Honor introduces two new players in the budget market with 7A and 7C Image: Twitter
Honor, Huawei's sub-brand, has launched two smartphones — Honor 7A and Honor 7C — in India. Both smartphones come with features like bezel-less screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, dual rear cameras, Face Unlock, etc.
Now, neither of the devices come with any path-breaking innovations, but the most attractive feature about both smartphones has to be the price. Base variants of both devices will cost you below Rs 10,000. The low price tag maybe a little surprising considering the rich feature set, but it is not completely unheard of from the house of Honor.
The company has previously stated that it aims to capture a 10 per cent smartphone market share in India by 2019 and is known for its aggressive pricing in the Indian market.
So, how did the company's latest offerings turn out? T2 Online was at the launch event to bring you the initial verdict.
The first thing you notice after handling both the Honor 7A and Honor 7C is the sleek design. We haven’t come across a phone in the sub-10k price range with such a nice design ethos.
The Honor 7C houses the volume rocker and power button on the right and a Sim slot to the left. The 5.99-inch display looks crystal clear. The camera is placed in the left top corner of the back panel. The fingerprint scanner has been placed at the centre to keep it at a sufficient distance from the camera lens. The matte finish of the phone looks stunning.
The Honor 7A looks similar to the 7C but with a smaller 5.7-inch display with 1440x720 resolution. There is quite some detailing in the rear. While the design aspect is similar to 7C, this phone doesn't quite stand out from the crowd.
Both devices have similar dual-camera setups on the back Image: Suchayan Mandal
The Honor 7A sports a 13MP+2MP dual camera setup on the back and an 8MP front camera. The dual-lens camera enables you to capture great pictures with very well-executed DoF (Depth of Field) detection. The front camera has a f/2.2 aperture along with soft light LED flash to help you capture a great selfie even in low light.
The Honor 7C has the same 13 MP+2MP dual lens configuration on the back. The two lenses work in sync to deliver great shots. While one of the cameras capture the image, the other lens detects depth of field to produce satisfying end-results. The front 8MP camera on the 7C has a wider f/2.0 aperture and comes with an intelligent adjustable selfie toning light.
Both 7A and 7C's cameras perform on similar levels and we can only ascertain the differences (if any) after a detailed comparison.
Honor 7C runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, the same one that powers Vivo V7, Vivo V9 Youth and Oppo A 71. This phone packs 3GB or 4GB of RAM along with 32GB or 64GB internal storage. The storage can be further expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. The dedicated slot makes it possible to use two SIMs and the microSD card at the same time. On the OS front, this phone has Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0, the user interface used by Huawei.
The Honor 7A sports a slightly weaker octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, the same processor found in the first gen Nokia 6, Moto G5 and Panasonic Eluga Ray Max. The device packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage.
Both the phones sport 3000 mAh batteries.
The Honor 7A and 7C will compete in the Rs8,000 - Rs 15,000 price bracket Image: Suchayan Mandal
Price and availability:
The prices are the real eyecatchers here. The Honor 7A has been priced at Rs 8,999, while the Honor 7C will be available in two options —3GB/ 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999 and the 4GB/ 64GB variant priced at Rs 11,999.
Both the phones are available in three colour options: Black, Blue and Gold.
The Honor 7A will be exclusive to Flipkart and will start retailing from May 29. The Honor 7C, on the other hand, will be available from May 31 both on Amazon India and Honor e-store.
To buy or not to buy:
Honor has already launched its flagship Honor 10 at Rs 32,990, which trades blows with the just-launched OnePlus 6 in the budget flagship segment. Now, with the latest releases, Honor will be looking to compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro — arguably the reigning low-budget kings in the budget segment in India.
From the initial impressions, the Honor 7C is definitely a cut above the rest simply because of the price tag. The Honor 7A has a great camera for the price but aesthetics offer nothing extra to attract buyers who already have a Nokia or Panasonic or a Vivo.