After weeks of teasing their upcoming device on social media using the tagline #daretoperform, Huawei’s sub brand Honor has finally launched its mid-range offering dubbed the Honor 5C in India today at an asking price of Rs 10,999.
The Honor 5C, which apparently is replacing the year old Honor 4C packs some decent specs under the hood and is a major improvement over the last generation. The mid-range smartphone that aims to give a stiff competition to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2 among others packs a 5.2 inch Full HD IPS LCD display upfront. Keeping that aside, it’s worth noting that the Honor 5C comes with an excellent all metal unibody built with a gently curved rear panel, similar to the one seen in slightly higher priced Honor 5X.
Under the hood, the Honor 5C is powered by Huawei’s in house 16nm HiSilicon Kirin 650 octa core chip which makes use of two clusters of Cortex A53 cores; one clocked at 1.7GHz and the other at 2.0GHz. This is clubbed with a Mali T830 GPU which delivers modest gaming performance with reasonable 3D graphics rendering. Incidentally, the performance is one of the strong points of the smartphone all thanks to the Kirin 650 chipset, 2GB DDR3 RAM and a heavily fine-tuned EMUI 4.1 based on Android Marshmallow.
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As for the camera, the Honor 5C comes with a 13MP rear unit backed by a single LED flash and an 8MP selfie snapper. This is at par with the competition, if not better in the front camera department in terms of raw specs. From our initial impressions of using the Honor 5C for the past week, we can conclude that the camera is one of the weak points of the smartphone and the performance is below par when compared to Honor 5X or even the Honor 4X. This however won’t possibly be a deal breaker considering the fact that the camera isn’t quite the strong point of its main competitors including the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le2.
On the battery front, the Honor 5C comes with a decent 3000mAh non-removable battery that makes use of Huawei’s own Smart Power 3.0 power saving technology. Besides in house battery saving technology, the Honor 5C also comes with the much touted Doze feature of Android Marshmallow. That aside, there’s also a Fingerprint Sensor on the back of the Honor 5C just below the primary camera, which is capable of things beyond just phone unlock.
The phone will be sold exclusively on Flipkart. Is the Honor 5C worth your attention? To find that out do stayed tuned for our detailed review of the smartphone.