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Chinese tech company, Huawei's sub-brand Honor introduces the Honor 5C smartphone to take on its rival Xiaomi's Redmi Note 3. Honor has been making waves for its budget smartphones, however faces a stiff competition from Xiaomi that is also known as China's Apple. Both the companies have been targeting mass consumer segment with an array of specs-heavy budget and mid-range smartphones.
To take the competition a notch higher, Honor came up with the new 5C in China for a price of CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 9,000) for the 3G model, and CNY 999 (about Rs. 10,250) for the 4G model. The company has released the phone in China for now and has not given out any information about the launch of the Honor 5C outside the Chinese market. But considering Honor's past few launches, we expect that the 5C smartphone would be launched in India sooner than later.
Here we take a look at 7 killer specifications and features of the Honor 5C, which make it a power pack budget smartphone:
We think it is important that a smartphone has a good display for an awesome visual experience. While most smartphones in the budget segment come with HD display, the Honor 5C features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display of Full HD quality, offering 1080x1920 pixels resolution, which should be a visual delight. Moreover, the 5.2-inch display seems big enough in size, and should be easy to use single-handed operation, and handy for carrying it around or slipping down in pocket. It measures 147.1x73.8x8.3mm and weighs 156 grams.
It is powered by Huawei's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 650 octa-core processor (quad-core Cortex A53 clocked at 1.7GHz + quad-core Cortex A53 ticking at 2GHz). The chipset is flanked by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). With such tech-specs, the phone should perform smoothly, even while multitasking and running heavy graphics.
In the camera department, the Honor 5C adorns a 13MP rear-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. What steals the limelight is its 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, which seems good enough to impress selfie enthusiasts.
Speaking of software, the Honor 5C runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with the company's own Emotion UI 4.1, which brings an array of extra features and customizations.
A fingerprint scanner is kind-of-a MUST HAVE feature for smartphones across price range. After all, it does enhance security of the phone and gives users the liberty to navigate directly to an app by scanning the finger registered for it. On the Honor 5C, the fingerprint scanner has been placed on the rear panel for a quick access.
The 4G enabled Honor 5C is a dual-SIM smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity on both the SIM card. As per the company, the phone supports LTE Cat. 6, which results in download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps. Other connectivity options in the phone include, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS/ A-GPS, Glonass. However, you may miss the USB Type-C on it as it comes with regular Micro-USB charging port.
The phone packs in a battery of 3000mAh capacity which should give you a good battery backup to last for a day of mixed-use.