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Honor 7C Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 06/13/2018

The letters make all the difference. The Honor 7C is a lower mid-range smartphone in large format with a modern full-view display. Unfortunately, the dual camera's second sensor has a very low resolution. Can we take that hit in exchange for this low price?

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Honor 7C

Honor's 7 series has recently expanded somewhat: For a start, there is now the Honor 7A, the cheapest device in the series, with a simple camera and a 5.7-inch screen. The Honor 7X is significantly larger and equipped with a MP dual camera. With its high resolution and ample storage space, it is currently the top model in the series. The Honor 7C - our test device - falls between the other two smartphones, solidly in the lower mid-range price bracket. And indeed, its specifications also position it right between the other devices in the series: It has a dual camera, but the second sensor's lens has a rather low resolution. The display resolution and storage space are also appropriate to the price tag of 180 Euros (~$210; similar cost in the US). Incidentally, the Honor 7C is the successor of the Honor 6C.

For the purposes of this review, we will compare the Honor 7C with the Motorola Moto G6 Play, the Huawei Y7 2018 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus.

Honor 7C (7 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.99 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 158.3 x 76.7 ( = 0.31 x 6.23 x 3.02 in)
Battery
11.4 Wh, 3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix dual camera, phase-detect AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (main camera); 2.0MP, depth of field (second camera)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, LED flash
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker on the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, power supply, USB cable, Honor, Phone Clone, Designs, 24 Months Warranty, USB-OTG, fanless
Weight
164 g ( = 5.78 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 46 g ( = 1.62 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
180 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Stable metal back on the Honor 7C

Honor has opted to outfit the 7C with a modern 2:1 display that looks fashionable, despite its lower mid-range price tag. The panel has narrow side borders and somewhat wider borders at the top and bottom. On the company website, Honor refers only to the smartphone's "metal design", but the material on the back  is truly metal. The front is equipped with 2.5D glass that is shielded with a solid protective film. The transition is clearly visible, but the screen is still well-protected.

At 164 grams (0.36 lbs), the Honor 7C is quite a lightweight smartphone, yet it feels good in the hand. The back gives way slightly under pressure, which detracts from the smartphone's otherwise sturdy quality. Fortunately, the pressure does not reach the screen, and the front of the smartphone is quite stable. It can hardly be pressed in or twisted at all and makes no cracking noises under pressure.

Size Comparison

Connectivity - Features typical of this price bracket

With 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM, the Honor 7C positions itself in between similarly-priced devices: The competitor from the same manufacturer, the Huawei Y7 2018, only offers 16 GB/2 GB, while the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is equipped with 64 GB of storage space and 4 GB of RAM. Overall, the Honor 7C's connectivity is fitting for its price class. It has no unusual connections, just a USB 2.0 port and the usual Bluetooth 4.2. Honor is actively advertising the dual Bluetooth function, which allows two Bluetooth devices to be connected with the smartphone simultaneously.

Software - Pre-installed apps are a blessing and a curse

Honor's parent company, Huawei, is known for selling smartphones with a large number of pre-installed apps. That has both advantages and disadvantages: Some useful tools, such as a proprietary backup system and a design app for customizing the layout of the user interface, are nice additions. But the smartphone also arrives with advertising apps and Free2Play games that are just a waste of space for most users. Fortunately, most apps can be easily deleted.

Android 8, overlaid with Huawei's EMUI, serves as the device's operating system. The security patches at the time of review date from April 2018 and are thus reasonably current. 

Software Honor 7C
Software Honor 7C
Software Honor 7C

Communication and GPS - Slow WLAN, precise GPS

The fact that the Honor 7C does not support 5 GHz WLAN is a shame, but not unusual in this price bracket. Among our comparison devices, only the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers the lesser-used frequency. In our benchmark with the Linksys EA8500 reference router, the smartphone lands in the lower-average range compared to the other devices. Even so, it is nearly as fast as the more expensive Honor 7X.

