Honor has been on a roll of late. After launching the AI-enhanced Honor 10 (Review) in India, Huawei’s sub-brand has now released two budget smartphones in the form of the Honor 7A and Honor 7C. Both models are equipped with features such as face recognition, 18:9 displays, and dual rear cameras.
We have the Honor 7C in for review, which is priced starting at Rs. 9,999 and competes head-on with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review), Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Review), and the recently launched Oppo Realme 1 (Review). Does Honor’s new smartphone have what it takes to stand out in the hyper-competitive budget smartphone market? Let’s find out in our full review.
Honor 7C design
With a flat metal backplate, 2.5D curved glass on the front, and a display that dominates the front fascia, the Honor 7C feels reasonably sleek and premium. The lack of antenna lines, subtle Honor branding, minimal regulatory information lend a very clean and minimal look to the back panel. The horizontal dual camera setup is integrated smartly and barely protrudes at all. While the rear panel is mostly made of metal, there are plastic inserts on the top and bottom.
The Honor 7C is available in Black, Blue, and Gold colour options. We reviewed the Blue variant, the shade of which is unique and distinctive. While the phone is not too heavy (164g), it is very wide which hinders one-handed use considerably. Build quality though is top-notch. The phone feels solid in the hand and it survived multiple drops during our review period. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, and is ergonomically placed. It can be used for a variety of shortcuts such as taking a picture, answering calls, and sliding down the notification panel.
The left of the Honor 7C is blank save for the SIM tray which has separate slots for Nano-SIM 1, Nano-SIM 2, and a microSD card. The right side has the volume rocker and power button which are tactile and well within reach. On the bottom of the phone is a Micro-USB port, flanked by a 3.5mm headphone socket and a speaker that is very shrill and tinny. The lack of a USB-Type C port for charging and data transfers is quite disappointing.