Huawei Honor 5C Review – Decently Satisfying

From its feature offering to its hardware specs in paper or in actual experience, the Huawei Honor 5C holds out pretty well. It is a very decent performer, has a good build quality, a bright touch capacitive screen, decently performing camera, and a good battery life. What’s more is that it is placed in a relatively reasonable price point. This is the smartphone to consider when you’re out and about trying to look for an upgrade for a low-end handset while still maintaining a budget.

Huawei Honor 5C Review - Decently Satisfying

The Huawei Honor 5C is Decent in Almost Every Way

When compared with the competition, specifically that within a similar price point, the Huawei Honor 5C essentially uses a similar build chasses with many other smartphone models. It features rounded edges found on the rear and on the sides, which makes the device quite easy to hold, even with one hand. Its form factor has been made smaller than others, however the bezels wrapped around its screen could have been a bit slimmer. The device itself has an 8.3-millimeter thickness, and it has a fairly light weight of 156-grams. With all of these elements combined, it does make the phone fairly ergonomic. However, these are nothing to write home about.

It sports a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display that offers a pixel resolution of 1,080 x 1,920, which is what you would expect from many smartphones as of late, even those found in the budget-friendly price range. It has a display panel that is pleasingly bright, and it even offers fairly vibrant and sharp images. However, contrast levels could be better as the colors do not have the pleasing “pop” in them. Still, color accuracy is quite well-balanced and it is clear these are optimized for viewing video content.

For the software on the Honor 5C, it is the company’s EMUI v4.1 which is a custom-made Android operating system. It has custom icons, but there are no app drawers here so for those who are looking for one might feel a bit disappointment in this regard. There’s also no curated content feed, which means that even though there are no app drawers, the user-interface is still kept relatively clean and quite convenient to use.

The Huawei Honor 5C is powered by the company’s custom HiSilicon Kirin 650 SoC, in which has two clusters of Cortex-A53 cores that are arranged in big.LITTLE architecture. These cores are clocked in at 2GHz and 1.7GHz respectively. Overall, it performs pretty decently, but somehow there are still a lot of things that do not have the “wow” factor. To put it simply, this phone gets the basics done right.


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