Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus Review

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Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, unveiled the Holly 2 Plus in India recently. This smartphone is the successor to the Chinese company’s Holly from 2014 and comes to Indian markets along with its elder sibling, the Honor 5X.

The Holly 2 Plus will go head to head in a clustered market segment against handsets like the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser, Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G, Samsung Galaxy On5, and the Lenovo Vibe P1m, which are aggressively fighting for supremacy in sub Rs 10,000 segment of the market. Huawei, to its credit, has come to the battlefield with a phone which at least on paper looks like a strong contender. So without further ado, let’s find out how it does in our detailed review.

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Honor Holly 2 Plus will start retail at Rs 8,499 starting 15th February, and it comes equipped with premium styling for the price.This is your average run of the mill device and accordingly comes with a respectable 2GB of RAM and a quad-core processor at its heart for day to day use. What sets the phone apart, is its 4000mAh battery, an aspect where its predecessor failed miserably. The battery coupled with its premium for the price looks puts in a compelling argument for the Holly 2 Plus.

Build Quality and Design

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The Honor Holly 2 Plus is built impressively for the price. The phone to its credit looks and feels more premium than its price would suggest. Coming in at 9.7mm, it’s not exactly sleek and slender, and when compared to its predecessor it does feel a bit fat which to be fair rather looks good on the phone’s body.

The phone has simplistic construction and features flat edges. The construction comprises of what looks to be high-quality plastic which has been given special attention for a metallic finish. The phone has been adorned by a metallic rim which runs around the sides of the phone adding a dash of class to the phone.

At the top of the phone sits a 3.5mm jack, and on the right lie the volume rocker and power button. A stylish looking speaker grille along with a micro USB port are placed at the bottom of the phone. The sound output and clarity from the phone’s stereo speaker grille is also above average.

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Coming to the front, and we find a nice 720p display dominating the front of the phone which owing to the IPS tech produces decent colors and does well when being looked at from unfavorable angles. Text looks crisp on it, but the display could have been a bit brighter, and as such colors look a bit washed out when the phone is looked at under direct sunlight.

Another issue with the phone’s display is that it’s easily prone to fingerprint smudges which reveal themselves to be a menace while using the Honor Holly 2 Plus under the sun. The phone also does not come with any kind of scratch protection glass which seems like a bad choice on the manufacturers part.


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Adding greatly to the aesthetics of the phone is a removable back cover with a cut out for the camera and the LED Flash. The back of the phone is probably one of the strong points when it comes to the looks of the Holly 2 Plus. The back cover which is made completely out of plastic features a subtle texture which not only helps in maintaining a steady grip while holding the phone but is also pleasing for the eyes to look at.


Honor will launch the Holly 2 Plus in what will be a single 16GB storage variant expandable up to 128GB with the use of a microSD card. The phone has 5-inch 720×1280 display capable of producing 296 ppi. Underneath the hood, it is powered by a Mediatek MT6735P running four Cortex- A53 cores clocked at 1.3Ghz and a Mali T720MP2 GPU, paired with 2GB of RAM.

Providing juice to this beast is a massive 4,000 mAh battery that can also double up to charge other power hungry devices in need. This smartphone also comes with Smart Power 3.0 and quick charge capability.


Honor Holly 2 Plus

Display 5-inch HD IPS display
Resolution 1280 X 720 (401ppi)
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6735P Cortex-A53
GPU Mali T720MP2 GPU
Storage 16GB
Rear Camera 13MP
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 4,000 mAh
Connectivity Dual Sim 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, and MicroUSB
OS Android 5.1 with EMUI on top
Price  Rs 8,499