Huawei Honor 5X
After a successful debut in the Chinese market, the Honor 5X comes to India for an affordable price of 13000 rupees. This is Huawei’s first all-metal body smartphone – very solid and premium. It is available in two-color options and I suggest choosing of the dark gray variant, as it looks lot better than White built is.
In the Box
- USB Cable
- 1Amp Power Adaptor
Metal Built and Design
In spite of a metal body, the Huawei Honor 5X is just 158 gram heavy and very slim at 8.1 mm of thickness. This is a Unibody design and it has chamfered edges at top & bottom.
Let us look at the placement of ports and buttons on the Honor 5X. The right has power lock/unlock button along with volume rocker. Secondary noise cancelation mic and the headphone jack is on top and SIM slot with microSD card slots find a placement at its left edge. The main speaker is placed at the bottom alongside a mini USB port and the primary mic.
13MP Primary camera with dual tone LED flash and a powerful fingerprint sensor is on the rear whereas the front houses sensors array, front camera, and (on screen) control buttons.
In a Unibody design, the Honor 5X is a mid-budget smartphone and a flagship killer, too. Its rear looks awesome in brushed aluminum finish renders a solid feel while you hold it in the hand.
Software User Interface and Operating system
Even though it comes with deep customization but that does not compromise with the overall performance of this phone. The Huawei Honor 5X runs on Emotion user interface (version 3.1) based on Android lollipop 5.1. At the top is the notification toggle, which can be edited and there are some custom themes available, too.
Full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD Display
The display of Honor 5X is crisp clear and decent. Great viewing angles, sharp icon & texts, high brightness, and awesome color production with a fine-tuning of the IPS LCD display panel. In a device of 13000 rupees, 401 PPI pixel density is epic.
Sony Sensor 13MP 5MP Camera
I am not wrong calling this Huawei champ one of the most advanced camera smartphones in 15000 rupees price bracket. The rear houses a 13MP camera (aperture f/2.0) unit powered by Sony’s Exmore-RS CMOS sensor, auto LED flash and digital zoom. Digital image stabilization feature on board works as a booster in the setup.
You also get some filter to choose in order to make output image perfect. The rear shooter does even better with user’s manual re-tuning of ISO, white, saturation, etc. You can also record production quality FHD video at 30 frames per second.
In low light conditions, images captured by the rear shooter turns out well in post-production stage. Fair amount of sharpness and decent clarity in final contents, all because of magical camera software and Sony Exmore sensor on the Honor 5X.
The 5MP selfie shooter is also a big bonus that gets job done with a perfect selfie in most occasions though light conditions do affect its performance.
Finger Print Sensor
The fingerprint sensor feature works well and you will be lock-in/out just in 0.5 sec.
In terms of RAM and memory management, Honor 5X is not an extraordinary smartphone, as it offers only 10GB free space from 16GB internal memory and only 800MB free RAM from 2GB preinstalled.
This is a 64-bit architecture CPU powered by two quad-core chipset of Snapdragon 616, which is the latest processor with 4G LTE support. I cannot miss Adreno 405 graphic and 2GB RAM in the CPU.
Given the low RAM here, multitasking and gaming can be a bit of pain with Honor 5X. However, games and animations run smoothly without any glitch and assigning task or web browsing also goes well on this Motorola device.
Indian 4G LTE Connectivity
This is a dual SIM smartphone wherein one is micro and another is mini SIM. While 4G LTE network support on both SIM is a highlight, I cannot miss USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and OTA update.
3000-mAh battery sounds less, but Huawei claims to have more than one-day backup even on heavy usages. A fast charger in the sales box is bonus completes charging just in a few minutes.
- Dual Window feature to run two applications simultaneously
- Superb performance results in Zero lag
- Android 6.0 update is coming soon
- Premium Camera
- Solid Sturdy Built Quality for Unibody all metal body
Poor RAM management
Huawei Honor 5X is a very good device for everyone except gaming community. It looks nice, has a solid built, and its performance very smooth. In fact, it can run multiple applications without any glitch. Indian 4G network support, Dual SIM, and all metal design make it a perfect choice below 13000 rupees. RAM management is something that worries me a lot.
Motorola Moto G Turbo
In spite of being an upgraded version of very popular Moto G3, the Turbo smartphone got a poor reception in the Indian smartphone market. Recently, Motorola has reduced its price by 2000 rupees and announced an early roll out of Android Marshmallow 6.0.