The smartphone supports 7 LTE bands, which should be sufficient for trips within Europe. Travelers to far-off destinations, however, may find that the Honor 7C cannot access the network.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=307)
211 MBit/s ∼100% +359%
Huawei Y7 2018
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
55 MBit/s ∼26% +20%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.9 MBit/s ∼26% +17%
Huawei Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46.4 MBit/s ∼22% +1%
Honor 7C
Adreno 506, 450, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46 MBit/s ∼22%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
44.7 MBit/s ∼21% -3%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=307)
207 MBit/s ∼100% +291%
Huawei Y7 2018
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
56.9 MBit/s ∼27% +7%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.7 MBit/s ∼27% +5%
Honor 7C
Adreno 506, 450, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53 MBit/s ∼26%
Huawei Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47 MBit/s ∼23% -11%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46.8 MBit/s ∼23% -12%
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

Indoors, the Honor 7C's GPS module cannot determine its location; but as soon as the smartphone is taken outdoors, it immediately positions itself and is accurate to 3 meters (~10 feet).

In order to test the smartphone's positioning abilities in everyday use, we took it on a bike ride along with our professional navigation device, the Garmin Edge 500. Both devices reproduced the route well, though the Garmin device was a little more precise. For non-professional use without higher expectations, the Honor 7C should be a perfectly sufficient companion.

GPS Garmin Edge 500 - overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - lake-side trail
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - lake-side trail
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - loop
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - loop
GPS Honor 7C - overview
GPS Honor 7C - overview
GPS Honor 7C - lake-side trail
GPS Honor 7C - lake-side trail
GPS Honor 7C - loop
GPS Honor 7C - loop

Phone Function and Call Quality - The Honor 7C has good voice quality

The telephone app on the Huawei Honor 7C looks somewhat different from the respective app on devices with Vanilla Android, but it functions quite similarly: It displays a tab with the telephone pad and received/missed/dialed calls. The user can also access their contacts and favorites directly from the tab. 

At maximum volume, the voice quality is mediocre. The speaker readily distorts the voice at the other end of the call and produces an irritating buzzing sound. However, if the volume is dialed down somewhat, the conversation partner's voice feels quite near. The user's voice is transmitted cleanly. In calls over the speakerphone, the person at the other end is still easy to understand. But the user must take care to speak loud enough, as the microphone fails to pick up quiet voices.

Cameras - The Huawei Honor 7C offers (almost) a dual camera

shot taken with front camera
shot taken with front camera

The Honor 7C comes with a dual camera, but this should by no means be taken to refer to two independent lenses. Independent lenses perform tricks such as optical zoom, whereas this is simply a 13 MP main lens and a 2 MP secondary lens for depth of field effects. Even so, the Honor 7C outdoes the competition here, given that all of the comparison devices in this price bracket only offer a single camera.

Photos taken in normal lighting look quite bright and also quite sharp. However, bright areas bloom easily and lose their definition. In dark environments, the camera cannot be used without the flash. The images lack light and are quite blurry.

Videos can be recorded in Full HD at 30 FPS. Both the image sharpness and the color reproduction are reasonably good, and details are rendered quite clearly.

The front camera has a resolution of 8 MP and takes pictures that are somewhat lacking in color. Bright areas bloom easily here too. However, as with the back camera, we are satisfied with its image sharpness.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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In the regulated lighting conditions in our laboratory, the main camera performs well in terms of image sharpness, but more contrast certainly would not hurt. The edges exhibit a minimal amount of colored fringe, and the solid areas are not quite clean; but for a smartphone camera in this price range, it carries out its task quite well. The color reproduction, however, is clearly too pale.

test chart photographed
test chart photographed
test chart detail
test chart detail
ColorChecker colors photographed; the original colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch
ColorChecker colors photographed; the original colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch

Accessories and Warranty - Only the basic necessities

The packaging contains nothing more than a power supply, a USB cable, a SIM tool and the usual leaflets. Accessories specifically designed for the device are not available in the Huawei or the Honor online shop.

