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The honor 8 Aurora Glass Smartphone Review

The honor 8 Aurora Glass Smartphone Review

Boasting a unique Aurora Glass finish on its back, the new honor 8 smartphone is truly a work of art that has to be seen to be appreciated. But it is not just a good-looking smartphone. The honor 8 also features a dual-lens main camera, like its brother – the Huawei P9So join us as we take a close look at the honor 8 smartphone!

 

The honor 8 Smartphone Specifications

First up, we would like to point out that the honor 8 is available in 5 different models, with 3-4 colours, depending on the location. But they basically consist of two versions – a standard honor 8 model, and a premium honor 8 model. Check out their specifications :

Specificationshonor 8 (Standard)honor 8 (Premium)
ModelFRD-L02 (India), FRD-L04 (US), FRD-L09 (EU & Asia)FRD-L14 (US), FRD-L19 (EU & Asia)
Available ColoursPearl White, Midnight BlackSapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold
Display5.2" LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
5.2" LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionNippon Electric Glass (NEG)Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1Android 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
Processing PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 950HiSilicon Kirin 950
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)ARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)
System Memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L09)
64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L19)
Selfie Camera8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
Main CameraDual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
Dual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM SupportSingle nano SIM (L02, L04)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L09)
Single nano SIM (L14)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L19)
Connectivity4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
WiFi Capability802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
USB PortUSB 2.0 with USB Type C interfaceUSB 2.0 with USB Type C interface
Fingerprint SensorYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisationYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisation
Infra-Red TransmitterYes, with Smart Control 4.0Yes, with Smart Control 4.0
NFC SupportYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile paymentYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile payment
AudioHiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
HiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
Battery2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
Dimensions71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick
Weight153 g153 g
Launch PriceRM 1,699 (~US$ 425)RM 1,899 (~US$ 475)

The standard honor 8 models are priced at RM 1,699 / ~US$ 425 with 32 GB of storage, and is available in either Pearl White or Midnight Black. The premium honor 8 models are priced at RM 1,899 / ~US$ 475 with 64 GB of storage, and either Sapphire Blue or Sunrise Gold colours.

 

Unboxing The honor 8 Smartphone

The honor 8 comes in a white two-piece cardboard box with a textured surface. The tall and thin design presumably allows more units to be placed side-by-side on a counter. The inner box slides downwards and is secured by a single clear security sticker. Be careful once that sticker is cut, because the inner box will slide right out!

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Inside the honor 8 box, you will find the following items :

  • One honor 8 smartphone
  • One set of honor 8 Quick Start Guide & Huawei warranty leaflet
  • One SIM card tray extractor pin
  • One set of six IMEI stickers
  • One 18 W Huawei quick travel charger
  • One USB 2.0 cable with USB Type C interface

Next Page > The honor 8 Up Close, Hybrid SIM, Fingerprint Sensor & OTG Support

 

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The honor 8 Smartphone Up Close

The honor 8 has a large 5.2″ LTPS display that covers almost its entire front – with a 72% screen-to-body ratio. To achieve that, honor eschewed the use of physical buttons, in favour of virtual on-screen buttons. In fact, it only has two physical buttons – a Power button and a Volume rocker switch on the right side.

The honor 8 has an infra-red transmitter at the top, which can be used as a remote control in conjunction with the built-in Smart Controller app. It is also the first honor smartphone to feature the new Type C USB interface. It is still a USB 2.0 port, but the Type C interface is bidirectional – you no longer have to worry about plugging the cable in the wrong way.

Even though the honor 8 is the same size as the honor 5C, they managed to squeeze in a 2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery while reducing its thickness to just 7.45 mm. They even fit in the 3.5mm audio port, albeit at the bottom, together with the USB port.

 

Hybrid SIM

The honor 8 has dual SIM, dual standby capability. However, only the FRD-L09 and FRD-L19 models come with the hybrid SIM slot that allows for a second nano SIM card. These two models are only sold in Europe and Asia. The other models only support a single nano SIM.

