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
No data
HTC Desire 820 4
No data
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



1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

This phone is better then the reviewer of the phonearena .

26. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Reviewer should be changed.

32. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012


2. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

A 6? Are you f**king kidding? This phone kicks ass for the price. The charging issue is probably a software flaw and you can't take points off for a metal body you jackasses.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This phone could have cured cancer and still gotten a low score.

30. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't know if they are considering phone prices in their reviews. They rated it as if it costs as much as a flagship.

38. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Pro..."sleek metal design" Con..."Metal body feels a little cheap & prone to scratching" make up your mind on the material of the phone, how can it be a pro and con at the same time? I guess he thought he was reviewing a $500+ phone. They need to separate reviews depending on the device they're reviewing. Mid range devices can not be compared with high devices. Don't expect a mid range device to give you performance that you would expect from from a high end device.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I look and weep at what they've done to Lollipop... They've turned it into a Lollipoop... Yuck.

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Just look at this: It got a 8 and they said it have a mostly smooth perfomance LOL! My mom have one and it can't play subway surfers smoothly at 60fps.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Even if it can't play a game at 60fps, that doesn't mean the rest of the phones experience will be slow.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Five hours and forty five minutes to charge? What kind of charger do they include? a Nine volt battery? This needs to be retested (new phone and different chargers) because this result is simply not believable.

8. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Well let's start with the fact that there's no quick-charging support for the phone. And most other reviews of the 5X also state that the charging times are quite dissapointing and are about 2-3hrs. I think the result times here on PA are ok.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yes. 2 or 3 hours could be seen as disappointing. 5 hours and 25 minutes is insanity. If PA is seeing charge times twice as long as other sites, that should be seen as something of an issue to explore, yes?

18. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

woah holy crap i didnt actually notice you said FIVE HOURS THAT'S INSANE. MY BAD, SORRY.

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL 9volt Battery.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

John V. definitely can't wait to see the next iPhone release that's why he treats these Android phones as punching bags.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The S7 Will Get A Good Score.

21. squishypanda8

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

He's probably gonna give the iPhone 7 like a 9.5 lol. I'm not sure if John V. is the best guy for reviewing budget phones. :P

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dear PA, if you decide to give some bad score to some phone, please give recommendation for better smartphone with the same PRICE RANGE and shortly explain why its better... with that it will make your scoring system more legit, tq (and of course you should recommend phone with better score within same price range) or just get rid of that scoring system, since its so useless this way for $200 you get 1080p, FPscanner, 7hour battery life, SD615, fullmetal body, not so bad camera... whats more can you ask for $200? -_-

23. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This. Exactly this. Device reviews should have value. They should give readers a good base for potential device purchases. Options at a similar price point would be a great start, and eliminating the arbitrary scoring system would seal the deal.

33. zarkonj

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Well they can't recommend a better phone in this price range, because the only better Phones are from Samsung and Apple, but their products are way more expensive. Other similary priced phones are - according to PAs Reviews - same crap.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't understand you at all PA, you give high priced phones that are good lower scores for being high priced(Mate 8) and now you give what is suppose to be a cheap phone a low score for feeling cheap, you're being way to harsh on a $200 phone and you know it.

12. RoBear

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

I've been testing the phone for about 4 weeks and I can assure you it does not take that long to charge.

16. ShadowHammer

Posts: 209; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Yeah, definitely something weird going on with the charging. I know some people don't care that much about call quality on their phones, but this just sounds like either a really bad sample from Huawei, or a poor design. It drives me nuts if I can't hear people speaking or voices sound distorted. Still, for $200, you get a lot of other nice features that you could not get just a couple years ago.

17. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I click on PA reviews to read comments xD

19. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I kinda agree with the score... I mean the UI is gaudy as sh*t, but really 345minutes to charge the damn device???

20. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"Why the low score?" people ask? Did you miss the part about the piss-poor call quality on both ends? This is a phone, remember? Granted, many of us use them as pocket computers or text/message rather than actually making calls on it, but a phone that's barely usable as a phone As for the charging time, something wonky might be going on. John V said he used the included charger, but doesn't state the amperage. Android Central says it's a 5V/1A charger, but doesn't say how long it takes for 0-100%. Android Police says it takes 2 hours, which isn't blazing fast, but it's a hell of a lot better than 5.75 hours. Maybe AP used a different charger.

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The lack of review consistency is the big issue. The 5.5 inch Idol 3 got a score of 8.5 and these two devices are very, very comparable. Heck, the OnePlus X got a 7, and it has incredibly poor LTE compatibility in the US. Is the Honor 5X the best phone ever? Nope. But it *is* a pretty sweet bargain and deserves better than the zero effort review. Any sensible reviewer would balk at the 5 hour 45 minute charge time, and then do some research into it. Every other tech site I frequent would investigate to offer potential buyers as much info as possible. PA just tries to fill in their review template and move on. It's lazy. They can do so much better, and it frustrates me to no end that they refuse to see this as an issue.

24. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Crap review yet again lol, but don't stop we all love the comment section that comes with your lies. Even my cheap 10 inch tablet doesn't take 5 hours to recharge - so good luck with that.

29. theo14461 unregistered

Another piece of junk. Heh-heh!
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(26h 3G talk time)

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