The Honor 7C comes with a 24-month warranty in the EU.

Input Devices and Operation - Smooth input recognition despite protective film

Swift Key serves as the smartphone's keyboard app; other keyboard apps must be installed manually. But typing goes quickly with Swift Key, and it offers a host of customization options.

Fingers glide smoothly over the protective film on the touchscreen. The smartphone recognizes input flawlessly, whether in the middle of the screen, along the edges or in the corners.

A simple mode with fewer symbols allows the user to activate the smartphone's basic functions. The navigation bar, as an alternative to the menu buttons located at the bottom edge of the screen, is also available for those who prefer it.

keyboard portrait mode
keyboard portrait mode
keyboard landscape mode
keyboard landscape mode

Display - Not exactly bright and lacks contrast

subpixel grid
subpixel grid

1440x720 pixels is a perfectly normal resolution in this price bracket, but the Honor 7C's large display demands a higher resolution to look 100% sharp. The manufacturer justifies the Honor 7X's higher price with its somewhat higher resolution, but the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers more pixels too.

At 403 cd/m², the smartphone's average brightness is mediocre, although the Huawei Y7 2018 is even darker. In addition, the similarity of brightness distribution across the screen is just 85%. Differences in brightness are definitely visible in larger monochromatic areas.

435
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
372
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
438
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 439 cd/m² Average: 402.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2.86 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 392 cd/m²
Contrast: 643:1 (Black: 0.61 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.59
Honor 7C
IPS, 1440x720, 5.99
Motorola Moto G6 Play
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Huawei Honor 7X
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.93
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Huawei Y7 2018
IPS, 1440x720, 5.99
Screen
44%
42%
33%
20%
Brightness middle
392
614
57%
533.2
36%
620
58%
393
0%
Brightness
403
593
47%
511
27%
612
52%
365
-9%
Brightness Distribution
85
90
6%
88
4%
96
13%
85
0%
Black Level *
0.61
0.29
52%
0.35
43%
0.57
7%
0.29
52%
Contrast
643
2117
229%
1523
137%
1088
69%
1355
111%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.4
5.9
-9%
2.83
48%
3.46
36%
5.28
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.7
9.6
1%
6.72
31%
7.88
19%
9
7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
5.5
-31%
3.7
12%
3.9
7%
4.2
-0%
Gamma
2.59 85%
2.32 95%
1.9 116%
2.073 106%
2.6 85%
CCT
6734 97%
7822 83%
6918 94%
7230 90%
7086 92%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 3086 Hz ≤ 26 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 3086 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 26 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 3086 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The display's black value of 0.61 cd/m² also fails to impress. 643:1 is not a strong contrast ratio either. As a result, the colors on the display look fairly pallid. The color temperature can be freely adjusted in the menu settings, or the user can simply use the warm and cold presets.

We use a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software to determine a display's color accuracy. Here we found that the panel does not suffer from a blue cast, and its average color accuracy is also acceptable.

We also established that the screen flickers at a high frequency. Fortunately, this means that even sensitive individuals should not have to worry about eye problems or headaches.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN gray scale
CalMAN gray scale
CalMAN color saturation
CalMAN color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 26.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Outdoors, low display brightness comes up against the added problem of surface reflections. The screen content is still somewhat visible in the shade, but in brighter environments it is almost entirely obscured.

In principle, the IPS display is readable even from flat angles, but the brightness level varies noticeably.

outdoor use
outdoor use
viewing angle
viewing angle

Performance - High performance thanks to Qualcomm

The SoC at work in the Honor 7C is almost unusual for a Huawei smartphone: Because Huawei engineers its own SoCs, typically it uses those chips. But in this case we have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450, at least in the version sold in the West.

