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Watch: Yes, HONOR 8C is an affordable phone designed for gaming

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HONOR 8C is mostly known for its stylish "Cat's Eye" design. But frankly, this phone is more than just that. It comes with decent specs for gaming at its PHP 7,990 price tag.
Watch: Yes, Honor 8C is an affordable phone designed for gaming
HONOR 8C running PUBG Mobile

Key specs of HONOR 8C for gaming

What does that mean? HONOR 8C is a phone that's also built for gaming on a budget. First, it highlights a big 6.26-inch screen so you can see more.

Second, it runs with the 14nm 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor with Adreno 506 GPU inside, 3GB RAM, and 32GB expandable storage.

Third, it goes with large 4,000mAh battery.

Test results

Basic benchmark scores
Basic benchmark scores

In our benchmark test, it got an AnTuTu score of a little bit over 100K. The Geekbench single-core and multi-core scores are 1223 and 4391, respectively.

The scores we got are on par with most PHP 10 to 12K phones in the market such as the ZenFone Max M2 and Galaxy M20. There are very few that can compete or beat it at this price point.
NBA 2K19 settings
NBA 2K19 settings

In our test, we were able to play NBA 2K19 with consistent smoothness at mostly high settings. In particular, the settings we used are: stadium - high, reflection - high, shadow - high, player - high, cloth simulation - off, crowd - high, sideline - high, depth of field - off.

Other phones with the older Snapdragon 450 will experience lag even if Snapdragon 632 also uses the same Adreno 506 GPU.
PUBG settings
PUBG settings

PUBG Mobile worked well with smooth and high frame rate settings. We also tried the Mobile Legends in high settings with character frame and color blind mode off.
Mobile Legends settings
Mobile Legends settings

A gaming phone should also have strong battery performance. I'm happy to say that Honor 8C scored almost 18 hours using PCMark's work battery life test.

In real life, we played NBA 2K19 for 3 hours without data + PUBG Mobile for another 3 hours with 4G LTE data before reaching the 10 percent mark. Not bad!

Watch the sample gameplay below.


Our thoughts

HONOR 8C is a strong affordable gaming phone contender. It has an above-average phone in terms of gaming performance for its PHP 7,990 asking price, thermals are generally okay even after few hours of playing, and its battery performance is incredible.

So, can this budget phone really play games? The quick answer is yes!

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