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India is now the world's second largest smartphone market. The credit for most of the part goes to budget handsets that dominate the smartphone market in online and offline space. The exponential growth was largely fuelled by Chinese smartphone manufacturers who did a better job at understanding consumers' requirements and expectations from a mobile device in today's time.
Having said that, the Indian market now has no shortage of budget handsets. You can buy an affordable smartphone with capable hardware and features that were once seen only in the flagship devices. But it is a daunting task to find that one perfect handset which delivers on every front to make your budget smartphone experience truly flagship.
We have tested several smartphones in the last few months to zero in on the best smartphone in the affordable price segment. This brings us to the recently launched Honor 8C that comes at a starting price of Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. The 64GB storage variant of Honor 8C is priced at just Rs. 12,999. Honor 8C will be available in Aurora Blue and Magic Night Black. The smartphone will go on sale exclusively via Amazon.in and HiHonor Store starting December 10. Let's find out why Honor 8C makes for that perfect budget smartphone.
Most Premium design in budget price-point
It goes without any saying that the first thing you notice while buying a smartphone is its design and how the device feels in hands. Honor 8C ticks all the right boxes of being a good looking and easy-to-use handset. It is the first smartphone to feature the Cat's Eye Design - a subtle effect created using 3D printing and nano-level pattern design. The sophisticated design process gives Honor 8C the most premium look in the budget smartphone segment. Honor 8C is very comfortable to use and feels very light in hands despite packing a massive 4,000 mAh battery unit. Honor 8C will be available in Aurora Blue and Timeless Black finish.
Immersive media playback without troubling your eyes
To ensure best-in-class multimedia experience, Honor 8C boasts a big 6.26-inch HD+ display carrying a notch. The notch houses the 8MP selfie camera, LED flashlight and the light sensors. If you don't prefer notch, you hide it under display's settings menu. The screen comes in 19:9 aspect ratio to deliver immersive video playback experience. The IPS LCD display on Honor 8C punches vibrant colours and also has TUV certification for eye care. The new generation Eye Comfort Mode reduces blue light radiation emitted by the screen to protect your eyes and prevent eye strain, especially in dim light. This makes it possible for you to watch videos and play games comfortably in the low-light environment.
Dual-lens AI cameras
Honor 8C is no less than any premium smartphone when it comes to camera performance. The smartphone features dual-lens (13MP+2MP) AI-enhanced cameras that uses complex AI algorithms to step up the picture output. The cameras on Honor 8C can detect 22 scenes and a whopping 500 scenarios to auto-tune the vital camera settings for best-in-class performance. With AI mode enabled, the camera produces images with better colour reproduction. Moreover, the sensors' object detection is simply too-notch and you get pictures with brilliant detailing in outdoor and indoor environment.
Honor 8C is also a great device to capture low-light photos as the sensor working on bright f/1.8 aperture ensures enough light to make images bright and to preserve vital detailing.
The 2MP depth-sensing camera works effectively to create a pleasing hardware driven Bokeh mode. For selfies, the smartphone flaunts an 8MP fixed-focus camera working on the slightly darker aperture of f/2.0 accompanied with LED flashlight to brighten up the image output in low-light condition. You can even customize the light intensity of front LED flashlight as the camera offers you 3 level adjustment for bright, regular and low-light conditions. Last but not least, the camera app is pretty feature-rich and offers the maximum number of modes and filters to make the most out of a smartphone camera.
First Smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 CPU
Honor 8C is the first handset in the Indian market to be powered by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 632 SoC. The mid-range 64-bit ARM LTE system on a chip features a combination of Kryo 250 high-efficiency cores and Adreno 506 GPU for processing and graphical related tasks. It is the Snapdragon 632 that gives Honor 8C amazing AI capabilities. Combined with 4GB of RAM, the processor offers lag-free performance even while executing the most resources intensive tasks.
If you love playing games on your smartphone, you will simply love the Gaming Suite on Honor 8C. It is coded in the software of the device to offer an uninterrupted gaming experience. When enabled, the gaming suite turns on a special 'Do Not Disturb' mode to stop notifications, alerts, and calls to let nothing come between you and your gaming adventures.
Intelligent EMUI 8.2 based on Android Oreo
Honor 8C comes running the most feature-rich and performance oriented custom user interface in the market. The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.2.0 based on Android 8.1.0, which is visually stunning and at the same time offers a number of useful software features to improve your smartphone user experience. You can choose between a standard app drawer UI or typical iOS-like user interface as per your preference. The UI is fluid and offers a glitch-free user experience.
Secure and Intelligent
In addition to a smarter fingerprint scanner that allows you to unlock the phone, capture photos/videos, answer calls, stop alarms, show notifications and browse photo gallery, Honor 8C also comes with Face Unlock technology. The Face Unlock feature on HONOR 8C works even in the most challenging low-light conditions, thanks to the new LCD Light Compensation feature.
Big battery, dedicated microSD card and best-in-class connectivity features
Honor has equipped the 8C with a big 4,000 mAh battery unit. Combined with the efficient EMUI and Snapdragon 632 SoC, the smartphone easily lasts for two days on a single charge. Moreover, you don't need to compromise on storage and connectivity as Honor has provided a triple-slot card that let you use two nano SIM cards and a memory card at the same time.
Honor has also ensured best-in-class connectivity with Honor 8C by offering smart features like fast and secure Wi-Fi Bridge that allows you to use your phone as a Wi-Fi router to connect up to 4 devices simultaneously. Besides, Honor 8C also features Smart Dual Bluetooth Connection that lets you connect your phone to two Bluetooth devices such as Bluetooth Headset and Smartwatch at the same time.
We can talk whole day about Honor 8C as the list of awesome features offered by the smartphone is never-ending. The smartphone will be available on December 10, 2018 exclusively on Amazon.in at just Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB+32GB variant.