Huawei launched the honor brand in 2014 in India and it has achieved a fair bit of success. This year, Huawei released 5X in India and it will replace the Honor 4X, which was launched last year. Let us see, what all the Honor 5X has to offer us.
Build and Design
Honor 5X is simple and elegant in terms of design and is made of aluminium alloy uni-body. They have tried to make it look like a premium smartphone, but in reality, it does not give that feel of premium mobile when you hold it. It looks nice from the front but the back metallic panel is tacky. There is slightly raised chrome lining around the edges when you see it from the front. On the rear side, you have the 13MP camera which protrudes out from the plane of the body. It comes with dual tone LED flash unit. There is a fingerprint scanner below the camera. It houses SIM card and micro SD card slot on the top left hand edge. On the base, it has a micro USB charging port at the centre surrounded by grille openings. On the right side, it has volume rocker and the power buttons while on the front, it has a 5.5 inch display.
Honor 5X features a 5.5 inch Full HD display with an IPS LCD panel, corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It houses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 616 system on chip which houses 1.5 GHz Octa-core processor along with 405 Adreno 405 GPU. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of onboard storage that can be expanded upto 128GB using a microSD card. The phone runs on Android 5.1.1 which is layered with EMUI 3.1. It has 13 MP camera at the rear and a 5MP front facing camera. Fingerprint scanner can be used to unlock the phone, click photographs, answer calls, etc. The phone is backed up by 3000 mAh non removable battery allowing you to get through an entire day.
Honor 5X comes with Android 5.1.1 which is layered with Emotion UI 3.1. It comes with a lot of pre-installed apps such as UC Browser, WPS Office, Apps Gallery, honor Club, Hi Honor. You will be able to uninstall unwanted third party apps, but system apps such as weather, magnifier cannot be uninstalled. Phone manager lets you scan your device, clean memory, change power saving modes and much more. You get notified every-time an app consumes a lot of power. These are all little things but adds value to the overall user-experience.
The layered Emotion UI 3.1 atop of Android 5.1.1 runs smoothly but there were instances where the phone was lagging and it felt, it could have been more speedier. You can feel this while switching between the apps. The phone doesn’t heat up except for playing games, so Honor has done good to manage the heat well. Audio on the phone is loud and there is no noticeable distortion at high volume levels.
Honor 5X comes with a 13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor, f/2.0 aperture and it also has a 5MP front facing camera. There are different modes like HDR mode, panorama, best photo, slo-mo, etc. to click photos. Image quality is good for daylight photographs and it captures enough details. Focusing speed is good and HDR mode works best without exposing bright areas. The sharpness of the image reduces while shooting indoor. Low light photographs are mediocre as the details are lost.
Honor %X comes with non removable 3000 mAh. The phone supports SmartPower 3.0 which is a variation of ultra power saving modes that elongates the battery life.
Overall, Honor 5X is a good phone, but it is priced a bit higher than its counterparts. It definitely isn’t a perfect phone and comes with flaws such as slow user interface in certain cases. This phone is not for those who are looking for a clean OS as this is layered with EMUI 3.1