Huawei Honor 4C First Look: Impressive Smartphone But Lacks ‘oomph’

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Ahead of Huawei's May 8 event there were murmurs that the firm might launch the P8 flagship device, instead it focused most of its attention on the cheaper Honor 4C. The handset is now official, and will go on sale in the country shortly.

After the stupendous success of the Honor 4X, the Chinese handset manufacturer is betting big on the mid-tier phones - the smartphone segment that continues to grow exponentially.

The Honor 4C made its official debut this week, and the handset maker is clearly looking to drag some attention from the Xiaomi Mi4i.

The Honor 4C matches the Mi4i when it comes to the processing department, although it falls short when it comes to display quality.

Is the new device worth an upgrade? Should competitors be scared? Here are our first impressions of the new Huawei Honor 4C.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

Much like the Honor 4X, the 4C is entirely made out of solid plastic. The rear back still uses the same textured design, just like the 4X. The latter handset is a bit thicker, though

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

Naturally, since it mimics Huawei's design elements, the Honor 4C appears to be a beautiful device. It also feels more premium in your hand despite being crafted out of plastic.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

It does feel fairly large in the hand, but it doesn't feel quite as awkward to hold as the Honor 4X, for instance.

The 5-inch display has a 1,280 × 720 pixel resolution, which is lower than the 5-inch FHD screen in the Xiaomi Mi4i. The colours look overly saturated, the whites and blacks aren't as crisp, and the screen looks slightly dimmer than the Mi4i. Plus, visibility on the Honor 4C was particularly poor outdoors.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

Huawei's Emotion 3.0 skin is slapped on top of Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat. Emotion 3.0, like any other custom UI, does not have an app drawer. As usual, the skin has flat icons which looks pleasing.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look: Performance and Connectivity

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

Even though the screen isn't the best in class, Huawei did pack in a lot of power. The Honor 4C has a 1.2GHz Kirin 620 octa-core 64-bit processor under the hood along with 2GB RAM.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

We found the Honor 4C fast and responsive when browsing the Web, and streaming videos on YouTube. There were no glitches or delays while performing everyday tasks.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

The Honor 4C is backed by 8GB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card), and equips the handset with support for 3G speeds. Unlike the Honor 4X, the 4C doesn't support LTE connectivity, although you'll still get to see a dual SIM support.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look: Cameras

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

The Honor 4C comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear back side and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. On first impressions, however, it's extremely passable, snapping shots quicker than its competing handsets, and offering images full of colour and detail. It is to be noted that we've yet to put the Honor 4C's camera fully under our scanner.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look: Battery and Early Verdict

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

The Honor 4C has a 2,550mAh non-removable battery under the hood, which is a tad smaller than the Mi4i's 3,120mAh battery. The Honor 4C's 2,550mAh battery is quoted as offering 15 hours of talk time. We've yet to put this fully to the test, but will do so in our full review.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

The Honor 4C lacks the oomph we've come to expect from Huawei. The Honor 4C is neither premium nor low-end offering. We'll reserve judgement until we give it the full review treatment.

Huawei Honor 4C First Look

The Huawei Honor 4C is priced at Rs. 8,999, and will be made available on Flipkart, starting today.

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