METAL HONOR

Honor 5X

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - UNLOCKED - By Bryan Chan

One of the first brands that come to mind when you think of af­ford­able, yet (rea­son­ably) pow­er­ful An­droid smart­phone, is honor. With the honor 5X, the brand is hop­ing to stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion, but can the honor 5X live up to ex­pec­ta­tions?

The honor 5X is a midrange smart­phone that costs be­low RM1,000, and goes head to head with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. To be com­pet­i­tive, honor packed the 5X with some pretty good specifications, such as a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 616 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age that's ex­pand­able via mi­croSD, and two SIM trays to ac­com­mo­date a Nano-SIM, Mi­cro-SIM, as well as mi­croSD card at the same time.

When it comes to de­sign, the 5X is a bit squar­ish, so those who love de­signs like the Sony Xpe­ria Z5 will likely ap­pre­ci­ate the shape of this phone as well. With that said, the build qual­ity of this phone is great. The en­tire back and sides are metal, giv­ing it a pre­mium feel. The fin­ger­print sen­sor is placed right in the mid­dle of the back, and we found it to be highly ac­cu­rate. You can also use the fin­ger­print sen­sor to per­form ad­di­tional func­tions, such as ac­ti­vat­ing the cam­era's shut­ter, pull down the no­ti­fi­ca­tion screen, and more.

How­ever, the pre­mium feel isn't quite jus­ti­fied when you take a look at the per­for­mance. In PCMark, it scored 3,855, which is a score that isn't un­ex­pected, but could have been bet­ter. In Quad­rant, it scored 25,542, which is pretty sim­i­lar to other new midrange smart­phones. We then ran 3DMark, where the honor 5X man­aged a score of 7,760, which again, could have been bet­ter. Most midrange phones score about 10,000 more on av­er­age in 3DMark's Ice Storm Un­lim­ited.

While the bench­marks in­di­cate that the per­for­mance of the honor 5X could use a boost, real-world us­age proved to be slightly less in­crim­i­nat­ing. This phone barely slowed down when we at­tempted to mul­ti­task by open­ing apps and let­ting them run in the back­ground, while swap­ping in and out of apps. How­ever, the Adreno 405 really showed that it was an en­try-level GPU, be­cause the phone did lag a lit­tle when play­ing games like Star Wars: Galaxy of He­roes.

There's a re­deem­ing fac­tor though. The honor 5X has a 3,000mAh bat­tery that eas­ily lasts for about two days, if you're a light user. If you're the type to check on so­cial net­work up­dates ev­ery two min­utes, and check or re­spond to emails through­out the day, ex­pect the phone to last an en­tire work day, plus a cou­ple more hours at home.

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