Honor 5C Review - A good overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws

Honor 5C Review - A good overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws

After a successful campaign of Honor 5X smartphone, Huawei is back with another phone under its e-brand Honor. The new device called Honor 5C has just been launched and should propel the company's growing market to higher numbers or so the company expects. Honor 5C is powered by a new Kirin 650 16nm chipset and has been priced at Rs. 10999. As per the company, Kirin 650 16nm chipset is the fastest processor in its segment which we would get to know after this review. The smartphone would be exclusively available on Flipkart and Honor's own online store HiHonor.com. The flash sales take place on 30th June and 7th July at 2 PM. Pre-orders already commenced on 22nd June.

You can catch the news of the launch of Honor 5C smartphone here:

You can buy a gold colored Honor 5C from the following link:

Today, we would have a look at various aspects of Honor 5C smartphone to see how it fares. Lets begin by having a look at the specifications of the device.

Specifications of Huawei Honor 5C

Display: 5.2 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels, ~423 ppi pixel density, 16.7 million colors, Full HD IPS display
Processor: Kirin 650 16nm
GPU: Mali-T830
Internal Memory: 16 GB, eMMC 5.1-based flash memory chip
Expandable Memory: Up to 256 GB, via microSD card (using hybrid SIM 2 slot)
SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Fingerprint scanner: Yes, on back panel, 0.5 seconds unlocking speed
Rear Camera: 13 Megapixels, f/2.0 aperture, Autofocus, LED Flash
Front Camera: 8 Megapixels, BSI Sensor, f/2.0 aperture
Construction: Aircraft-grade aluminum
Audio: Integrated speaker box with smart power amplifier, speakers placed on bottom for wider range
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under Emotion UI 4.1
Dimensions: 147.1 x 73.8 x 8.3 mm
Weight: 156 g
Battery: 3000 mAh
Connectivity Options: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, microUSB v2.0
FM Radio: Yes
Colors Available: Gold, Silver, Grey


Honor 5C gets delivered in a box identical to the one in which Honor 5X was shipped. It is a small, rectangular, aquamarine colored, top opening cardboard box. On the top of the box, the branding 'honor' has been imprinted twice. On opening the lid of the box, you will find the smartphone lying at the top inside a plastic cover. You will find white colored data cable, charger and a needle pin to remove SIM card slot. There is also a user manual as well as a warranty card. We could not find earphones inside the box and most probably they won't be included in the retail box. Huawei has used good quality cardboard in manufacturing of the boxes.

Honor 5C Review - A good overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws

Design and Build Quality

Honor 5C is a premium looking phone without doubt and the first impact it leaves is amazing. The size of the device makes it very easy to hold and it just feels beautiful in the hands. The back of the smartphone is smooth. You feel like holding this device for a prolonged time and still you'll be comfortable. However, due to the smooth back, the device is slippery and you might need to get a cover to protect it from damages lest it falls. The display has a very minuscule black border which does give an impression that the display is slightly suppressed and not floating on the glass. This is a bane of having a white colored bezel on a phone. 

The front of the device comes pre-installed with a scratch guard. Honor 5C gets brownie points for the same. There is a bezel of half inch thickness at the top and bottom and around 3 to 4 mm on the sides. The top houses the ambient light sensor, the speaker grille and the camera lens while the bottom carries the 'honor' label. As with other Honor smartphones, the Back, Home and Recents buttons are embedded in the user interface.

Taking a look at the edges, the top edge has the 3.5 mm audio connector port and a microphone hole, the left edge has a single slot for inserting one micro SIM and another Nano SIM or microSD card, the bottom has a speaker, a microUSB connector port and a microphone, while the right edge has Volume Rocker and Power/Sleep button. The volume rocker and power buttons are made of metal but do not have enough travel nor a great feedback.

The back of the device is what makes this smartphone look premium. It has a smooth metallic back. There are fine lines running across the top and bottom of the back adding to the attractive appearance of the phone. But more than anything else, as we mentioned earlier, the back provides a beautiful grip on the palm of your hands. There is an LED flash, camera lens and a squarish fingerprint scanner at the back along with some usual branding.

The back cover is not removable. There is a sticker placed at the back to show how to insert SIM cards and microSD card but you'll have to let go off the sticker and keep it at a safe location to see later how to insert the cards.

For a phone not costing a bomb, this is a great looking phone with top notch design and good build quality.

Honor 5C Review - A good overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws


The display on Honor 5C is bright and vivid. The colors used are very easy on the eyes which won't tire after long term usage either. There is no pixellation. However, we are a bit bothered about the screen reflection as we can clearly see our faces on the display even with a light colored wallpaper. We thoroughly enjoyed watching Youtube videos on this phone for the realistic portrayal of colors. Another positive point is that the display is completely usable under direct sunlight which is a great reason to pick up this phone if you mostly work outdoors. Sunlight visibility is an aspect where many smartphones fail but Honor 5C handles this factor very nicely.

