Continuing its efforts to strengthen its base in the economical segment of the Indian Smartphone market, Honor has come up yet again with a sub 12k phone. The newly launched smartphone, named the Honor 5C , is priced at 10,999 INR and boasts some above average hardware specifications. Just like most budget smartphone launches these days, Honor 5C also boasts a fingerprint sensor for security matters. I used the said Smartphone for a reasonable amount of time and here are my views on this Rs. 10,999 Smartphone:
Honor 5C Technical Specifications at a Glance:
|Display||5.20 inches, 1080×1920 pixels|
|Processor||1.7GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 650|
|Operating System||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
It can be said that the looks of the Honor 5C are a bit inspired from its predecessor, Honor 5X. Yet the overall design of the 5C is refreshing. The back side of the said Smartphone sports a metallic finish and has got lightly textured streaks along the sides. The back side of the 5C also possess a rear camera that bulges out slightly and the fingerprint scanner sits below it. The front of the 5C is equipped with glossy plastic finish and a 5.2 inches display screen. The right side panel sports standard function buttons such as the power button and the volume rocker buttons. A 3.5 mm audio jack sits on the top edge, a hybrid SIM tray on the left and the microUSB port and speaker grills at the bottom. The edges are rounded, making the handset fit better in your palm.
Overall, Honor 5C doesn’t offer anything new in terms of design, yet the metallic finish and rounded edges coupled with a 5.2 inch screen makes it easy to use the phone with one hand.
Honor 5C features a 5.2 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. It is to be noted that the slightly smaller display than most of the Smartphones out there in similar price range works in favour of 5C. The display is above average with crisp color generation. I personally enjoyed watching videos and playing games with the display on offer. There was certain problems in bright conditions, when the maximum brightness offered by 5C felt insufficient.
Hardware and Software Performance (6.5/10)
The Honor 5C runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with a custom UI, namely, Emotion 4.1. Under the hood is the 1.7GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 650 processor that just manages to handle day to day tasks such as browsing, gaming, Youtube etc. The aforementioned Smartphone has got 2Gb of RAM at its disposal, which felt insufficient several times while playing games or multitasking with apps. Honor should have provided at least 3GB of RAM to make the phone more future safe. While I did not face any noticeable lags while browsing or working with 4-5 apps simultaneously, the performance did went downhill while playing high end games. The Honor 5C was able to handle games such as Temple Run 2, Angry Birds Rio and Subway Surfers but there was noticeable frame drops and lags while playing graphic hungry games such as Asphalt 8 and Assassins Creed.
Overall, Honor has put together a phone with neat and clean UI which is perfect for moderate usage, however, if you are a high-end gamer, then you will be a bit disappointed.
The Honor 5C boasts a 13-megapixel primary camera complemented by an 8-megapixel front/selfie camera. Performance of the 5C’s camera generally produced mixed reviews. Both the rear as well as front cameras can record video at up to 1080p. Pictures in bright daylight settings were good while the low light pictures were strictly okay. The color reproduction and detail capture was of acceptable quality. However, I can conclude that Honor 5C certainly boasts the best camera in this price range.
The Honor 5C is backed by a 3000 mAh battery which is pretty common nowadays in sub 12k phones. Battery performance was impressive and the battery did manage to last a single day with moderate usage. Video loop test generated live screen time of around 11 hours, which are indeed impressive figures. If you use your Smartphone just for occasional internet browsing, social networking and some light gaming, then, you will not be disappointed by the 5C’s battery.
6.Verdict (Overall: 7/10)
Huawei launched Honor 5C in order to provide rich user experience coupled with some superior technical specifications. While the phone didn’t disappoint on the Camera and Battery front, its performance while playing heavy games and multitasking was just mediocre. Go ahead and purchase the Honor 5C if you want a Smartphone with good camera, awesome display, fingerprint sensor and aren’t much bothered about playing heavy and graphic hungry games.
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