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[Spec showdown] Honor 4C vs XOLO 8X-1000

|June 16 2015 |Android Phones, Huawei, Xolo, Comparisons

“Here’s how the Honor 4C fares against the XOLO 8X-1000”

Budget mobiles have come a long way... from being basic devices giving users a taste of a smartphone, till about a couple of years ago to being a capable machine that can even give high-end smartphones a run for their money. And more and more brands are jumping on this trend, with handsets costing as low as Rs 10,000 offering high-end features such as HD displays, powerful octa-core processors, and good snappers.

Today we have two such devices which fulfils this criteria - the Honor 4C and XOLO 8X-1000. But which one of the two is a better choice for you? Well, let's put them in our comparison and see who emerges as a winner.

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Unlike phablets, which are great for consuming multimedia, but not for handling and pocketability, both the Honor 4X and XOLO 8X-1000 are compact smartphones. Fitted with 5-inch displays, the phones can be easily operated single handedly. They are also slimmer than most offerings available in the market, with the 8X-1000 leaner of the two at 7.9mm (as compared to 8.8mm thick Honor 4C). 

Both the companies have employed interesting design languages for their offerings. While the Honor 4C features a sturdy plastic body with a textured rear panel, the XOLO 8X-1000 is a unibody phone which has made use of glass at its back. Without a doubt, XOLO's offering is better looking of the two even though it's glossy, but the Honor 4C seems to be more robust. The 8X-1000 also gets a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass at the rear. While the battery remains non-removable in both the devices, you can pry open the back cover on the Honor 4C to access slots for a pair of micro-SIMs and a microSD card. 

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The 5-inch display on both the handsets sports a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. With the pixel density of 294ppi, the devices reproduce sharp text and impressive colours. The IPS displays are also able to offer decent viewing angles. However, the XOLO 8X-1000 gets protection from scratches thanks to Asahi Dragontrail glass, while the Honor 4C is devoid of any such coating. 

Handling the performance department in the Honor 4C is Huawei's homebred Kirin 620 chipset, which offers eight cores running at 1.2GHz. In comparison, the XOLO 8X-1000 comes powered by MediaTek MT6592, an octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. While the 8X-1000 might seem to be better, the Kirin 620 is future-proof thanks to its 64-bit architecture. Complementing the processor in both the smartphones is 2GB RAM.

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When it comes to storage, then the XOLO 8X-1000 gains an edge thanks to its 16GB flash memory, which is twice the storage available internally on the Honor 4C. However, both device support memory expansion –with microSD cards supported up to 32GB.

For imagery, the Honor 4C comes equipped with 13-megapixel camera at the back with BSI sensor. It's clearly better than the 8MP primary snapper with Exmor-R sensor available on the XOLO 8X-1000. Both the device get assistance from LED flash to shoot in poorly-lit environments. Not just the main camera, the Honor 4C is a great option for selfie lovers as well, since it sports a 5MP camera at the front in contrast to a 2MP sensor on the 8X-1000.

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Software-wise, the devices are as different as they can be. Though, both of them come with Android 4.4 KitKat as their base OS, it has been layered with their proprietary customisations respectively. The Honor 4C comes with Emotion UI 3.0, which is among the best customised interfaces thanks to its personalisation and security aspect. The XOLO 8X-1000 on the other hand, is the first device from the brand's stable to feature its homegrown customisation dubbed Hive UI. The UI also offers several interesting features, though they fall short against the usage experience offered by EMUI.

Providing juice to the Honor 4C is 2,550mAh battery, which promises more than a day's worth of backup. You can also extend the battery life with different battery-saving options in the handset. XOLO's offering is fuelled by considerably smaller 1,920mAh unit. 

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While both the options are quite good, the verdict is clear – across all the departments, the Honor 4C gets an easy victory against the XOLO 8X-1000, and hence is a great option for anyone looking for a capable and compact smartphone in the south of Rs 10,000.

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