Huawei surpassed Apple to become second-largest smartphone manufacturer of the world. This is not a small feat especially if you are up against a company ruling the smartphone world from years. However, Huawei’s (obvious) aim is to dethrone the king- Samsung and be the number one. And for doing that, you simply cannot ignore the Indian market. Being aware of the fact, Huawei has been continuously rolling out smartphones under its Honor sub-brand in the World’s fastest-growing smartphone market. And best of all, it has tasted success most of the times.

Following that success, Huawei has launched yet another machine- the new Honor 8C. This 2018 end launch starts at a price of Rs 11,999 Let’s see how much caliber it has at the price mentioned.  

Appealing Design, Mediocre Display

While people might think that this mid-range device will have either a metallic or a glass cover like any other device at this price range, Honor 8C sports a plastic (or perhaps polycarbonate) body. Surprisingly, the device feels great in hand and has a solid, well-built feel. The plastic not only makes the device lighter, but it is by far the lightest device that features a 4,000 mAh battery.

As much as design bit amazes you, the display disappoints. The front panel of the device is a 6,26-inch IPS LCD with 720×1520 pixels resolution and a low 269 PPI pixel density. It is average in terms of quality, meant for browsing and just stream videos without expecting a color explosion. The absence of an FHD on a mid-range device at this point in time is simply inexcusable.

Capable Hardware Ruined by Bad Software

Huawei claims that Honor 8C is the first device in the world to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC. The phone runs on 4GB of RAM and comes in two storage variants including 32GB and 64GB. Now for that price, the hardware just works smooth. Daily tasks and even PUBG (at lowest settings) work fine on the Honor 8C, which proves that overall spec sheet is fine.

The device is dragged back by the software it runs on. EMUI has never been the best UI out there and that’s shown in this device too. Slow animations, a lot of duplicate apps, and numerous other things make EMUI visually-inconsistent. Some icons are circular while some square. Even the notification cards are distinct.

Long Battery Endurance, Disappointing Cameras

It is hard to digest bad software. But it’s even harder when you do not get the quality you ask for. Honor sports a dual-camera setup of 13MP and 2MP sensors. We are not saying the camera is bad but you are paying Rs 11,999 and all you are getting is a heavily distorted picture that feels like a poorly edited image. Huawei claims that AI-based enhancements help the camera in great photo capturing. However, that’s not the case (and forget the night shots).

The front-facing 8MP camera though impresses with nice details and of course, with the ‘beautification’ feature thrown into.

This device is powered by a 4,000mAh battery which clearly shows this device is targeted at a certain type of people who don’t like to keep their phones plugged-in. Gladly, the device supports fast charging and battery backup doesn’t disappoint you.

Verdict

Huawei smartphones are never bad TBH. And neither is this device. We just feel this device is overpriced for what it offers on the table. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro are way better options that Honor 8C at this price range and even bigger battery in Asus’ case.