Presentation

Presented a month ago in China, the Honor 7C has just arrived in Europe, accompanied by its little brother Honor 7A. This new entry / midrange mobile embodies Honor’s promise to democratize the 18: 9 format across all price bands. At € 179, the 7C indeed one of the cheapest smartphones from the manufacturer to present this display format.

One of the few other phones offering the same experience at this price is the Echo Horizon, tested at the beginning of the year. Otherwise, the only competition is to look for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus or Zenfone Max Plus M1, both sold twenty euros more expensive. Suffice to say that on this specific segment, Honor plays the balancing act between price and comfort of use.

Design

To reach such a price, Honor necessarily had to make some technical concessions on this 7C. The mobile has certainly an 18: 9 screen that occupies 76% of the front of the phone, making use of a hand less difficult, but it is also unfortunately equipped with a micro-USB and not USB- C for recharging. This choice, as well as the absence of waterproofing certification, costs him a few points in this category.

Apart from that, it must be admitted that the 7C is rather well built. Its metal back gives it a “premium” look and the finishes are perfectly correct for a smartphone of this price. Its large format gives it the tunes of Redmi 5 Plus, although it obviously does not help some one-handed operations. As for the design, not particularly inspired, it recalls in particular what Huawei did with the P Smart.

The handling is good, buttons like the fingerprint reader fall naturally under the fingers. The biometric sensor is also not swifter, but will always be faster than entering a password. Note also, the unlocking by facial recognition is proposed, but the method is based only on the front photo sensor and not on a dedicated equipment.

Screen

It is often the quality of the screen that clinks on the mobile less than 200 € and it is nice to see that the Honor 7C does not fall into this through. The only big dark point of his screen is his definition too weak (1440 x 720 px) on a diagonal of 6 inches. With 268 dpi “only”, the display is not the finest.

Nevertheless, despite this choice probably due to economic constraints, the screen of the Honor 7C is correct. As is often the case, the default setting is not ideal – the color temperature is too high (so the screen is blue) and the color is unnatural – but with the settings below, it is possible to to improve things.

The color temperature thus drops from 7,500 to 6,400 K, much closer to the reference value (6,500 K). The average delta E, it remains a bit high at 4.6 – and the table attests clear drift on some colors (especially greens) – but this is better than the default configuration.

Side readability is good with a maximum brightness at 455 cd / m² and a minimum of 2.8. What to enjoy quietly mobile, whether outdoors in the sun or at the bottom of his bed. The contrast rate is 1,768: 1, which is quite convincing for IPS. Finally, the reflectance is contained with a slab that reflects only 11% of the light.

Nothing to say question remanence and tactile delay, the two results are in average respectively 102 and 15 ms. All in all, the Honor 7C is doing quite well in its category and offers an experience that will satisfy the greatest number.

Performance

With a chip Snapdragon 450 and 3 GB of RAM, it should not be expected that the Honor 7C is a real power monster. For reasons of energy saving and economics at all, Honor has opted for an entry-level chip. But thanks to the magic of software optimization, the phone runs well and juggles easily with different apps, as long as they are not too greedy.

With a chip Snapdragon 450 and 3 GB of RAM, it should not be expected that the Honor 7C is a real power monster. For reasons of energy saving and economics at all, Honor has opted for an entry-level chip. But thanks to the magic of software optimization, the phone runs well and juggles easily with different apps, as long as they are not too greedy.

Regarding the heating, the 7C sometimes has small shots of fever, especially during a long photo and video session; the phone can then exceed 40 ° C, but fortunately it is localized and does not hinder the use.

As expected, the big 3D games and the Honor 7C do not exactly mix. The phone will have no trouble throwing them, but will make big sacrifices on the graphics to ensure a tolerable fluidity. Better then be limited to titles greedy power.

Audio

Unfortunately, the Honor 7C’s headphone output suffers from a few flaws, starting with the power output, far too shy to be honest. And if the dynamics is relatively good, the crosstalk is unfortunately a little messy. In short, the listening experience is not ideal.

As for the speaker, it’s not exactly fun either. Except the voices, nothing really stands out and the sound is very tight. It will therefore preferably be used for hands-free conversations.

Photo

The photo component, which was already not the highlight of the Honor 6C, is here again trapped. Even with two modules on the back, the Honor 7C fails to rise to the level of competition.

Faced with a Huawei P8 Lite 2017 that has largely blown its first candle, the Honor 7C does not hold the comparison. In broad daylight, he manages to restore a scene with fairly accurate colors and strong contrast, but a significant grain crushes a little detail of the image. The P8 Lite, it makes the choice to smooth slightly for a cleaner. The 7C also tends to slightly force outlines for a more flattering, but also less natural rendering.

As for the night photos, well … again it would be necessary to be able to distinguish something there to make a judgment. Despite a fairly long exposure time (1/12 s), the camera fails to capture enough light to see clearly. As a result, even with a P8 Lite that has heavy hand on grain and electronic noise, the 7C is not the weight.

The 8 MP front sensor does an acceptable job as long as you do not zoom too much. The skin tones are well respected and the subject properly detached from its background thanks to good contrast management. Unfortunately, the details are missing. Note, a flash is present on the front to help the user to take selfies successful even in the middle of the night.

Conclusion

At first glance, the Honor 7C is a very attractive phone. For less than 200 €, it offers a convincing screen, excellent autonomy and impeccable finishes. Unfortunately, its weaknesses in audio and especially in photography do not allow it to rise to the level of other references such as the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus or even the 2017 Huawei P8 Lite which, despite its advanced age, is overall better.