Of course, the hybrid SIM slot means you have to choose between using a second nano SIM card, or a microSD card. You can’t use both simultaneously.

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Fingerprint Sensor & OTG Support

The honor 8 boasts a new 3D fingerprint sensor that can actually detect the ridges of the finger. This allows for more accurate detection of your fingerprint. With an auto-learning ability, the honor 8’s fingerprint sensor can recognise your fingerprint and unlock the honor 8 in just 0.4 seconds.

On the other hand, the honor 8 (like the honor 5C) does not support USB OTG (On-The-Go) drives. If you plug any USB OTG flash drive into its USB port, it will not be detected. The honor 8 also requires you to use the Huawei HiSuite software to access its files from your computer. This also limits what you can copy out from the honor 8 smartphone.

Next Page > Cameras, Aurora Glass, Initial Setup, Memory & Storage

 

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Cameras

The honor 8 has an 8 MP front camera with an f/2.4 lens. It will deliver a maximum photo resolution of 3264 x 2448 in the 4:3 format. Again, a wider 16:9 format will crop that to 3264 x 1840. It will record videos in 1080p quality with electronic image stabilisation.

Its killer feature is the dual-lens camera at the back. It is actually two individual cameras, each with a Sony IMX286 sensors with f/2.2 lens. One camera captures the image in monochrome, while the other captures the same image in colour. They are then combined to deliver sharper and more detailed pictures. The camera is supported by a dual LED flash, and a laser autofocus system.

The photos have a maximum resolution of 3968 x 2976 in the 4:3 format. If you prefer a wider format, the honor 8 will do that by cropping the image to 3968 x 2240 (16:9). It is capable of recording video in full HD quality (1080p) with electronic image stabilisation.

 

Aurora Glass

The honor 8 has a 2.5D glass body on both sides with diamond-cut aluminium alloy edges to create an ultra-narrow bezel. Its 3D grate design and 15-layer craftsmanship on the back of the device, combines with the glass/metal back to create what honor calls Aurora Glass.

The Aurora Glass back gives the honor 8 a very reflective surface at the back. The only catch – it naturally lacks the oleophobic coating of the front screen for a proper grip. However, that means its highly-reflective back is easily smudged by fingerprint smears, which detracts from its lustre.

 

The Initial Setup

This video will show you the initial setup process when you power up the honor 8 for the first time. If you do not need to restore a backup, the whole setup process should take about 5 minutes. Note how fast it takes to register a fingerprint.

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Available Memory & Storage

The honor 8 comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory. The Android 6.0 operating system and honor-preloaded apps take up about 1.3 GB of memory, leaving you with 2.4 GB (60%) of free memory. Very good!

This is a premium honor 8 model (FRD-L19), which comes with 64 GB of internal flash memory. This is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128 GB). Fresh out of the box, the honor 8 has 53.2 GB of available space (excluding the system files), of which 51.38 GB is free to use.

In the standard honor 8 models which come with 32 GB of internal flash memory, we can estimate that they will have about 19 GB of free space.

Next Page > honor 8 Camera & Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The honor 8‘s dual-lens camera has not one, but two, 12 MP Sony IMX286 sensor with reasonably fast f/2.4 lens. The photos have a maximum resolution of 3968 x 2976 in the 4:3 format. Check out these photo samples.

The honor 8 delivered excellent resolution in these photos. If you blow them up to 100%, you can see the amount of detail that is not possible in other smartphone cameras. The edge resolution (between elements of different colour), in particular, was very impressive. The amount of noise is also very low, even in dark areas.

While the honor 8 does not have the most user-friendly camera app in the industry, the photos produced by its dual-lens camera is very, very impressive. Even without turning on HDR, the colour are very vivid and visually pop out.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The honor 8 can record full HD (1080p) ideos with electronic stabilisation. This is an improvement over the honor 5X, whose main camera does not support electronic stabilisation. Here is a sample video we recorded of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.

And this is a sample video taken at a street market.

