Honor 5X is a midrange phablet offered by Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor. Priced at RM899, I actually wonder if it is fair to call it a midrange device, given that the price is not high as compared to other midrange devices from other major manufacturers. The longer I used it, the better I understood that this phone is not a typical budget device which comes with a lot of compromises to keep the price down.
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Huawei Honor 5X is the new kid in the budget smartphone market. Honor 5X has a lot of rivals to beat and we really want to know how does it compete against the rest of the pack. So we got ourselves a trial unit. Before we got into the real review, which will be coming up real soon, here’s the unboxing experience and our first thought after some real hands-on time.
There’s a new feature called 3D Touch on the new iPhone 6s. What exactly is this? 3D Touch, or previously known as Force Touch, is the technology which allows the display to detect how much pressure is applied on it. It first debuted on MacBook and Apple Watch and it makes sense for Apple to carry the feature over to their main product. This technology simply means that the screen is pressure sensitive. By measuring the pressure your fingers applied to the glass, it can differentiate between a usual tap, a lighter press and a harder press. So there’s 3 levels of pressure which can be detected here.
First of all, you need to keep in mind that normal taps still works like they use to be. For normal or so-called traditional tap, there will be no physical feedback from the phone. For 3D Touch, there’s a Taptic engine to “tap” you (a more gentle vibration) to notify you that you have performed a 3D Touch.
Huawei has been doing quite well with its Honor line-up, which is only available for sale online. The Ascend line-up looks pale in comparison as the phones are typically more expensive. However, it seems that Huawei is not going to change that. This year, Huawei is making the flagship phone more premium than ever instead of dropping the price to meet the fierce competition. Meet Huawei P8 and the larger P8max, the 2015 flagship phones from Huawei.
In Huawei Honor 3C Review (Part I), my opinion on the design, hardware, display, performance, battery life and connectivity for this phone has been shared. If you miss the first part do feel free to read it before continue here.
The cameras on Huawei Honor 3C are one of the major selling point for the phone. Starting with the rear camera, it is a camera with 8 megapixel BSI (Backside Illuminated) sensor from Sony. BSI sensors are widely used in smartphone nowadays due to its better low light performance compared to front-illuminated sensors but there’s actually nothing new here. There’s a f/2.0 aperture which is quite big and it should be performing well in low light condition too. For the lens Huawei says it’s a wide angle lens and it’s true. The image taken is wider than normal camera and there is no funny distortion around the edges which can be found in photos taken with some wide angle lens.
When we deal with budget smartphone, very often it isn’t a perfect experience and we are fully aware of that. Unlike high-end flagship phone where no compromise on software and hardware should exist, sacrifices have to be made somewhere for the price to go down. But where should it be stripped down? Different OEMs have different answer and their varieties of answer might suite your need or maybe not. Last week, I posted about the unboxing of a budget phone from Huawei, Honor 3C and my first impression on it. Now here’s my final thought of it, the full review of this phone and let’s find out did Huawei made some wise choice over here. The review will be made to 2 parts and this is the first one.
Design & Physical Appearance
The look of the phone is important, isn’t it? Honor 3C comes in a beautiful blue box shown in the unboxing post and opening the box will reveal the Honor 3C. The design of the phone is very simple and sleek, and that is a very good thing. The phone does not look cheap at all for the design. I would believe if someone tell me it prices twice of its current retail price. It is rectangular shaped plastic phone and slightly curve at the corner. I have a white model and only the back of the phone is white while the front and the body is black. Honor 3C comes in 6 color options but you don’t really need to have a dilemma here. You can easily replace the back in the future if you feel that you want to have a change in color. You can also choose the flip cover that covers the front and the back, which is good for protection without additional bulk.
Everyone loves high-end devices but sadly not everyone can afford it. That’s the reason low-end and mid-range phones are standing strong in the market right now. Low-end phones were crappy, sluggish and more often mostly unusable in the past but thanks to the effort of some manufacturers, now they are much better. Chinese companies like Lenovo and Huawei are among the active players in low-end phone market and Honor 3C is the new entry level phone from Huawei. I got the chance to lay my hands on it and here’s the unboxing and hands on for this phone. Full review
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The phone came to my doorsteps in a securely wrapped parcel. The retail box of the phone lays inside and the design of the box itself is very nice and convincing. The simple blue box has Honor 3C written on the top and the specifications on the bottom. Honor 3C has 6 colors, namely grey, white, gold, yellow, blue and pink but it seems that the box is all the same no matter what color you choose. I would prefer the box to have the same color with the phone but nevertheless it is still a very well-designed box for phones with such price. Enough of the box and let’s find out what is in it.