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Honor 8C vs Realme 3: Entry-level smartphone battle

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There has been a huge shakeup in the entry-level, under Php10,000 smartphone segment. Manufacturers are really leveling up their game to provide consumers with the best possible set of features at affordable prices.

One of the devices that’s part of the movement is the Honor 8C. This device proves that you don’t have to pay a lot of money to get a decent gaming and battery performance, camera quality, and great design on a smartphone.

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However, the Honor 8C is not the only device to have this set of incredible feat. A few weeks earlier its release, we also saw the Realme 3, a device that gained a lot of attention thanks to the appealing specs that it has for the price.

Today, here in our Honor 8C versus Realme 3 entry-level smartphone battle, we’re about to see which between these two budget-friendly devices can satisfy all the things you’re demanding for in a smartphone. Let’s start.

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 Honor 8CRealme 3
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
Android 9 Pie
ColorOS 6.0
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.26-inch HD+ IPS
1520 x 720 pixel resolution
~269ppi
6.2-inch HD+ IPS
1520 x 720 pixel resolution
~271ppi
Processor1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core
RAM3GB3GB/4GB
GPUAdreno 506Mali-G71 MP3
Storage32GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
32GB/64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera8-megapixel
Face Beauty
Soft Light flash
13-megapixel
AI Face Beauty
Rear Camera13-megapixel +
2-megapixel
f/1.8
PDAF
LED flash
AI scene detection
13-megapixel +
2-megapixel
f/1.8
PDAF
LED flash
AI scene detection
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
FM Radio
microUSB
HSPA+, LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
FM Radio
microUSB
Dimensions158.72 x 75.94 x 7.98mm156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3mm
Weight167g175g
ColorsBlue
Black
Purple
Gold
Radiant Blue
Dynamic Black
Classic Black
Battery4,000mAh
non-removable
4,230mAh
non-removable
10W fast charger
PricePhp7,9993GB/32GB: Php6,990
3GB/64GB: Php7,990
4GB/64GB: Php9,990

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Both the Honor 8C and Realme 3 have their own strengths and weaknesses — which can affect your overall purchase decision. So, let’s talk about them.

For those who are into for long gaming sessions, movie binge-watching, and other extended activities, you might want to check out the Honor 8C.

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Now I know that the table below shows that the Realme 3 has a bigger battery, but based on my time with these two devices, the Honor 8C’s smaller capacity actually delivered better longevity.

When we ran PCMark’s battery test in our Realme 3 review, it had a screen-on time of 10 hours and 47 minutes. Meanwhile, in our Honor 8C review, it got a better score of 13 hours and 3 minutes, which is obviously longer than the former.

Bear in mind that both devices have a battery-friendly and identical 6.26-inch HD+ IPS displays. Although one of the possible reasons why they differ in battery performance is their processors.

The Realme 3, although has a slightly more powerful MediaTek Helio P60 processor, still falls behind in terms of overall power efficiency with Snapdragon chipsets like what the Honor 8C has.

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As for the camera, both the Honor 8C and Realme 3 are equipped with a 13-megapixel primary shooter with an accompanying 2-megapixel depth-sensor. They come with a wide f/1.8 aperture, which lets more light in for brighter images, and PDAF for faster autofocus.

Without any software optimization, the Realme takes great photos with enough sharpness and decent contrast. The colors are also good and saturated enough. However, it feels like the colors coming out of the Honor 8C looks more appealing in the eyes.

The Honor 8C might take slightly better photos at daytime and most scenarios, but if you’re into night photography, then the Realme 3 and its Nightscape mode probably suits you better.

In addition, the Realme 3 has a 13-megapixel selfie camera, which offers better sharpness than the Honor 8C’s 8-megapixel shooter. However, the Soft Light flash that the 8C has gives you more flexibility as it lets you take well-lit images at night, or even in pitch black rooms.

See also: Realme 3 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Specs Comparison

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Lastly, let’s talk about the devices’ design. The Realme 3 offers a flashier gradient design on the back, which could really attract a lot of people’s attention. But if you want to go for a more subtle look, the Honor 8C’s matte paint job might suit you better. The Blue model also has a ‘Cat’s Eye’ design, which offers a reflective design despite the understated look.

If you’re interested in getting any of these two devices, they are both available in their respective physical stores, kiosks, and online shops all over the Philippines.

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