The honor 8 did a great job maintaining focus and controlling exposure in the videos we took. Even bright backgrounds were not overblown. The honor 8 does not support optical image stabilisation, probably because it would prevent the dual-lens system from being in sync, but its electronic image stabilisation still did a decent job.

You should also notice that it records better audio than most smartphones. The piano music sounds richer, even through the background noise. And in the street market footage, the ambient sounds sound clearer and more authentic.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the honor 8‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

honor 8 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6350 6313 6105 4892
Web Browsing 8073 6257 5782 6908
Video Playback 4396 4287 3321 3218
Writing 6231 7166 7463 4629
Photo Editing 7352 8262 9694 5563

The honor 8 is powered by the top-of-the-line Kirin 950 SoC. These PCMark results show that the Kirin 950 proved to be more than a match for the Snapdragon 820 that powers the HTC 10, and the Snapdragon 652 that powers the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra. In fact, it was 30% faster in this benchmark than Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s Exynos 8890!

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the honor 8‘s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The honor 8 lasted just over 10 hours on the PCMark stress test. This is 1.5 hours less than the honor 5C, but is excellent considering it uses a more powerful processor and graphics processor, and comes with twice the memory. The HTC 10, for example, lasted just over 5.5 hours on the same test!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The honor 8 has a large 2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery, with Fast Charging capability. honor claims that it will recharge from 0% to 47% in just 30 minutes. Let’s see if that’s true…

Our tests showed that the honor 8 will recharge from 17% to 100% in just 146 minutes (3 hours 26 minutes). This is decent, but not exceptional quick charging performance. It fully recharges the battery about 20% faster than the honor 5C, which does not support quick charging and uses only a 5 W charger.

That said, we can see that the honor 8 recharges fastest in the first 90%, before it tapers off to a slower recharging pace for the last 10 percent. Recharging 47% (from 17% to 64%) took 36 minutes in our test.

Next Page > Overall & Gaming Performance, Our Verdict & Award

 

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

honor 8 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
TOTAL SCORE 90737 76096 113813 131246
3D SCORE 17706 18816 50700 40824
– 3D (Marooned) 9829 10861 34778 23336
– 3D (Garden) 7877 7952 15922 17488
UX SCORE 34550 26794 30890 42765
– UX Data Secure 7338 5077 6319 8169
– UX Data Process 5513 4198 3379 5966
– UX Strategy Games 9745 7503 5433 10745
– UX Image Process 5017 6879 9521 13878
– UX I/O Performance 6937 3137 6238 4007
CPU SCORE 32255 23689 21915 37882
– CPU Mathematics 10483 6950 8494 11831
– CPU Common Use 8543 6311 5931 10875
– CPU Multi-Core 13229 10428 7490 15176
RAM 6226 6797 10308 9775

The honor 8 did well in AnTuTu, coming in only 20% and 31% slower than the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge respectively.

It was actually 12% and 47% faster than the HTC 10 in the UX and CPU tests, but its 65% slower 3D performance pulled down its overall results.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the honor 8‘s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

honor 8 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Gaming Score 18659 17719 23171 28650
Graphics 19993 21124 27512 33685
Physics 15127 11328 14925 18810
Graphics Test 1 122.5 fps 115.2 fps 136.6 fps 162.9 fps
Graphics Test 2 67.4 fps 76.3 fps 106.4 fps 133.1 fps
Physics Test 48.0 fps 36.0 fps 47.4 fps 59.7 fps

The honor 8 is roughly equal to the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra in gaming performance. This means the ARM Mali-T880 GPU in the Kirin 950 is about as fast as the Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU.

 

Our Verdict

The honor 8 is more than just a more powerful version of the honor 5C smartphone. Yes, they are both 5.2″ smartphones powered by Kirin processors from HiSilicon, a Huawei company. But the honor 8 is really a whole different beast targeting a different market.

The honor 8 is very fast, and comes with 4 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB of internal flash storage. On top of that, its dual-lens camera produces excellent photographs and videos. It even comes with a new 3D fingerprint sensor that activates the phone in just 0.4 seconds.

