In year 2014, several newly formed Chinese smartphone manufacturers entered the Indian market. Most of these brands have been targeting the budget segment ever since. To tackle the competition in this segment from the brands from its home land, Huawei also launched its online-only Honor brand in the Indian market with launch of entry-level to high-end devices. The Honor 4X and its successor the Honor 5X were among the first offerings from the brand in the budget range. Now the company has just launched its latest smartphone in the budget segment called the Honor 5C, which is the successor to the last year’s Honor 4C.
The Honor 5X and Honor 5C, both are budget smartphones with premium and appealing designs. They are phablet-grade feature loaded smartphones to impress the pocket-friendly buyers. If you are confused between the Honor 5C and Honor 5X, let’s compare their features, so you can choose the one that suits your needs better.
Honor 5C vs Honor 5X – comparing the budget phablets from China
The Honor 5C flaunts a metal unibody design with rounded corners and sides. It is one of the most appealing smartphones in its price range. The phone gets a fingerprint sensor at the back panel, which delivers enhanced system security. As for the dimensions, the device measures 8.3mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 156 grams. The Honor 5X also gets a premium metal unibody design, with a waistline of 8.1mm and a weight of 158 grams. Similar to the Honor 5C, the 5X also offers a fingerprint sensor. So in the design section, there isn’t much difference between the Honor 5C and 5X.
Display and OS
Huawei has fitted the Honor 5C with a compact 5.2-inch full HD display bearing a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch. The Honor 5X on the other hand is for those looking for a full-fledged phablet experience as the phone sports a 5.5-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 401ppi. Both the Honor 5C and 5X deliver an excellent media viewing experience. Software-wise, the Honor 5C runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with EMUI 4.0 on top, while the Honor 5X runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with EMUI 3.1 Lite layered on top.
Moving on to the configuration, the Honor 5C is powered by an octa-core Kirin 650 SoC, aided by 2GB of RAM and a Mali T830-MP2 graphics processing unit. The Kirin 650 processor is optimised to deliver better battery life and improved thermal efficiency. The Honor 5X on the other hand utilises a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, mated to 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. Both the phones offer 16GB of internal memory, and accept microSD cards up to 128GB in size. Overall, in the configuration section, the Honor 5C and 5X are quite similar.
Talking about the camera specs, the Honor 5C and 5X, both smartphones offer 13-megapixel primary shooters with LED flash, full HD video recording, HDR, continuous shooting, auto flash and face detection etc. However, when it comes to the selfies, the Honor 5C gets an 8MP front snapper, while the Honor 5X sports a 5MP shooter. The Honor 5C is also loaded with several extra imaging tweaks thanks to the new OS, as compared to the 5X.
Connectivity and battery
As far as the connectivity is concerned, the Honor 5C and Honor 5X, both offer 4G LTE support for Indian 4G bands, dual-SIM capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. The Honor 5C also offers VoLTE (voice over LTE) support. When it comes to the battery, both the phones are fuelled by 3,000mAh units. The Honor 5X also offers fast charging via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
The Honor 5X is a bit old smartphone now, but it’s still got everything to compete against the likes of the other budget devices in its price range. The phone offers an excellent display to impress the phablet lovers. It comes with a decent configuration, good camera features, a fingerprint sensor, a premium appealing design, and a beefy battery. The Honor 5C on the other hand is for those looking for a compact phablet, which is easily operable using a single hand. It comes with the latest software, a better selfie snapper, a more efficient processor, and VoLTE support, as compared to the 5X. Also, the Honor 5C is priced competitively at Rs 10,999, while the Honor 5X still costs its original launch price tag of Rs 12,999. The latest pricing and availability info of these devices on various stores can be found on 91mobiles. So, are you going for the Honor 5C or Honor 5X? Share your choice in the comments.