Huawei’s Honor 5X was one of the most anticipated smartphone in the budget segment, and it was recently launched in India for a price of Rs. 12,999. The device seems to have a lot to offer for the price, a finger print scanner, a large display, and a mid-range processor. But, do all these things work well? Or are just making the spec-sheet lengthy? We’ll check all this in our Honor 5X review. Have a look-
Design & Display
The phone is made out of metal, which is quite sturdy and feels good in hand. The back of the Honor 5X has plastic portions on the top and bottom portion, which supposedly are for better cellular network reception. The back also houses the camera module, LED flash and a fingerprint scanner sitting right below the camera. The front of the device is quite plain and nothing interesting is happening there.
The front of the device sports a 5.5-inch display with on screen navigation keys; then too the device has a wide bezel below the display. The earpiece, front camera, a notification light, and some usual sensors are placed above the display. The panel is of IPS variety and sports a resolution of 1080 x 1920 giving it a pixel density of 401 ppi. The spacious display is very comfortable to use for long stretches, and offers decent level of visibility, detail and colour reproduction.
Fortunately, the company hasn’t compromised at least in this department, and in our Honor 5X review, we found the performance to be really good. The Honor 5X is packed with Snapdragon 616 processor, which is an updated version of the popular Snapdragon 615 SoC. It is accompanied by 2 GB of RAM, which seems a bit low considering most of the latest smartphones in the range come with 3 GB of RAM.
Having said that, the performance of the device is quite good and we didn’t experience any major lag while performing the day-to-day tasks. The OS version and the UI was a bit disappointing though. It comes loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop with EMUI 3.1 on top. While Marshmallow is out in the market from several months, the company chose to stick with more-than-a-year-old Lollipop variant. Talking about the UI, stock Android would have been much better than the Huawei’s EMUI 3.1.
On the connectivity front, the phone supports dual-SIM card slots, and a separate microSD card slot, unlike most manufacturers including a hybrid slot in their smartphones. Both the SIM card slots support 4G connectivity, giving more flexibility to the user. We found the call quality and network reception to be decent, if not the best. Besides this, the Honor 5X supports all the common connectivity features, and they all work quite well.
Another highlight of the device is its fingerprint scanner, which works like a charm. It is accurate, fast, and unlocked the device in the first go itself. A unique feature of the sensor allows you to unlock and jump directly to a particular app when it senses a specific fingerprint. This is one of the most unique and probably the best thing we found in the Honor 5X review.
The camera app on this device comes with a lot of options to choose from, and it gives much freedom to the user while clicking a perfect shot. The 13 MP primary camera was a delight to use in the outdoor daylight condition, and it produced detailed shots with no visible grains. But the things changed in low light condition, and we were able to see grains and loss of details in the clicked pictures. The front camera just gets the job done, and is perfect for day to day usage. All in all, the camera on the device is a hit and miss in many departments.
This is one of the most disappointing part of the Honor 5X. Despite coming with a 300 mAh battery pack, the battery life of the device is not up to the mark. With moderate usage, the phone will barely last for a day, which wasn’t expected from a battery of this size. The problem may be on the software side, which can be solved with future OS updates.
For a price of Rs. 12,999, the smartphone offers a decent set of features and specifications. While the fingerprint scanner is the best part of the Honor 5X, battery is the worst. In our Honor 5X review, we found the display and performance to be the strong points of the device, and the OS and camera on the weaker side. If you are fine with some little shortcomings of the device, then you can consider this device.