The honor 8 also looks the part of a premium smartphone, thanks to its Aurora Glass finish. This is honor’s top-of-the-line smartphone for those who want nothing but the best without paying through the nose.

Now, all that extra capability comes at a price, and it comes to no surprise that the honor 8 costs twice as much as the honor 5C. Even so, it costs less than half of what their competitors charge for equivalent smartphones.

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So are we impressed with the honor 8? Hell, yeah!

If we have any gripes, it is the lack of USB OTG support and the requirement to use the Huawei HiSuite to manage files using a computer. This unnecessarily makes it a pain to access the files in the honor 8 smartphone.

honor continues to impress us with their ability to focus on creating no-nonsense Android smartphones with practical features. Even the dual-lens camera proved to be a practical way to improve the quality of photos and videos taken using a smartphone.

We like the honor 8 enough to give it out coveted Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, honor!

 

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The Kirin 650-Powered honor 5C Smartphone Reviewed

When the honor 5X (Amazon) was announced in CES 2016, it was one of the most anticipated smartphones to hit the market in 2016. After all, it offers a 5.5″ full HD display with a metal allow body, a second-generation rim-free fingerprint reader, and a Qualcomm octa-core processor for less than US$220.

However, it was just a matter of time before honor introduced a variant powered by the new Kirin processors processors (more accurately known as SoCs) from HiSilicon, a sister company under Huawei. Check out the differences between the two models :

Specificationshonor 5Xhonor 5C
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1.1 with EMUI 3.1Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1
Processor PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616 (MSM8939 v2)HiSilicon Kirin 650
Processor4 x ARM Cortex A53 (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex A53 (1.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 405ARM Mali-T830 GPU
Display5.5" IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution
- 403 ppi pixel density
- 72.5% screen-to-body ratio
5.2" IPS display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution
- 424 ppi pixel density
- 68.7% screen-to-body ratio
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage16 GB flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
16 GB flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Main Camera13 MP sensor
f/2.0 lens with single LED flash
13 MP BSI sensor with 5-element f/2.0 lens and single LED flash
Selfie Camera5 MP sensor
22 mm wide-angle f/2.4 lens
8 MP BSI sensor with 4-element f/2.0 lens
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby capability
- One MicroSIM slot + One nanoSIM slot
Dual SIM, dual standby capable
- Second SIM shared with microSD card
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFI
Bluetooth 4.1 (Class 1)
micro USB 2.0
802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFI
Bluetooth 4.1
micro USB 2.0
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
Fingerprint SensorSecond-generation, rim-free touch sensorSecond-generation, rim-free touch sensor
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)
ChassisDiamond-polished aluminium alloy bodyAircraft-grade aluminum-alloy with brushed metal-effect finish
Dimensions76.3 mm wide
151.3 mm tall
8.15 mm thick
73.76 mm wide
147.1 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight158 g (including battery)156 g (including battery)
Available ColoursSunset Gold / Dark Grey / Daybreak SilverSunset Gold / Dark Grey / Daybreak Silver

The honor 5C (Amazon) comes in 3 colour options, with the Grey and Silver options priced at ~$200 (RM 799), while the Gold model retails at ~$213 (RM 840). However, all three models have the same features and performance.

Now, let’s take a look at the new Kirin 650-powered honor 5C smartphone!

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Unboxing The honor 5C

The honor 5C (Amazon) comes in a hard aqua-coloured cardboard box, with a security seal on each side. In this video, you will witness our unboxing process and check out each component inside the honor 5C box. Take a look!

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One honor 5C smartphone (Amazon)
  • One honor 5C travel charger
  • One micro USB cable
  • One honor 5C Quick Start Guide
  • One Huawei Warranty Card
  • One SIM card slot extractor
  • One strip of 6 IMEI number stickers

Next Page > The honor 5C Smartphone, Buttons & Slot

 

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The honor 5C Smartphone

The honor 5C (Amazon) has a large 5.2″ IPS display that covers almost its entire front – with a 68.7% screen-to-body ratio. To achieve that, honor eschewed the use of physical buttons, in favour of virtual on-screen buttons.

