Huawei launches 2 New Mid Range Phones in India
Huawei had yesterday (22 May 2018) launched two new phones in the Indian market to battle the Xiaomi Redmi Series. The new Huawei Honor 7C is available starting Rs. 9,999 and the Honor 7A is more affordable and costs Rs. 8,999.
The Honor 7A comes only in a single variant offering 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. However, the Honor 7C comes in two versions: the 3 GB Ram and 32 GB storage version costs Rs. 9,999 while the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage version costs Rs. 11,999 and is pitted against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 that is also available for a similar price.
The Honor 7A is available to purchase from Flipkart and will go on sale on 29th May at 12 pm. Contrastingly, the Honor 7C will go on sale on Amazon India on 31st May at 12 pm.
Let’s have a look at top features and Specs for both mobiles and how they stack against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.
Honor 7A – Price Rs. 8,999 Available on Flipkart 29th May
Design and Display
The Honor 7A comes with a metallic build and has Dual rear cameras at the back. The design looks gorgeous and sleek and with a near bezel-less front.
The phone comes with a 5.7 Inch IPS LCD HD+(1440*720) pixels display and has 18:9 aspect ratio.
Performance, OS, Connectivity
Powering the phone is the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core Processor with 1.4 GHz clock speed and even has the Adreno 506 GPU.
The connectivity options include Dual Sim, 4G Volte, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.2 and Micro-USB support. Further, it comes with a fingerprint reader at the back and even has a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top of the device.
Camera, OS and Battery Life
For photography, it comes with a Dual Rear camera Setup (13 MP +2 MP) lens that allows you to capture shots with bokeh effect. And for selfies, it comes with an 8 Megapixel front camera with f2.2 aperture lens.
Also, it comes with the trendy face unlock feature that allows you to unlock it by looking at the front camera quickly.
Fueling the phone is 3000 mAH non-removable battery that offers a decent battery back up and can easily last all day. Besides, having a large battery, it has a thickness of 7.8 mm and weighs 150 grams.
It boots Android Oreo 8.0 along with the EMUI 8.0 to offer fluid experience. Also, the 7A promises a loud sound output from the bottom firing speaker as it comes with a smart PA amplifier, something worth noting if you like to listen to music on speaker.
Aforementioned, the phone comes only in a single variant offering 32 GB inbuilt storage and 3 GB ram for a price tag of Rs. 8,999.
Let’s quickly understand what Honor 7C offers and then will do a specs comparison between 7C, 7A, and the arch-rival Redmi Note 5.
Huawei Honor 7C – Price Rs. 9,999, Amazon Exclusive, 31st May
The slightly expensive Honor 7C seems to be a better bet than the humble sibling and comes with a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor and Adreno 506 GPU.
As per Qualcomm the SD 450 is about 20 to 25% faster in comparison to the Snapdragon 430, so you can straight away expect a more fluid experience on this phone in contrast to 7C.
Aforementioned, you can buy the Honor 7C either in 3 GB ram, 32 GB storage version for Rs. 9,999 or can buy the 4 GB ram, 64 GB storage version for Rs. 11,999.
OS, Camera, Battery Life
Same as the 7C, it runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 along with the Huawei’s custom skin EMUI 8.0 and has the same connectivity option. Notably, both the phones come with a dedicated memory card slot and even has expandable storage up to 256 GB.
The noticeable difference is in the display size, as the Honor 7C comes with a slightly larger 5.99 Inch bezel-less screen with HD+(1440*720 pixels) resolution.
Despite having a slightly larger display and body, it comes with similar size 3000 mAH capacity battery. Also, it has similar Dual rear cameras (13MP+2MP).
Importantly, the 8 MP front selfie camera offers a larger f/2.0 aperture that makes it better in comparison to the f/2.2 aperture selfie camera on the 7A.
The metallic build quality and finish is similar on both the devices, but the larger honor 7C measures 7.8 mm in thickness and weighs 164 grams.
Huawei also claims that the phones come with a better sound output using the Huawei Histon’s 3D sound effects. Also, it comes with smart power technology that allows for a long and smooth gaming experience.
Specs Comparison Honor 7C Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Vs Honor 7A
|Key Specs||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5||Honor 7C||Honor 7A|
|Design||Metallic Back||Metallic Back Cover||Metallic Back Cover|
|Display||5.99 Inch FHD+ Bezel-less||5.99 Inch HD+ Display||5.7 Inch HD+ Display|
|Processor||Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core||Snapdragon 450 Octa-Core||Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core|
|RAM||3/4 GB RAM||3/4 GB RAM||3 GB RAM|
|Storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage||32 GB Internal storage|
|OS||MIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0|
|Rear Camera||12 MP with f/2.2 aperture||13MP + 2MP||13MP + 2MP|
|Front Camera||5 MP||8 MPf/2.0||8 MPf/2.2|
|Battery Capacity||4000 mAH||3000 mAH||3000 mAH|
|Fast Charging Support||No||Unknown||Unknown|
|Water and dustproof||No||No||No|
|USB Type C Port||No||No||No|
|Bluetooth||version 4.2||Version 4.2||Version 4.2|
|Fingerprint Scanner||At the back||Rear facing||Rear facing|
|Thickness||8.05 mm||7.8 mm||7.8 mm|
|Weight||180 grams||164 grams||150 grams|
|Price||Rs. 9,999, 11,999||Rs. 9,999, 11,999||Rs. 10,000|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a better deal as it comes with a fast processor, Full HD+ Display and even has a better battery. However, if you intend to buy a better camera phone than you can buy the Honor series.
Specs Comparison Honor 7C Vs Honor 9 Lite
|Key Specs||Honor 9 Lite||Honor 7C|
|Design||Glass Back||Metallic Back Cover|
|Display||5.65-inch FHD+ Display||5.99 Inch HD+ Display|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core||Snapdragon 450 Octa-Core|
|RAM||3/4 GB RAM||3/4 GB RAM|
|Storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage||32/ 64GB GB Internal storage|
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0||Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0|
|Rear Camera||13MP + 2MP||13MP + 2MP|
|Front Camera||13MP + 2MP||8 MPf/2.0|
|Battery Capacity||3000 mAH||3000 mAH|
|Fast Charging Support||Yes||Unknown|
|Water and dustproof||Yes||No|
|USB Type C Port||NO||No|
|Bluetooth||version 4.2||Version 4.2|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Rear facing||Rear facing|
|Thickness||7.6 mm||7.8 mm|
|Weight||149 grams||164 grams|
|Price||Rs. 11,000||Rs. 10,000|
In fact, as I have highlighted the key differentiators for the Honor 9 lite it is a better deal if you are willing to spend Rs. 1000 extra.
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