Recently in Belarus, a relatively new brand for our country – Honor – declared itself . The “daughter” of Huawei has ambitious plans, and its main rival is not anyone but Xiaomi, who has already firmly established in the minds of Belarusians as an example of how to make high-quality and inexpensive devices. Can Xiaomi in general have a competitor in the budget segment?
To fight the opponent Honor put forward the model 7C. The smartphone is designed to fight a new potential hit from Xiaomi – Redmi 6. The characteristics of the models are very similar, but the price is the same. Most recently, we reviewed Redmi 6 . It’s time to compare it to Honor 7C . Did you get a “killer”?
- Display and sound
Paint Honor 7C in gray (or Redmi 6 – in blue), and you might think that we have representatives of a smartphone line from one manufacturer. Almost identical front panels, a plastic case with rounded sides, a double camera, the location of a fingerprint sensor and buttons – all this is very, very similar.
At second glance, the differences, of course, come up. Honor is larger due to the larger display and slightly thinner. The design is also different – 7C is made in the form of a “sandwich” with a glossy layer under the metal, whereas the Redmi 6 has a solid cover with the transition to the ends.
The location of the speaker in the case of the Honor 7C is classic, there are no experiments with its placement on the rear panel. At first you might think that the manufacturer placed the stereo speaker from below, but no, in reality only one “batch” of holes is allocated to the monophonic speaker, while the second hides the microphone.
For charging, unfortunately, in 2018, microUSB is still used. Headphone jack remained, tray one, but just triple – for two “simok” and a memory card. Curiously, the Redmi 6 has the same layout for the number of slots, but they are implemented in two trays.
Despite the different dimensions, the sensations from using two smartphones are very similar due to the fashionable elongated design, and the plastic to the touch is equally neutral.
It is not possible to distinguish the advantages of one or the other phone in terms of design and design. Honor 7C and Xiaomi Redmi 6 are typical modern state employees who are not ashamed to get out of pocket, but who do not have a highlight. About such it is customary to say “just a phone” or “workhorse”. To say that one is prettier or more convenient than another will not work, as this is only a matter of taste or personal preferences in the brand.
o, in appearance, design and comfort of use between models parity – 1: 1 (well, or 0: 0).
Honor 7C received a 5.7-inch display. Redmi 6 has a smaller screen – 5.45 inches, and the resolution is the same – 720 × 1440 pixels. This means that the pixel density of the Xiaomi smartphone is higher. However, the difference is so small that it is extremely difficult to notice it. In both cases, I would like to get more permission. Waiters wanted, and the price dictates its rules.
But what Honor 7C can not refuse, it’s in a noticeably larger margin of brightness. When in sunny weather on the display of Redmi 6 you stop to discern anything, the competitor still holds. Of the minor and almost invisible differences – just a little bit, a fraction of a millimeter, the narrower frames of Honor and the fashionable rounded corners of Xiaomi.
With a small margin, but in this case, the advantage we leave for Honor 7C. Not because of a large screen (after all, many, on the contrary, prefer a smaller display and, as a consequence, a more compact phone), but only thanks to a brighter backlight.
In the review Xiaomi Redmi 6 we wrote that the speaker in the smartphone is loud and this is its only advantage. Well, Honor’s sound is even louder, but there’s no need to talk about any bulging low frequencies. In general, the volume is also the only advantage of 7C.
In headphones Honor 7C competitor merges. Redmi 6 sounds juicier, the bass “sausage” is stronger, while in 7C the low frequencies are somehow quite inexpressive. If you are a music lover, but look narrowly at the budget phone, Xiaomi is unlikely to please you much, but it will disappoint less than the opponent.
Not only the proportions of 18: 9 entered the budget segment, but also dual cameras. Another question is, are the images better due to this? Honor 7C is equipped with a photomodule in the layout of 13 + 2 megapixels. At Redmi 6 the main camera is smaller, and the auxiliary one is more – 12 + 5 megapixels. And in one, and in the second case the second camera is needed for shooting with background blur.
In our opinion, subjective photos with a blurred background in Xiaomi are obtained more accurately. In a photo with a motorcycle, Honor could not figure out a complex object and “zamylil” more details than necessary.
