Huawei is a big name that leads the Chinese markets in many areas, their smartphone making sub-brand Honor been catching headlines since its first release and still doing well in the Indian, as well as international markets. Recently they launched their much awaited smartphone Honor 5x in India. It is the successor of the Honor 4x, and the device focuses to push the boundaries of design for the mid-range smartphone segment.
We had our eyes on the device since it was released in China and luckily, we got to unbox the device soon after its release. Here is the unboxing, gaming and day to day performance review.
Honor 5X Full Coverage
Honor 5x Specifications
|Key Specs||Honor 5x|
|Display||5.5 inches IPS|
|Screen Resolution||FHD (1920 x 1080)
|Operating System||Android Lollipop 5.1|
|Processor||1.2 GHz octa-core|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 616|
|Memory||2/3 GB RAM|
|Inbuilt Storage||16 GB|
|Storage Upgrade||Yes, upto 128 GB via microSD|
|Primary Camera||13 MP with LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP|
|SIM card type||Dual SIM|
Honor 5x Unboxing
Honor 5x Comes packed inside an aqua blue coloured rectangular box. It looks similar to the box in which Honor usually likes packing its phones. You can see Honor branding on top and nothing else on top. The box doesn’t have any images or graphics to attract the users; it sticks to simplistic design and material.
Once you break the seal and get inside the box, you’ll find the handset lying on top and right below the phone there is the kit which has documentations and SIM ejection tool. The charger and USB cable are kept under the kit, and surprisingly there are no headsets inside the box.
Honor 5x Box Contents
The contents found inside the Honor 5x box are
- Honor 5x Handset
- USB 2.0 cable
- 2-pin charger
- User Manual
- SIM ejection tool
- Warranty card
Honor 5x Unboxing, Quick Review, India Price and Camera [Video]
Honor 5x Physical Overview
Honor 5x is purely made up metal and glass with a small amount of plastic used on the top and bottom of the back, Honor puts them for better network reception on its smartphones. Honor 5x comes with a 5.5 inch display on the front, and a metallic back with brushed metal finish. Sides are also protected with a metal strip with chamfered edges. The overall look and feel of the Honor 5x is quite premium and solid. Single handed usage is not easy on 5.5 inch phones; same is in the case of Honor 5x. The side bezels are very thin but the forehead and chin look a little broad.
The front top of the smartphone has the front camera, speaker grill, LED notification light, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.
The 13 MP primary camera lies on the back of the phone, and the fingerprint sensor is situated right below the camera.
Dual SIM slot and microSD slot are on the left side, and the volume rocker and power buttons are placed on the right.
A microUSB port is at the bottom in between two speaker grills. Out of two grills, one is for the speaker and other has the microphone.
On top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack with a secondary mic.
Honor 5x Photo Gallery
Honor 5x Gaming Performance
I played two games the usual Modern Combat 5 and the Dead Trigger 2 on the Honor 5x. Both these games got installed on the internal storage. Dead Trigger 2 was playable in high visual quality mode. Modern Combat 5 played better in auto mode when we switched to High graphics mode, we noticed a minor lag. The overall gaming experience on this phone was good, It can handle games with medium level graphics with an ease. Games like Nova 3 may feel a bit sluggish in the game-play.
Note: – The gaming tests were done under an atmospheric temperature of 21 degree Celsius.
|Game||Playing Duration||Battery Drop (%)||Initial Temperature (In Celsius)||Final Temperature (In Celsius)|
|Modern Combat||25 minutes||17%||22.4 degree||33 degree|
|Dead Trigger 2||13 minutes||8%||30.1 degree||38.5 degree|
The Honor 5x did not heat up much during casual usage and regular game-play. It got warm but it was not something that is tough to hold.
Honor 5x Performance and Benchmark Scores
Unfortunately, the performance of the Honor 5x is not up to the standard. We would not say it’s bad, in fact it is better than many of its competitors but still lacks in some areas. The Cortex A53s alone are not what’s needed to have a buttery Android experience. The phone worked smooth in many cases but in some transitions like switching screens or opening closing of apps I noticed some frame drops multiple times.
The benchmark scores of the Honor 5x are:
|Benchmark App||Benchmark Scores|
At INR 12,999 Honor 5x brings a premium metal build a sharp 5.5 inch display, a fingerprint sensor and a lot more at such low price. The hardware configurations and camera are also decent for the price it comes for. There are some issues with the software which lead to sluggish performance in some cases but again if you look at the affordability, this phone is still worth picking up.