Huawei Honor 5C Review

Honor 5C is the successor to Huawei Honor 4C, and comes with all metal uni-body design. Here's our review of the smartphone.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Shruti Dhapola | Updated: June 29, 2016 10:39:17 am
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Huawei has launched a new smartphone in India called the Honor 5C at a price of Rs 10,999, which is a successor to the Honor 4C and comes with a new metal unibody design. Huawei’s new smartphone is Flipkart exclusive, and will be sold via a flash sale model.

Honor 5C is a likely competitor to other notables in this price-range: Redmi Note 3, Le 2, etc. So how does the Huawei Honor 5C fare? Here’s our review.

Specs: 5.2-inch full HD display | Kirin 650 octa-core processor | 2GB RAM+16GB storage space| 13mp rear camera + 8mp front camera | 3000 mAh battery | EMUI 4.1 on Android 6.0

Price: Rs 10,999

Watch our video review of Huawei Honor 5C 

Honor 5C 

The Honor 5C has a similar design as the Honor 5X, a phone I’ve reviewed as well. The Honor 5C is definitely on the bulkier side, even though it has a smaller 5.2-inch display.

The metal unibody design gives the Honor 5C a premium look; the rear camera is bang in the centre, CNC drilled speakers at the bottom and there’s a dual-hybrid SIM slot on the left side. The power and volume buttons are on the right. The gold-coloured version of the Honor 5C looks quite elegant, although the camera juts out like it did with the Honor 5X.

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The glossy finish of the phone makes this a slippery one and getting a cover is a must for this phone.

What’s good?

The 5.2-inch full HD display is vibrant and crisp. Honor 5C stands in contrast to all the other 5.5-inch display smartphones, which have flooded the market. If you prefer smaller screen phones, then Honor 5C is one such option.

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In benchmarks, Honor 5C and its Kirin processor scored 52,812 for us on Antutu, which puts this phone in the top twenty-five. It’s certainly not as fast as the Redmi Note 3 or Le 2, but can handle most of the daily tasks, including multi-tasking, videos, gaming, etc.

With Huawei Honor 5C, camera remains a strong point, thanks to accurate colour reproduction and a fast response. There was little or no shutter-lag with this one, and it can handle colours like reds, pinks very well.

The selfie-camera should appeal to most, although I personally put the beauty mode settings to zero. Huawei has also added a pro-mode in the camera settings for those who care to tinker with these, which is great considering the price of this phone.

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On the battery life, Huawei has added a few nifty features like alerts to remind you when an app is consuming too much battery. Facebook was the culprit very often, and you can close the app right from the alert itself. While it’s not quite in the league of Redmi Note 3 when it comes to battery, the 3000 mAh battery should easily last 10-12 hours, with moderate to heavy usage.

Huawei Honor 5C runs the EMUI 4.1 on Android 6.0. Huawei has introduced some of its own additions to the UI, like Flip to Mute, a floating dock which, one-hand UI. The Flip to Mute works accurately: turn the phone and calls will get muted. The floating dock lets you access the lock screen, clear RAM, etc all from one place. The idea might not be original, but the execution is pretty good.

Android M features like Permissions, Google Now on Tap are also available. The fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate.

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What’s not good?

The auto-brightness feature on the Honor 5C keeps the display brightness too low, making it hard to read on the device. Eventually I just decided to turn it off.

Where gaming is concerned, this one is not as smooth as some of the other competition in the market. There was a noticeable lag during sessions of Asphalt 8. It also gets quite hot, crossing 46 degrees, during a long session of gaming. However if you’re not too much into gaming, this should not bother you.

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One strange issue with the Honor 5C was when I tried to transfer some sample photos to a PC, it showed only a few pictures in the camera. The rest of them didn’t appear on the PC (tried on two PCs), and I’m not sure why that happened. Even though the USB cable setting said Photos, I couldn’t access the entire gallery on the PC.

Huawei is only launching the 16GB version of this smartphone, and some users might prefer a phone that offers 32GB storage space, given there are options in this price-band.

Verdict

Huawei has done a strong job with the Honor 5C, improving on what was lacking in the Honor 4C. The display, camera, and overall performance of the phone are quite good. Huawei is launching this phone with Android M update, which is another point in its favour.

Honor 5C is another option in this price band of Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000, and can be added to your list of phones to consider. If you don’t care for 5.5-inch display smartphones and want something more compact,  Honor 5C fits the bill.

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