There is tremendous competition in the price segment of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. In this price range, you will find popular smartphones like Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Nokia 5.1 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and Realme 1. Does Honor 8C give a strong challenge to these handsets? Let’s know …
Honor 8C Design
Honor 8C body is plastic. Build quality is satisfactory. But it does not look as premium as the handsets with glass and metal bodies of this price segment. If seen, the old Honor 7C also came with a metal blackplate.
There is some problem in using this phone with one hand. The display equipped with the notch is not really borderless. It has a very wide chin. There is an option to hide the notch in the settings menu. In this feature, actually the adjacent side of the notch becomes black. If you want, you can choose one of the gestures of the on screen button and EMUI, which we had difficulty in using.
Glossy plastic back easily falls fingerprints. The phone slips easily in the hands. The retail box has a soft cover. Its quality is not very great, but the phone gets protection from scratch and the grip is also good. The retail box also has a 10 watt charger and a micro-USB cable. The headset is not available, which may disappoint some users.
Cameras are provided in vertical positions on the rear panel. The fingerprint sensor is in the center of the device. Honor has tried to imitate the gradient color backpanel of its own Honor 10 in this phone, but it has not been completely successful. We did not like the black and blue gradient too much for the review.
There is a SIM tray on the left side of the smartphone. It has separate slots for two nano SIMs and a microSD card. There are power buttons and volume rocker on the right side of the phone. The buttons are small, but the response is great. At the bottom there is a micro-USB port, primary microphone, and speaker, which is small but gives a loud sound. Secondary microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack have got place at the top. In the era of USB Type-C port, it is disappointing to see Micro-USB port.
Honor 8C specification and display
Qualcomm’s new 14 nm Snapdragon 632 processor has been used in Honor 8C. We have reviewed the variants with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, which is priced at Rs 12,999. Cheap variants with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage will also come in the market. It will cost Rs 11,999. Both variants will support up to 256 GB microSD card.
The smartphone has a 4,000 mAh battery. It will run on EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone has a 6.26-inch HD + (720×1520 pixels) TFT IPS LCD display. Aspect ratio is 19: 9. The display is not praiseworthy. Viewing angles are fine. Colors Panchi arrives. Brightness level is not enough. Text and image sharp are not visible due to HD + resolution.
Honor 8C performance, software and battery life
The performance is fine. In common use, the smartphone plays well. But more tasks tend to fall behind. Even during navigation in the UI we realized a slight lag. This problem was also seen in scrolling heavy website on Chrome. Honor 8C is the world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 632 processor. It is not clear whether the reduction in performance is due to the processor or there is a lack in optimization of Honor.
Asphalt 9 and PUBG received complaints of frame rate dropping while playing the game. But we were able to play the game.
Face recognition works fast. This feature worked quickly when there was enough light, but you would have to place your smartphone right in front of the face. In low light, the phone increases the brightness of the screen, so that it is easier to scan the face. This feature is somewhat effective. We also found the fingerprint sensor to be fast and accurate.
Honor 8C runs on EMUI 8.2 custom ROM based on Android 8.1 Oreo. EMUI is a custom ROM equipped with many features, but it looks very complicated and many unwanted apps are also part of the UI. There is an odd mix of Google’s own apps and Honor’s default app. For example, Chrome is the default messaging app for the browser and Android, along with a custom version of the dialer, file manager and gallery honors. Facebook, Messenger, Netflix and Camera 360 are pre-installed. Apart from this, company apps like HiCare, Huawei Health, Themes, Honor Store and Honor Club have also got a place already. The good thing is that EMUI also has a one-handed mode.
In our HD video loop test, the Honor 8C battery lasted 14 hours and 30 minutes. These figures are excellent. There is also a performance solid in common use. The battery will easily support you throughout the day. EMUI has many power saving features. One of these features further reduces screen resolution when the battery is low. The smartphone does not support quick charging. The 10 watt charger in the retail box takes about two and a half hours to fully charge the phone.
Honor 8C Cameras
Honor 8C has a 13-megapixel primary rear camera with F / 1.8 aperture. With this, a 2-megapixel depth sensor with F / 2.4 aperture works in Jugalbandi. The front panel has an 8-megapixel camera with F / 2.0 aperture. Both camera setups come with single LED flash.
The iOS-inspired camera app has many handy features. It also has a Pro mode in which users can control ISO, exposure, shutter speed and white balance. The smartphone can identify the selected subject or scene being shot and then optimize the image settings. Currently, the smartphone can detect 22 different objects and 500 scenes. We did not like AI enhancements. Photos were sharper than required when shot in AI mode and colors were also more saturated. When AI was turned off, colors were more natural in the photos taken in sufficient light and fine detail was also available. In wide aperture mode you can take pictures with depth of field effect. These photos came out slightly better than average. However, image quality was slightly weaker than other phones in this price range.
Photos taken from this phone came out dark and murky when there was not enough light. Autofocus was also having problems at times. With the help of AI enhancements, the app is able to capture a bit more light. But the lack of detail in the photos and the problem of noise remains.
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The front camera is also fine. In our experience, most photos were soft and overexposed. Performance was extremely poor even in low light. Front flash proves to be somewhat helpful. But the pictures lack detail. Colors are not accurate and photos look sharper than necessary. Beauty mode is also available for front and rear cameras. But the pictures look artificial. There is also support for AR stickers. You will be able to record maximum 720 pixels of video from the front camera and 1080 pixels from the rear camera. Our test video was lacking in detail and video shaky was also recorded due to no stabilization.
Honor 8C is not something that can challenge smartphones like Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Nokia 5.1 Plus. Honor has tried to make an all-rounder device, but this phone is not strong in any one department.
The phone neither looks premium nor feels like it. Its performance in low light is disappointing. The common performance is decent and the user interface is cluttered. Battery life has a point. You get a separate microSD card slot and the fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate. Brands like Xiaomi, Nokia, Asus and Realme have raised the race level of the budget smartphone segment. In such a situation, Honor needs to do more to come on top.