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.