Honor has been moving from strength to strength in the past two years in India. Huawei’s sub-brand has cultivated a great strategy of coming out with handsets that have the right mix of features and aggressive pricing that make them very compelling to the buyers. Keeping with the same trend, they have come up with the Honor 8C that is getting launched very soon. I spent some time with the handset and here are my first impressions of this new handset
The first thing that catches you eye with the device is the attention to detail in design and crafting. Honor is known for setting design trends in the segments that it operates and the Honor 8C is no exception. The phone looks and feels premium. Plastic has been used in an innovative way here, the rear finish looks and feels like premium glass and the psychedelic color that the brand says has been inspired by cat’s eyes does look great. The device can easily take on top end handsets with it’s clean lines and symmetry. There is a notch that houses the front camera and the soft front flashlight. The light also doubles as the notification light. Like always, Honor has delivered on build, design and material selection.
With a 6.26-inch Notch FullView Display and an 86.6% screen-to-body ratio, Honor 8C maximizes your view on a slim smartphone body. The edge-to-edge 19:9 display design ensures pleasant experiences when you watch movies or play games. If you don’t want the “notch” to affect your viewing experience, you can easily turn it off for different apps according to your preference.
You can change the notch setting to maximize the usage of screen to include the notch or hide the notch for better viewing experience. You can also change this setting for individual apps.
Go to Settings > Display > Notch > Custom. Change the notch setting manually for different apps.
One of the things I liked a lot is the battery on the device. Honor 8C comes with a large 4,000mAh battery that gives you greater convenience and uninterrupted experience when you use your phone. The battery life is enough for a typical user to use the smartphone for two days on a single charge. You can extend it further by enabling power saving mode.
Go to Settings > Battery. You can enable Power Saving Mode or Ultra Power Saving Mode to save more power. You can also optimize your apps’ power usage to achieve even longer battery life.
Honor 8C has a new generation eye comfort mode certified by TüV Rheinland that can reduce blue light radiation emitted by the screen to prevent eye fatigue. You can also schedule eye comfort mode during chosen periods in the day, e.g. an hour before bed time.
Go to Settings > Display > Eye comfort. You can enable eye comfort mode, adjust the color temperature and schedule start time and end time of eye comfort mode for everyday use
Honor 8C features an artificial intelligence (AI) camera which recognizes over 500 scenarios in 22 categories, and optimizes settings and enhances photo quality based on what users are shooting. The new smartphone has a high-definition dual 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear camera with large F/1.8 aperture, and 8-megapixel front facing cameras with a selfie toning light.
The smartphone uses AI and high dynamic range (HDR) to dramatically improve photo quality. By combing multiple frames into one and brightening up faces, both the environment and faces are clear and vivid even in a dim environment or with a strong backlight. Honor 8C also comes with an augmented reality (AR) lens feature which creates interesting photos for social sharing.
Touch the AI icon on the upper right-hand corner to turn on the AI shooting mode. The camera automatically detects different objects in the photos and optimizes setting accordingly. Try shooting people and other objects in a dim or backlight environment to see the effects
When you turn on the front camera, click the light bulb icon at the upper left-hand corner. You can enable selfie toning light by clicking “Soft flash” on the pull-down menu, and adjusting brightness of selfie toning light on the brightness bar. The light is not a harsh flash that blinds you, it is a persistent soft light that actually helps a lot with improving the overall lighting for a selfie. This is a nifty feature for the young ones.
Honor 8C is powered by high-performance octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset. With smart user interface EMUI 8.2, the smartphone runs smoothly even if used for a long period of time.
I was able to play uninterrupted with Game suit with 2 innovative modes to choose from
- Game acceleration mode (maximum resources will be allocated to play game)
- uninterrupted gaming (all notification will be blocked while playing games)
If I am to summarize in one sentence, it would be right to say that Honor 8C is a gutsy device that punches above it’s weight in all departments. Given the excellent reputation that Honor has in the market, I am sure that the price will be at a sweet spot that makes it a great value proposition. More details in the full review coming soon. For now, Honor has a Gutsy 8C on their hands.