Huawei Honor 5X Review: Can be better

Huawei Honor 5X detailed specifications
Release date January 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 151.30 x 76.30 x 8.20
Weight (g) 158.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Black, White, Gold
SAR value 1.1799999475479
Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor 1.2 GHz Octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1
Skin Emotion UI 3.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Huawei Honor series is online available great smartphone. Honor series mainly target the middle class people and they are extremely successful in this task.
The latest phone available in this series is Honor 5 X. This mid-range phone is perfect for the person who want more in less price. With a fingerprint sensor, 4G dual-SIM connectivity and the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC, the Honor 5X has a lot to offer for Rs. 12,999(200$). As we already know that the reputation on Chinese company is very bad in market in the sence of every product but Huawei is an exception. The reputation of Huawei takes a boost few months ago when it was chosen for Google Nexus 6P . Let’s see weather Honor 5X can take a stands on our expectations.

Look and design
The best part about this phone is that the phone has a metal body. People were confused and will always confused weather metal is good for phone or plastic. Having said that, the device’s finish looks and feels more like plastic than metal. Honor seems have dull finish as to look as metal body . Part of the reason may also be the fact that the phone doesn’t feel very heavy – oddly enough, it weighs even less than some similarly sized plastic phones do. The typical benefits that metal provides are, as a result, lost in translation.
The back is extremely dull, with the camera and single-tone LED flash at the top, fingerprint sensor right below them, and the Honor logo as regular written below. The worst part is that there are too many taxt written with logo which decrease attraction towards look. The fingerprint sensor is the same colour as the body and blends in rather well, but the regulatory text stands out and diminishes the look of the back.
The sides of the Honor 5X are made up of the same aluminium alloy piece as the back, but the top and bottom are plastic which is irritating, if the up down are also made of plastic then it will be durable.
That  grip is very low and some time it seems that it can slipped out from our hands. The power and volume keys are located on the right, the SIM and microSD trays are on the left, the 3.5mm socket is on the top, and the Micro-USB port and speaker are at the bottom. There are two grilles, but only the one on the right actually houses a speaker. There are fortunately separate trays for both SIMs as well as expandable storage. One SIM tray can hold a Nano-SIM while the other is designed for a Micro-SIM. Both slots are 4G-enabled, so this offers a bit of flexibility to the user.
The front of the device has a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD screen. The use of front is almost good as max area is covered by screen. The device does not have capacitive off-screen navigation buttons, relying instead on on-screen ones. At the top are the proximity sensor, front camera, earpiece, and notification light. The phone also comes with a factory-fitted screen protector film. Running all around the front and extending partly onto the sides is a smooth plastic strip.

The Honor 5X seems not give strong competition to other mid range phone as it have almost similar specifications we got to see in other mid range phone. However, there are few interesting things to note. The 5X is powered by the updated version of Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, which is Snapdragon 616 SoC. Some apps do identify the SoC on the 5X as the Snapdragon 615, since the 616 is essentially a 615 ‘v2’.
Other specifications include 2GB of RAM. This point can be improved with 3 GB RAM . A relatively modest 16GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 128GB using a microSD card), a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

We are really very disappointed with Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop as we had a great hope that it comes with pre loaded 6.0 Marshmallow as we same problem in Vibe K4 note. Like Samsung, Sony, HTC and a few others, Huawei customises the look and feel of the standard Android experience. The company calls its modified Android “Emotion UI” or EMUI for short. However in our view this UI looks worse than standard Android UI. The icons lack finesse and look rather poor, and the overall design is missing the sense of sophistication that we’re used to seeing on manufacturer UIs such as Sense UI and even stock Android. Every time you install a new app, the phone prompts you to grant or deny it permission to send you notifications, and the system by default prevents non-system applications from running in the background. There is also a power-saving prompt which constantly shows you which apps are using too much power, but this can fortunately be switched off.

The Honor 5X has a 13-megapixel primary camera with single-tone LED flash and variable focus, and a 5-megapixel front camera with fixed focus. The rear camera can record video at up to 1080p resolution, while the front camera can record the video of 720p which quite good. Both cameras both video modes and options, along with a many manual controls, filters and settings that keep the camera lively as you need.
The camera app exactly same as the one we saw on the Honor 7, with the same set of controls and features in place. Modes for panorama, all-focus, HDR, slow motion video, watermark and audio note are all useful options, and additional modes for beauty, food and time-lapse might have takers as well. There is quick access to the filters, flash toggle, and camera switcher, while the timer can be accessed through the Settings menu. GPS tagging, touch-to-capture, object tracking and resolution can also be controlled through the Settings menu. It’s a decent camera app that may seem a bit confusing because of the number of controls and settings, but is something we warmed up to quickly. We really loved the slow motion video.
We found the camera surprisingly good. The camera is normally one of the corners cut with lower-priced smartphones. It isn’t as good as that fitted to the Nexus 6P , but it was easily as good as many other mid-to-high end smartphones in good lighting
In the dark it took admirable shots of the outdoors, did OK in indoor light, but struggled with poor lighting conditions. The camera app is relatively easy to use and effective, although the lack of an easy-to-reach HDR button is an oversight.
The selfie camera produces decent shots. They are solid enough for most people quickly snapping photos of themselves, but lack fine detail in all but really good lighting.

The SoC gave us performance comparable to its predecessor, with smooth functioning through the user interface, decent performance with games and heavily encoded videos, and minimal heating issues. Having a fingerprint scanner while costing Rs 12999(200$) instantly sets the Honor 5X apart from almost all its rivals. The fingerprint scanner is fast and easy to use, placed on the back in a similar position to that of the Honor 7 , Nexus 6P and a couple of other Android devices. It can also be used for other features, such as taking photos, answering calls, activating the notification shade or recently used apps.
When it came to benchmark figures, the Honor 5X performed well enough for a phone in its category. AnTuTu and Quadrant returned figures of 35,137 and 26,368 respectively, while GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme managed14fps and 5508. As stated, this translates into decent real world performance that is reliable and efficient.

The 5X has pretty good battery life, which is longer than most of a similar price. In our testing using it as my main phone, we had done a lot of work on phone, sends emails and messages, as well as browsing the web and apps for around three hours we would finish the day with 40% battery left. The phone ran for 9 hours, 20 minutes in our video loop test, which is a bit lower than we were expecting.

The Honor 5X is a sensible mid-range smartphone that checks all the right boxes. It’s got an excellent screen and useful fingerprint sensor that does a lot more than most competitors’ offerings. The only real shortcomings are annoying software and slightly sub-par battery life, but these are easily forgivable when you consider the overall package.
In our review team opinion Moto G Turbo edition and a great phone of mid range price segment Lenovo Vibe K4 note would be a better choice.

What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
If you want to install using your PC, you need the ADB tools installed on your computer. Download the ADB tools via Google’s developers website and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up.

Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip




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