The back metal chassis comes protected with a plastic film that doubles as an information sheet, with labels and tips. This plastic film has cut-outs for the fingerprint sensor and camera, so you can use the honor 5C without removing it, especially if you intend to fit a case over it.

The honor 5C (Amazon) uses a second-generation rim-free fingerprint sensor. As you will later see in the Initial Setup video, it registers your fingerprint in fewer steps. It is also much faster and more accurate than the previous generation sensor at reading your fingerprint. Once you have used it, it will become second nature to turn on and instantly log into the honor 5C by simply touching the fingerprint sensor.


Although higher-end smartphones are trying to go ridiculously thin, the honor 5C (Amazon) is reasonably thick at 8.3 mm. The slight increase in thickness not only allowed the inclusion of a large 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, as well as an earphone port at the top.

Although not explicitly mentioned, the honor 5C has stereo speakers. The second speaker emits through the left row of ports in the picture above. The right row of ports is for the microphone. The honor 5C still uses a micro USB 2.0 port, instead of the newer reversible USB-C port.

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Buttons & Hybrid SIM

The honor 5C (Amazon) only has two physical buttons, because it uses virtual on-screen Android buttons instead of physical buttons. They are both on the right side – a volume switch and a Power button.

The honor 5C is Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable. However, you cannot use two SIM cards together with a micro SD card. Instead, it comes with a hybrid SIM slot on the left side. The tray inside fits two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and a micro SD card.

Next Page > The Initial Setup, Memory & Storage, OTG Support, The Cameras

 

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The Initial Setup

This video will show you the initial setup process when you power up the honor 5C (Amazon) for the first time. If you do not need to restore a backup, the whole setup process should take about 2.5 minutes. Note how fast it takes to register a fingerprint.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The honor 5C (Amazon) comes with 2 GB of memory of the LPDDR3 type. The Android 6.0 OS and honor pre-loaded apps takes up about 1.1 GB of memory. This leaves you with only 692 MB of free RAM to use. It would be helpful if honor can cut down on the pre-loaded apps.

The honor 5C (Amazon) also comes with 16 GB of internal flash storage. This is expandable via a microSD card (up to 128 GB). Fresh out of the box, the honor 5C has 10.4 GB of available space (excluding the system files), of which 9.78 GB is free to use.

 

OTG Support

Please be aware that the honor 5C (Amazon) does NOT support USB OTG (On-The-Go) drives. If you plug any USB OTG flash drive into its micro USB 2.0 port, it will not be detected.

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Cameras

The main camera has a 13 MP sensor with a 5-element f/2.0 lens, supported by a single LED flash. The photos have a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 in the 4:3 format. If you prefer a wider format, the honor 5C will do that by cropping the image to 4160 x 2336 (16:9). It is capable of recording video in full HD quality (1080p) with electronic stabilisation.

The honor 5C’s front camera is a significant improvement over the honor 5X, boasting an 8 MP BSI sensor with a 4-element f/2.0 wide-angle lens. It will deliver a maximum photo resolution of 3264 x 2448 in the 4:3 format. Again, a wider 16:9 format will crop that to 3264 x 1840. It will record videos in 720p quality.

For a smartphone in this price category, the honor 5C (Amazon) comes with a pretty good set of cameras. We will examine its photographic and video recording performance later in the next page.

Next Page > honor 5C Camera & Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The honor 5C’s main camera has a 13 MP sensor with a fast f/2.0 lens, which allows it to take pretty decent photos in relatively low-light conditions. The photos have a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 in the 4:3 format.

honor did not reveal what sensor was used in the honor 5C (Amazon) smartphone, but the pictures we took look like they came from the same Samsung ISOCELL S5K3M2 sensor used in honor 5X.

The Samsung ISOCELL S5K3M2 is a relatively noisy sensor. If you blow up the picture on a desktop, you can see consistent noise (speckling and artifacts). However, they are only of real concern if you are going to make large prints of these photos.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The honor 5C (Amazon) can record full HD (1080p) videos with electronic stabilisation. This is an improvement over the honor 5X, whose main camera does not support electronic stabilisation. Here is a sample video we recorded of a piano performance by Mr. Yang I-Deun.


