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Honor 5X (Silver, 16GB)
Honor 5X (Grey, 16GB)
The Honor Play 5X made its entry in the last quarter of the year 2015. With a little bit of everything in it, the company has tried too hard to target the mid-level segment. Though this comes as little surprise, since the company was involved in the production of a Nexus phone recently. Not only has this helped in elevating the company’s trust rankings amidst consumers, but it has also significantly boosted its image in the market. The price tag isn’t much too, although this seems typical, given the fact that the Honor range specialises in choosing smart hardware configurations at an affordable price.
Although the Huawei Honor Play 5X boasts of a metal body, it isn’t that much metal when you hold it. Weight is a concern here, with the device weighing 158g. The phone even lighter when compared to some plastic-bodied handsets in the same price category. The rear panel has a brushed-off look, and the device looks great when placed on a surface. The fingerprint sensor on the back smoothly integrates with the panel finish.
The phone looks sleek (and beautiful from sideways) and features smooth curved, rounded edges. The bezels are considerably narrow, giving a bigger (about 73%) body to screen ratio. The display looks amazing, though. There’s an LCD capacitive touchscreen (measuring 5.5-inches), featuring 1080p-display, and a nice pixel density of 401ppi. Content being viewed on the phone looks sufficiently bright and sharp.
The Honor Play 5X makes use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset, but it isn’t that common in this price range. The chipset is coupled with an octa-core processor (four cores clocked at 1.2GHz, and the other four at 1.5GHz), and uses Adreno 405 as its graphical processing unit. The device runs the Android L out of the box, but the official upgrade to Marshmallow is under process.
Memory details include 16GB internal space and expandable memory storage up to 128GB. The performance is up to the mark too, with the phone scoring comparatively better (on various benchmark tests) than its rivals in the same price category. The user interface is smooth, and the experience quite decent. Playing games did not have any significant issues, and neither did we feel concerned about abnormal heating.
Camera specifications include a 13MP rear camera, with an aperture of F2.0, and a secondary camera unit of 5MP, with an aperture of F2.4. When it comes to performance, the primary camera does an excellent job in sufficiently-lit conditions. Shots taken are sharp, have excellent colour reproduction, and are minimally affected by grain and noise. Low light photography, though certainly not a breeze, is quite better than its competitors. The colours dampen slightly, but the noise levels are manageable to deal with. The front camera is pretty okay too and does what it is supposed to with minimum hassle. The primary camera shoots full HD videos at 30fps.
The camera app features are the same as offered in Honor 7 and can be slightly confusing. Quick access to menus and the numerous camera modes make it even fun. Also, there were no issues encountered when playing heavy coded videos. The inbuilt audio was great too, and the speaker loud enough, without much compromise with quality.
The Honor Play 5X features a 3000mAh battery, and it is a non-removable unit. While the battery is big enough, the display does not help much when it comes to saving power. Nevertheless, the phone runs through a day of moderate to slightly heavy usage in a single charge cycle.
Network connectivity lacks 4G support, with 2G and 3G being supported. Other connectivity options include support for all standard Wi-Fi protocols, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot. Also included is Bluetooth 4.1, but it lacks infrared.
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