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Honor 7A and 7C now official, bringing premium features to budget phones

Honor 7C selection. (Source: Honor)
Honor 7C selection. (Source: Honor)
Honor, Huawei’s online-focused brand, announced today their new budget-range Honor 7A and Honor 7C smartphones. While most of the specifications are as expected for this end of the market, these would be among the cheapest smartphones with face unlock functionality, as well as dual-Bluetooth and a triple card slot.

The Honor 7A is the smaller and cheaper of the two devices. It features a Snapdragon 430, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB Storage, 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 2:1 (18:9) display, 13 MP rear camera, and 8 MP front camera. While most of these match a previous leak we reported on, the RAM and storage are lower, so there is potential for a 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage option at a later date.

The Honor 7C costs a bit more but adds a metal body, a faster Snapdragon 450, 3/4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB Storage, 5.99-inch 1440 x 720 2:1 (18:9) display, and an additional 2 MP rear camera that provides depth information for portrait and bokeh simulation.

Both phones come with face unlock in addition to the regular fingerprint scanner, as well as Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0), Unfortunately, face unlocking isn’t available at launch but will come at a later date via an OTA update. They have a new triple card slot, which removes the need to decide between dual sim cards or a sim and microSD card by providing slots that allow two sim cards and a microSD card at the same time. Both feature dual-Bluetooth, a technology which enables the phone to connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. Honor suggests using it to play music (presumably to a speaker) while having your headset connected ready to take phone calls, but we think that another good use would be to allow two people to watch the same movie or listen to the same songs during long-distance travel while both having their own headphones. Finally, the battery is a slightly underwhelming 3000 mAh since battery savings from the lower resolution of the screen is offset by its larger size.

Pricing has only been revealed for the UK at the time of writing. The Honor 7A comes in at GB£140 (US$200), while the Honor 7C is GB£170 (US$245), although UK pricing includes VAT (tax), so US regional pricing is likely to be lower than this.

Honor 7A. (Source: Honor)
Honor 7A. (Source: Honor)
Honor 7C. (Source: Honor)
Honor 7C. (Source: Honor)
Honor triple card holder. (Source: Honor)
Honor triple card holder. (Source: Honor)

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Craig Ward, 2018-04-16 (Update: 2018-04-17)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.