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Honor 7C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Which is the better all-rounder

Honor has taken the budget segment by storm with its smartphones offering competitive specs at aggressive prices. One such smartphone is the Honor 7C, which at Rs 9,999, offers Full View display, and

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Honor has taken the budget segment by storm with its smartphones offering competitive specs at aggressive prices. One such smartphone is the Honor 7C, which at Rs 9,999, offers Full View display, and dual cameras to name a few. It is little wonder then comparisons are being made with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. A quick comparison should tell us which one comes out on top.

Cameras

The Honor 7C boasts dual rear cameras that include a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor, and 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The setup ensures you don’t have to carry around a DSLR for clicking portrait photos. Using the secondary depth measuring sensor, the Honor 7C is more than capable of clicking photos with bokeh effect.

If you are into selfies, then you will appreciate the 8-megapixel front camera. The snapper is accompanied by a Selfie tone flash, which helps click subtle pictures in every lighting situation. Additionally, there is also a manual mode to take complete control of your selfies.

In comparison, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 only comes with a 12-megapixel camera at the back. While it may support depth detection, the bokeh effect is achieved using software. For selfies, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera.

Design and display

Honor says that the Honor 7C is designed for the younger generation, and it shows. The smartphone features a sleek and stylish aluminum build with glass coating at the front. You get a 5.99-inch HD+ tall display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The tall display is a treat to watch videos on, and the slim profile makes it easy to hold the device in one hand. Xiaomi’s smartphone too comes with a 5.99-inch HD+ display featuring an aspect ratio 18:9.

Hardware

Both the devices are powered by the capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, and there are two variants to choose from. The base model comes with 32GB storage, and 3GB of RAM, while the top model comes with 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM. One big difference however is on the expandable storage front. The internal memory on the Honor 7C can be expanded up to 256GB, while on the Redmi Note 5 it is only up to 128GB.

As far as security is concerned, the Honor 7C clearly offers more. While both feature a fingerprint sensor on the back panel, Honor’s smartphone also boasts Face Unlock feature. This feature is not only secure, but also lets you unlock the smartphone in a split-second by just looking at it.

Software

This is one department where the Honor 7C easily trumps its rival. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo wrapped under the company’s EMUI 8.0. The UI offers plenty of intuitive features that also help make the performance more efficient. A good example of this is the uninterrupted gaming mode, which lets you enjoy good games without any distraction. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, runs a dated Android 7.1 Nougat OS wrapped under MIUI 9.0.

The combination of good design, build quality, and dual cameras at an attractive price makes the Honor 7C an attractive buy.

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  • Published Date: June 7, 2018 9:22 AM IST