Review of Honor 5C: maximum for the price

Review of On a wave of last year's success Honor 4C, Huawei company has released an updated version of the budget-model whose characteristics are, at first glance, do not leave any chance to the competitors. For a very reasonable amount of Honor 5C buyer receives a powerful smartphone with a eight-processor, two gigabytes of "RAM" and FullHD display and a metal finish body. Somehow can not believe it? That is why Honor 5C subjected to rigorous testing.: maximum for the price. Download PDF manual for Huawei phone

Technical characteristics of Honor 5C (NEM-L'51)

  • Display: TFT IPS, 5,2 '', 1920x1080, capacitive, multitouch
  • Processor: 64-bit eight-HiSilicon Kirin 650, 4x2 GHz (Cortex-A72) + 4h1,7 GHz (Cortex-A53)
  • Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T830
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Memory card support: microSDXC
  • Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
  • SIM: nano-SIM + nano-SIM (combined slot)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Baidu
  • Camera: Basic - 13 megapixel flash, autofocus, front - 8 MP
  • Sensors: lighting, movement, microgyro
  • Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions: mm 147,1h73,8h8,3
  • Weight: 156 grams

Box content and Packaging

Test instance of Honor 5C came to us without packaging and accessories. The manufacturer stated that bundled with the device will be supplied to the network charger, user guide and micro-USB cable, plus a "clip" to extract the card tray.

Appearance

Looking Honor 5C "in the face", one can not imagine that this device from Huawei - design of the front surface of the smartphone as simple as possible. All of it is covered by glass, on top of which made a hole for the earpiece. To the left of him - block proximity sensors and ambient light, and the right - front camera module.


Other elements are arranged according to the classical scheme of Honor, harmoniously combined with the rounded shape of the body. At the top end - an additional microphone and 3.5 mm connector for headphones, the lower end of the main rendered symmetrical holes in microphone (left) and the main speaker (right), plus a connector micro-USB in between.


Volume rocker and power button are placed on the right side of the casing and on the left set the tray under the two cards nano-SIM, one of which can be replaced with a memory card microSDXC.


Most pleasant looks back surface of the housing, on which the company's designers did a good job, providing Honor 5C textured metal panel with a thin plastic edging. The lower and upper edges conceal a patented system of two antennas of cellular communication from Huawei, plus other antennas. The upper contour of the metal panel inscribed extension block main camera and a small outbreak there. Unfortunately, the European version of Honor 5C index NEM-L51 lacks a fingerprint reader, which is placed under the camera from its Asian modifications.


Ergonomics

Due to their solid body construction with rounded edges and a massive plate of metal on the back side, the tactile impression of the daily operation of Honor 5C is not "budget". The device is well-made and very compact for its diagonal screen size: fits in conventional pockets easily and does not bother with their weight.

Honor 5C
Honor 5C

Screen

Honor 5C is equipped with a large 5.2-inch TFT-IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is rarely seen in the offices of his price range. The high density of pixels (424 pixels per inch) and no air gap ensures excellent image detail without a hint of visible pixels.

The display provides a nice soft color reproduction and accurate coverage of the RGB-range, although the temperature is relatively cold and white close to the mark in the 7600K. However, it is easy to correct staffing adjustments in the settings tool, relegating the slider slightly to the yellow hue.

With contrast at acute viewing angles No problems, no hint of the inversion and the maximum value of the illumination makes it possible to watch video in direct sunlight.

Display Honor 5C manufactured by LTPS technology using polycrystalline silicon, and in the design of applied double lamination GFF - both factors minimize contrast crash when powerful external source of illumination. From the perspective of this matrix technologies can be considered an advanced solution.

The sensitivity of the touch screen great, Multitouch detects up to ten simultaneous touches, plus there is a control mode in gloves. By the glass, and his strength is also nothing to complain about, and only a little disappointed oleophobic coating - to remove fingerprints from the surface requires some effort.

