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Honor 5C Review | The Allround Performer

Huawei under the Honor branding has come with the new Smartphone named the Honor 5C. One of the special thing about the Honor 5C is that it comes with the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 650 16nm processor. We had a chance to test out the device earlier even before the official launch and today we are writing down the Honor 5C review. We have tested the device in terms of display, performance, gaming, camera, battery life, multi-tasking and even more. So here is the review of the Honor 5C with the new Kirin 650 processor. We have also listed out the pros and cons of the device and the reason to buy it or ignore it.

Honor 5C review

Honor 5C review

Display 5.2 inch HD 1080p
Prcessor Silicon Kirin 650
Storage 16GB + 128GB SD Card support
Camera 13MP rear with LED Flash, 8MP front
OS Android Marshmallow 6.0, EMUI
SIM Type Nano
SIM Support Dual SIM
Battery 3,000 mAh (Non-removable)
Price 10999 Rupees

Design & Look

In terms of design, the Honor 5C comes with the full metal unibody design. The phone feels light and weighs only 156 grams, the curved back makes the device comfortable to hold. To the front, we have the sensors, earpiece and an 8MP front camera followed by the 5.2 inches screen and the Honor logo. At the top, the 3.5mm headphone jack and a secondary noise cancellation mic are placed and to the bottom, we have the speaker and a microphone.

On the left-hand side of the Honor 5c, the volume button and the power button is placed. To the left-hand side, we have the Hybrid SIM slot and both the SIM accepts only the Nano SIM. On the rear side, we have the 13MP rear camera with LED Flash followed by the Fingerprint scanner and the Honor logo. Also, note that the back panel cannot be removed in the Honor 5C.


Honor 5C review - display

The Honor 5C comes with the 5.2 inch HD with 1080×1920 pixels resolution. Unfortunately, the display is not protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass. The display looks bright and accurate in the indoor and the outdoor conditions as well. I somehow felt that the touch could have been little better. You can change the font size and the font type of your wish as well. the Honor 5C has the one-hand mode which is really useful while traveling. I strongly recommend you to install the scratch guard or a tempered glass.


Honor 5C review - performance

In terms of performance, the Honor 5C is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 650 with Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 + quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53. It has 2GB of RAM and Mali-T880MP2 GPU for better gaming performance. To be honest, the phone performance really well. The new Kirin chipset has the ability to boost the performance similar to the high-end processor. I have tried opening too many Apps and make them run in the background and I had no issue with the multitasking. Clearly the RAM every now and them gave me a buttery smooth experience.

In terms of gaming, the Honor 5C performed really good. There are no issues or lags with the small games like Vector, Clash of Clans, Temple run and much more. And even with some HD games like Dead trigger 2, the game played smooth and there are no issues at all. With the Asphalt 8 and Nova 3, the gameplay is smooth and lag free at medium graphics settings but when it comes to high graphics settings there are few lags and frame drops are observed. Surprisingly, the Honor 5C does not heat up, even after the hours of playing some HD games the phone temperature doesn’t go high.

The internal storage of the device is 16GB and it can be also expanded up to 128GB using a Micro SD Card. The speaker quality on the Honor 5C was good enough and it was clear and loud as well.

Honor 5C Hands-on & Gaming Review


Here comes the one of the biggest advantage of the Honor 5C. The Honor 5C comes with the 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front selfie camera. After using the camera for few days, I will surely say that Honor 5C is the one of the best Camera Smartphone at this price. The camera could able to capture some amazing shots and the detailed are retained as well. The Camera comes with many features and different modes to enhance the camera experience. Here are the few camera samples of the Honor 5C for your better understanding of the camera.

The Honor 5C camera can record videos up to 1080p. The camera comes with different modes like Pro Photo, pro video, Beauty, HDR, Panorama, Good Food, Light painting, Timelapse and Slow motion, All focus, watermark, Audio note and Document scan.

UI and OS

The Honor 5C runs on the latest version of Android M with EMUI 4.1 on the top. The UI feels smooth and loaded with a bunch of useful features. Some of the features that have to be mentioned are motion control, voice control, One hand UI. There is no too many bloatware preinstalled and also the phone comes with the Health option which keeps the tracks of total steps taken and calories burned daily.

Fingerprint scanner


The Honor 5C comes with the Fingerprint Scanner 2.0 on the rear side. There are absolutely no issues with the Fingerprint scanner. You can unlock the device in less than a second and apart from just unlocking it provides some other useful options as well. You can use the fingerprint scanner to access the notification bar and also you can swipe the images in the gallery easily with the Fingerprint sensor. You can also answer calls, take photos and stop alarms with it.


Honor 5C review - design

Honor 5C Review - BatteryIn terms of the battery, the Honor 5C comes with the 3000 mAh battery. The battery is not user removable as well. But sadly the Honor 5C does not have the fast charging feature. The software is well optimized for the better battery life. The battery lasted for one full day on the average use of browsing with wifi on all day and some casual gaming. When it comes to aggressive usage the battery needs to be charged twice the day. The phone supports only the nano SIM and has the dual standby 4G LTE support. the signal reception was good and there are no issues with the call quality.


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Honor 5C Pros and Cons


  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Camera
  • Design & Build


Final Verdict

So that’s it for the Honor 5C Review and this is one of the best options to consider if you are looking for the phone below 10999. The phone is available in Silver, gray and Gold color variant and will be exclusively available via Flipkart. If you want a Smartphone which feels handy with a great camera and performance then the Honor 5C is the great buy for you. If you need any further information about the device check the Honor 5C FAQ or please leave them in the comment below.

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Vijay Nelson Raj is the founder and Chief Editor of Gadget Gossips. Tech enthusiast| Cricket lover.Follow me on Facebook, Twitter
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