The Kirin 650 is the brain and heart of the Honor 5C which uses the 16nm FinFET technology. It promises 65% better performance and 40% battery efficiency via its Octa-core setup. 100% increase in GPU performance compared to to its predecessor the Kirin 620.
It has a 2GB ram which is okay I wished it had gone with 3GB as I find myself clearing the ram every 4-6 hours with most of my time on Facebook and Youtube videos, additional 1GB is a appreciate to improve the lag. The internal storage is 16GB will usable 13GB, you can further expand your storage capacity up to 128GB but sim slot 2 will be use, so dual sim users do take note. Also a 3000mAh battery.
Looking the physical features, on the top you have your 3.5mm combo jack, sim try on the left, volume rocker and power button on the right and micro sub and speaker grill on the bottom. On the front you have light sensor and your 8MP camera. On the back has a the 13MP camera module with a slight bump, dual tone led and fingerprint scanner.
The front looks like your standard Honor phone just bit small compared to Honor 7 however the there is no mention if the screen uses gorilla glass. 5.2-inches, makes the device a bit easier to handle compared to most 5.5-inch smartphones. It is easier to hold on to,slip into my pocket easily in both sitting down and standing up position something you can’t do with a bigger phone size. The Aircraft-grade aluminum-alloy with brushed metal finish is awesome but I a bit irritated at the line surround the inner frame of the phone , the designer should have made it onto the side rather in the frame, make the phone look…. Cheap, premium look is always important to me.
The full HD screen may not be good at saturation level as its a tiny bit neutral for the color but is comfortable to look at as I don’t like over-saturated screen which intend to murder you by popping haribo gummy bears into your eyes. The sharpness is excellent. However, under sunlight condition the screen can’t be viewed well despite the brightness level being set at the highest, I hope Honor can address this in the future.
The Honor 5c is using its own custom skin EMUI 4.1 whihc is based on Andriod 6.0 Marshmallow , doesn’t come with much bootleg app which much appreciated. I do love the UI look when you pull down the notifications and shortcuts menu. Even the lock screen shows you the amount of step taken during the daily as a fitness guy this is really awesome to have. For those vlogger/blogger/social fanatics you have good news you can record your phone screen without the need of 3rd party app, now you can film your tutorials and gameplay but I wish Honor gave the user to change the settings like not including the timer which start at 30min strangely and bitrate. Honor also includes a phone management app, which help clean up storage and ram important as the ram is rather small here, check data stats, block incoming msg/calls and so on.
The speaker quality is decent for close range but once you bump the volume above 60% the distortion does kick in. The sound chamber is small so don’t expect the bass level to be good. However is decent enough for movies and streaming content.
Onto the camera, the front facing is 8MP but it either Sony or Hynix variant. I’m not sure which variant comes in this review phone but the details is good for selfies and does perform well in low light and less noise compared to older generation front facing cameras. But the awesome sauce goes the the rear camera which is a 13MP Sony Sensor which can focus a bit slow as it feel like a contrast based AF than phase detection. The image is awesome because it shoot photo well exposed compared to the Honor 7 that I review which tend to shoot picture darker by ⅔. Details is great for a 13mp sensor , low light is not that noise thanks to the sony sensor which is known for it low light capabilities more importantly the color is neutral but realistic no fake saturation involve. Good job Honor. I wished they had included dual tone LED for better flash color reproduction.
So lets talk performance now, starting with battery which from our youtube playlist test gathers 9hours and 10minutes which beats most of the smartphone that we review in the past, 2 hours more than the Honor 7 enhance. This tell you how efficient the phone is at its power management hardware wise and software level which you can fine tune further the the battery app with the ultra power saving mode if you not doing much with the phone. Other features include dual antennas which automatically switches between the two to obtain better signal for telco service. For wifi sadly it doesn’t have WIFI AC support. The fingerprint scanner is activates within 0.5 second which aside from unlocking the phone you can use it as camera shutter (which I like), answer calls , stop alarm. It doesn’t stop there as you can use gesture to slide down for the notification menu or browser photos by swiping left and right this is what I love about the Honor phones. Check out the sample of pictures below (click to enlarge) from the Honor 5C.
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