Honor, the Chinese smartphone giant that made its way into the Pakistani market this year has clearly set its eyes on conquering the budget category of smartphones. In a span of very few days, we were introduced with Honor 7X, Honor 7A and Honor 7C which are focused on providing premium looking smartphones for people who are looking for affordable options.
Honor is plowing ahead in 2018 with a new range of smartphones and Honor 7C is temptingly offering an 18:9 display, dual camera, and Android Oreo as an operating system and an octa-core processor for just Rs. 19,999. We spent a few days with the smartphone and here’s our opinion about the device.
Here’s what you’ll get in the box:
From the first look, we can see that Honor 7C looks practically the same as Honor 7A. Though former is a few inches larger in size, they are similar in aesthetics. Honor 7C is a low-cost Android phone but the company has stepped up the game with its premium looking device.
The smartphone comes with metal rear and a plastic frame which makes it look expensive than it actually is. The build quality of the smartphone is actually good and the device despite the large screen sits comfortably in the user’s hand.
The thin sheet of metal at the back helps to keep the device’s weight down which if you are used to carrying your smartphone in your hands is a good thing. Honor has placed the fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone along with dual cameras, present on the top left corner making a small bulge but not ruining the design of the 7C.
There are easy to reach power and volume rocker buttons on the right side of the smartphone.
On the left side, we get a SIM tray that comes with an option to use two SIM cards and one MicroSD card at the same time.
On the bottom, the company has provided a 3.5mm headphone jack, a single speaker, and a MicroUSB port.
Honor 7C comes with a huge 5.99 inches FullView display with 18:9 screen aspect ratio, a pretty impressive feat for a budget device.
The smartphone comes with a 720 x 1440 pixels screen resolution which given the price tag of the device is quite acceptable. The images on the screen are quite bright and clear.
There is a small chin with the Honor branding and a thick bezel at the top of the Honor 7C which do not look out of place display. Thanks to the placement of fingerprint scanner at the back of the device and reduced bezels, we get major screen space at the front.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset along with a 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is a good choice of hardware. Considering the price of Honor 7C, the device’s performance exceeds our expectations.
Though we sometimes experienced a slight lag while opening apps, it was only during heavy use and nothing that can be of inconvenience to a regular user.
During our light usage which involved typical everyday smartphone things like using LTE, making calls, sending texts, watching YouTube videos, using WhatsApp, social media apps, etc. Honor 7C worked competently.
As it is a budget device, the smartphone is not made for heavy games like Modern Combat 5 and Dead Trigger 2 but you can still play other non-resource intensive games.
Honor 7C packs a 3000mAh battery which takes 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge the smartphone from 0% to 100%. In around 2 hours of light usage, the smartphone lost around 40% of battery while during the heavy usage which also lasted for 2 hours, the phone’s battery fell by 50%.
Looking at these stats, you should definitely charge the device overnight and keep a power bank with you if you plan on staying outdoors during the day.
Honor 7C offers affordable dual cameras with 13MP and 2MP lenses to the smartphone users which are generally capable of taking amicable photographs. The camera interface of the smartphone is quite simple and lacks a pro mode which is mostly the case with budget devices.
While testing the camera, we didn’t see much difference in the Standard and HDR mode of the camera.
The Wide Aperture mode also works alright but sometimes we do not get a clear outline of the subject.
In this category, we will be reviewing some of the features that we found quite interesting during our use:
Honor 7C comes with a Game Suite app which we also saw in the Honor 10. It is specially designed for the users who prefer playing games on their smartphones.
The device will automatically identify and collect the games present on Honor 7C in Game Suite for the ease of access. The user can choose between Gaming mode which will drain the battery but will increase performance, Smart Mode which will balance performance and power and lastly power saving mode which can save the device’s battery.
Honor 7C users can also enjoy uninterrupted gaming which when enabled will hide all on-screen notifications except for low battery alerts, calls, and alarms (the phone will not ring during alarms and calls).
The smartphone also comes with Dual Bluetooth feature meaning that you can connect Honor 7C with two Bluetooth devices like your car’s stereo and your headset at the same time.
Honor 7C is quite an amazing performer that features a large 18:9 screen, dual cameras, the latest Snapdragon 450 processor in just Rs. 19,999. It is a smart choice for the user in the budget category but at the same time they will have to ensure that their phone’s battery is charged when they step out of their homes.