In the Box
- Turbo Charger with turbo output rating of 2.6 Amps
- In-ear type earphone with call accept-reject call button
- Manual in English and Hindi
Built and Design
In terms of looks and design, the Moto G Turbo is a replica of Moto G3. The front has a design for two-speaker slot wherein only one being a real speaker, which can produce loud and clear sound.
The rear is curvy and has a textured back panel that shelters 13MP auto focus camera, dual tone LED flash and the brand logo. It’s Back panel is removable and replaceable. Since it is a waterproof smartphone, you should buy only Motorola brand official back panel. Any mismatch in fixing of back panel results in frequent auto notification as well disabling of waterproof feature.
Moto G Turbo looks quite sporty because of metallic edges and silent screen bezels. All control buttons have metal cap and offer very tactile feedback. Since a new smartphone, LeEco 1S comes in all metal body for a price of just 11000 rupees, premium plastic shell of Moto G Turbo looks outdated.
Five inch IPS HD Display
The Moto G Turbo sports an IPS LCD display has an HD resolution that measured in 720 by 1280 pixels. Here, colors are produced accurately and viewing angles are great, too. It also has a protection of Corning Gorilla glass 3.
Snapdragon Octa Core Processor
Moto G Turbo handles all kinds of games and multimedia content with an ease. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8939 chipset, which clocks at 1.5 GHz. It also comes with a powerful graphic processor Adreno 405 besides 2GB RAM.
AnTuTu Benchmark -31410 (Good score)
For gaming and day-to-day usages, Honor 5X is a great device. Motorola phones have a unique identity to offer lot better stock Android experience. Default Android user interface demands less hardware resource so the CPU mostly remains in idle mode that results in saving of lots battery fuel.
At the gaming front, it can handle all popular games available in the app market. I cannot say the phone suffers from heating problem during heavy usages, but it gets slightly warm on continue gaming.
2GB RAM 16GB ROM 32GB MicroSD Card
2GB RAM is no longer a trendy feature in 15000 rupees price segment still the Moto G Turbo does better than a 3GB RAM phone. For instance, the revolutionary smartphone LeEco LeTV 1S comes with a 3GB RAM but keeps only one GB free for users.
With Moto G Turbo, you get approx 1.3GB free RAM after the first boot. Here, point is a smartphone with 20GB RAM is not good if it keeps only 500MB free RAM for the end users. A whopping 10.50 GB internal storage remains free, which can be increased 32GB more with a microSD card.
5MP and 13MP Auto Focus CMOS Sensor
The camera user interface is pretty much stock Android without many modes. Yes, you do get a setting ring for perfect tuning of both camera for superior image quality and FHD video recording. The 5MP selfie camera does decent work, but noise remains visible at last.
A dedicated CMOS image sensor powers the 13MP rear shooter for production quality FHD recording and quick HD shots. Dual tone LED flash helps more in low light for a perfect click. I do not complain much about the camera, as it does fine job. However, Motorola should have powered the camera application with advance features.
2450 mAh Battery
The phone gets “Turbo” name because of turbo charging feature and a super turbo charger in the sales box. Casual users like me will easily get about two days of battery backup. However, for moderate to heavy usages, battery juice will last only for 24 to 36 hours.
However, you will not bother much about battery juice because 2450 mAh battery of the Moto G Turbo can be re-fueled 100% just in a few minutes.
- Decent Built Quality and Design
- Water resistant device at a cost of 13000 rupees
- The turbo charger is much faster than a conventional charger. A 15-minute charging session with it results in almost six hours of regular usages.
- The 720P Display is very rich and vibrant in color
- Turbo here stands for Turbo performance as well
- Superb gaming on this phone
- Loud and clear Audio output
- Superb call quality and decent signal reception on 2G/3G/4G
- Bunch of Moto Apps is a great addition to this phone makes user’s experience great with the phone
- Gesture features
- Heating problem during charging
- In spite of dual tone LED flash, performance of the main shooter is not according to a set standard
- No LED notification
The Motorola Moto G Turbo is a decent smartphone with all good features. However, I would not recommend it to buy since one better option the LeEco 1S has already shaken up the Indian smartphone market much like what Moto G phone had done in the year 2014. Go with the Le 1S, which is cheaper and has a metal built and premium design.