Huawei’s sub brand Honor  unveiled the Honor 5X and Holly 2 Plus few months back and now it has made a comeback with another metal clad budget smartphone, the Honor 5C. It was listed silently on tmall website in Chinese market around end of April and is now launched in the European market. It comes with Huawei’s all new Kirin 650 processor which is a major highlight due to its 16nm architecture.

So before you read the reviews, we have tried to answer all the common questions about the Honor 5C.

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Honor 5C Pros

  • Amazing full HD display
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Efficient processor
  • Fingerprint and its gestures
  • Great built and handy design
  • Both the cameras produce good quality image

Honor 5C Cons

  • Non Removable Battery
  • No quick charging
  • Low vokume from loudspeaker
  • Hybrid SIM slot

Honor 5C Specifications

Key SpecsHonor 5c
Display5.2 inches IPS LCD Display
Screen ResolutionFHD 1080 x 1920 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor Kirin 650
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB (expandable up to 256 GB)
Primary Camera13 MP with flash
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual-SIM
Fingerprint SensorYes
Weight156 gms
Dimensions147.1 x 73.8 x 8.3 mm
PriceRs. 10,999

Honor 5C Review, Pros, Cons, Reasons To Buy or Not To Buy [Video]

Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- Honor 5C comes packed in a metal shell, with curved edges in a unibody structure. Due to its 5.2 inch display size, holding on to the phone is quite comfortable and one handed usage is not an issue if you have big hands. It feels really solid and the finishing is top class. Front of the phone looks a lot like what we have seen before but it manages to balance this with the premium looking back.

Question – What hardware is used in Honor 5C ?

Answer – Honor 5C comes with 16GB Internal memory with 2GB RAM and Kirin 650 Octa Core Processor. The cores include Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 + quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A5. GPU is Mali- T830.

Question – How is the Display Quality ?

Answer – Honor 5C has a decent 5.2 inch IPS display. The screen resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels with 424 ppi pixel density and 16M color depth. This makes it an amazing display for watching movies and playing games. It is bright, colourful and looks very sharp with a balanced contrast ratio.

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Question- Does it have adaptive brightness feature?

Answer- Yes, it comes with auto brightness support.

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Question- Does the Honor 5C Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- Yes,  Honor 5C has Dual SIM Slots (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM)

Question- Does the Honor 5C Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, it has microSD expansion option through SIM 2 Slot.

Question- Does the Honor 5C have a 3.5 mm Headphone jack?

Answer – Yes, there is a 3.5 mm audio Jack at the top.

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Question – Does it have IR Blaster ?

Answer – No.

Question – What are the Sensors on board ?

Answer – Honor 5C is  equipped with a Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, step counter and Gravity sensors.

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Question – Where is the fingerprint sensor located ?

Answer  – Fingerprint Sensor is located at the back, just like the Honor 5X.

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Question – What are the Connectivity Options ?

Answer – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS and microUSB v2.0.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in Honor 5C?

Answer- No, the Honor 5C comes does not come with fast charging support.

Question – What are the Camera Specifications in Honor 5C ?

Answer – Honor 5C is equipped with a 13 MP Rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, It supports features like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. it can record videos up to 1080p@30fps. On the Front, it is equipped with a 8 MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Question- Does the Honor 5C Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

Question – Does it has display glass protection ?

Answer – Honor has not given any information on the display glass protection but it comes with one month free replacement warranty and comes with overall warranty of 15 months.

Question – Is the Battery Removable ?

Answer – No, the Honor 5C is backed by a Non-removable Li-Ion 4850 mAh battery.

Question – Are Navigation Buttons Backlit ?

Answer – No, Navigation buttons are on the display.

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Question- How much RAM is free on the first boot?

Answer- Out of 2 GB, around 500MB was free on first boot.

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Question- How much storage is available at user end?

Answer- Out of 16 GB, we got 10.41 GB.

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Question- Does it have battery saving modes?

Answer- Yes, it comes with multiple battery saving modes.

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Question- Can you change display colour temperature/tone?

Answer- Yes, you can change display temperature.

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Question- Does it have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) ?

Answer- No, it doesn’t have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Question – Does Honor 5C has a Dedicated MicroSD card slot ?

Answer – No, it support microSD through SIM Slot 2.

Question – How good is the Fingerprint Sensor ?

Answer – The Fingerprint sensor is very quick and also comes with a lot of gestures to make it more useful.

Question – How is the Call Quality ?

Answer – The call quality is good and voice is clearly audible at both ends on good signal strength.

Question – How is the Gaming Performance ?

Answer – It may have 2 GB RAM but the Kirin 650 powers it with great gaming capability. We tried games like Asphalt and Modern Combat 5, and it was performing quite well at this price point.

Question -Which OS Version, Type Runs on the phone?

Answer – Android OS, v6.0 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1 on the top.

Question- What are the benchmark scores?

Answer- 

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
GeekbenchSingle Core- 881
Multi Core- 3906
Quadrant17327
AnTuTu (64-bit)53254

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Question – Is it waterproof?

Answer – No.

Question- Does it have NFC?

Answer- No, it doesn’t have NFC.

Question – Does it have GPS ?

Answer – Yes,  A-GPS, GLONASS and BDS.

Question – Does it have FM Radio ?

Answer – Yes

Question- What Color Variants will be Available for Honor 5C?

Answer– Gold, Grey and Silver coloured variants will be available for purchase.

Question- Can the Honor 5C be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, you can create hotspot to share internet from this device.

Conclusion

Honor 5c is a good phone with all the features you need from a phone of this price range. The best part is that it provides quality hardware and software to make the deal sweeter. There are few compromises made by the company and one of them is the 2 GB of RAM when smartphones have 3 GB RAM on average. But that does not set it back; it has a beautiful display, great cameras and a premium look.