although this might be because of the uneven lighting at the event.

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The software layer of the Huawei Honor T1 includes Android 4.3 Jelly Bean layered with the brand’s custom Emotion UI. The company promises that the slate will be updated to the latest version of Android soon. Emotion UI brings a ton of changes and features to the OS, which we have covered in detail in our Honor 6 review. It’s also preinstalled with the Mobile Office to allow viewing and editing of documents on the go.

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The Honor T1 is supplied with a 5-megapixel camera at the back, although an LED flash is missing, which means you can only shoot images or videos in good lighting. The tablet also offers a VGA camera at the front for video calls.

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In terms of internals, the Huawei Honor T1 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with a gigabyte of RAM. During our brief usage, the device executed everything brilliantly and there was no hangups anywhere. For storage, it comes with 8GB, out of which around 5.2GB is user-accessible. It can also be expanded further with the use of a microSD card.

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Connectivity wise, like most of the budget tablets, the Honor T1 supports voice calling and is also compatible with 3G networks. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Powering the show is a 4,800mAh battery that promises good battery life, especially when coupled with Huawei battery saving technology.

Huawei has priced the Honor T1 tab competitively at Rs 9,999 and it will be available from Flipkart starting October 10th. While there are a number of tablets that it will be up against, such as the Digiflip XT811 (first impressions), Dell Venue 8, ASUS Fonepad 7 (first impressions) etc., Huawei’s offering gets an edge by combining a large screen with voice-calling support and a hefty 4,800mAh battery.

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