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Honor 8C Review: Excellent performance and battery, but is the price right?

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Honor, which competes directly with Xiaomi in the budget and mid-budget segments, recently launched a number of smartphones in India. This list includes Honor 9N, Honor 8X, and more. Currently, the company has announced the Honor 8C. It’s priced from Rs 11,999 and competes with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro.

Other important features include a 4,000mAh battery, dual rear cameras, and a full-screen display. I’ve been using Honor 8C for nearly a week and the full review is:

Respect the price of 8C in India: Rs11,999 for 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM, Rs12,999 for 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM

Honor 8C Review: Design and Display

Honor 8C has a plastic back cover with curved edges that look stylish. However, the real winner here is the matte-finished gradient back cover. The navy blue color unit I got for the review is a blackish color on the side, and both colors are seamlessly mixed.

As a result, the cover isn’t too shiny, it has a matte finish, and thanks to the color gradation, it looks like a premium for the price. Even with a 4,000mAh battery, your cell phone feels light. This is great.

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Honor 8C isn’t very slippery, but a back cover is recommended to protect it from accidental drops and fingerprint stains. Phones tend to pick up dirt very quickly, which is true for both the display and the back cover.

The Honor 8C has good detail and the overall design is minimalist and I like it. The dual-camera setup has two lenses, vertically above and below the top left, and an LED flash unit underneath the two lenses.

The white honor brand is at the bottom. There is a circular fingerprint scanner of the same color in the center of the back cover. There are USB Type 2.0 ports and 3.5mm headset jacks at the bottom and top, respectively.

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To use the phone, I had to maximize the brightness in bright sunlight, but the display is vibrant and the viewing angle is good. Of course, it would have been nice to have an FHD + display, especially if rivals like the Redmi Note 6 Pro offer this feature at a similar price.

There is a noticeable notch at the top of the display that works with most apps like YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, and more. For YouTube, the notch is excluded in full-screen mode. Therefore, in landscape mode, the content is not wrapped in the notch.

I didn’t find this feature annoying or specific. You can also easily disable it in all apps or custom apps from the Settings menu. This is a good thing. The larger screen made watching videos and playing games more enjoyable.

Honor 8C Review: Camera

The Honor 8C has a dual rear camera that produces some good results outdoors in bright light. I am particular about the details and like the colors that are close to nature. However, in portrait mode, the colors tended to look whitish depending on the camera, which made me feel a little strange. This was true both in the dark and outdoors.

Photos with artificial intelligence (AI) effects will definitely look sharper than photos without AI, but in some cases, they tend to look very sharp. Therefore, whether or not the AI   effect is necessary depends on the photo.

My main problem with photography in the dark was that it took a long time to focus. Even if you feel your subject is locked, the screen will display a message that it is working to make the image sharper.

I think both the photo details and the color reproduction are average. AI scene recognition can recognize some things such as food and plants very accurately. This is great. It looked like a phone call like a stage performance, but it was a busy road at night.

The front camera smoothed the skin and was a little too bright, which I was worried about, but I’m sure many people will see it. I like the details of the photos taken in a place with plenty of light. In dark places, the photo is not detailed, but it is enough for a phone of 12,999 rupees.

Honor 8C Review: Performance and Battery

Honor 8C makes it easy to handle most everyday tasks, so performance isn’t an issue. Even if I opened multiple tabs, there was no lag or stutter, and switching between apps was smooth.

Honor 8C Review: Verdict

The Honor 8C at 12,000 rupees has many good points. The camera and performance are above average and the battery life is excellent. However, rivals like Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro can offer far more and cost 1,000 rupees for the same RAM and storage. Xiaomi phones have a full HD + display and can’t be ignored when looking for a phone in the budget category.

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