Interface

Smartphone Honor 5C running current OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow with proprietary add-EMUI 4.1 interface. In comparison with previous variations of the shell has changed drawing menu items, icons and curtain notifications, although the space organization remains exactly the same. The main screen is combined with traditional software applications, new labels are collected in the right block. It is possible to manually move the icons and add widgets anywhere on the screen.


Notification bar is divided into alerts about new developments and tab shortcuts shortcut, which can initially seem uncomfortable, but after hours of operation complaints disappear.

A special feature EMUI 4.1 - is the abundance of options. In addition to the standard elements of the smartphone and control schemes, there are many proprietary solutions to adjust the device to fit your preferences. Changing not only the style of the interface and themes, but also a combination of virtual keys, configurable gestures and delivery of notifications, the control parameters are adjusted standard action and a bunch of various small parts made in the Advanced Settings tab.

Typical applications for communication and dialogue are decorated in the style of Android 6.0. Virtual QWERTY-keyboard from convenient and close to the ergonomics standard of Holo, and much more in line with the dialer screen diagonal than a standard solution from Google.

The range of pre-installed software is minimal. In addition to the standard package of Google has branded file manager and system optimizer, plus carefully redrawn standard type applications.

The music player looks quite simple, but is able to play songs from folders and supports most loselless-formats. There is also a FM-radio, which requires headphones as an antenna.

Also, the utility metering physical activity is present using a coprocessor and a motion sensor as a pedometer. Convenient and easy-to-configure application allows you to monitor your physical activity with a fairly high degree of accuracy. By the application can connect and external Bluetooth-trackers, so as not to interrupt the account of a walk or jog without a smartphone in your pocket.

Apparatus in the work

The smartphone Honor 5C operates Kirin 650 SoC from HiSilicon, made on 16-nm process technology with Big.Little arrangement of two quad-core processors: Cortex-A72 (2 GHz) and Cortex-A53 (1,7 GHz). Also installed coprocessor i5 to coordinate the work of the background detectors and sensors. In addition to the integrated graphics chip Mali-T830 and 2 GB of RAM, which is in line with current trends in this price category. Built-in memory is 16 GB, of which originally available approximately 10.8 GB. If this is not enough, you can donate a "Simcoe" and insert the memory card microSDHC.

Under the conditions of the daily operation the unit is fast and stable, with no lag at high loads, and "RAM" volume is enough to quickly return in the evening to an application or a game is running more in the morning.

Subjective impressions are confirmed by the results of synthetic measurements - values at the level of champions two years ago.


To evaluate the real performance we used our standard game selection.

From watching videos at resolutions 4K and FullHD no problems, even in the case of the roller bit rate of about 15 Mbit / s. Network and browser Players quietly play any videos at resolutions up to 1080p.

As part of the convenience of talking no claims to Honor 5C. The earpiece is working fine nuances of the phone call voice and your voice with an active noise reduction system is also passed in comfort. However, to the basic dynamics have censures - a ringing tone to cut low frequencies and volume to the minimum margin. So watch the video better with headphones, or connect an external speaker and ring tones to choose the ringing trill, like a bell. Well at least there is very energetic vibration motor, even dramatic howls in the process.

The headphones sound quality is hardly different from the competitors on price category. With simple "gags" unit wins back very well, holding a relatively flat frequency response, but the details of the midrange and dynamic range is very constrained. As a replacement player Honor 5C is well suited, but only with sensitive headphones up to 3000 rubles, to hide the flaws of the sound and compensate for the low margin volume. By the way, the only sound effect SWS even better listening experience, pulling off high frequencies and forming a small "hump" in the upper bass, and at the same time raises the volume by 10%. A sort of well-researched Loudness, if you pick up the analogy.

Camera

Another of the "chips" of the smartphone - a tandem of eight megapixel camera and selfi classic basic module of 13 megapixels. Both cameras are equipped with lenses with aperture f / 2,0, and managed by a proprietary application. The utility has a simple interface that lets you get the picture very quickly. Automation neatly suited to the assessment of exposure, although it is possible to quickly adjust the slider next to the pointer focus point.

