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Call Quality

Hello! Can you hear me now? Not really.

More emphasis should’ve been placed in its in-call performance, just because it’s a challenging experience overall. Through the earpiece, its weak volume combined with the scratchy voices we hear makes it almost impossible to discern our callers when we’re in a noisy place. Meanwhile, our callers complain about the robotic-like voices they hear on their end. And finally, the speakerphone’s lack of substance and power makes it just as troublesome to use.


Average-like battery performance, but the recharge time is just flat out ridiculous.

On the inside, it’s been stuffed with a modest 3000 mAh battery. In our custom battery test, it propels the honor 5X to reach a continuous on-screen time of 6 hours and 54 minutes, which isn’t bad quite honestly. Conversely, though, it delivers an average-like performance in our real-world testing by achieving one-day battery life – so yeah, nightly charges are necessary with this.

The initial recharge time test we did with the honor 5x returned an obnoxiously long result. Because of this, we retested a different model and received a significantly improved time. In fact, getting a full capacity requires 170 minutes to charging time, which isn't bad by any means, especially for a price conscious smartphone.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Honor 5X 6h 54 min (Average)
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 8h 29 min (Average)
HTC Desire 820 6h 49 min (Average)
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 6h 52 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Honor 5X 170
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 206
HTC Desire 820 179
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 208


The strategy is simple with this one. Essentially, honor is the first out of the gate to set the bar for what we expect out of phones in the mid-range category this year – and the honor 5X surely raises some brows in the process. Combing over the phone specs, while also being mindful about its full retail cost of $200, there’s certainly a lot going for this phone.

Not only is the honor 5X well spec’d and priced, but the metal design and included fingerprint sensor definitely add value to this already packed smartphone. Indeed, all is not 100% perfect with it, evident by its lackluster call performance, and weak video recording quality, but for the cost and all, some folks might be willing to justify the tradeoffs.

Although it’s still early on, the honor 5X is definitely a choice to mull over if you’re looking for a backup or replacement – without having to settle for something cheap-cheap.

Software version of the review unit: EMUI 3.1
Android Version: 5.1.1
Build Number: KIW-L24C567B130
Kernel Version: 3.10.49-g6d8163b

UPDATE: You can now read our Honor 6X Review!


  • Competitive $200 full retail price
  • Sleek metal design
  • Responsive fingerprint sensor


  • Poor in-call quality
  • Metal body feels a little cheap & prone to scratching
  • Very bluish display colors
  • Can become sluggish with its performance

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