Honor has quite a few smartphones in its budget-tier portfolio, and it can get a bit confusing at times as to what benefits one might offer over the other. One might assume that the performance of these smartphones is relative to its price but its never that simple. Today, we will take a look at the two latest offerings from the Xiaomi sub-brand — the Honor 7A and the Honor 7C — and compare them against two relatively older but highly acclaimed smartphones — the Honor 9 Lite and the Honor 7X.
Honor 7C vs Honor 7A vs Honor 7X vs Honor 9 Lite: Price in India
Both the Honor 7A and Honor 7C will go on sale by the end of May 2018. The 3GB RAM with 32GB storage model of the 7A will retail for Rs. 8,999. The 7C will cost Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM+32GB storage configuration and Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model.
The Honor 7X is the oldest smartphone in this list and is currently priced at Rs.12,999 for its 4GB RAM+32GB storage variant while a boost to 64GB storage will cost you Rs. 15,999. Then comes the Honor 9 Lite with its price tag of Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM+32GB storage model and Rs. 14,999 for its 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage variant.
Honor 7C vs Honor 7A vs Honor 7X vs Honor 9 Lite: Design, Display
The Honor 9 Lite still holds the title of being the best looking entry-level smartphone with its premium glass construction that sandwiches its sturdy aluminium frame. The other three devices are encased in traditional unibody metal chassis. All four devices have IPS LCD panels with an 18:9 aspect ratio but differ in screen size and resolution.
Both the Honor 7A and 7C have HD+ 720 x 1440 pixels resolution displays measuring 5.7-inches (282ppi) and 5.99-inches (269ppi) respectively. Conversely, the other two provide FullHD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution displays with the 9 Lite’s measuring 5.65-inches (428ppi) while the 7X’s measures 5.93-inches (407ppi).
Honor 7A vs Honor 7C vs Honor 7X vs Honor 9 Lite: Camera
The Honor 7A and 7C offer the exact same camera configuration comprised of a 13MP+2MP dual camera setup at the back, and an 8MP shooter coupled with an LED flash at the front for selfies. The 7X offers a 16MP+2MP camera setup at the back, while the front camera is a similar 8MP shooter. On the other hand, the 9 Lite boasts a dual 13 MP + 2 MP camera setup at both the front and the rear.
Honor 7C vs Honor 7A vs Honor 7X vs Honor 9 Lite: Performance
The Honor 7A has been equipped with a Snapdragon 430 (4×1.4 GHz & 4×1.1 GHz) SoC, while the 7C has a marginally better Snapdragon 450(8×1.8 GHz) CPU. They are coupled with an Adreno 505 and Adreno 506 GPUs respectively. Both the 9 Lite and the 7X actually come with the exact same HiSilicon Kirin 659 (4×2.36 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) CPU paired with Mali-T830 MP2 for graphics.
In raw benchmarks, the Kirin 659 ever so slightly beats the Snapdragon 450. However, the latter’s Adreno 506 GPU takes the edge ever so slightly against the Kirin’s Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. In real-world scenarios, you will not notice any discernible difference in overall performance between the 7C, the 7X and the 9 Lite. The 7A clearly lags behind here.
Honor 7C vs Honor 7A vs Honor 7X vs Honor 9 Lite: Software, Battery
While the 7A, 7C and the 9Lite come with Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 skin out-of-the-box, the 7X just started receiving the OTA update a couple of days ago. Don’t expect this phone to receive software support for as long as the others. In the battery department, however, the 7X comes with a larger 3340mAh unit while the other three only house 3000mAh cells.
Honor 7C vs Honor 7A vs Honor 7X vs Honor 9 Lite: Which is the best?
The models that do offer more storage and/or RAM do so at a ridiculous price margin especially considering all four phones have microSD card expansion. So it came down to the base variants of these devices. The phone with the best overall package was the Honor 9 Lite with its dual rear and front shooters, larger display, balanced performance and vastly superior looks. Even with its somewhat better front camera and a slight bump in battery capacity, the price of the 7X cannot be justified. You can go with the 7A only if you absolutely cannot afford to invest any more than Rs.8,999. The 7C barely offers a bump for Rs.1,000 more and ends up falling in this grey area where if you can spend Rs.9,999, you might as well save up and get a better deal with the 9 Lite at Rs.10,999.