The Snapdragon 450 is certainly a good choice, given that its eight cores and up to 1.8 GHz provide more performance than usual for this price bracket. In the benchmarks, the Honor 7C clearly outperforms the Huawei Y7 2018, and even the significantly more expensive Honor 7X cannot get far ahead. An Adreno 506 serves as the smartphone's graphics unit. This part of the SoC also brings considerably more performance power than other devices in this price range. Only the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is faster in terms of graphics. 

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
54731 Points ∼72%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
46267 Points ∼60% -15%
Huawei Honor 7X
62810 Points ∼82% +15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
60490 Points ∼79% +11%
Huawei Y7 2018
45687 Points ∼60% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (54731 - 60077, n=6)
57018 Points ∼75% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=390)
76481 Points ∼100% +40%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
71167 Points ∼60%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
58511 Points ∼49% -18%
Huawei Honor 7X
81992 Points ∼69% +15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
76178 Points ∼64% +7%
Huawei Y7 2018
59421 Points ∼50% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (56497 - 71712, n=7)
68691 Points ∼58% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=170)
118332 Points ∼100% +66%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
4736 Points ∼97%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
3624 Points ∼74% -23%
Huawei Honor 7X
4859 Points ∼99% +3%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4905 Points ∼100% +4%
Huawei Y7 2018
3874 Points ∼79% -18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (4171 - 4759, n=7)
4525 Points ∼92% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (3146 - 9868, n=256)
4551 Points ∼93% -4%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
5656 Points ∼91%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4590 Points ∼74% -19%
Huawei Honor 7X
6213 Points ∼100% +10%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
5801 Points ∼93% +3%
Huawei Y7 2018
4918 Points ∼79% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (4914 - 5656, n=7)
5264 Points ∼85% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (6412 - 13531, n=423)
4958 Points ∼80% -12%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Honor 7C
10 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
866 Points ∼100% +8560%
Huawei Honor 7X
724 Points ∼84% +7140%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
722 Points ∼83% +7120%
Huawei Y7 2018
673 Points ∼78% +6630%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (10 - 814, n=7)
536 Points ∼62% +5260%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=499)
698 Points ∼81% +6880%
Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 7C
955 Points ∼55%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
737 Points ∼42% -23%
Huawei Honor 7X
845 Points ∼49% -12%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1017 Points ∼59% +6%
Huawei Y7 2018
739 Points ∼43% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (943 - 975, n=7)
961 Points ∼55% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=499)
1737 Points ∼100% +82%
Memory (sort by value)
Honor 7C
1522 Points ∼85%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
741 Points ∼41% -51%
Huawei Honor 7X
1788 Points ∼100% +17%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
961 Points ∼54% -37%
Huawei Y7 2018
1144 Points ∼64% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (770 - 1522, n=7)
978 Points ∼55% -36%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=499)
1244 Points ∼70% -18%
System (sort by value)
Honor 7C
2665 Points ∼82%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
1531 Points ∼47% -43%
Huawei Honor 7X
2899 Points ∼90% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3236 Points ∼100% +21%
Huawei Y7 2018
1906 Points ∼59% -28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (2560 - 2898, n=7)
2701 Points ∼83% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=499)
2512 Points ∼78% -6%
Overall (sort by value)
Honor 7C
442 Points ∼33%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
923 Points ∼69% +109%
Huawei Honor 7X
1334 Points ∼100% +202%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1229 Points ∼92% +178%
Huawei Y7 2018
1020 Points ∼76% +131%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (389 - 1169, n=7)
936 Points ∼70% +112%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=503)
1255 Points ∼94% +184%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
2800 Points ∼62%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
2224 Points ∼49% -21%
Huawei Honor 7X
2772 Points ∼61% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3316 Points ∼73% +18%
Huawei Y7 2018
2133 Points ∼47% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (2777 - 3362, n=5)
3065 Points ∼68% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=197)
4524 Points ∼100% +62%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
3913 Points ∼91%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
2322 Points ∼54% -41%
Huawei Honor 7X
3342 Points ∼78% -15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4292 Points ∼100% +10%
Huawei Y7 2018
2889 Points ∼67% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (3272 - 4022, n=7)
3820 Points ∼89% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=247)
4308 Points ∼100% +10%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 7C
758 Points ∼60%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
643 Points ∼51% -15%
Huawei Honor 7X
869 Points ∼68% +15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
870 Points ∼69% +15%
Huawei Y7 2018
676 Points ∼53% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (741 - 778, n=7)
755 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=248)
1270 Points ∼100% +68%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Honor 7C
1817 Points ∼89%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
1259 Points ∼62% -31%
Huawei Honor 7X
1553 Points ∼76% -15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2038 Points ∼100% +12%
Huawei Y7 2018
1258 Points ∼62% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (1521 - 1855, n=7)
1785 Points ∼88% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼81% -10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 7C
366 Points ∼31%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