Operating System and Software

Honor 5C sports Emotion UI 4.1 layered over Android Marshmallow 6.0. The user interface maintains a sense of uniformity across its elements with similar fonts, colors and icons. There is very little bloatware in the system with a few apps like Health, HiCare, HiGame etc. We won't be looking at any of these apps in detail though. Fewer apps mean direct savings on storage space. However, the most useful Google apps as well as an FM Radio app are bundled. Swiping down from the top of the screen shows two tabs, one for Notifications while the other for Settings shortcuts. Though it looks neat, it calls for an extra tap and just that extra amount of time which you may not like. There are a few similarities with iOS on this user interface like Settings app has a search bar on top, the recent apps has a very similar screen and also swiping down on a home screen brings a system wide search window. We wish Huawei can do something of their own and not be inspired so heavily. News about Huawei prepping up a homegrown operating system has been out and who knows, in the near future we could just have one more operating system to counter the likes of iOS and Android.


The camera app seems to be very fresh. Swiping right shows various modes like Beauty, Panorama, Video etc. while swiping left shows settings like Resolution, Camera grid, Object tracking etc. However, we could not find options for setting white balance, exposure or ISO levels which some people may miss. In any case, let us have a look at these 3 rear camera pictures to see how they turn up.

Honor 5C Review - A great overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws

Honor 5C Review - A great overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws

Honor 5C Review - A great overall smartphone experience overcomes minor flaws

The rear camera on Huawei Honor 5C reproduces colors naturally in brightly lit conditions however colors do start getting a bit washed away in low light scenarios. We also miss out a bit on the details that the rear camera of the older sibling Honor 5X used to come up with. However, the images still maintain their identity due to reproduction of realistic colors without over processing. Touch to refocus also works fast and smooth. We won't call the camera out of this world but its absolutely usable for personal purposes. But you won't be able to use this camera for managing your professional photography work. Moreover, the front camera tries to beautify the images just a bit too much thereby adding an unnatural shine or glow to the reproduced pictures.


Honor 5C runs through most of the daily tasks without any issues. However, multitasking does tend to slow down the phone a bit. If you continuously move back and forth between recent apps and have a lot of them opened at a time, you will find that these apps tend to take just that extra while to reload entirely. For sure, just that extra amount of smoothness would have meant an extra advantage the lack of which can annoy a few people after prolonged usage. We downloaded and installed Temple Run 2 and the game ran through without any frame rate drops. The phone does not overheat while playing games or while charging. But Huawei has done something special here. This phone has one of the best loudspeakers at its price point out there if not the best. The loudspeaker is very clear and loud which makes for a thorough enjoyment of games and videos without the use of headphones. Call quality is loud and crisp too.

Fingerprint sensor

Almost all smartphones these days are sporting fingerprint sensors and most of them are getting increasingly fast. Honor 5C fingerprint scanner is no exception either. It works fast and you can rotate your finger 360 degrees for successful registration of the fingerprint. However, as we always point out we personally like the fingerprint sensor in the front as it takes us just that extra amount of time locating the one at the back of the phone. Additionally, the fingerprint sensor can be preset to functions like taking photos or videos, answering calls, stopping alarms, showing notification panel, browsing photos and for a few other things. It is actually not possible to compare fingerprint scanners on various phones as they work in the vicinity of 0.2 to 0.5 seconds, a range which cannot be deciphered by a normal human being.


Honor 5C carries a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. We charged the battery to 100% and then started using the phone. We did a bit of net surfing, downloaded and installed a few apps and games, did some calling and Whatsapp messaging, played a few games, watched videos on Youtube and threw in some amount of standby time too. The battery died on us after 12 hours which is great battery life. Most users would need to charge it just once a day while heavy users might need to put it on the charger twice a day sometimes. However, there is no fast or quick charging built in.


3.5 stars out of 5

Bottomline and Verdict

Honor 5C is a very good phone but still has some minor flaws. It is not an extraordinary phone but the overall experience would leave you satisfied. The only actual deal breaker that we could see is that it does start to stutter in performance if a lot of apps are moved between back and forth. A few people might give it a skip just for this reason. However, in all other aspects, it is either average or above average. But we should not forget about the competition at this price point. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 1s or Le 1s Eco, Lenovo K4 Note and a few others are sure to provide a tough fight. Honor 5C would actually have blown everything away had the app multitasking been a bit faster. But then, nothing's perfect, nor is Honor 5C. 

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