We are in the timeline where cheap phones are getting better and better phones are getting cheaper. With the Honor 8C adding to the lower mid-range segment by offering key features such as a huge 4,000 mAh battery, dual AI rear cameras, and energy efficient Snapdragon 632 processor – are these enough to make it a better contender in the competition? Let’s find out!
The Honor 8C has a very simple design. The one that we have comes in a matte black color separating itself from the glossy and glass back design of the competitors.
If you want a more distinctive design, you can get the blue one with unusual reflections on its matte body that Honor calls it “Cat’s Eye” design.
Overall, the device still feels light and compact despite having a 4,000 mAh battery inside. At only 7.98mm thick and 167.2g in total weight, the Honor 8C is really a sleek and lightweight phone to carry around.
On the front, this device has relatively thin side bezels together with the notch that houses the earpiece, front camera, sensors, and the LED for notification. The bottom bezel is still large containing the Honor branding.
The placement of the ports and buttons are pretty usual. We have the power button and volume rockers on the upper right side and the tri-slot SIM and microSD card tray on the left side. The audio jack port and the noise-cancelling mic are placed on the top part while the micro USB port, microphone, and speaker grills are on the bottom part.
Unlike the one with the Honor 8X, the rear camera module of the Honor 8C is not that bulky. We also like the unibody design and the curved edges that makes the device comfortable to grip.
The Honor 8C features a 6.26-inch IPS display with 720p resolution. This kind of screen is somehow understandable on this price point. If you are not that meticulous with pixels, you can still enjoy the viewing experience on the Honor 8C. The colors are there when watching videos, great viewing angles, and the sharpness of details is still there.
This device was equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The overall performance of the Honor 8C is acceptable. For the price, this kind of processor is pretty decent. It can run popular games like Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile, and Asphalt 9 with ease but of course in low to mid-settings to prioritize the smoothness of gameplay.
Its memory configuration is a little bit a bummer because other competitors have 4GB of RAM nor 64GB of internal storage.
It has been almost 4 months since it was launched here in the Philippines and the Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8.2 haven’t been update to the latest Android 9 Pie and EMUI 9.0. But we are still looking forward for the future update just like what happened with the past Honor devices that are updated with the latest Android version.
For the security, the Honor 8C has the combination of the physical rear fingerprint scanner and face unlock features. Both are working pretty fast and reliable most of the time. Though the face unlock is having a hard time sometimes in dark environments.
The Honor 8C has a 13MP main camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture plus a 2MP depth sensor. Overall, we are pretty satisfied with the photos that we have taken. With the help of the AI feature, images are having a nice color. The details are also there, even the photos we have taken during night time.
The 8MP front camera can also produce nice selfies. The details are there specially in well-lit environments. Selfies at night or in low-light add some noises on the photo and soften the whole image when you shoot using the Beauty Mode to lessen the noises. Good thing, it has a front LED flash that compensates light on dim environments.
Here are some of our sample photos:
The best thing we like about the Honor 8C is the battery life. It has a huge 4,000 mAh battery that can last a whole day of heavy usage. Thanks to its low resolution display and energy-efficient processor.
The Honor 8C was placed safely on the lower mid-range segment featuring specifications that meet the expectations on its price-point. The Snapdragon 632 is a capable processor that can surely get the work done but other features like the outdated Android 8.1 Oreo, 32GB ROM, and mediocre dual rear cameras are so easy to compare with other devices near its price range like the Realme 3 (64/3GB) and Redmi Note 7 (32/3GB) which are both priced at P7,990.
Honor 8c specs:
- 6.26-inch HD+ IPS LCD display (1520 x 720 pixels)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-core processor
- Adreno 506 graphics
- Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
- 32GB ROM expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 3GB RAM
- 13MP f/1.8, PDAF + 2MP (depth sensor) rear cameras
- 8MP front-facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WIFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging
- Price: Php7,999
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