254 Points ∼21% -31%
Huawei Honor 7X
338 Points ∼28% -8%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
379 Points ∼32% +4%
Huawei Y7 2018
255 Points ∼22% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (363 - 369, n=7)
366 Points ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +224%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Honor 7C
445 Points ∼39%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
309 Points ∼27% -31%
Huawei Honor 7X
409 Points ∼36% -8%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
463 Points ∼41% +4%
Huawei Y7 2018
310 Points ∼27% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (441 - 449, n=7)
444 Points ∼39% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +155%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Honor 7C
1809 Points ∼88%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
1254 Points ∼61% -31%
Huawei Honor 7X
1656 Points ∼80% -8%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2058 Points ∼100% +14%
Huawei Y7 2018
1280 Points ∼62% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (1504 - 1833, n=7)
1771 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=384)
1540 Points ∼75% -15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 7C
713 Points ∼44%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
522 Points ∼32% -27%
Huawei Honor 7X
528 Points ∼32% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
732 Points ∼45% +3%
Huawei Y7 2018
524 Points ∼32% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (690 - 716, n=7)
701 Points ∼43% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=384)
1632 Points ∼100% +129%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Honor 7C
824 Points ∼59%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
600 Points ∼43% -27%
Huawei Honor 7X
622 Points ∼45% -25%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
854 Points ∼62% +4%
Huawei Y7 2018
603 Points ∼43% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (800 - 824, n=7)
810 Points ∼58% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=392)
1387 Points ∼100% +68%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
9162 Points ∼59%
Huawei Honor 7X
13372 Points ∼86%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
15593 Points ∼100%
Huawei Y7 2018
9153 Points ∼59%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (13596 - 15177, n=6)
14128 Points ∼91%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=539)
12880 Points ∼83%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
9713 Points ∼54%
Huawei Honor 7X
10332 Points ∼57%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13219 Points ∼73%
Huawei Y7 2018
9713 Points ∼54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (12323 - 12550, n=6)
12445 Points ∼69%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=539)
17994 Points ∼100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
9585 Points ∼63%
Huawei Honor 7X
10882 Points ∼72%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13682 Points ∼91%
Huawei Y7 2018
9583 Points ∼63%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (12604 - 12878, n=6)
12752 Points ∼84%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=540)
15114 Points ∼100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 7C
21 fps ∼67%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
16 fps ∼51% -24%
Huawei Honor 7X
19 fps ∼61% -10%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
23 fps ∼73% +10%
Huawei Y7 2018
16 fps ∼51% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (21 - 22, n=7)
18.4 fps ∼59% -12%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=564)
31.4 fps ∼100% +50%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 7C
34 fps ∼100%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
26 fps ∼76% -24%
Huawei Honor 7X
18 fps ∼53% -47%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
17 fps ∼50% -50%
Huawei Y7 2018
27 fps ∼79% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (20 - 34, n=7)
23 fps ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=567)
25 fps ∼74% -26%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 7C
9.2 fps ∼55%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
7.1 fps ∼42% -23%
Huawei Honor 7X
8 fps ∼48% -13%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.9 fps ∼59% +8%
Huawei Y7 2018
7.1 fps ∼42% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (9.2 - 9.4, n=7)
7.96 fps ∼47% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=486)
16.8 fps ∼100% +83%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 7C
18 fps ∼100%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
14 fps ∼78% -22%
Huawei Honor 7X
7.9 fps ∼44% -56%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.4 fps ∼52% -48%
Huawei Y7 2018
14 fps ∼78% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (8.8 - 18, n=7)
11.4 fps ∼63% -37%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=489)
16 fps ∼89% -11%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 7C
6 fps ∼42%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4.6 fps ∼32% -23%
Huawei Honor 7X
4.7 fps ∼33% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.5 fps ∼45% +8%
Huawei Y7 2018
4.6 fps ∼32% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (6 - 6.1, n=7)
5.2 fps ∼36% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +138%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 7C
13 fps ∼94%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
10 fps ∼72% -23%
Huawei Honor 7X
4.5 fps ∼32% -65%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.2 fps ∼45% -52%
Huawei Y7 2018
10 fps ∼72% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (5.7 - 13, n=7)
7.9 fps ∼57% -39%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼100% +7%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 7C
3.3 fps ∼33%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
2.6 fps ∼26% -21%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼29% -12%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.5 fps ∼35% +6%
Huawei Y7 2018
2.6 fps ∼26% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (3.3 - 3.5, n=7)
2.93 fps ∼30% -11%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +199%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 7C
7 fps ∼79%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
5.3 fps ∼60% -24%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼33% -59%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.4 fps ∼38% -51%
Huawei Y7 2018
5.4 fps ∼61% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (3.3 - 7, n=7)
4.36 fps ∼49% -38%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +27%

