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Honor 5C hands on review

Huawei’s Honor C series comes with smartphones that are targeted in the low budget segment. The recent phone in this budget was the Honor 5C that is priced at Rs.10,999. The specs are decent but there are a lot of tough competitors in this price bracket. Let us do the Honor 5C hands on review and find out if it is worth buying.

Honor 5C hands on review

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Design – 7.5/10

Honor 5C comes with a brushed aluminium finish on the back and has a tough build. On the right, there is the power button, volume rocker while the SIM tray is on the left. Micro USB port is at the bottom along with the speaker grills. The 3.5 mm audio jack is on the top with secondary noise cancellation microphone. On the back we have the camera and the fingerprint sensor. The placement of the components is pretty much common like in the other devices. The phone weighs 156g in weight and has a good one hand grip. The only bad thing about this device in terms of design is the thick bezel on the front. The bezel steals away all the beauty of the phone’s display. This is not the case with its rival Le 2, which has an amazing design. I am not much impressed by Honor 5C in terms of look but the phone’s build is all strong and you can definitely rely on it.

Display – 8/10

Honor 5C has a 5.2 inch full HD display which feels perfect when you hold the phone with one hand. Now there is no Gorilla glass protection on this device so you may need to put on a tempered glass or scratch guard at least. The absence of screen protection on this device is really confusing, but I have been using this device for long now and even with rough usage I had no issues with the screen. The display is vibrant and bright to beat its competitor Le 2 but fails by a thin line when it comes to color reproduction and crispness. The touch works just fine with no issues as such. The 3 navigation buttons are onscreen.

Performance – 7.5/10

Coming to the key feature that is the performance, Honor 5C comes with a Kirin 650 octa-core processor(Quadcore A53 clocked at 2.0GHz + Quadcore A53 clocked at 1.7GHz) which uses the 16nm technology for greater performance and lesser battery consumption. Well, I am not just reading out the lines from Wikipedia but it all proves to be true. It has only 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory with expandable storage up to 256GB using the SIM slot 2. Now this is one drawback that the phone only has 2GB of RAM,  but in actual use the hardware and software performs so great together to mask it. The benchmark score didn’t come out to be good, but the performance is shockingly impressive may be due to the Kirin 650 16nm technology. So for the normal apps and multitasking, you don’t need to worry about. It runs on Mali T830 which also does a good job of running most of the games, but in some games like N.O.V.A. 3 there is a frame drop every now and then. Also, the phone doesn’t heat up much while gaming which is a good thing. If this smartphone had like extra 1 GB of RAM, it would be just unbeatable.

Honor 5C comes with Android 6.0 i.e. Marshmallow running out of the box with EMUI 4.1 running on top of it. It doesn’t have an app drawer, even though I like their UI as it’s pretty clean and simple. There are some default features which you can enjoy like screen recording, scrolling screenshots etc. Plus you can use the fingerprint sensor for multiple things like pulling the notification panel, swipe through photos, attend calls, click pictures etc.

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Camera – 8/10

Honor 5C has an amazing camera quality with 13 MP rear shooter and 8 MP front facing camera. It has single LED which does a decent job. One of the best features of the phone’s camera is the focusing – tap to focus. I was easily able to focus on a spider’s web. Another great feature that you must try is the light painting/graffiti mode. Just put your phone on a tripod, turn off the lights, grab a torch and start painting in the air. It can basically take long exposure shots with added enhancement. I must say that Honor 5C has one of the best cameras in this budget till now.

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Connectivity and Sound – 7/`10

The phone has Dual nano sim slot with 4G VoLTE support. Other common connectivity options available are Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS. One major thing missing is the OTG support and they have also dropped the Gyro sensor. The fingerprint sensor works like a charm on this device and is pretty quick. The speakers on this device are decent too with nice quality and medium audio level output.

Battery – 7.5/10

Honor 5C has a 3000mAh battery and due to the Kirin 650 chipset, it has an amazing battery backup. I could easily last a day with moderate usage over 4G. It doesn’t support fast charging and charges at a normal rate 0-100 takes like 2 and half hours.

Availability and pricing

Honor 5C is available on their official online honor store for Rs.10,999. The color options available are Gold, Grey, and Silver.

