The Honor V10 is a gorgeous, high-end handset but if you’re on a budget, take a look at the recently announced Honor 7C and Honor 7A.

Both phones are Huawei’s response to Apple’s facial recognition system. Huawei claims that their tech is faster than the one iPhoneX sports!

That is definitely more convenient for the user, but is it more safe? It’s tough to say. In theory, it shouldn’t be more secure, because the Honor smartphones use the selfie camera to map 1,024 facial points to register your biometrics. They don’t sense depth to create a 3D image of your features, as the iPhoneX does.

In its defense, the Honor 7C does have a fingerprint scanner if you don’t want to rely only on facial ID, which is a pleasant surprise for a mid-ranger.

On the specs front, don’t expect the Honor 7C or the Honor 7A to offer as much as the flagship Honor V10. That said, they don’t disappoint, especially when you look at the retail price – less than $250.

Of the two, the Honor 7C is the more expensive option, coming at £170 / $243. It offers a 6-inch 1440 x 720 px display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and 3GB of RAM, plus a dual rear camera. That consists of a 13MP main camera with a 2MP one designed to provide depth, while the front facing camera has an 8MP sensor and a flash. All of that is housed in a beautiful metal body. #mobilemagic

The Honor 7A skips the metal and relies on plastic, but that’s to be expected from a £140 / $200 smartphone.

honor 7a

Unlike the 7C, it features a single 13 MP rear camera and lacks a fingerprint scanner. The specs have been lowered to a 5.7 inch display, a Snapdragon 430 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16GB, not 32GB of storage.

Both phones have the same 8 MP front camera with flash, a 3000 mAh battery and run Android 8 Oreo.

Expect them to arrive in Europe at the end of the month. There’s no word yet on an US or Australian launch date, unfortunately, but that’s not surprising, considering that major US carriers dropped Huawei from their lineup.

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