honor today proudly revealed the latest addition to their family of mid-range smartphones – the honor 5C. Powered by the new Kirin 650 chip, it runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and sports a list of flagship features. Best of all, honor is pricing it at less than RM 850 / US$ 225!
Earlier today, Allen An, honor Malaysia’s E-Commerce Director, gave a presentation on the honor 5C. He spoke about the honor 5C’s key features, like the new 16 nm Kirin 650 chip, its photographic capability, impressive battery life and build quality. He also revealed the local pricing and availability.
16 nm Kirin 650
The honor 5C is powered by the Kirin 650, which is an octa-core SoC built on the new 16 nm FinFET+ process technology. The more advanced process technology allows it to deliver 65% better CPU performance over a similar-sized processor built using the older 28 nm process technology.
The Kirin 650 has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores, four of which can run at a peak frequency of 2.0 GHz, with another four with a peak frequency of 1.7 GHz. It also has the ARM Mali-T830 GPU which offers a 100% boost in graphics performance over the previous generation.
The honor 5C has a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 5-element lens. The lens have anti-reflective, oleophobic and infra-red absorbing coatings to ensure clarity. If you are into selfies, you will not be disappointed with the 8 MP front camera with f/2.0 4-element lens.
Long Battery Life
The honor 5C has a large 3,000 mAh battery but honor promises that it will outperform smartphones with much larger batteries. Thanks to Android 6.0’s Doze Mode and Huawei’s SmartPower 3.0 power saving technology, the honor 5C boasts a 40% decrease in power consumption.
Improved Fingerprint Sensor
The honor 5C also features a 2nd-generation Swedish-designed FPC fingerprint sensor that can now unlock the phone in just 0.5 seconds. It also requires only six fingerprint touches to register a fingerprint. In addition, the honor 5C encrypts and stores the fingerprint data in a Replay Protected Memory Block (RPMB), which prevents your fingerprint data from being accessed even if the phone is rooted.
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honor 5C First Look
We had the opportunity at the exclusive media hands-on preview to try out the honor 5C. Check out our video below for our commentary!
honor 5C Specifications
|honor 5C Smartphone
|Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
|5.2" IPS touchscreen
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi)
|HiSilicon Kirin 650
|4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
|ARM Mali-T830 GPU
|2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
|16 GB eMMC 5.1 internal flash storage
microSD card slot (supports up to 128 GB)
|8 MP BSI sensor with 4-element f/2.0 lens
|13 MP BSI sensor with 5-element f/2.0 lens and single LED flash
|WiFi : 801.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
|Dual SIM Support
|Dual SIM, dual standby capable, but second SIM shared with microSD card
|Yes, Huawei Fingerprint 2.0
|3,000 mAh lithium ion battery
|73.76 mm wide x 147.1 mm tall x 8.3 mm thick
|Gold / Silver / Grey
Colour, Price & Availability
The honor 5C is available in three colour options – Gold, Grey and Silver. The Gold version will be sold at RM 840 / ~US$ 213, while the Grey and Silver versions will be sold at just RM 799 / ~US$ 200.
The honor 5C will be available for pre-orders starting June 20, 2016 at VMall and Lazada, with delivery a week later. It will come with a 6-month one-to-one exchange policy in addition to the usual 1-year warranty.
Although honor Malaysia refuses to confirm one way or another, there are rumours that the early pre-orders may come with a mystery gift.[adrotate banner=”5″]