The sub-Rs 10,000 segment is one of the most competitive mobile phone market in India. Two noted products in this segment are the Honor 4C and the Asus Zenfone 5. The Honor 4C is available for Rs 8,999 while the cheapest model of Asus Zenfone 5 costs Rs 8,499. We decided to take a look at how these two phones compare with each other.
Design and Display
The Honor 4C is a gorgeous smartphone with matte finish back panel. Its rectangular rear camera panel further enhances its look. However, at 162 grams, the Honor 4C is a bit heavy for a 5 inch display bearing smartphone. Also, it isn’t thin either with 8.8 mm thickness but the thick sides make it easy to hold. It is available in black, white, and gold colours. There are pink and blue versions only, but those are not available in India as of now.
The Asus Zenfone 5 too comes in several colour options including black, gold, red and white. It has a curvier body with a maximum thickness of 10.3 mm. The phone is also lighter than Honor 4C with weight of just 145 grams.
Both the phones have 5 inch IPS display with high definition resolution. The Zenfone 5 here has a slight edge as its display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Processor & Memory
The Honor 4C is armed with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 620 processor, which is developed by Huawei itself and it runs at a maximum clock speed of 1.2 GHz. This octa core processor with 2 GB of RAM, needless to say, will run the phone smoothly even while multitasking and can handle even high end games with ease. The Honor 4C also offers 8 GB of internal memory as well as 32 GB microSD card slot.
The Asus Zenfone 5 runs a dual-core processor clocked at 2 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. It though offers 8 GB internal memory as well as 64 GB expandable storage slot.
Both the phones come with Android KitKat operating system with customised user interface. The Asus Zenfone 5 has the ZenUI while the Honor 4C comes with EMUI 3.0 interface. Both these UI have their unique features and looks.
The Honor 4C has a battery of 2550 mAh, which can provide up to 10 hours of talk time or 600 hours of standby on 3G network. The Asus Zenfone 5 has a much smaller battery at 2110 mAh. Unfortunately, Asus has not revealed its talktime but says that it offers 334 hours of standby (2G and 3G both).
The Honor 4C has a 13 megapixel primary camera with auto-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, flash, and video recording at 1080p at 30 fps. For selfies, the Honor 4C has a 5 megapixel unit in its front which can record videos at 720p, meaning you can have crystal clear video calls.
The Asus Zenfone 5 has an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, geo-tagging and flash; while in the front of the phone there is a simple 2 megapixel selfie shooter.
The Honor 4C is a dual-SIM (micro) phone with 3G, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot. Asus Zenfone 5 also offers plenty of connectivity features including dual-SIM (micro), GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and WiFi.
The Honor 4C with octa core processor and a bigger battery seems to have clear advantage over Zenfone 5. Plus it has much better looking rear as well as front camera. The Zenfone 5 also has some advantages like a better display (with Corning Gorilla Glass) and slightly smaller price tag.