At the very end of the year, the Honor 8C budget model entered the domestic market, which became famous for being the first to receive a new cost-effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor. How does the new product differ from similar Honor / Huawei smartphones and does it have a future in a very competitive budget / mid-budget price segment?

Design

Externally, the Honor 8C differs little from other low-end and mid-budget Huawei and Honor models: the FullView “frameless” screen with a rather massive cutout, superfluous in our opinion “Honor” on the bottom frame, a semi-glossy plastic back panel with a double camera in the corner and a fingerprint scanner in the center. At the bottom, you can find a microphone, micro USB connector, and speaker, on the top — a microphone for noise reduction and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Gradient colors (blue) are always in order, but the rest of the colors (black and gold) almost do not overflow and look frankly boring. Anyway, we have become accustomed that inexpensive Honor smartphones look great, and Honor 8c is no exception.

Display

The device was given a 6.26 inch IPS panel with a resolution of 720: 1520 pixels (density 268 PPI), an aspect ratio of 19: 9, a maximum brightness of 400 cd / m2, a black brightness of 0.35 cd / m2, a contrast of 1150: 1 and excellent viewing angles. HD + resolution by today’s standards and for this diagonal is not enough, but it will positively affect the device autonomy. Due to the use of the notch and generally small frames, the display here takes up 81.9% of the front panel area. This is a great indicator of a budget smartphone.

Iron and performance

Honor 8c was the first to receive a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 platform with four Kryo 250 cores and four Kryo 250 Silver clocks up to 1.8 GHz, Adreno 506 graphics and an X9 LTE ​​modem (Cat.7 / Cat.13). The processor does what it was created for: it provides sufficient performance for most tasks and does not spend a lot of energy. Unfortunately, you can’t play hard games anymore — the same PUBG goes only at low graphics settings. Operational and built-in flash memory here is also a necessary minimum — 3 GB and 32 GB.

Cameras

The rear camera, as it should be, relies on a bundle of two modules: the main one with a 13-megapixel sensor and high-aperture 26 mm f / 1.8 optics, and an auxiliary 2 megapixel, which is needed to determine the depth of field and shoot portraits. A fast lens does not help to take good pictures in low light, and in daylight, photos do not have enough detail. It also provides artificial intelligence functions, but they do not save the situation. In general, the local camera is no better and no worse than most other budgets. The front camera is equipped with an 8-megapixel sensor and f / 2.0 aperture optics, and video can be shot in Full HD resolution with a frame rate of 30 FPS.

Battery and autonomy

If the manufacturer did not bet on the cameras, then autonomy was thought of as the main feature of the smartphone. The battery capacity is 4000 mAh. We take into account the energy-efficient processor with HD + screen and get two days of work in normal mode. When viewing HD video, the full brightness of the smartphone is enough for almost 10 hours. Fast charging is not provided here, and a 10 W complete adapter will charge the battery in 2.5 hours.

One line

Separately, we note a 3.5-mm headphone jack, a separate slot for microSD memory cards, a micro USB port, the absence of a 5-GHz Wi-Fi band and an NFC module for contactless payments.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, the Honor 8C turned out pretty mediocre, but certainly not a bad device. Honor simply taught us a long time ago that its smartphones stand out for their excellent price-performance ratio. Honor 8C, even despite the capacious battery, can not be compared with the best models of Honor and Huawei. What can we say about the more advanced competitors, which we have listed above? However, it is the affiliation to the successful brand that will allow this smartphone not to fail and find its buyer.