By: Sandeep Budki, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 13:05
Huawei Honor 5C seems to be a promising device with more ticks rather than crosses.
In the recent past Indian market has been flooded with budget smartphones and the latest one to join the party is the Honor 5C. Today, at an event in Delhi, Huawei's subsidiary, Honor launched its latest budget smartphone, the Honor 5C for Rs 10,999. We have been using the device for quite some time now and here our initials impression of the device.
To know about the specification of Honor 5C click here.
Look and feel
Honestly speaking nowadays whenever I look at any new smartphone that comes with a metal body I really don't find any difference and if their logo is covered most will even struggle to identify the phones.
So when I saw Honor 5C for the first time, feeling was similar but on closer observation I did notice it was different. It has a metal body that curves gently around to encase the display. It fits comfortably in the palm and even though it has a huge 5.2-inch display it doesn't feel like a big device.
Also, the metal body around the corners has a textured finish which boosts the grip further while breaking the monotony. The power button and volume rocker, which are kept on the right side panel, are also slightly curved and gel with the design of the 5C. Rear camera is slightly raised and just below it, there is a fingerprint scanner.
The device seems to be resistant to minor scratches. The design elements of the device don't shout, rather their appearance is subtle. The only thing, I didn't like in Honor 5C is that in spite of having ample space in the front panel the device has navigation keys on display.
Huawei Honor 5C is equipped with a 13-megapixel primary camera with f2.0 aperture and an LED flash on the rear while an 8-megapixel is in the front for selfies. I did try out the cameras.
In broad sunlight and decent lighting, pictures come out really well with ample detailing. In close-ups shots, I felt colour reproduction was a bit off as it tends to be a shade darker than the actual colour. The camera app of 5C has plenty of option to choose from like Slom-motion, time lapse and pro-mode for those who love experimenting.
To check out the sample pictures, click here.
It is too early to talk about the performance of the Honor 5C but having said that I was happy with which it opens and closes apps. Also there was a smoothness in navigation. In our detailed review we will talk more about how capable it's Kirin 650 chipset is.
The Honor 5C comes with latest UI from Huawei called as EMUI 4.1 which is based on Android Marshmallow. Like it previous versions, EMUI 4.0 also doesn't have an app drawer. Similar to iOS interface. As compared it its predecessor, it is free of any bloatware and appears to be decent.
Huawei Honor 5C seems to be a promising device with more ticks rather than crosses. The effort put in by the software team is visible but will it be able to sail through detailed scrutiny? We will definitely share our views on that in our detailed review of Honor 5C later.