Honor has launched its new Honor 8C smartphone at a spectacularly aggressive price here in India. The device will go on sale exclusively on Amazon and Hi Honor (e-store) from December 10. It comes in two variants but only one RAM option. You can buy the handset with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for just INR 11,999, and with 64GB of storage for INR 12,999.
Honor did a very unconventional product launch this time, holding no mega event and instead live streaming a small, two-person unboxing of the Honor 8C and Honor Band 4. The brand’s India CMO, Suhail Tariq invited tech reviewer and YouTuber Amit Bhavani for the unboxing, and together they unveiled the handset for Indian consumers and eventually revealed the price. The handset sure is priced very well, and could have been able to take on the bestseller Redmi Note 5 Pro, but for one major weakness.
Honor 8C Offers World’s First Snapdragon 632 SoC, But No FHD Screen
First, let us tell you what is wrong with the phone because there is not much there. For all the brownie points that this new budget-cum-midrange smartphone wins, it has a major drawback. The display offered here has an HD+only resolution, which, given the large size of it, makes it very weak. A 6.26-inch LCD display with a notch and 19:9 aspect ratio is expected to offer Full HD or Full HD+ screen resolution, but with the Honor 8C you get 720×1520 pixels only, which makes the pixel density of this phone just 269 PPI. As you may know, experts consider 300 PPI to be a decent starting point, but displays with less than 300 PPI tend to show pixelated images.
Another little gripe we have is that the Chinese brand has not equipped this phone with a Type-C reversible USB port, and instead has a microUSB port. The phone offers a massive 4000mAh battery but only a 10W ‘fast’ charging adapter. That said, the phone, otherwise, is an excellent deal for the price range.
For as little as INR 11,999, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset, which is a new and improved version of Snapdragon 630. This octa-core chipset is debuting globally for the first time in Honor 8C, and it is likely to provide excellent performance. Paired to 4GB of RAM, the SoC should be able to give you a smooth user experience for anything except high-level gaming. Also, there is a dedicated third slot for adding another 256GB of storage.
The camera gear is decent too, with a 13MP+2MP dual rear camera aided by AI, and an 8MP selfie shooter aided by soft light flash. The rear camera can detect and adjust camera settings such as lighting for up to 500 scenes under 22 categories, a feature we have seen on pricier Honor handsets. Music buffs will like the 3.5mm headphone jack, and of course, the handset comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 software.
The phone weighs only 167 grams and looks sleek and premium, but we do reckon that you take a look at the Redmi Note 5 Pro. All said and done, there is still no better handset than the Xiaomi ‘camera beast’ in the INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 price range.