And this is a sample video taken at an ice skating rink.


The honor 5C (Amazon) did a better job of controlling the exposure of the subjects than the honor 5X. However, we noted some focus issues – it can sometimes lose and readjust focus, causing the subject to be temporarily blurred. Still, it was a decent performance for a smartphone at this price point.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the honor 5C’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

honor 5C ASUS ZenFone Zoom Samsung Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
5357 5829 5078
Web Browsing 5643 5751 6788
Video Playback 4487 4536 3091
Writing 5944 5270 5918
Photo Editing 5469 8400 5357

The honor 5C (Amazon) may be powered by the mid-range Kirin 650, but these PCMark results show that the Kirin 650 is no performance slouch. In these work-related tests, the honor 5C actually keeps up with top smartphones like the ASUS ZenFone Zoom and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the honor 5C’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The honor 5C (Amazon) lasted just over 11.5 hours on the PCMark stress test. That was a really amazing result, as this is a stress test that simulates the worst possible workload using work apps. In our real world experience, we had no problem using it for 16-18 hours with light loads, although its battery life dropped to about 8.5 hours while playing games.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The honor 5C (Amazon) has a large 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, but it does not have Fast Charging capability. In fact, it only comes with a 5 W travel charger. Even so, it was able to recharge its battery pretty quickly.

Our tests showed that the honor 5C (Amazon) will recharge from 19% to 100% in just 180 minutes (3 hours). This is very good performance, especially since it only uses a 5 W charger.

Note that it only took the honor 5C just over 2 hours to recharge its battery to 90%, and that the battery temperature did not go beyond 35°C.

Next Page > Overall & Gaming Performance, Our Verdict & Award

 

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

honor 5C ASUS ZenFone Zoom Samsung Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 53417 65914 75222
3D SCORE 9842 16839 20579
– 3D (Marooned) 5795 9863 12475
– 3D (Garden) 4047 6976 8104
UX SCORE 19297 21371 24065
– UX Data Secure 5577 5896 5507
– UX Data Process 2706 4353 4392
– UX Strategy Games 4109 4118 6948
– UX Image Process 3144 2926 3413
– UX I/O Performance 3761 4078 3805
CPU SCORE 19254 23110 25402
– CPU Mathematics 4198 5196 7823
– CPU Common Use 5947 8699 7585
– CPU Multi-Core 9109 9215 9994
RAM 5024 4594 5176

The honor 5C (Amazon) did well in AnTuTu, coming in only 19% and 29% slower than the ASUS ZenFone Zoom and the Samsung Galaxy S6 respectively. This is surprising performance, since the Kirin 650 is only a mid-range chip.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the honor 5C’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

honor 5C ASUS ZenFone Zoom Samsung Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 11560 21372 21166
Graphics 11067 21748 23298
Physics 13698 20152 16031
Graphics Test 1 63.4 fps 112.6 fps 120.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 38.8 fps 81.5 fps 87.3 fps
Physics Test 43.5 fps 64.0 fps 50.9 fps

The honor 5C (Amazon) is pretty fast in 3D, but only half as fast as the ASUS ZenFone Zoom and Samsung Galaxy S6. The Kirin 650 may boast the ARM Mali-T830, but it still cannot beat the ZenFone Zoom’s PowerVR G6430 graphics processor, or the Galaxy S6’s ARM Mali-T760 graphics processor.

 

Our Verdict

When we reviewed the honor 5X, we were very impressed by its value proposition. It offered a solid set of features in a smartphone that costs less than US$220. The honor 5C (Amazon) follows the same philosophy but takes it one step further.

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Thanks to the use of the Kirin 650 chip, the honor 5C offers even better performance at a lower price point. The other key features of the honor 5X were maintained or even enhanced :

Full HD display? Check!
Aluminium alloy body? Check!
Dual SIM, dual standby capability? Check!
13 MP main camera with 1080p video recording? Check!
Fast fingerprint sensor? Check!

