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Honor 8C goes on sale for the first time today via Amazon India and Honor's official online store. The Honor 8C is priced at Rs 11,999 for the 3+32GB variant, while its 4+64GB variant is priced at Rs 12,999. The smartphone debuts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 to the world; a chipset which will soon be replacing the older Snapdragon 625. Like most Honor devices launched this year, the Honor 8C sports a 720p notched display that stretches 6.26-inches diagonally. This makes for an 81.9 percent screen-to-body ratio and despite a notched display though, the Honor 8C has thick bezels below, something the company managed to avoid in the Honor 8X with a chip-on-film (COF) implementation.
The Honor 8C is powered by the Snapdragon 632. The processor features an octa-core setup with four custom Kryo 250 Gold cores clocked at 1.8GHz for performance, along with four Kryo 250 Silver cores that are clocked at 1.8GHz for efficiency. The device is offered in either 3GB or 4GB RAM along with 32GB or 64GB storage. There is also a dedicated slot for expandable memory via a microSD card (upto 256GB), along with dual SIM capabilities and dual VoLTE.
Honor also sticks to the gradient colour design it likes to experiment with. Only this time, instead of glass, the gradient colour design are treated on a polycarbonate chassis. The Honor 8C will be offered in Midnight Black and Aurora Blue. The blue colour variant changes hues when light is reflected off it. However, a plastic body is easy to get scratched and might be a fingerprint magnet as well. Thankfully, the company is offering a TPU case out of the box.
On the back of the Honor 8C is a dual camera setup with Honor’s AI Camera branding. It’s the first smartphone in its price range to have the so-called AI cameras that can recognise a scene you’re shooting and adjusts the settings accordingly. It sports a 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF, while the 2MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture is used for depth calculation for portrait mode. On the front, it has another 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture that also relies on machine-learning to make selfies look better.
Under the hood is a 4,000mAh battery that Honor claims can offer two-days worth of usage on a single charge. We hope the phone lives up to the claim as the micro-USB port at the bottom doesn’t support fast-charging and topping up that big of a battery might take hours.
The Honor 8C runs on EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. While the Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets to use the latest version of the UI based on Android 9 Pie, we couldn’t confirm when the Honor 8C will receive the update. EMUI 8.2 brings a lot of nifty additions including GPU Turbo, app locker and face unlock. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint-sensor.
As part of launch offers in India, Reliance Jio is offering benefits of up to Rs 4,450 along with up to 100GB of data. There is also a 5 percent instant discount if the phone is purchased using an ICICI credit card and debit card EMI transactions. If the handset is purchased through the HiHonor Store, buyers can avail up to Rs 2,200 Jio Cashback and up to 100GB of data, Cleartrip coupons worth Rs 2,250, MobiKwik SuperCash up to Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 cashback through Paytm.