Honor has the honor: after the smartphones Honor 6, 3c, and Holly, the first tablet is now at the starting line.
Honor is not unknown to fans of technology: the 100 percent Huawei subsidiary focuses its range at a younger audience with the motto: keep trying something new instead of keeping one thing for a lifetime. It can be inexpensive, and it should be up-to-date. A look at the social networks reflects the interest of the younger generation and provides Honor with suggestions and requirements for which Honor wants to have an open ear. Smartphone Honor 6 celebrated a successful debut in the connect test lab (test in connect 3/2015), receiving a good result with 415 points. Criticisms were of rather superficial nature and should be assuaged due to the 299 euro price for the lightweight device with modern technology.
The accusation of showing too much similarity to bestsellers from other manufacturers rings true for this tablet: at first glance, a great likeness to the Apple iPad mini design is undeniable. However, this applies to many current 8 inch Androids. In contrast to most of the competitors, the front of the T1 at least sets it apart from the Apple design with a silver-painted edge. The back is somewhat less chic: at several points, the frame around the aluminum cover protrudes slightly as if it were pressed into the plastic.
The Honor is the only tablet in the test with the luxury of automatic brightness control, together with the corresponding sensor; other than that, the display with simple HD resolution has few highlights (see box on page 104). The camera quality also leaves something to be desired: neither exposure nor focus is automatically controlled by the 5-megapixel main camera. Although the VGA front camera automatically adjusts the exposure, compensation for low light is significantly worse than with the following tablets. The resolution of video recordings is only 720p.
The processor is clocked at 1.2 GHz and the 1 gigabyte of RAM provide the T1 with less computing power than the competition from Lenovo and Medion. Also lacking is the host functionality for exchanging data via a USB stick; external access to the tablet memory is only possible through a PC. The permanently installed memory for all three flat computers has the capacity of 16 gigabytes. With 12 gigabytes, Honor users have somewhat more than the other two. This can be expanded in each case by a micro SD, but the Honor can be expanded to a maximum of 32 gigabytes. The WLAN module only supports 2.4 GHz.
When switching on, the origin is unmistakable: the visually appealing Emotion UI interface, still of the older 1.6 version, however, is obviously from mother Huawei – and offers numerous setting options for conserving memory and energy. But you won’t have to play around too much here, because in the lab, the T1 showed off with an excellent 13 hours. Even if it only achieved a satisfactory test result in the end, the Honor T1 remains a patent alternative, especially for the low price of 129 euros.
The display measurements of the inexpensive Honor T1 are mixed: the contrast ratio in low light is great, but the important value in daylight is insufficient; the average contrast is about 1:163. The color stability falls out earlier than in the Lenovo Tab S8 and the Medion Lifetab S8311.