The honor 5C (Amazon) has one disadvantage though – it only comes with a hybrid SIM slot. That means you can choose to use a second nano SIM card, or a micro SD card; but not both at the same time. This may be a deal breaker for those who need to use two SIM cards since the honor 5C only has 10.4 GB of free storage capacity to use, and does not support USB OTG drives.

On the other hand, the honor 5C (Amazon) comes with a much better 8 MP front camera, with either a Sony or Hynix sensor. The front camera also has brighter f/2.0 lens, allowing for much better selfie shots in dim conditions. In addition, both front and rear cameras now support electronic stabilisation.

The honor 5C (Amazon) comes with the same 3,000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery as the honor 5X, but it now lasts 11.5 hours of non-stop benchmarking on PCMark. In real world usage, it should have no issues lasting 16-18 hours of non-stop use.

honor continues to impress us with their ability to focus on creating no-nonsense Android smartphones with practical features. The honor 5C is not flashy, but it’s sleek and packed with the only features you will really need. If you were impressed with the honor 5X, you will be even more impressed with the honor 5C (Amazon).

In fact, we like it so much, we are awarding it our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Congratulations, honor!

 

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honor 5C With Selfie Stick Giveaway

Kuala Lumpur, 11 July 2016 – The honor 5C has enjoyed a rousing response from its honor fans nationwide ever since it was unveiled in Malaysia. From the device’s pre-ordering in June 20th to date, there are more than nine thousand honor 5C units sold, a great start for honor Malaysia’s latest addition to its line of smart devices.

As an appreciation towards its honor fans who pre-ordered the device via VMall Malaysia and Lazada Malaysia, honor Malaysia is topping up their purchased honor 5C with an add-on gift – an honor selfie stick worth RM78 (~US$20). The gift will be shipped with the pre-ordered honor 5C by the respective e-commerce platforms.

Lately, a series of affordable smartphone launches have been setting the scene in Malaysia, with various brands offering value-for-money devices for a price that one cannot possibly miss. The honor 5C is honor Malaysia’s answer to its fans who have been eager to get their hands on a mid-range smartphone, priced below RM 1,000 (~US$ 250), but come packed with all the state-of-the-art technology, topnotch performance and the best user experience fans can ask for.

Powered with the all-new Kirin 650 chipset which employs the FinFET Plus 16nm technology, the honor 5C is what Malaysians are looking for: An affordable and quality smartphone with flagship capabilities. The honor 5C is also equipped with a 13 MP rear and 8 MP front cameras, which offer flagship shooting modes, for instance the

Professional mode, Light Painting mode, time-Lapse and even Beauty mode for stunning selfies. On the phone quality front, the 5C is the first ever model built according to Huawei’s stringent 3.1 quality assurance standards, the newest series of accelerated tests conducted to identify improvements.

 

honor 5C Availability & Pricing

The honor 5C can be yours for an attractive price of RM799 (~US$ 200) in Grey/Silver, whereas the Gold variant is at a smooth RM849 (~US$ 200). Similar to its predecessors, the honor 5C comes with a 6-month oneto-one exchange policy from honor Malaysia.
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honor 5C

Kirin 650-Powered honor 5C Smartphone Revealed!

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.

Let’s run down its key features…

 

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.

 

Stunning Photography

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

Specificationshonor 5C Smartphone
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
Display5.2" IPS touchscreen
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi)
System PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 650
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T830 GPU
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage16 GB eMMC 5.1 internal flash storage
microSD card slot (supports up to 128 GB)
Front Camera8 MP BSI sensor with 4-element f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera13 MP BSI sensor with 5-element f/2.0 lens and single LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi : 801.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
micro-USB 2.0
Dual SIM SupportDual SIM, dual standby capable, but second SIM shared with microSD card
Fingerprint SensorYes, Huawei Fingerprint 2.0
Battery3,000 mAh lithium ion battery
Dimensions73.76 mm wide x 147.1 mm tall x 8.3 mm thick
Weight156 g
Available ColoursGold / 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.

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