With good lighting, both phones behave almost identically, except that Honor 7C slightly “blushes”, and Redmi 6 just a little “yellow”. At macro shooting in the sun, the device from Honor over-lighted the petals, but it was not mistaken with focusing on the kiwi photo.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 is able to shoot video in slow motion, and in Honor 7C – self-module with more detail. Oh, yes, not to spoil the impression of the camera, and in one or in the second case, it is better not to enlarge the images.
Its small “fiche” is in Redmi 6, but Honor 7C also boasts of small advantages. If you only evaluate the main thing – the quality of the photo, then in general both devices for the budget segment are shot very dignified.
Honor 7C runs Android 8 with the proprietary EMUI shell. The approach to design is slightly different than Xiaomi. The latter prefers minimalism and simplicity, while the EMUI authors emphasize customization. Again, in this case we are talking about tastes again.
Speaking of functionality, we are dealing with Android, which means that everything is more or less identical. Redmi 6 has more special gestures for control, Honor 7C has an imitation of a two-level click on the iPhone in system applications (for example, click and hold the “Settings” tab to see the drop-down menu with communication settings).
Curiously, both the Honor 7C and Redmi 6 officially support the face unlocking feature. However, in our Redmi 6 there was no necessary menu item in the security settings. The competitor has such an opportunity, and it is implemented perfectly. Up to the speed of the flagships does not hold, but it is comfortable to use: the glasses do not interfere, the operating angle is not strictly straight, it works in the dark (although it takes more time). The only pity is that, unlike the same Honor 10, you have to press the power button of the phone.
But you can also unlock the device in the old fashion, using a fingerprint sensor. The speed of operation is high, there are almost no errors. However, like Xiaomi.
The hardware of the two smartphones, at first glance, is identical. RAM 3 GB, a drive for 32 GB, eight-core processor – what else is necessary for happiness? In fact, the difference is and is just in the computing power of the chip.
Honor 7C is based on a good, but obsolete Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, which is almost three years old. Redmi 6 also received an inexpensive, but much more recent processor Helio P22, built on topical 12-nm process technology and equipped with a more powerful video accelerator.
Judging by the benchmarks, the overall performance of the Redmi 6 is about a quarter higher than that of the Honor 7C. Is it noticeable in everyday use? Yes and no. Web surfing, interface, phone calls and other such undemanding tasks are performed equally equally on both devices. The camera for a split second runs faster on the Redmi 6. In heavy games, there is a lack of fps on one that is on another smartphone. Subjectively, the phone from Xiaomi is a bit faster and a couple of frames per second to the game process adds.
The Honor 7C still has an NFC chip, but its utility in our conditions is zero. To exchange files, there are many other technologies, and the system of contactless payments from Huawei we still do not work. Both smartphones, unfortunately, do not support 5-gigahertz Wi-Fi.
Let the hardware advantage is not overwhelming, but it does, so Redmi 6 looks preferable to the competitor in this parameter.
What is now capable of a 3000 mAh battery installed in 7C? Approximately the same, what can a battery of the same capacity in any other smartphone. With active work, with surfing and games, the phone dies late at night. If you moderate appetites and use the device primarily for calls, the pleasure can be stretched for two days.
Quick charging is not, the battery itself can not be replaced. Everything is very, very similar to the Redmi 6. By autonomy, despite the processors of different generations, both smartphones are directly twins.
Anyway, but the main competitor for Honor is really Xiaomi, and not one model, but two.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 – the most obvious opponent of 7C, against which the novelty from Honor was clearly aimed. Of course, in this situation, the vendor tries to offer the most similar characteristics, leveling the flaws by some kind of response “chips”. In Honor 7C, for example, the screen is better due to a larger margin of brightness, a louder speaker and a perfectly working unlock on the face. But the Redmi 6 has better sound in headphones and a newer processor.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 . Curiously, not only for Honor 7C, but also for Redmi 6, a strong competitor seems to be Redmi 5, which appeared at the very end of last year. Yes, it has a dull display, there is no dual camera, and in general the photo capabilities are not impressive, but the body is metallic, the processor is smoother and price is smaller