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The camera won’t blow you away, but it’s acceptable given its caliber.

Slapped with a 13-megapixel rear camera, it’s accompanied with an LED flash, 28mm wide-angle 5-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, and up to 1080p video recording – while the front snapper is a 5-megapixel one. In typical fashion, it employs the familiar Huawei camera interface we see in all of its smartphones. There’s a handful of shooting modes to choose from, but noticeably absent are the manual and nighttime modes we find in its high-end devices.

Image Quality

With affordably priced phones, the camera is usually one department where things tend to go downhill. In the case of the honor 5X, we’re forgiving about some of its unsavory qualities under low light, seeing that there’s a certain degree of degradation that we expect. For most other scenarios, the 13-megapixel snapper does nicely to capture some alright looking shots – those taken under ideal lighting condition in particular. However, it has some issues with its focus, as well as casting a greenish hue.

Of course, photos are a bit splotchy looking under low light, as well being infiltrated by some digital noise. The end result, obviously, are photos that appear subdued and soft-toned, but not entirely unusable.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Honor 5X 3
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 4.2
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HTC Desire 820 4
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Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 2.4

Video Quality

Likewise, the video capture quality leaves more to be desired. It suffices due to the phone’s caliber and positioning, but it’s undoubtedly nowhere close to being on the same pedestal as the elites. Videos recorded by the honor 5X produce some decent looking details, but its audio recording is a bit sharp – while the lack of continuous focus means that touch focus is required to constantly readjust. Well, it could’ve been worse, but we’ll take it.


The flatter tones of its speaker minimizes its audio punch.

If you can stomach the color inaccuracies of the display (or at least partially correct for them by setting white balance better), you'll find that the 5.5-incher of the honor 5X is a good fit for on-the-go media consumption. Like any phablet, really.

The video and music players are both pretty basic and offer little more than you'd expect from a built-in solution. The Gallery is a bit different in that its photo editor is actually quite powerful and integrates features — such as pixelization for censoring parts of the image and a bucket load of filters — that you'd usually be forced to seek elsewhere.

Listening to the music coming out of its internal speaker, it musters up a maximum volume level of 73.7 dB. In smaller spaces, it’s reasonable enough to echo around and become audible, but its flatter tones don’t allow it to have a stronger presence in open areas.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Honor 5X 0.52
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 0.489
HTC Desire 820 1.941
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 0.223
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Honor 5X 73.7
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 77.7
HTC Desire 820 69.5
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 68.8

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