“The Honor 8C is a loaded offering on a budget”

Honor has been known to be at the forefront of trends, be it dual rear cameras, or offering a quad-camera configuration. This year is no different as the brand has launched a slew of smartphones offering features like AI-powered cameras among other things. After launching the power-packed Honor 8X last month, the brand has released yet another compelling budget offering in the subcontinent — the Honor 8C. The latest launch comes in as an affordable variant of the 8X. Despite being an affordable variant, the Honor 8C comes loaded with powerful specs while scoring high on the style department as well. Not convinced yet? Read on to find out 5 things that make the Honor 8C stand out from other budget-centric offerings on the market.

Lasts up to two days with a massive battery

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The Honor 8C has been equipped with a beefy 4,000mAh battery under the hood. The powerful cell combined with the 720p display and features like smart resolution, ensures that the device lasts up to two days on a full charge. Furthermore, the device comes with the Quick Charge 3.0 tech to juice up the battery quickly.

The world’s first smartphone with the Snapdragon 632 SoC

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As a sub-brand of Huawei, Honor is known for making use of its parent company’s proprietary Hisilicon Kirin chipset on its offerings. However, with the Honor 8C, the brand is deviating from the course as it’s the world’s first smartphone to come powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset. The octa-core silicon comes with two quad-core Kryo 250 clusters clocked at 1.8GHz. The processor is further mated to 4-gigs of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB storage with support for expandable storage via microSD cards.

Honor has also equipped the handset with a unique ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode for uninterrupted gaming as it stops notifications, alerts, and calls while you’re playing. As for the software, the phone comes with EMUI 8.2 running atop Android 8.1 Oreo and offers features like Wi-Fi Bridge (ability to connects with up to four devices) and Smart Dual Bluetooth Connection that lets you connect your phone to two Bluetooth devices, such as the Bluetooth headphone and a smartwatch simultaneously.

AI-backed dual cameras

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Like its sibling, Honor’s 8C also comes with a dual-camera array on the rear panel. The module comprises a 13-megapixel f/1.8 snapper and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 sensor. The secondary shooter is a depth-sensing unit which means you get hardware-assisted portrait mode. The rear shooter also gets AI-enabled scene recognition, which can automatically detect from 22 scenes to offer the best output. On the front, the 8C comes with an 8-megapixel fixed-focus camera with an aperture of f/2.0. Both the rear and front shooters also get a dedicated LED flash for low-light imaging. The soft flash accompanying the front camera comes with level adjustment for bright, regular and low-light conditions.

A unique frosted design that can turn heads

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In an era of all-metal, glass-sandwich, gradient colourways and the likes, more power to the brands who dare to tread a different path. The Honor 8C comes with a unibody chassis that feels like a hybrid between metal and glass. However, the smartphone has been crafted from what looks like polycarbonate with a frosted finish, which gives off a subtle sheen when the light hits it. Honor is calling this design Cat’s Eye Design, which is a combination of 3D printing and nano-level pattern design. However, the finish is exclusive only to the blue variant of the handset. The unique combination of the frosted plastic back, attractive colours like Royal Blue lend the 8C a distinctive look. Honor is also offering the 8C in a classic black hue.

Further, for security, the Honor 8C features face unlock with new LCD Light Compensation, which works even in low light. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is also a multi-purpose sensor, which lets you perform tasks like answer calls, stop alarms, show notifications, browse the photo gallery and more.

An immersive display

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The Honor 8C brings the hottest trend onboard a display notch and an 19:9 aspect ratio. The cut-out houses an earpiece, LED notification light, a selfie snapper and a couple of sensors. The IPS panel measures 6.26-inches diagonally and offers a resolution of 1,520 x 720 pixels. The handset also gives you an option to hide the notch, if that’s something you would like to do. There is also a Smart Resolution feature, which automatically lowers the screen resolution in the case the battery is low to elongate the battery backup. Honor has also equipped the display with TüV Rheinland Certified Eye Comfort Mode, which reduces blue light radiation emitted by the screen to protect your eyes.

All said and done, the Honor 8C is a solid offering in the mid-range with a stunning design, loaded internals, capable cameras and a powerful battery. The smartphone goes on sale in India starting December 10th on Amazon India with the 3GB RAM variant carrying a price tag of Rs 11,999, and the 4GB RAM model costing Rs 12,999.