Huawei subsidiary with its latest offering Honor 5X has made the budget 13K platter hotter. With these back to back arrival – Lenovo K4 Note, Le 1s and Honor 5X, users have plenty on their plate to access and choose before clicking the buy button. To sort out all your doubts regarding Honor 5X, we have come up this Honor 5X FAQ, to answer all user queries.

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Key Specifications and Features:

Model Honor 5X
Display 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS TFT LCD display with 403ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core (MSM8939) (4×1.5GHz + 4×1.2GHz), 405 GPU
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, 128GB MicroSD support
Software Android Lollipop based EMUI 3.1
Primary Camera 13 MP sensor, LED Flash, PDAF, F2.0 aperture lens
Secondary Camera 5MP Front-Facing Camera, F2.4 aperture lens
Dimensions and Weight 151.3×76.3×8.15mm and 158 g
Battery 3000 mAh
Others Dual SIM, 4G LTE, Fingerprint sensor
Price Rs. 12,999

Display, Design and Build

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Question: How is the Honor 5X design?

Answer: Looks aren’t Honor 5X’s strongest forte but it in no way looks shoddy. What is really exciting about the phone design and build is the curved rear design and light weight, which lends it a nice grip. Back of the phone is made of metal and flaunts a fingerprint sensor which is ergonomically placed and our index finger naturally rests on it. The Honor 5X has a 72.2 percent body-to-screen ratio second to Le 1s (80.3 percent) and marginally ahead of Lenovo K4 Note (71 percent).
There are no capacitive keys. On the left edge, there are slots for SIM cards and microSD card, while on the right edge you will find a volume rocker and power button, both engraved with a rugged texture.

Question: Are the capacitive keys backlit?

Answer: There are no capacitive keys on Honor 5X. The company has used on-screen buttons for navigation on this phone.

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Question: How is the display on Honor 5X?

Answer: Display of Honor 5X is one of the best (there is a close contest with Le 1s) if not the best in the category. The icons and text appear sharp and color accuracy and temperatures are very decent. Unlike its adversaries legibility under the sun is also not a headache for Honor 5X owners.

Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does Honor 5X has an option for automatic brightness?

Answer: As pointed above, the display of Honor 5X shines even under direct sunlight. We personally tested Honor 5X at 1 pm has and we were able to read text on screen with ease. There is an option for auto-bright and also a sunlight enhancement mode that works as intended.

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Question: Does the Honor 5X display has gorilla glass protection?

Answer: No, unfortunately, Gorilla Glass protection is missing on this device. However, company marginally compensate for the same by packing device with a pre-installed scratch guard.

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Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free? Can Apps be moved to SD card on Honor 5X?

Answer: Out of 16GB user gets 10.53 GB as usable space. Yes, apps can be moved from internal storage to microSD cards.

Question: Does Honor 5X support USB OTG?

Answer: No, OTG is not supported.

Question: How is day to day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Honor 5X?

Answer: Honor 5X lived up to our expectations in terms of performance. In day to day, it handled our routine stuff with absolute ease. Gaming performance, however, wasn’t that smooth. Except Modern Combat other high-end games we played (Asphalt 8, NFS, Overkill, etc) were playable, but stuttering, occasional frame-drops, and interference with online navigation keys spoiled the overall gaming experience. Casual games are running fine.

Question: What are benchmark scores of Honor 5X?

Answer: Here are some benchmark scores.

Benchmark Standard Score
Antutu  35151
Nenamarks 2  59.9
Vellamo Metal, Multicore  1094, 1756
Quadrant  26192

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Question: Does Honor 5X have heating issues?

Answer: Ever since we got our hands around Honor 5X, we didn’t witness any signs of phone heating. Even during long hours of socializing and gaming it pretty much maintained its composure without losing its cool.

Question: How much RAM is free on first boot?

Answer: At the time of first boot, 1GB RAM out of 2GB was available for our usage.

Question: How is fingerprint sensor performance?

Answer: Fingerprint sensor is one area where Honor 5X fails to outshine its competitors. The phone with all the pride wears a fingerprint sensor at the back but fingerprint sensor speed and accuracy is secondary to the very best that we have experience. Set up is easy and quick. The fingerprint is accurate but it not as zippy as its rivals (Le 1s and Lenovo K4 Note).

Fingerprint sensor also doubles up as back key when tabbed from any open app. It also works as the shutter button with the camera. A swipe down on the fingerprint sensor toggles down notification center.

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Camera

Question: How is the Honor 5X camera?

Answer: Once again, camera is one of the strongest suits of Honor 5X. The images we captured from our Honor 5X in indoor lighting are sharp with minimum grains. Like most phones, the outdoor image capturing capabilities good.

Question: Is HDR mode present on Honor 5X?

Answer: Yes, there is an option to enable or disable HDR mode on Honor 5X.

Question: Can Honor 5X shoot 4K videos?

Answer: At best Honor 5X allows you to shoot 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Honor 5X?

Answer: Yes users are allowed to record slow-motion videos on Honor 5X, but Slo-mos videos are recorded in 640 x 480 resolution.

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Honor 5X Camera Samples

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Software

Question: How is the software?

Answer: The phone is running on Emotion UI which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. It is rich in features that have been implemented thoughtfully. Initially, it takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, you will start enjoying it. There are few small things which could prove very beneficiation in our day to day life. For instance, EMUI maintains a timeline in the call log, system apps, and notification shade.

Question: Does Honor 5X support Gestures?

Answer: Yes, it does support features like double tap to wake, off-screen gestures and few other gesture.

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Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM card does it accept?

Answer: Honor 5X support one micro SIM card and one macro SIM card.

Question: How is the call quality on Honor 5X?

Answer: The call quality on the phone is also at par with the market standards.

Question – Can you record calls on Honor 5X?

Answer – No, call recording option is not present.

Question: How is the Battery backup on Honor 5X?

Answer: For a heavy user like us, Honor 5X battery performance is excellent. It can easily last a day and a half for moderate users.

Question: Is the battery removable on Honor 5X?

Answer: No. there is no option to remove the battery on Honor 5X.

Question: How many sensors do Honor 5X have?

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 Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Honor 5X?

Answer: Loudspeaker of Honor 5x fails to impress us. It features a mono speaker at the bottom while its competitor especially Lenovo K4 flaunts dual frontal speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Le 1S speakers can also with ease outwit Honor 5X in loudness and clarity.

Question: What comes inside the box of Honor 5X?

Answer: Inside the box, there is a handset, SIM ejection tool, a fast charger, USB 2.0 cable, and documentation.

Conclusion

The honor 5X is one of those phones which turns out more impressive in person than on paper. Good display, capable camera, and refined user experience make Honor 5x a complete package.

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