Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 9N (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor 7C (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 9N (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Huawei Honor 7C (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Huawei Honor 9N (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Huawei Honor 7C Huawei Honor 9N
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Excellence Score
22.4
30.0
Value for Money Score
68.3
82.8
Price ₹ 8,499 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Jul, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #60 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 659Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Mali-T830 MP2
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture PDAF, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, F/2.0 Aperture 2.0µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.8 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 164 gm 152 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Party Mode; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • With a flat metal backplate, 2.5D curved glass on the front, and a display that dominates the front fascia, the Honor 7C feels sleek and premium
  • The lack of antenna lines, subtle Honor branding, minimal regulatory information lend a very clean and minimal look to the back panel
  • Build quality is top-notch too, and the phone feels solid in the hand
  • Decent 5.99 inch 18:9 modern, tall display - colours are vibrant and viewing angles are spot on (although outdoor visibility is average, and resolution could have been better)
  • The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, and is ergonomically placed - it can be used for a variety of shortcuts such as taking a picture, answering calls, and sliding down the notification panel
  • Battery life is decent (though not overly impressive)- with moderate use, the phone will last the day - EMUI also has a host of battery saving features, one of which reduces the screen resolution when you're running low on power
  • The Honor 7C also supports face recognition, using the 8-megapixel front camera - it works quite well for the most part in good light
  • Beautiful, premium, glass-based design - arguably the best-looking smartphone in its price range - takes a lot of cues from its expensive brethren (like the Honor 10) in its design which basically means that you are getting a modern looking smartphone for quite an affordable price
  • The build quality is great too - the smartphone feels solid in hand and is very well build - the glass on glass construction gives it a premium vibe
  • Compact size - the smartphone is perfect for one-handed use and is neither too small nor too large - anyone who appreciates ergonomics will like this phone
  • Very good collection of colors, so you can pick to your taste (something not common in the budget price bracket)
  • Excellent display - a 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and a modern 19:9 aspect ratio (with minimal bezels) which means that you are getting more vertical space which is good for things like reading and social media apps - overall it is one of the best IPS panels in this price bracket - the colors are on point and the display features very good viewing angles - it also gets fairly bright and sunlight visibility is no problem here
  • Huawei’s EMUI skin, though somewhat bloated, brings a tons of customizability, features, and theming capabilities which is not found on stock Android (it also uses lots of vibrant colors in its iconography which depending on your preferences you might like or not)
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - the phone is able to capture good pictures in bright light conditions - with ample details, low noise, and good dynamic range - even the portrait shots are above average with the background blur not feeling artificial
  • Decent selfie camera too, in good lighting conditions
  • Good call quality with effective noise cancellation
  • The speaker gets fairly loud (however, it is very easy to muffle with your fingers, so you have to be careful while using the phone in landscape mode)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - with moderate use, you will end up 20% battery left in the tank, at the end of the day
  • Dual-SIM with dual-4G standby support
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Pretty wide which hinders one-handed use considerably
  • The Honor 7C runs Huawei's EMUI custom skin atop Android - although EMUI has matured over the years and is now one of the most versatile and feature-loaded skins out there, it is still cluttered in some places and laden with bloat - a multitude of Honor's applications compete with Google's own, and the phone comes with a lot of 3rd party apps pre-installed
  • Although performance is decent in day-to-day use, it does struggle with intensive workloads - with multiple apps open in the background, you will experience lags - other phones in this price bracket, even those with the same Snapdragon 450 (like the Redmi 5) seem to do better
  • Average dual camera system on the rear - there is lack of detail in the images, and low light shots are barely usable - the blur (bokeh) effect is also not the most accurate, and edge detection around the subject is average - video recording is strictly average too - the cameras on competing phones like Redmi Note 5 and Realme 1 are significantly better
  • The 8-megapixel front shooter is average too - it can take decent photos in good light but struggles in low light, producing noisy and murky shots
  • The speaker that is very shrill and tinny
  • No modern USB-Type C port for charging and data transfers
  • The smartphone also does not support quick charging, and takes more than two and a half hours to charge fully using the included charger
  • On the whole, potential buyers are likely to find a much better value proposition in the likes of the Oppo Realme 1 (which lacks a fingerprint sensor but offers a better-rounded package), or the Redmi Note 5 (which offers far more value for money), or the Asus Max Pro M1 (simple, stock Android UI) - the Honor 7C will also face tough competition from Honor's own 9 Lite (which has a higher-resolution display, a better set of cameras, and a sleek glass body)
  • One of the main issues with the phone is in terms of performance - day-to-day experience is ok but not always butter smooth - there are the odd stutters, and launching apps takes a tad bit longer than they should - a lot of this might also have to do with EMUI not being optimised, apart from the aging chipset
  • No fast charging support - takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Honor 9N, while it looks gorgeous, is let down a bit by its performance - if you want good all-round devices you should look at the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro, or ZenFone Max Pro instead - both these phones bring faster processors, better cameras, and larger batteries
Expert Reviews
  1. Offers decent value for your money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A nifty option in the budget category
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Jack of all trades
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  13. business-standard.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. A beautiful piece of design and hardware...but held back by its performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a sleek phone with a great display, the Honor 9N makes for a good buy
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the most beautiful and stylish phones in this range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Brings the Honor 10’s elegant design to a sub 15K price point, but the corners that have had to be cut are obvious
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good smartphone...most people who are planning to buy one will not regret their decision
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easily your go-to phone in 2018....checks all the necessary boxes for a youth-friendly phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A gorgeous looking smartphone, which comes with the glass body and a premium looking display....However, in terms of performance, rear camera and battery, Asus and Xiaomi have an upper hand
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Worth its price if you're looking for a good-looking device with a commendable camera...but fails to match up to the competition in some other respects
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
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