Honor 5x is one of those devices in the Indian market trying to impress the budget buyer who is looking for a bang for the buck. For just a mere 12,999 INR, you’ll get: a Full Metal body, a snappy Fingerprint Sensor, a 5.5″ 1080p display, Dual-SIM (4G+4G) support and a suffice battery. While the device is currently not on Marshmallow, Honor has promised for an update sometime later this year. In our Honor 5x review, we look at what this ‘Budget Flagship’ has to offer for the price, the Goods, and the Bads.
The Honor 5x feels premium in hand despite its low cost. The back of the device is entirely made up of metal which makes the device a lot slippery to hold. There’s a brushed metal feel to it and it does attract scratches and fingerprints easily. The rear camera sits in the middle. Also, on the back is the Fingerprint Sensor which is placed below the camera.The Fingerprint Sensor is accurate and snappy. The Honor logo is placed at the second half of the back. The bottom of the device is where the Micro USB 2.0 port sits flanked by two grills but only one of those is a speaker. The headphone jack sits at the top while the Power button and the Volume Rockers are at the right side. The device weighs at 158 grams and is just 8.2 mm thick.
Honor 5x sports a 5.5″ Full-HD display. The display panel is IPS LCD. It is worth noting that Honor 5x doesn’t feature any kind of protective glass over the display. The 5X does let you manually change the color temperature of the display, which is a good thing considering the price. The colors are vibrant and not over-saturated, sunlight readability is good. The text and images appear crisp. Colors appear a bit off at a slightly tilted viewing angle.
The Honor 5x features a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 and a single LED flash. The images are shot at 4:3 aspect ratio with a resolution of 4160 x 3120. There’s no Manual Mode in the Camera but ISO and White balance can be adjusted after a bit digging inside the camera settings.
The Honor 5x features a 5 MP front snapper with f/2.4. It comes with Beauty Mode. We took a couple of shots and they came out just average. When there’s enough light – the selfies seem bright and vivid and there is a fair bit of noise and grain while shooting selfies in low light.
The Honor 5x features a 3,000 mAh battery which is an impressive hardware considering the price you’re paying for the device. The 5x has 2 types of Power Plans which can be found under settings – Ultra Power Plan (only keeps basic call and message functions available) and Smart Power Plan (adjusts CPU for balanced performance).
We found the battery life on 5x to be Above Average. It lasted for about 30+ hours (i.e. more than 1 day & 6 hours) with the Screen-On time of about 7 hours, which is amazing. While testing the battery, we were continuously connected with WiFi or 3G, watched Videos on YouTube, played games on LAN, browsed the internet and What’sApped like hell.
The SoC on 5x is the Qualcomm SnapDragon 616 which is an Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz for first four cores and at 1.2 GHz for other four. The 5x has 2 GB RAM. The phone works fine in day-to-day usage, however, the user interface showed some signs of lags every now and then which can be expected at this price range.
We ran the AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.1 on the 5x and it came out with a score of 35,105.
Honor 5x features a mono speaker which is loud enough for ringtones and notifications. But you’ll mostly find yourself covering it with your hand while playing games or watching videos because it is placed at the bottom of the device. The sound quality over headphones is good. The voice quality during calls is clear as well.
The review unit we tested was running EMUI 3.1 which is based Android Lollipop 5.1.1. While Lollipop might sound outdated to you, Honor has already promised a Marshmallow update for the 5x later this year.The Honor 5x, much like any other Honor device, does not feature an app drawer; instead, all apps are placed on the home screen. To maintain some order, you can group apps together in folders. However, you can download any launcher from the Google Play Store which can give an app drawer.
The Honor 5x is an attractive smartphone, which despite its low price feels premium in hands. Fingerprint Sensor and metal built place it in the Budget premium segment with Le 1s the only worthy competitor. Despite the sometimes sluggish performance and average camera, it’s hard to not recommend Honor 5x to the budget buyer. It will surely be a great grab for the price.