This new product from Honor comes in the mid-range segment. Launched at Rs 10,999, this smartphone will compete with the most crowded budget segment smartphone in India. Honor 5c clash Moto G4 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo Zook Z1 Like with a great smartphone. Today we will review Honor 5C and know what are the shortcomings and features of the smartphone.
look and design
The Honor 5C looks a lot like the Honor 5X. The rear panels of both the phones are largely similar, especially the brushed metal finish. There is a slight difference between the sides and the bottom of the phone where the design and texture is slightly different from the 5X. We think the 5X is much better looking than the 5C smartphone. The camera lens and fingerprint sensor are also on the rear like the previous phone.
Apart from this, some other changes have also been made in this phone, the most important of which is the size of the phone. Honor 5C has a smaller 5.2-inch screen. Being small, the phone is quite easy to hold. The phone is quite different when it comes to weight and thickness. Honor 5C looks pretty strong.
The sides of the phone are under the standard layout. Power and volume buttons are given on the right side while the SIM tray is on the left. The micro-USB port and speaker are on the bottom and 3.5mm socket on the top. Although there are two grilles in the phone, but the one on the right of these is actually the speaker. Apart from this, the sides of the phone are rotated, which makes it feel good in the hand but the grip of the phone becomes a bit difficult.
The phone flaunts a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LCD screen that covers 68.7 inches at the front. On-screen Android buttons have been given instead of capacitive touch buttons in the phone. Talking about the screen, it is quite bright but not too bright either. Along with this, the colors are also quite dull and in general we found the screen less vibrant and muted. The screen remains sharp most of the time, but if you watch videos or spend most of the time in sunlight, you may find the screen a bit dull.
The Honor 5C has a fingerprint sensor on the rear that can be used to unlock the phone as well as unlock apps. The fingerprint sensor is always on standby and works well even when the phone is in sleep mode. The fingerprint sensor is accurate but not better than some of the devices we reviewed recently. You have to keep the finger on the sensor for some time to unlock the phone.
Specifications and software
The Honor 5C has most of the mid-range specifications like the 5X but there are some differences as well. The most important of these is the use of Kirin 650 processor, which has been made by Huawei’s subsidiary Hisilicon. This is the company’s new mid-range processor. The 5C is quite different in terms of processor from the 5X that comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor. It is worth noting that 16nm FinFET+ has been used to make this processor, which promises better performance. Along with this, this processor also claims to give better battery life than Qualcomm and MediaTek.
The Honor 5C packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card) and packs a 3000mAh battery. In this price, however, you will also get smartphones with 3 GB or more RAM. Honor 5C comes with 2GB of RAM and a good memory management system that keeps apps out of RAM so that the phone runs smoothly. However, the phone will only do limited graphics work and works well under most normal conditions.
Honor 5C runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, on top of which Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 skin has been given. Changes between the old and new EMUI versions do not make much sense as it retains its familiar look. Which includes a single layer user interface, notification shade and quick setting menu. One of the most notable features in this UI is Magazine Lock Screen which replaces the lock screen background with a new picture every time. The Phone Manager app is very handy and lets you control system optimization functions, data usage, lock apps, and battery consumption.
Android Marshmallow has also got a lot of new features including better performance, Doze mode for battery optimization, Now on tap and new app permissions system. The OS given in this phone is much better than the OS given in the previous Honor device. But still we would prefer devices that come with MIUI and CyanogenOS due to more customization and control.
Honor 5C has 13 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel front camera. Recording of up to 1080 pixels can be done from both the cameras and a single LED flash has been given in the rear camera. Apart from this, there is also HDR, slow-motion video, time-lapse video and panorama mode.
The software comes with a few more fun tricks, including Pro Photo and Pro Video modes that let you adjust every setting, light painting, food mode, and all-focus. The settings menu includes controls for object tracking, smile capture, self-timer, and resolution. There is a quick switcher between photo and video along with front and rear camera switcher, flash and filters.
The camera performance of Honor 5C is much better than Honor 5X. Photos from 5C come with good colors and detailing. Photos come out great in well-lit settings and photos taken in low light are also fine. But there is a slight scatter in the pictures, but according to the phone coming in this price, the pictures are quite good.
Focus speed has also improved from the previous phone and now object tracking is better and response is faster than before. The front camera has also improved. Macro shots are good and the camera comes with good color and detailing pictures. However, like other better camera phones available in this price, the camera of Honor 5C does not get anything special.
Huawei did not give its Hisilicon processor in Honor 5X. But as usual Kirin 650 processor has been given in 5C. The performance of the phone is excellent and the phone works well in almost all types of conditions. However, there are many better performing phones available in other phones of this price. You will not find any special problem in Honor 5C.
Honor 5C got good figures in the benchmarking test. Graphics and video performance in the phone is fine but there is some problem while running multiple apps and playing heavy games at the same time.
In Honor 5C, there is no problem when it comes to quality, network and data connectivity. Despite the 3000 mAh battery, the battery life is also better than the Honor 5X. In our video loop test, we got up to 11 hours and 11 minutes of battery life from the phone, and the battery can easily last a full day under normal usage. Android Doze mode helps a lot in reducing battery consumption and we noticed that despite 4G connectivity, the phone does not consume battery when not in use.
Honor 5C is a slightly better phone than its previous phone. Its more powerful processor and minor improvements in the camera make it better than the 5X. The design and look of the phone has also improved. The phone doesn’t have much to complain about, especially with this price tag.
But, 5C cannot be called a great phone. The phone does not have any special attractive features and it is an average device in all respects. If the price of the phone was a little less, it would have been better. Customers would prefer to buy some other phones in this price range like Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo Zook Z1.