All the fun is hidden in menus, accessible swipe from the bottom edge. There is not only a mode of "delicious food", but also panorama taymlaps, slow motion video and professional modes.

About the manual parameters are worth mentioning separately. In addition to the ISO and shutter speed (up to eight seconds), you can manually set the focus or choose to focus on the central point, and set the white balance temperature. All good Android 6.0 at your disposal, and manual white balance setting is available even in the Camera mode.

The quality of images "on the machine" during the day in clear weather consistently good, with accurate selection of the exposure, white balance and uniform detail on the edges of the frame. Small artifacts visible only at 100%, but it is a problem tiny diagonal matrix and the lens cover glass.

When shooting indoors noisy nature of the matrix begins to manifest itself more actively, more and multiplied by the aggressive noise reduction algorithms. Drill bit falls, but remains within the normal range for the middle class devices.

Street photography in low-light exhibits a linear relationship between the amount of light and level of detail. Until last sunset, you can get very nice pictures, but at dusk the result drops to barely acceptable values.

Partially saves manual mode that allows you to "squeeze" out of the normal camera picture at night, but only at ISO of not more than 200 units, and exposure to a quarter of a second. No algorithms are not able to compensate for the disadvantages of a small diagonal of the matrix.

Shooting with the flash at close range given unit with varying degrees of success, which is typical for devices without a two-tone LED.

At the same time with the macro any problems arise. The small size allows photofraction focus from a distance of 3-4 cm, achieving very interesting shots, but blur the background is almost unreal.

The front facing camera is 8 megapixel autofocus lacks, and provides a very mediocre image quality. In addition, the angle of her only 70 degrees.

There is also the option of shooting panoramas with a wide coverage area. Traditionally, budget decisions, metering is exposed from the first frame, and the final image resolution is very modest.

Video recording is available in 1920x1080 pixels at 30 fps, moreover there are additional modes and time-lapse shooting TimeLapse records.

Wireless interfaces

Smartphone supports all LTE-frequency spectrum, in addition, any of the stated nano-SIM card may operate in a 4G / 3G band. However, a different card at the same time will have to limit the GSM-networks, the two active treatment rooms here variable.

Wireless - actually a complete set. In the apparatus installed modules Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1LE and NFC. The latter, unfortunately, are not familiar with the equipment to pay for travel on public transport.

Navigation arsenal includes support for all major satellite networks: GPS, GLONASS, and Baidu. "Cold" Search GPS satellites takes about 30 seconds, "hot" - 10-15 seconds. At the exit of the tunnel and did less than five seconds, so that the machine copes very well with the role of navigator.

Battery life

The smartphone is equipped with a nonremovable Honor 5C battery capacity of 3000 mAh, devoid of fast charging function, so that a full recharge time is about 2.5 hours with two amp mains charger or four o'clock from the "charger" at 1 A.

The device holds about a half day when you are offline in the following way: an hour of calls a day for two hours playing music on headphones, a half-hour show clips from Youtube, a half-hour game, another hour of travel on the Internet, and all this against the background of constant communication in social networks. If less playing and watching videos, the device easy to hold two days: the game battles, for example, in the WOT: Blitz put the battery in 3.5 hours.

We also measured the battery life of the synthetic test PCMark, but at the same time - the possible duration of the video viewing with maximum screen brightness and the sound output to the headphones. The unit lasted a little more than nine hours, which is very bad for gadget with IPS-display.

Results

Honor 5C looks quite modest, and costs about 15 thousand rubles. But the feelings of the daily operation it is surprisingly close to the flagships: powerful hardware stuffing, excellent screen, a monolithic body with a metal back, solid battery life. The device is certainly very pleasant to users who want to buy affordable, but the most productive smartphone. But connoisseurs of fashion, recognizable patterns are likely to pass by before us is the case when the judge on clothes downright pointless. It does not have cheap here riding in the first place.

Pros:

  • excellent screen;
  • powerful hardware stuffing;
  • range communications;
  • background pedometer.

Сons:

 

  • not the best quality of night shooting;
  • lack of USB-OTG.