Legend

 
Honor 7C Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G6 Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Honor 7X HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y7 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash

When it comes to surfing the internet, on the other hand, the Honor 7C cannot secure a leading position. Even so, it ranks safely in the middle of our comparison devices. From a subjective perspective: Sites load relatively quickly, but photos take time.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=422)
36.7 Points ∼100% +64%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
31.299 Points ∼85% +40%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
23.097 Points ∼63% +3%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
22.35 Points ∼61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (22 - 22.6, n=7)
22.2 Points ∼60% -1%
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Chrome 66)
18.142 Points ∼49% -19%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
17.86 Points ∼49% -20%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=558)
5562 Points ∼100% +60%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
5302 Points ∼95% +53%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
4424 Points ∼80% +27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (3470 - 4078, n=7)
3927 Points ∼71% +13%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
3470 Points ∼62%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
3363 Points ∼60% -3%
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Chrome 66)
3296 Points ∼59% -5%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Chrome 66)
13730 ms * ∼100% -21%
Huawei Y7 2018 (Chrome 66)
13541 ms * ∼99% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (11370 - 11863, n=7)
11570 ms * ∼84% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=578)
11474 ms * ∼84% -1%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
11370 ms * ∼83%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
10895 ms * ∼79% +4%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
8684.3 ms * ∼63% +24%

* ... smaller is better

The speed of the Huawei Honor 7C's internal storage medium is mediocre: The Huawei Y7 2018 is outpaced here too, but most of the other devices are able to access data more quickly. 

We use a Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 as a reference card to test how fast a smartphone can access a microSD card. The Honor 7C's results are typical of its price class here. On the subject of the microSD slot: Interestingly, Honor has opted to equip the smartphone with 2 SIM card slots as well as a separate microSD slot, enabling the user to utilize all three at once. MicroSD cards are always treated as external memory, and the storage space can be used for apps.

