Huawei has grabbed a significant share in the mobile market in India despite high competition and strong market presence of the domestic smartphone vendors. The company is best known for its specs-heavy smartphones priced aggressively to cater to price-conscious smartphone savvy consumers. Earlier this year, Huawei entered the US market with the launch of the global variant of the Honor 5X under its Honor brand. It also launched the phone in India on January 28.
Huawei' Honor 5X is its top of the line smartphone under the Honor series. It got launched less than a year after the launch of its predecessor, the Honor 4X, which did well for the company in the budget segment. The company ensured the Honor 5X is not just better in looks but also in performance than the previous generation model, and hence upgraded the phone with some of very interesting features and specifications.
The Honor 5X dons a sleek design with aluminum body construction of aerospace-grade, which is diamond-polished and has chamfered edges for a premium look. As for specs and features, it has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, fingerprint scanner, and Android Lollipop wrapped under native EMUI. However, what seems very interesting is its camera that is great for photography enthusiasts.
Speaking of camera in detail, you get a bit more in the camera department on the Honor 5X, and all for good. The 13MP camera sensor with f2.0 is definitely good for its job. You may get disappointed with the lack of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), but Honor has added other features like the "SmartImage 3.0" image processor to ensure the images come out well enough to make you happy. For selfie enthusiasts, there is a 5MP selfie camera with wide angle lens.
On the camera app interface front, Honor has everything in place to offer best experience to its consumers. The camera app comes with bunch of shooting modes like Good Food, Time-lapse, Beauty, selfie mode and more. The phone is also capable of recording video in slow motion, at 120fps.
The camera app lets users toggle settings easily and switch between various shooting modes with swipes up and down on the homescreen. Switching between front and rear camera also comes handy. The flash on the phone helps in providing light in low-lighting conditions. It also features HDR mode option for high quality videos.
You can touch on screen to change the focus point and long press to get a slider to increase or decrease the brightness. The camera app is smooth and launches instantly. It is easy to operate and quickly captures photos.
Overall, the Honor 5X dons great looks with its metal construction and specs-heavy built. It is an exciting smartphone in the mid-range price segment, priced Rs. 12,999. At this price point the Honor 5X gives a direct competition to the recently launched Lenovo K4 Note and Xiaomi RedMi Note 3.