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Huawei’s Honor 5C Review in First Impression

Jun 26, 2016

Huawei’s Honor 5C Review in First Impression: In January, after launching the Honor Holly 2 Plus and Honor 5X now the company is back with their latest smartphone i.e. the Honor 5C at the price tag of Rs. 10,999. Let us take a look in detail.

Huawei’s Honor 5C Review

Look and Feel:

The Honor 5C looks a lot like the Honor 5X. The most of similarities are from the back especially the brushed metal finish. The only difference is near the top and bottom and along the sides. We feel that the 5C is a bit better looking than the 5X. The positioning of the fingerprint sensor and the bulge of the camera lens remains practically the same.Huawei's Honor 5C

The Honor 5C has a smaller screen than the 5X at 5.2 inches and that is why it is lot easier to handle. When it comes to thickness and weight, the phones are a lot alike.

With the power and volume buttons on the right, a 3.5mm socket on the top and hybrid SIM tray on the left, the sides of the phone follow a standard layout. The edges of the phone are rounded off and this feels good in the hand.Huawei's Honor 5C Sim Slot

There are no capacitive buttons on the phone and the phone has a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LCD screen that is covering 68.7 percent with the Android keys appearing on the screen.

On the back the Honor 5C has a fingerprint sensor that can be used to access locked apps. It is very accurate but it is not as quick as some of the other sensors that we have used recently.Huawei's Honor 5C Review

Specifications and Software:

Like the Honor 5X, the Honor 5C sticks to most of the mid-range specifications, but yes there are some differences.

  • The one of them is the use of the Kirin 650 SoC that is manufactured by the Huawei’s own subsidiary Hisilicon.
  • There is also RAM of 2GB
  • Internal storage of 16 GB and that can be expanded up to 128GB via micro SD card.
  • It is backed by 3000mAh battery
  • It runs on Android 6.0, with the Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 on the top
  • The phone manager app is also useful as well, data usage, battery consumption, app locking, controlling system optimization functions and moreHuawei's Honor 5C Button Slots


The Honor 5C has a primary camera of 13-megapixel and secondary camera of 8-megapixel. Both can record the video up to 1080p and rear camera has a single-LED flash. Some typical photography modes such as time-lapse video, HDR, panorama and slow-motion video.Huawei's Honor 5C Camera

The settings menu includes controls for the smile capture, resolution, self-timer and object tracking. Between video and photo, there is also quick switcher.

Camera performance is pretty good, with the decent colour reproduction. Pictures in the well-lit settings are good.


In most everyday situations the phone performance is decent. Benchmark test scores are good with the smartphone scoring 52,099 in AnTuTu, 19fps in GFXBench, 7,529 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme and 17,196 in Quadrant. These scores are better than what we have used to seeing on Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 and 615 SoA, that were till recently in common on the phones in this price bracket, but that is not as good as we have seen on the current mid-range devices. We found, video and graphical performance to be particularly good.Huawei's Honor 5C Aux Jack

The call quality, network and data connectivity are also good. Battery life is also far better than the Honor 5X, despite sticking of the 3000mAh battery.


Thanks to a small improvements to the camera and a more capable SoC , the Honor 5C improves ever so slightly on the predecessor. The build and design have also been bettered and the Android Marshmallow adds some features and tweaks to the software. But 5C still lacks any wow factor.


  • Decent battery life
  • Good software
  • Good design and build
  • Accurate fingerprint sensor


  • Screen is a bit dull
  • No wow factor

Ratings (out of 10)

  • Display: 7
  • Software: 8
  • Design: 7
  • Battery life: 8
  • Camera: 7
  • Value for money: 7