Honor’s new budget phones keep the headphone jack and ditch the notch

Honor 7A (left) and 7C

One of the bizarre twists of the 2018 smartphone market is that the phones most Android fans want — ones with a headphone jack and without a notch in the screen — are easier to find among budget models than premium offerings. Today’s announcement from Honor is a perfect example: the 5.7-inch Honor 7A and the 6-inch Honor 7C both offer 18:9 displays with reasonably sized bezels and no notch to spoil the view, plus they retain the 3.5mm audio jack that more expensive phones seem to be allergic to these days.

I got my hands on both of these phones ahead of the unveiling today. Priced at £139.99 (roughly $200) in the UK, the Honor 7A asks that you accept a lot of compromises. Its display isn’t particularly bright or vibrant, and its…

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