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Huawei Honor 5C Review: A Budget Contender With No Frills

Huawei Honor 5C Review: A Budget Contender With No Frills

We find out if the Honor 5C holds true to its aim of focusing on battery, photography, and core technology.

Launched in China earlier this year, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has brought its Honor 5C budget smartphone to India. At Rs 10,999, we find out if the Honor 5C holds true to its aim of focusing on battery, photography, and core technology.

What’s Cool

First thing to notice about the Honor 5C is its ergonomic design. At 5.2-inches, the unibody phone is not only comfortable to hold but the metallic design adds to its charm. The full HD (1920x1080p) display is bright and responsive under varied light conditions.

The Huawei Fingerprint 2.0 sensor placed right under the rear camera has been built to enroll fingerprints in just 6 attempts, which is one of the lowest number of attempts required to set up biometric authentication.

The Huawei Honor 5C features a rear fingerprint sensor.

The phone packs a 13 megapixel rear camera along with an 8 megapixel front camera. The best part about the camera app is that it comes with a lot of customisation options. There is a ‘Pro Mode’ even for shooting videos. This ensures that no matter what the subject is, with a little tweak of settings, you can get professional looking results.

It comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8 megapixel front snapper.

The phone comes only in one storage choice of 16 GB which is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. But it comes with a hybrid slot, which basically means you can either operate a second SIM or expand the storage. Also, out of the on-board storage only about 10.39 GB is available to user.

With a 3000mAh battery, the Honor 5C survives a day of average use but given that it doesn’t support fast charging, it takes a little over two hours to reach from 0 to full.

What’s Not So Cool

Highlight of the Honor 5C is the Kirin 650 64 bit octa-core chipset (four 2.0GHz+ four 1.7GHz) coupled with LPDDR3 2 GB of RAM. The 16nm processor is touted to bring more efficiency to the device at relatively lower battery consumption. Huawei says that the newest chipset leads to a cooler device. But we did notice that the Honor 5C got a little warm. We also think that the metal design also works as a catalyst for all that heat.

Mono speaker, placed in the bottom of the device, offers clear output but is not exceptionally loud. So, it is safer to not call it a music phone.

The speaker is placed at the bottom of the Honor 5C.

Huawei says that the new type of processor is VoLTE ready, but this budget smartphone doesn’t support the function yet.

In the same price bracket, the Honor 5C competes with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Motorola Moto G4 and the new Asus Zenfone Max. The differentiating feature between the devices remains the chipset and the expandable storage option.

Verdict

The Honor 5C is a good deal only if the consumer version (as promised by Huawei) gets rid of the heating problem. The phone is easy to use, offers expandable storage option, and gives you a host of camera customisation options. At Rs 10,999, the Honor 5C is just like another budget device in the already flooded market but one that doesn’t come with any frills like USB Type-C, a bumper battery, or a huge size.

first published:June 22, 2016, 12:52 IST