Huawei Honor 5C is a reasonably priced handset that should appeal to people who prefer a compact phone. Unlike the ‘Honor Holly’ series offerings, it doesn’t feel cheap. It is more about replicating an Honor 5X like experience at a more affordable price. We have been testing it for the last few days and in this article, we will try to resolve some Honor 5C related doubts and user queries.

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Honor 5C Specifications And Features:

Model Honor 5C
Display 5.2-Inch, IPS FHD Display, 424ppi
Processor 2GHz HiSilicon Kirin octa-core processor, Mali-T880MP2
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB eMMC 5.1 storage (expandable up to 256GB)
Software Android Marshmallow based EmotionUI 4.1
Primary Camera 13MP sensor, LED Flash, autofocus
Secondary Camera 8MP Front-Facing Camera, F/2.0 lens
Battery 3000 mAh
Others Dual SIM, 4G LTE and VoLTE, Fingerprint sensor, Smart Power 3.0
Price 10,999 INR

Pros

  • Good, compact design
  • Sharp display
  • Reasonably good camera

Cons

  • Reflective touch glass
  • No USB OTG

Design, Build, and Display

Question: How is the Honor 5c design?

Answer: The Honor 5c design is reminiscent of recently launched Honor 5X. Only the new Honor phone is more compact.

The brushed metal plate on the rear is surrounded by textured plastic on all sides. This chrome finished plastic further extends to form side edges. The camera module juts out a bit, but any case that you buy should even out the bump.

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We have the Silver color model with us, which has a white fascia. A good quality scratch guard is affixed on the display out of the box. This essentially means that you are well protected against scratches but the touch feels plastic-ky.

There is lots of empty bezel below the display, but Huawei tactfully fills it up with honor insignia. The Hardware buttons give good tactile feedback. All ports, fingerprint sensor, and speaker grill are well situated.

Question: How is the build quality of Honor 5c?

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Answer: The Honor 5c is more plastic than metal, but that’s fine by us. The handset looks elegant and feels sturdy enough to resist daily wear and tear. It doesn’t feel flimsy.

We won’t call it bulky, but yes, this one has a decent heft and lies on the heavier side of the spectrum.

Question: Honor 5c has capacitive keys or on-screen navigation buttons?

Answer:  On-screen navigation keys.

Question: How is the display of Honor 5c?

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Answer:  Honor 5C has a 5.2-inch Full HD display. The display is sharp, bright and vivid. We like the ‘color circle’ under display settings which lets you toggle color temperature rather efficiently.

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Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the Honor 5c has the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: Yes, auto brightness option is present. Sunlight visibility isn’t great, but with auto-brightness turned off and brightness cranked up to maximum, the text on the display is legible.

Question: Does the Honor 5c display has gorilla glass protection?

Answer: No. As stated above, the handset comes with a good quality scratch-guard pre-installed out of the box, which means you are pretty much covered against scratches.

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Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Honor 5c?

Answer: Out of 16GB, 10.35GB is available for users.

Question: Does Honor 5c support microSD card? Can Apps be moved to SD card on Honor 5c?

Answer: You can check SD card as default storage, but Apps can’t be moved to SD card.

Question: Does Honor 5c support Adoptable storage?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Question: Does Honor 5c support USB OTG?

Answer: No, OTG isn’t supported

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Question: How is the Honor 5C fingerprint sensor?

Answer: The fingerprint sensor is very fast and accurate. The good thing Emotion UI makes full use of the fingerprint reader and allows you to use it to pick calls, click images, swipe through gallery images and more.

Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Honor 5C?

Answer: Performance isn’t as fast as say Le 2 or Redmi Note 3, but it is still perfectly adequate for moderate and basic users. High-end games also run efficiently.

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Question: What are benchmark scores of Honor 5c?

Answer: Here are some benchmark scores.

Benchmark Standard Scores
AnTuTu 51371
Vellamo (Metal, Multicore, 3033) 2038,1431,3033
Nenamarks 2 60.0 fps
Quadrant 17770
Geekbench (Single Core, Multi Core) 900, 3970

Question: Does Honor 5c has heating issues?

Answer: No, the handset doesn’t heat in day-to-day usage. With gaming, temperature soars like it does with all other metal body phones, but the maximum temperature is still within reasonable limits.

Question: How much RAM is free on first boot in Honor 5C?

Answer: At the time of first boot, Approx 700MB RAM is free.

Question: Does Honor 5C support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?

Answer: No, VR apps and Google Cardboard are not supported.

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Camera

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Question: How is the Honor 5c camera quality?

Answer: Honor has always been good with budget smartphone cameras. It is hard to expect much in terms of camera performance for under 10k, so we had balanced expectations before we reviewed the camera. It turned out surprisingly good! The Daylight shots are very vibrant, and even in poor lighting, performance is acceptable. The Pro Mode in the camera app helps too. You can also shoot good quality time lapse videos. Take a look at camera samples below.

Honor 5c Camera Samples

Question: How well does the HDR Mode work on the Honor 5c camera?

Answer: Yes, HDR mode is present and works well. You can check HDR samples above.

Question: Can the Honor 5c shoot 4K videos?

Answer: No, it can’t record 4K videos.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Honor 5c?

Answer: Yes, you can record 640 x 480 Slow-motion videos at 120fps. Quality isn’t good though.

Software

Question: How is the software?

Answer: Honor 5C is the first Android Marshmallow based phone from Honor. The heavily customized UI that you interact with you is Emotion UI 4.1. It is loaded with customization options and can feel a bit overwhelming at first. The software also felt a bit buggy, but we expect Honor to even out those kinks in future updates.

I have used Honor 5x and 6 for a considerable amount of time in the past, and thus found myself perfectly at home with Huawei’s software. What we don’t particularly like is the Notification shade. It’s about time Huawei redesigned its Notification pane and give one touch access to basic quick settings.

Question: Does the Honor 5c support Gestures?

Answer: Gesture support isn’t extensive. Under smart assistance setting, you get features like quick calling and flip to mute.

Question: Does the Honor 5c have one-handed UI mode?

Answer: Yes, even though the handset is very compact, the single handed mode is still present.

Question: Does the Honor 5c support double tap to wake feature?

Answer- No.

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Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Honor 5c support?

Answer: The handset accepts two nano SIM (hybrid slot) cards.

Question: What comes inside the box?

Answer: Inside the box, you will find a 1A charger, USB Cable, SIM ejector tool and paperwork. Headphones are not bundled in the box.

Question: How is the call quality on Honor 5c?

Answer: Call quality has been good in our area so far.

Question: How is the Battery backup on Honor 5c?

Answer: We are easily getting a mileage of more than a day with moderate usage. Emotion UI is a bit aggressive with battery management.

Question: Does Honor 5c support fast charging?

Answer: Nope.

Question: What are the sensors present in Honor 5c?

Answer: Here is the list of sensors below.

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Question: Is the battery removable on Honor 5c?

Answer: No, it’s not.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Honor 5c?

Answer: The quality of loudspeaker is quite decent. There are two speaker grills flanking the USB port, but only one of the two houses a speaker. Loudness is good enough for a Mono speaker.

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Question: How is the audio quality via headphones?

Answer: Audio quality via headphones is very good.

Conclusion

Honor 5c feels adequate for a price of 10,000 INR and should be a refreshing change of pace for those who prefer compact handsets (all its primary rivals stick to a large 5.5-inch display). It isn’t perfect, though, and it is for you to decide if the compromises like lack of USB OTG, less than stellar sunlight visibility, etc. are deal-breakers or not in light of your specific usage needs. We will explore Honor 5c further and share our findings in our full review very soon.

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