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Everything you need to know about Honor 5C

Honor today officially launched the Honor 5C smartphone in India which is powered by the Kirin 650 – 16nm processor. This time, the focus is on the performance as it was launched with the hashtag ‘Dare to perform’. We got a chance to experience the smartphone and here is what we think about it. Let us check out the specifications and features of Honor 5C.

R-L, P. Sanjeev, Director Sales (Devices Business), Huawei India; Allen Wang, Consumer Business Group, Huawei India and Vignesh Ramakrishnana, Director Mobile – Flipkart

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Allen Wang of Consumer Business Group, Huawei India, said, “Honor smartphones are for the brave, people who are discerning and look to get the best in class and most innovative product and have a flair to keep up with their fast paced life. After the success of Honor 5X earlier this year, we are excited to introduce Honor 5c in Indian market and we are hopeful that we would continue to receive a great response from our consumers.

“Honor has always taken a lead in technology innovation and puts quality first. In the era of price wars we focus on quality over price and thrive on packaging together technology that make a product which has an edge in the market. Honor 5c features the much faster Kirin 650 16nm processor which is the first of its kind in this segment and will offer supreme performance to its users. India is a very significant market for Honor and with these persistent series of innovation, we would like to reiterate our commitment to the Indian consumers and offer upgraded experience with every launch”, added Allen Wang.

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Honor 5C Specifications and features:

Honor 5C has this aluminum alloy body which gives it a premium look. On the back, it has the 13MP camera with LED flash, fingerprint sensor, and the Honor logo. The power button and the volume rockers are on the right with hybrid SIM card slot on the left. On the top, there is the 3.5mm audio jack with Micro USB port and speaker grill at the bottom of the phone. The phone does have a premium design and weighs 156g. It has a 5.2 inch full HD display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution (423 PPI). The three navigation buttons are on-screen and there is no separate touch capacitive alternative.

It runs on Kirin 650 16nm octa-core (4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz + 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz) 64-bit processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. For the graphics, it comes with Mali-T830 GPU which will surely improve the gaming performance. The internal memory can be expanded up to 128GB using a memory card but you will have to compromise the dual sim capability as the card slot is hybrid. Overall the performance has increased and with use of Kirin 650 processor and the power consumption will be reduced. In failed to impress much in the AnTuTu benchmark test with a score of 53050. We need to test the gaming performance with this phone to find out the real strength of the hardware. On the software side, it has Android 6.0 Marshmallow running with their own EMUI 4.1 operating system.

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Honor 5C comes with 13MP rear shooter with BSI sensor and single LED flash. On the front, it has got 8MP camera again with BSI sensor improving the performance in the low light conditions. Honor has mostly focused on the manual mode that lets you adjust the shutter speed, focal length, exposure time and such advanced features. You can play with that and do light painting too which is a must try feature. Smartimage 3.0 image processor also provides you with creative filters, shooting modes and 10 different beauty modes. You can get all creative with the camera of this phone.

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For the connectivity, it comes with Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Dual SIM(4G LTE) and USB OTG support too. The fingerprint sensor 2.0 is very easy to calibrate and works great but not the fastest I have seen. Honor also plans to use the fingerprint sensor for scrolling and as a button too giving it an additional advantage. The speaker grills are at the bottom and has a decent audio level. The phone comes with a 3000mAh non-removable battery and with the new processor, it will use the power efficiently thus increasing the battery life.

Honor 5C is priced at Rs.10,999 for which the prebookings have already started on Flipkart and Honor official store. It comes in three color variants that are gold, silver, and grey. The flash sales will start on 30th June and the next one on 7th July at 14 00 hrs. So go ahead and register yourself accordingly. The phone will surely have tough competition with other smartphones like the Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 2. Let us know if you have any doubts about this smartphone through the comment section below.

Along with Honor 5C, they also showcased a tablet Honor T1 which has 7-inch display with 1024×600 pixel resolution. It has the Spreadtrum SC7731G A7 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It comes with 4100 mAh battery which offers 20hrs of 3G calling and 12hrs of video experience. It is priced at Rs.6,999 and is available on Flipkart.