[tl;dr] Honor 5c Review
The Honor 5c is Honor’s translation of an entry-level mid-range smartphone. Priced at MYR799, the device is designed to be a budget phone without sacrificing premium built quality. The Premium built quality is definitely felt throughout the device from the aluminium back with its intricate milling design to the front of the device. Despite the generic all glass, all display front with Honor branding giving away its association, the back of the device is what differentiates this budget powerhouse from the rest of the devices; no thanks to the lines and grooves in the aluminium body.
Specs wise as well it is fitted with a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 650 clocked at 2.0GHz. This is entering flagship smartphone speeds actually, and it feels like it is running on a very fast processor. Despite only offering 2GB of RAM the device never felt slow or shows any signs of lag in our time of use. Even graphic intensive games did not trouble the device much; save for Hearthstone of course, but this game tends to slow down even some high-end flagships.
Display stands at 5.2-inch which is smaller compared to a few of its competition. Smaller screen has its benefits though. Because it fits in a smaller form-factor body one-handed operation is a breeze. The Full HD 1080p resolution display is also pleasant on the eyes with popping colours and crisp images.
Capturing your moments is done in the form of an 8-megapixel front-facing camera paired with a potent 13-megapixel rear camera both with f/2.0 aperture. Picture quality is decent in most cases. Get this though, it captures decent photos as well in low light. Colours may come out a little over-saturated in some cases. The photos also comes out with a little blue tint on them giving a colder feel. The blue tint also makes certain colours pop out and too bright in some cases. The front-facing camera does also takes pretty decent “selfies” with similar results with the rear camera, we do blame it on the software though. Of course with most front-facing camera you can filter the amount of beauty filter on the front-facing camera.
The interface itself is Android 6.0 Marshmallow that is layered with EMUI 4.1. The EMUI 4.1 does not have the app drawer icon like the rest of the more mainstream Android smartphones in the market. Instead apps are added onto the main home page as you download and install them. The interface is simple enough to use even for users coming from other platforms. You still can easily add your own flavour to the interface by adding widgets to your home pages; a trademark of Android interface. EMUI 4.1 is a simple interface that emphasises on ease of use and navigation, and at most times feels very snappy and smooth.
Battery comes in at a 3,000mAh unit that is non-removable beneath the aluminium case. It performed really well throughout the use period and lasts up to 2 days or more in some cases of light use. If you are one of those who uses the phone very often though, you can be sure that it will last you at least a day.
So, compelling device if you ask us. Very impressive too. Nothing is perfect though. This device comes with a measly 16GB of internal memory. To contain all your media you would need to purchase a microSD card. Camera may be a tad slower compared to some of the competition and image quality is nothing to shout about. It does not come with Gorilla Glass which means that it is prone to scratches easily. The camera also does not come with OIS which makes video capturing a pain without tripod. Lastly, the RAM is a little on the small side with 2GB while some competition can offer up to 3GB.
Overall though, it is definitely a budget device that we would recommend you to look at if you are in the market for a budget smartphone as either your daily driver or secondary device. With its dual-SIM functionality, its not like you are sacrificing much practicality too. If you wish to get a more in-depth perspective though do head out to our in-depth review of the device. As mentioned earlier the device retails for MYR799.