Huawei launched two smartphones in India today under its sub-brand Honor. The first is the Honor 7A which is priced at Rs 8,999, and the second is the Honor 7C which is priced at Rs 9,999 for the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage. A higher variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is also on offer, and it is priced at Rs 11,999. While the Honor 7A will be a Flipkart exclusive, the Honor 7C will be available via Amazon India.
At its price point, the Honor 7C will go heads on with the likes of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with stock Android, it is powered by Snapdragon 636 SoC, features dual cameras and top of all, it is armed with a massive 5,000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, is an all-rounder with 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 625 SoC, and full-screen display, but loses out on a dual camera setup. After playing around with the Honor 7A at the launch event, I have already put my thoughts about it, and now, its time for the Honor 7C.
The first thing I noticed is the design of the smartphone and how identical it is with the Honor 7A. The biggest difference of the smartphone with the Honor 7A is in the display which is bigger in this case and measures 5.99-inches. The forehead of the Honor 7C houses the 8-megapixel camera, LED Flash, and the proximity sensor along with the earpiece.
The volume rockers and the power button on the right side panel of the device while the left hand panel houses the SIM slot. On the back of the device, the Honor branding is at the bottom and the fingerprint scanner is located at the center. The dual camera setup of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel along with the LED flash are on the top left corner, same as the Honor 7A. The antenna lines again run straight across the top and the bottom half of the phone.
The Honor 7C is identical in how it looks to the Honor 7A and even the colors available will be the same which are Black, Blue and Gold.
Coming to the UI, the Honor 7C will also come equipped with EMUI 8.0 and there is no app drawer and the home screen houses all the app icons. Beneath the surface, the Honor 7C is made to compete with the Redmi Note 5. The Honor 7C is armed with a 3,000mAh battery, and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.8GHz with an Adreno 506 GPU. It has two variants with a combination of 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB. The product experience was nothing out of the ordinary for both the variants.
The Honor 7C has a rear camera setup of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel, which like the Honor 7A was pretty good for this price segment and the image quality didn’t seem to differ much. The front camera yielded similar results and produced soft images that were heavy with the beatuy mode on.
In summation, the Honor 7C is a very competitive device which is trying to play to its own strengths. A decent camera and a bright display, will definitely turn out to be its strong suits. We will be able to talk about the device in more detail as we test it out and come up with the full review, stay tuned until then.