Honor 7CMotorola Moto G6 PlayHuawei Honor 7XXiaomi Redmi 5 PlusHuawei Y7 2018Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
106%
31%
32%
-5%
4%
-3%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
60.73 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
30.55
-51%
59.46
-5%
61.5
-2%
47.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=112)
-25%
45.6 (3.4 - 87.1, n=319)
-27%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.23 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
52.65
-37%
84.38
1%
85
1%
66.4 (8.2 - 96.5, n=112)
-21%
63.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=319)
-24%
Random Write 4KB
10
61.68
517%
20.24
102%
7.1
-29%
9.5
-5%
18.9 (0.75 - 77.3, n=151)
89%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=607)
61%
Random Read 4KB
30
65.95
120%
81.4
171%
79.5
165%
38.8
29%
36.3 (3.59 - 117, n=151)
21%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=607)
28%
Sequential Write 256KB
115
135.82
18%
127.87
11%
194.5
69%
71.5
-38%
95 (14.8 - 189, n=151)
-17%
79.9 (2.99 - 246, n=607)
-31%
Sequential Read 256KB
297
243.67
-18%
265.31
-11%
270
-9%
256
-14%
230 (25.8 - 440, n=151)
-23%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=607)
-23%

Games - OK for fairly lightweight games

Simple games like “Angry Birds” are no problem for the Honor 7C, and somewhat more demanding 3D games, “Temple Run 2”, for example, also run flawlessly. The screen's low resolution is certainly a benefit here. 

There is no lag in the smartphone's reaction to input via the position sensor or touchscreen.

Angry Birds
Angry Birds
Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2

Emissions - Remains cool, reasonably good speaker

The temperatures in idle mode and under load are almost identical. In both modes, the lower portion of the front warms up the most. This is hardly noticeable, however, as the smartphone always maintains a comfortable temperature.

Max. Load
 35.4 °C
96 F
34.7 °C
94 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
 35 °C
95 F
34.6 °C
94 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
33.5 °C
92 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 38.6 °C = 101 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
33.7 °C
93 F
34.1 °C
93 F
34.6 °C
94 F
33.5 °C
92 F
34.1 °C
93 F
34.8 °C
95 F
33.7 °C
93 F
33.9 °C
93 F
34.4 °C
94 F
Maximum: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Average: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.7 °C = 98 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.6 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
heat map front
heat map front
heat map back
heat map back

Speaker

speaker test "pink noise"
speaker test "pink noise"

A small mono speaker on the bottom edge of the device is responsible for sound production, and it does a reasonably good job. At a maximum of 87.3 dB(A), it can get quite loud—and even at maximum volume, the sound is still relatively clear. It does not hold a candle to a stereo, of course, but the sound is quite good for a device in this price bracket.

Speakers or headphones can be plugged into the 3.5mm jack, and the resulting sound is clean in both cases.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.243.52532.942.53137.244.44031.744.75039.6446328.337.28027.336.410026.936.712526.731.21602430.920020.930.125020.934.431519.54140018.549.150017.555.963017.561.480015.767.5100015.871125016.672.4160015.871200015.472.7250015.571.431501674.8400015.878.950001681630016.378.4800016.376.31000016.274.71250016.471.31600016.461.7SPL28.687.3N1.164.1median 16.4median 71Delta2.113.736.23633.633.231.429.931.432.331.431.530.831.428.329.728.128.827.427.92627.725.731.624.939.12445.323.949.823.75422.557.322.458.121.959.721.66821.371.421.168.921.170.320.871.620.878.720.776.320.866.320.764.720.570.520.665.520.753.533.683.8249.9median 21.6median 59.72.211.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor 7CHuawei Honor 7X
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor 7C audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 36.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 56% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei Honor 7X audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (34.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 93% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 95% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - Low power consumption, good endurance

