Following the ordinary performance of Honor 5X and previous Honor phones, Huawei has plunged deeply in the global market. The company still has its share of followers, but in a market like India’s, you have to be a little more than “just competitive” to lure buyers.
Clearly, the giant which once dominated with its affordable yet heavily specd smartphones is today struggling to continue the global run. Their strategy isn’t working and buyers are asking out loud for something new or fancy, maybe a fingerprint scanner or a new design language.
Well the good news is, Huawei is finally listening and is doing what should have been done ages ago. The company, after committing a slew of mistakes, has crafted one of the finest phones of the year, Honor 5C.
Honor 5C features a sassy metal body with a strong set of specs. The device boasts an impeccable package, but Huawei’s past record suggests following the spec-sheet blindly isn’t the best way to choose a phone.
So, here’s an in-depth analysis to see what Honor 5C has on offer, this time around!
Design and Build Quality
The sleek and sturdy profile of Honor 5C is its bigger positive. The device flaunts a premium form-factor and looks spectacular in Grey, Silver, and Gold avatars. It looks far better than its dull predecessor, and fits nicely in one hand with a clean metal back, easy to reach side buttons, and an almost bezel-less display. Huawei has ditched the concept of physical buttons, and has given on-screen buttons with a “Honor” written at the bottom of the front-panel. We like the entire construction of this phone, especially that beautifully inhabited fingerprint scanner and rear facing camera which slightly protrudes over the back. Kudos to Huawei for creating a perfectly attractive masterpiece.
Display and Visual Experience
If you’re shopping under or around 10k, the best you can grab is a 1080p display. It’s the latest standard for budget phones, and is cashing in pretty well for all phone manufacturers, even for Huawei. The all new Honor 5C gives you a decent viewing experience with no bump ups in its display. The device bears a standard full-HD IPS panel of 5.2-inches, and endows lifelike output with 428 pixels per inch. It makes a strong impression over the likes of Xiaomi and Lenovo, but there’s nothing special that could standout against something like Galaxy S7 or even the new OnePlus 3. This screen is detailed, colour tones are punchy, and adaptive capabilities perfectly when you’re under the Sun. In short, it will make a nice package for gaming, book reading or even watching your favourite TV shows online.
Performance and Internals
Unlike other budget phones, Huawei Honor 5C gives you company’s proprietary HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor with eight Cortex-A53 cores, four running at 2.0 GHz and other four running at 1.7GHz. The 64-bit chipset paired with this beauty uses 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, and offers more than enough power to handle moderate as well as above moderate tasks. It takes performance to the next level and neither stutters nor heats up while running heavy graphic intensive games or surfing the internet with ten tabs open!
Here comes the biggest surprise! Huawei Honor 5C brings Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a bunch of tweaks and feature upgrade. Though it runs with Emotion 4.1 UI, you get some of the best features that are exclusive only to Marshmallow. For instance, native support for fingerprint scanner, better memory usage, Google-Now-On-Tap, support Android Pay, and a lot more!
Using this handset with Marshmallow is a real treat, but Emotion UI, as always, has its share of issues. Huawei’s custom skin is a little more polished, smoother, and snappier than the last time, but there’s still work to do. Maybe less on animations and more on performance will do the job next time.
The fingerprint scanner bundled with Honor 5C sits right below the slightly protruding rear camera sensor. It looks better than all biometric sensors, and is incredibly fast and snappy. Its smooth metal finish and effective placement ensures ease of use and effective performance keeps all your data safe and protected.
The 3000 mAh battery bundled with Honor 5C looks strong enough to deliver an entire day on moderate usage. Though we’re still waiting for the review unit, the performance of Honor 5X with Smart and Ultra and Power Saving Mode has given a clear sign that the C variant will be no less, at least in terms of power-efficiency. The humongous battery bundled with this beast will keep all your tasks up and running, with an option to double up the back-up and restrict different services to just calling and messaging.
Pricing and availability
The stage finally set, Honor 5C, China’s Moto G4 killer, will be showcased on June 22 in Europe and India. The device landed in China last month for 899 Yuan (approx. INR 9,151), and we are expecting something exactly similar for the Indian market. We still don’t know when it’ll be up for grabs, but one thing is sure, Huawei looks in no mood to get slayed by Xiaomi, Lenovo, or any other tech-giant!
Huawei Honor 5C is the smartphone we all waited so eagerly to see. Perfect build, exemplary innards, latest OS, and a long-lasting battery, the device brings everything in a single package that you hardly in the sub-10k price bracket, especially in a highly competitive marketplace like India.
On whole, we can say, introducing Honor 5C is a great move from Huawei. The Chinese giant is still struggling outside its home, and a smartphone like this could be the only way out to bring things back on track. From every aspect, this handset looks like an ideal choice to comprehend your on-the-go lifestyle. Work, play, or get social, this handset will be the perfect partner in crime. Giving you the best of everything.