The Honor 7C officially went on sale in China on March 13 Image: Twitter
Huawei-owned brand Honor recently launched the mid-budget Honor 7C in the Chinese market priced at CNY 899 (Rs 9,200 approx) for the 3GB RAM/32 GB storage variant and CNY 1,299 (Rs 12,700 approx) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model.
The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 720x1440 and a 2.5D curved glass. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD card.
The Honor 7C packs a 13MP+2MP dual camera setup on the back and has an 8MP front camera for selfies. There is a 3000mAh battery under the hood.
At its price point, the Honor 7C will be directly pitted against the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. So is the Honor 7C worth the punt? Let's take a look.
Looking at the specs, the Redmi Note 5 has a better screen with higher resolution (1080x2160) and a faster Snapdragon 625 Soc, which does indicate a noticeable performance difference between the two. The only thing going for the Honor 7C in the spec sheet is the dual camera on the back compared to the single 12MP sensor in the Xiaomi. However, the Xiaomi scores again in terms of the selfie camera with a 20MP sensor compared to the 8MP in the Honor. The Xiaomi has a bigger battery (4000 mAh) too.
Based purely on the specifications, the Redmi is the outright favourite unless the dual-camera setup on the 7C produces something truly magical and punches way above the price range.
However, Honor is known to sell their devices at a lower price in the Indian market and just might place the 7C at a lower segment to avoid direct confrontation with the Redmi Note 5.