Honor 5C First Impressions

The Honor 5C is currently the Huawei sub-brand’s most widely available phone. With balanced specs and a decent price tag, It looks like Honor’s got another winner on their hands. We’ve received a review unit courtesy of Huawei, and today we’ll be unboxing the device and giving our first impressions on it.

Honor 5C – Specs

  • Hisilicon Kirin 650 octa core (4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.2-inch full HD IPS display
  • 16GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, single LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM (Hybrid slot)
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ EMUI 4.1


Packaging and contents:

The Honor 5C isn’t meant to be a top end device, and the packaging of the device reflects that. The design of the box is very simple and straight to the point. The word honor is repeated twice on the bright blue box, once in all caps and once more in the typical honor font.

HON or honor?

Once you open said box, you’re instantly greeted by the Honor 5C, in all its glory. Under the device there’s a little smiling face that lets you pull off the top panel, and below that there’s the instruction booklet, a single microUSB cable and the charging adapter. No earphones here.

Overall, it’s very clear that this device is aimed at the budget side of the market. There’s not much of note in the box, and the packaging itself is designed to be more fun and bright than Huawei’s more serious presentation.

First impressions: Premium Proposition

Being a sub-company of Huawei, you’d expect the Honor 5C to have very good build quality, and it does. The polished metal rear is very eye-catching and looks great to boot. The device feels very solid and there are no signs of poor build quality anywhere. In fact, I feel like the honor 5C is every bit as well built as any of Huawei’s top of the line flagships, which says a lot about the 5C’s build.


The back of the device shows of the 5C’s 13MP rear camera and its LED flash, along with the a fingerprint sensor and the very pleasing honor logo. After playing around with the camera for a bit, I’m quite impressed. This is one of the best cameras I’ve used at this price point, and while low light shots are still an issue, it’s still quite a good camera.

The SIM and microSD tray is on the the left of the device, while the power button and volume rocker are on the right side, as is the case with most of Huawei and honor’s smartphones. The phone’s 3.5mm jack and USB port are at the logical places, namely top and bottom, respectively.

Up front you’ll see the 5.2-inch IPS full HD display, as well as the 8-megapixel front camera. The 5C eschews capacitive touch buttons in favor of software buttons, though the chin of the device is still decked with the honor logo.


On the inside, the Honor 5C packs the Hisilicon Kirin 650 octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable to up to 128GB. The device runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 running on top.

After using the device for a bit, I must say I’m rather impressed by it. While it may not be a spec monster like the new Redmi Pro or Vernee Apollo Lite, it more than makes up by being reliable and simple to use.

That’s pretty much it for now. We’ll be taking the phone out and using it as our primary phone in the next few days.If you’ve got any questions or things you’d like to see in the full review, feel free to write about it in the comments!

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  1. balcobomber25
    August 16, 2016

    Honor 8 launches in the US today!

    • Muhammad Yasir
      August 16, 2016

      big news for u 😀 ?

      • balcobomber25
        August 16, 2016

        Could be my future phone.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          August 16, 2016

          grats’ (in advance :p)

          • balcobomber25
            August 16, 2016

            Still need to some reviews of how it compares to the Axon 7, OP3 and Idol 4s in terms of price and performance. Those are my Final 4 lol.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              August 17, 2016

              Balco Cup Semi-finals are underway 😀 !

            • balcobomber25
              August 17, 2016

              Honor 8 is the 1 seed in the finals 😉

        • Muhammad Yasir
          August 16, 2016

          tell you wat … could be mine too , if the price is right (huawei are major a**es in Pakistan , their prices are the worst here !)

          • balcobomber25
            August 16, 2016

            They are launching the Honor 8 in several Middle Eastern countries starting with Saudi Arabia on September 5th so there is hope for you lol.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              August 17, 2016


  2. Lars
    August 16, 2016

    Still don’t get why they removed the fingerprint scanner on the EU version …

  3. Lazar Prodanovic
    August 16, 2016

    Battery life (SOT, power consumption during the night) also the same on cellular net? Performance in general real usage scenarios (apps lunch and tasking between, games). This is first lower mid range priced phone with 16nm FinFET made SoC & looks as it may be a very good choice currently so please do a good complete review please.

  4. August 18, 2016

    Looks like a re-designed 5X.
    The Kirin 650 is a very efficient chip, Honor P9 Lite`s battery life is amazing.
    This should easily get you 6-7 hrs SoT.

  5. Pranav
    August 18, 2016

    My Redmi 3s sill better for its price

  6. fido futte
    August 19, 2016

    GPU sucks -only Mali T830 MP2 . Mediatek MT6750 Mali T860 MP2 is better

  7. September 1, 2016

    nice look with intresting features.

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