The budget segment has an overwhelming number of smartphones on offer, be it from the likes of Xiaomi, Asus, Realme or Honor, which has unveiled the Honor 8C in India. The Chinese giant is adding to the list with the launch of Honor 8C, a successor to the popular Honor 7C smartphone, on November 29.
Thanks to the folks at Honor, I’ve been testing the Honor 8C for a couple of days now and here are my initial thoughts on the device:
Honor 8C Specifications
|Dimensions||157.2 x 76 x 7.98 mm|
|Display||6.26-inch Full-HD+ IPS, 19:9 aspect ratio|
|Rear Camera||13 MP (f/1.8) + 2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor, with LED flash, PDAF|
|Front Camera||8MP (f/2.0) with soft LED flash|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, micro USB, 3.5mm jack|
Design and Display
Huawei kicked-off the era of beautifully crafted backs and its sister company Honor has since tread the same path, with the Honor 8C being the latest addition to their portfolio.
However, it’s not the glass and instead, a plastic back with a 3D nano-level texture design to give it a metallic appearance The company is calling this the ‘cat-eye effect’ and everyone at the Beebom office surely agrees with my sentiment of how good the rear panel looks. And it’s not solely the shiny back, but the in-hand feel and lightness of the device as well that earns my praise. The curved back makes for a comfortable grip but the rear panel is a fingerprint magnet and smudges easily.
Turning our attention to the front, the Honor 8C includes a 6.26-inch HD+ FullView display with a display resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen includes a notch, as you’d have already guessed, that holds the earpiece, selfie camera, and an adjustable soft LED flash, along with a massive chin with the Honor logo.
Though I’m growing weary of the extremely curved edges of the screen, the screen itself looks pretty good in the brief time I’ve spent with the Honor 8C. It can get quite bright, has good viewing angles and looks a bit saturated at times.
The power button and volume rockers of the Honor 8C feel sturdy and clicky, which is something not many people talk about but it’s important for a great experience. The Honor 8C includes a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top (still a thing in budget phones) and the micro USB charging port (no USB-C is a disappointment) at the bottom.
Honor has stepped up their game in the hardware department, with the Honor 8C being powered by a Snapdragon 632 processor instead of a Snapdragon 400-series chipset, as was the case with its predecessor. It is the first device to be powered by this processor, that is coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
We have the top-end 4GB + 64GB variant of the Honor 8C here and the device has been able to handle day-to-day tasks thrown at it with ease. We did notice minor frame drops and stutters while opening/ closing apps and my casual PUBG Mobile sessions have been decent. The game picked up the low setting by default, which is okay, but with no notch support and occasional lag.
One cannot really complain about the software as EMUI is one of the most feature-rich and powerful customs Android skins, sitting along Xiaomi’s MIUI.
We finally turn our attention to the cameras, where the placement and design aesthetics are the same as the Honor 8X. The Honor 8C packs a dual rear-camera system, with a primary 13MP (f/1.8) sensor and a secondary 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor and a single 8MP selfie camera, with an f/2.0 aperture, on board.
Talking of the shots I clicked in the past couple of days, the Honor 8C hasn’t managed to impress me and I’m skeptical of its performance. The daylight photos look crisp and well-lit, but they’re often oversharpened while the ones clicked in low-light are dull, have a bit of noise, and issues with focusing.
The portrait shots have decent edge detection but lack good color reproduction, as I’ve already said before.