The Honor 7C's power usage when turned off is encouragingly low. The smartphone's energy consumption is impressive in general, given that the rest of the comparison devices need significantly more energy.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.11 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.6 / 2.16 / 2.24 Watt
Load midlight 2.59 / 4.11 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Honor 7C
3000 mAh
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4000 mAh
Huawei Honor 7X
3340 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
Huawei Y7 2018
3000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-9%
-40%
-47%
-32%
-9%
-22%
Idle Minimum *
0.6
0.68
-13%
1.02
-70%
0.7
-17%
0.9
-50%
0.73 (0.6 - 1.26, n=7)
-22%
0.88 (0.2 - 3.4, n=637)
-47%
Idle Average *
2.16
1.8
17%
2.46
-14%
2.8
-30%
1.9
12%
2.14 (0.96 - 4.22, n=7)
1%
1.719 (0.6 - 6.2, n=636)
20%
Idle Maximum *
2.24
1.83
18%
2.51
-12%
3.4
-52%
2.3
-3%
2.2 (0.99 - 4.29, n=7)
2%
1.997 (0.74 - 6.6, n=637)
11%
Load Average *
2.59
3.38
-31%
4.16
-61%
4.2
-62%
4.7
-81%
3.02 (1.85 - 5.48, n=7)
-17%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=631)
-56%
Load Maximum *
4.11
5.67
-38%
5.87
-43%
7.2
-75%
5.7
-39%
4.45 (3.04 - 6.57, n=7)
-8%
5.75 (1.2 - 14.2, n=631)
-40%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Honor 7C's efficient use of energy is apparent in its battery life: The smartphone lasted a good 11:33 hours in our WLAN test. This run time is especially good considering that the Honor 7C's battery capacity is only 3000 mAh. The Huawei Y7 2018 is equipped with the same size battery, yet our test device runs more than an hour longer.

The Honor 7C's energy usage is modest in everyday use as well: The battery should easily last through a workday, even if the device is continuously in use. The smartphone should also run through the subsequent evening without any battery issues; when used sparingly, the device could even go two days between charges. But charging the smartphone with the charger included in the box does take over two hours, not exactly a speedy process.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 33min
Honor 7C
3000 mAh
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4000 mAh
Huawei Honor 7X
3340 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
Huawei Y7 2018
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
28%
-4%
-28%
-10%
Reader / Idle
1111
1305
WiFi v1.3
693
887
28%
664
-4%
497
-28%
624
-10%
Load
199
245
H.264
687

Pros

+ metal case with good stability
+ dedicated microSD slot
+ high performance
+ relatively sharp photos
+ reasonably good speaker
+ reliable fingerprint scanner
+ low energy usage
+ long battery life

Cons

- low contrast and dark screen
- somewhat slow access to internal storage
- mediocre voice quality at maximum volume
- pre-installed advertising apps

Verdict - The Honor 7C is worth the price

In Review: the Honor 7C. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.
In Review: the Honor 7C. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.

Both in online forums and among expert groups, time and again people ask whether Huawei is creating its own competition with its Honor brand. The question is legitimate, given that the Honor 7C is in no way inferior to the similarly equipped, and slightly more expensive, Huawei Y7 2018. On the contrary: The Honor model has more performance power, better battery life and a dual camera (though in the latter case, the second lens only supports the main lens and cannot be used independently).

Even at this low price point, the display is too dark and lacking in contrast, and the storage access could stand to be faster. But those are the only points of criticism we have for the Honor 7C. Even the significantly more expensive Honor 7X sometimes has a hard time competing with its supposedly weaker brother.

Lots of performance at a low cost, a reasonably good camera and a metal case—the 7C poses a challenge for more than just the in-house competition.

The Qualcomm SoC seems to have been a lucky choice, seeing as it gives the Honor 7C a fighting chance against its rivals from other manufacturers as well. Its good price-performance ratio makes it a great bargain. 

Honor 7C - 06/06/2018 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 62%
Weight
91%
Battery
94%
Display
82%
Games Performance
27 / 63 → 42%
Application Performance
44 / 70 → 63%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
59%
Average
71%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2018-06-13 (Update: 2018-06-13)