Honor 7C review

Honor is launching one product after another. After launching the Honor 10 equipped with AI feature in India, Huawei’s Honor brand has now taken the wraps off two budget smartphones. These smartphones are Honor 7a and honor 7c, Both the smartphones are equipped with face recognition, 18: 9 display and dual rear cameras. We have for review Honor 7C, whose price starts at Rs 9,999. It competes with Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Oppo Realme 1. Does Honor 7C have enough power to compete with other mobile phones in this range? We have investigated…

Honor 7C Design

There is a flat metal backplate, 2.5D curved glass at the front, which gives the Honor 7C a very premium and sleek look. The absence of antenna line, the limited space of Honor branding, and the lack of information makes the back panel look neat. Better placement of the horizontal dual camera setup has been given. The rear panel is made of total metal but plastic has been used in the top and bottom.
Honor 7C comes in Black, Blue and Gold color options. We have reviewed the Blue variant of the phone, which is a unique option in itself. The phone, however, is not very heavy. However, it is wide which makes it difficult to use with one hand. Build quality is better. The phone feels solid in the hand and there was no problem even when it fell during the review. The fingerprint sensor at the rear is fast and accurate. Also the placement is fine. Through this, users will also be able to take pictures, calls and notifications along with many shortcuts.

Honor 7C The left side of the Honor 7C is for the SIM tray, in which separate slots have been given for two nano SIM and microSD card. The right side is equipped with volume adjustment, power button, which is easily accessible by the thumb. At the bottom is the Micro-USB port, which is surrounded by the headphone jack and speaker. The lack of a USB-Type C port may bother many users.

Honor 7C Specifications and Display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor works in Honor 7C, which is part of smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Oppo A71. Let us tell you that Honor 7C and 7A are the first phones of the company in which the company’s own Kirin processor has not been used.

There are two variants of the smartphone. One with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage is priced at Rs 9,999. The second is 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. We have reviewed the powerful variant, which costs Rs 11,999. You will be able to use microSD card up to 256 GB.

Honor 7C has 3000 mAh battery. The phone runs on EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android 8.0. In terms of connectivity, the phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GLONASS, 4G VoLTE and Micro-USB port. The user will also get a headphone jack in it. The phone supports dual sim but only one 4G sim can be used at a time. The second SIM will automatically be limited to 3G.

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Honor 7C has a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS LCD display. The display of Honor’s smartphone so far has been great, but there is something missing in this phone. Colors are vibrant, viewing angles are also good but the screen is not clearly visible in outdoor light and the display becomes reflective. First party apps work fine on 18:9 display and third party apps don’t fit the aspect ratio due to EMUI 8.0.

Honor 7C Performance, Software and Battery Life

Talking about the performance, the Honor 7C worked fine in normal use. However, the phone started getting stuck after using it heavily. There were occasional complaints about the phone getting stuck when multiple apps were running in the background simultaneously. We encountered glitches in the keyboard and UI animations during the review.

The best use of Snapdragon 450 has been made in Xiaomi Redmi 5. We were surprised that the Honor 7C with the same processor faced performance issues. Coming to the positive side, the Honor 7C does not get hot. Despite playing heavy games, no complaints were found in it. Asphalt 8 got a little stuck during loading but everything was smooth while playing the game.

Honor 7C supports face recognition. For this, the phone’s 8-megapixel front camera is used. It works well. Support is excellent in better light but disappoints in low light or direct sunlight.

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Honor 7C runs on Huawei’s EMUI 8 custom scan, which is given on top of Android 8.0. EMUI has improved a lot as compared to the previous years. Now it has become more diverse and comes with many useful features. However, EMUI 8.0 complains of lag and many unwanted apps. The phone comes with 5 Gameloft games and several pre-installed apps like UC Browser, Messenger, Netflix and Truecaller.

Battery life is good, but it can’t be called great. The Honor 7C lasted 10 hours 40 minutes in our video loop test. In normal use the phone goes on all day. The charger was needed around 10 pm. The smartphone does not support quick charging and takes more than two and a half hours to fully charge with a dedicated charger.

Honor 7C cameras

There is a dual camera setup in the back of Honor 7C, in which the user will get a primary sensor of 13 megapixels and a secondary sensor of 2 megapixels. The front camera is 8 megapixels, which is equipped with a fixed focus snapper and F 2.2 aperture.

The cameras are average. Photos taken during the day look good in the phone’s display. But a closer look lacks detail. In our experience, photos taken at night turned out to be blurry. Noise was too much. Videos were also recorded of average quality. These too lacked details. There was also a complaint of focus shifting.

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You will also get wide aperture mode. There are 7 levels to blur. The blur effect is not accurate and the edge detection is also poor. The 8-megapixel selfie shooter takes good pictures in better light. But in low light the pictures become noisy. Beauty mode is already active while taking selfies. But the pictures look artificial.

Decision

The look of Honor 7C is sleek, the build quality is good, many functional features are also available. Battery life is good and the display has to be praised. But EMUI is slow and given many unwanted apps. Front and rear camera performance is very average.

If you are thinking of buying this phone, then you can also consider Realme 1, which does not have a fingerprint sensor but is much better in other aspects. At the same time, Redmi Note 5 is more value for money phone. The Honor 7C is priced close to the Honor 9 Lite, with a higher resolution display, better cameras and a sleeker glass body.

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