With the Realme 3 solidifying its ground as one of the best budget phones in 2019, Honor 8C made an appearance out of nowhere offering solid specs for under P8k price. That said, can it match the value proposition of Realme’s device? Let’s find out.
Honor 8C and Realme 3 Differences
Advantages of Honor 8C
- Gaming Suite
- Cat’s Eye design
- Better Face Unlock in low light situations
- slightly larger screen at 6.26-inch
- BT aptX support
Advantages of Realme 3
- smaller notch
- Android 9.0 Pie
- slightly faster Helio P60
- 13MP selfie camera
- larger 4230mAh battery
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Honor 8C and Realme 3 Similarities
- 720p+ display resolution
- IPS LCD panel
- polycarbonate build with a glass-like finish
- dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
- 13MP + 2MP main camera
- single selfie camera
- BT 4.2
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 10W fast charging
Which is the better buy between the Honor 8C and Realme 3?
Starting with the design, both the Realme 3 and Honor 8C stand out on its own. The former device has a smaller notch for more screen real estate, while the latter phone has a unique Cat’s Eye design on the back which should provide depth when you look at it. But for protection, the Realme 3 comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 advantage.
Better performance goes to the Realme 3 due to the Helio P60. Although the Snapdragon 632 on the Honor 8C is power-efficient, it doesn’t perform as fast as the MediaTek competitor. Not to mention, we have a more updated Android 9.0 Pie on Realme’s device. However, the Honor device provides Gaming Suite that prevents disturbance while gaming.
When it comes to cameras, the main shooters are a tie on paper with 13MP + 2MP hardware for both. However, selfies should look better on the Realme 3 with a slightly larger 13MP sensor.
While Honor 8C is boasting its 2-day battery life, you might have slightly longer runtime on the Realme 3 due to its larger 4230mAh battery capacity. As for the rest, both phones are on par with each other, like an audio jack, micro USB, and fingerprint scanner.
The Honor 8C is priced at P7,999, while the Realme 3 can be had for only P5,990 and goes up to P7,990 for the 64GB variant. Although Honor offers some exclusive features, like the unique design and Gaming Suite, it’s still no match for the value proposition of Realme’s budget king phone.
|Specs||Honor 8C||Realme 3|
|Display||6.26-inch FullView IPS LCD HD+, ~269ppi, 19:9 ratio||6.22-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 270ppi, 19:9 ratio|
|Dimensions||157.2 x 76 x mm, 167g||156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 (14 nm)||Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 506||Mali-G72 MP3|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB + microSD slot, up to 256GB||64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||13 MP, f/1.8, PDAF + 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor||13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, 1.12µm, PDAF
2 MP, depth sensor
|Front Camera||8 MP, f/2.0||13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.12µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX, micro USB, headphone jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery, 10W charging||Non-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh battery, 10W charging|
|OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Official Price||P7,999||P5,990 for 3GB/32GB model|