Huawei Honor 5X review
Metal, fingerprint and more
In this Huawei Honor 5X review, a smartphone is revealed that has had a ton of focus put on its design and that effort has undeniably resulted in the best looking Huawei phone yet.
The design inspiration for the Huawei Honor 5X has come from the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, where world-class architecture meets futuristic art. The three colour choices have been matched to represent how the museum looks at different times of the day, giving us sunset gold, dark grey and daybreak silver.
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The metallic body is made from an aluminium alloy and has had four different finishes applied to it. This process has made a Huawei phone that is strong, yet finely crafted in differing areas where diamond-polished surfaces meet sand blasted matte sides, a laser-etched logo and shiny CNC milled chamfer.
The 5.5” display has Full HD resolution with 1080 x 1920 pixels and boasts a 72.5% screen-to-body ratio. The build quality continues to be high when we look inside and find an octa-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB RAM, which is plenty for seamless 3D game play. The 16GB internal memory can boosted with memory cards with a value of up to 128GB.
Phone Set Up
The latest reinvention of the fingerprint sensor is built into the Huawei Honor 5X and its rimless design makes it more accurate than ever before. It can be set up with just six taps of a finger and continues to learn over time, to become even more reliable.
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Once set up, the phone can be unlocked in just 0.5 seconds and the owners fingerprint can also be used to secure files and apps with other users only being given access to a visitor mode.
The remaining set up is straightforward and largely governed by the popular Android Lollipop operating system, which the Huawei Honor 5X runs on.
The fingerprint sensor comes back into play when we look at the features of the Huawei Honor 5X. A fingerprint can be linked to a friend for quick dialing or be used to launch an app, take photos, answer calls and cancel alarms. A swipe down across the sensor lets the user see notifications and a double tap can be used to delete them.
The Huawei Honor 5X is also pretty good on the audio and music side of things. A unified speaker chamber is located on the bottom for crystal clear clarity. A smart power amp is used to produce deep sounds from a compact speaker set up.
Camera & Video
The 13MP camera with 28mm wide-angle lens gets excellent results by using a fingerprint resistant lens cover that is more scratch resistant than glass. An anti-reflective coating has been applied to this and it enables more light to pass through to the sensor, making it an ideal camera phone for low-light photography.
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The secondary 5MP camera has a 22mm wide-angle lens that has an 88 degree field of view, so it is good for capturing panoramic selfies. A variety of shooting modes are pre-installed and these include food mode, time-lapse mode, slow motion mode with playback four times slower than real life and perfect selfie mode.
The Huawei Honor 5X has a high-capacity 3,000mAh battery that can sustain 1.46 days of moderate use or over 1 days heavy use. Integrated SmartPower 3.0 technology helps to achieve this and reduces power consumption by 30 percent.
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Written by: Michael Brown