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.

Honor 5X (11)

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

5 Features Look Forward in Honor 5X

Honor 5x Camera Review, Photo Samples, Low Light Performance

Honor 5X FAQ, Pros & Cons, User Queries and Answers

Huawei Honor 5x Quick Review, Photo Gallery & Specifications

Honor 5x Specifications

Key SpecsHonor 5x
Display5.5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.2 GHz octa-core
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 616
Memory2/3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight158 gms
Price 12,999

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.

Honor 5X (14)

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 (15)

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 (16)

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.

Honor 5X (11)

The front top of the smartphone has the front camera, speaker grill, LED notification light, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

Honor 5X (9)

The 13 MP primary camera lies on the back of the phone, and the fingerprint sensor is situated right below the camera.

Honor 5X (7)

Dual SIM slot and microSD slot are on the left side, and the volume rocker and power buttons are placed on the right.

Honor 5X (4) Honor 5X (6)

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.

Honor 5X (3)

On top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack with a secondary mic.

Honor 5X (5)

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.

Screenshot - 2_1_2016 , 6_35_13 PM

Note: – The gaming tests were done under an atmospheric temperature of 21 degree Celsius.

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Modern Combat25 minutes17%22.4 degree33 degree
Dead Trigger 213 minutes8%30.1 degree38.5 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:

Screenshot_2016-02-01-15-46-03

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
Antutu35676
Quadrant Standard 26762
Geekbench3Single-Core- 695
Multi-Core- 2997
Nenamark60.0 fps

Screenshot_2016-02-01-15-41-57 Screenshot_2016-02-01-15-43-40 Screenshot_2016-02-01-15-45-08

Verdict

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.