Huawei Honor 4C is one of the latest mid-range devices from the Chinese manufacturer. It costs only 21,000/- PKR (~210 USD) and is available in White, Black and Gold. What separates the Honor 4C from its competition is the larger 2GB RAM which is not offered by smartphones at this price range. But there’s more to the Honor 4C than just a larger RAM. You can read all about it in our Huawei Honor 4C review below.
Design & Build Quality
Honor 4C delivers what we’ve come to expect from Huawei, in mid-range smartphones. Design of the Huawei Honor 4C is simple yet elegant and the build quality is solid. Honor 4C is a bit heavy, weighing in at 162g but it’s one of those things you eventually get used to. Also, since the device is completely made out of plastic, it doesn’t grip well and slips quite often.
You’ll find all the regulars on the front of the device i.e. a speaker grille, 5MP front camera, proximity and light sensors, 5″ IPS LCD and three touch buttons. There also is a thin chrome strip which goes all around the edges of the Honor 4C.
Backcover of the device is mostly clean and has a nice paper like texture. Loudspeaker grille is located near the bottom while a 13MP camera, the LED flash and a microphone is at the top, as usual. In between the both but inclined towards the top is the Honor logo, engraved into the backcover.
All the ports are in all the usual places. The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top while the micro-USB port is at the bottom, placed towards a side of the phone instead of being in the center.
One side of the Honor 4C is completely clean while the other hosts the volume rocker and the chrome power button. Unlike many new mid-range smartphones, Honor 4C does not have feeble hardware buttons.
Performance & Battery
Honor 4C has a 1.2GHz Octa-Core processor with Huawei’s very own HiSilicon Kirin 620 chipset. It performs noticeably better than most of the competition and scores an average score of 30,000 on the AnTuTU benchmark. All the games such as Asphalt 8, Subway Surfer and Agent Dash do run smoothly on the Honor 4C.
Huawei Honor 4C comes with a 2550mAh Li-Ion battery. It does have a removable backcover but the battery is screwed into the device which is why it is not user replaceable. Battery life of the Honor 4C is a bit disappointing. For me the Honor 4C was never able to last for more than a day under casual usage.
Huawei Honor 4C has Android v4.4.2 with Emotion UI 3.0 atop. User interface of the Honor 4C is quite nimble and in many ways similar to what we’ve experienced on Huawei’s last year flagship device, Ascend Mate 7.
There is not much that you can do on the lockscreen. You can drag up to open a drawer with quick access to a few apps and features. You can swipe left or right to unlock your device and you’ll end up on the homescreen.
If you’ve used the Emotion UI before, you’ll know that there is no app drawer. Just like the Apple’s iOS or OPPO’s ColorOS or Mi’s MIUI, all the apps are available from different pages of your homescreen. You can tap and hold to customize your homscreen or drap down from the top to open a quick search. Recently used apps also appear right below the quick search bar.
Phone Manager is a notable feature of the Emotion UI. It complements Android with a few essential features that are must have for every user. These features include: harassment filter, power saving, app lock and more. Harassment filter allows users to blacklist numbers so that they don’t bother them. Power saving feature can be used to close background processes and save battery when its about to end. App lock enables users to protect their personal applications with a PIN code or pattern lock.
Here are a few more images of the Huawei’s Emotion UI v3.0 running on the Honor 4C.
Honor 4C comes with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera. Both the cameras perform quite well outdoors as well as indoor. Colors are quite natural and a good level of details can be found in the images. Not to forget that the images are reasonably sharp as well.
Here are a few sample images for you to have a look at.
Honor 4C Review Wrap-up
Huawei Honor 4C is a mid-range device with a simple design and some good hardware to accompany it. Fashion savvy people might find the Honor 4C to be a little thick and a lot heavy. But we feel that Huawei Honor 4C is probably one of the best smartphones in it’s price range. This is mainly because almost no competing phone has equally powerful CPU and a 2GB RAM, which we think is a must for smooth operation of the Android OS. There is a lot good and not much bad with the Honor 4C which is why we’d recommend it to casual as well as power-users. Sadly enough, Honor 4C isn’t for those who want their smartphones to last longer because of the pretty average battery life that it has.
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