Honor is the sub brand of Huawei that has been releasing many devices in the recent past and this time it’s a new midrange budget device that comes with a fingerprint sensor on it back. Honor 5X is the successor of Honor 4X that was released earlier last year. This 5.5-inch device will sport a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution giving a pixel density of 401 ppi and will be powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex –A53 Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU. The device will be available in 3 GB as well as 2 GB versions with little variation in the price.
Here are the tips and tricks of the Honor 5X that will be helpful if you are planning to but the device.
Insertion of the SIM card is the very first thing that you do when your purchase a new device. Honor 5X is a dual SIM smartphone supporting dual standby. The back of the device is sealed hence the SIM card port is on the left edge of the device. To insert an SIM card, Open the tray by inserting the using the SIM ejector pin and place the SIM card(s) on the tray. Now put the tray back in the respective port and boot your device. You have successfully inserted SIM card on your device.
Honor 5X is dual SIM smartphone and supports dual Standby. The device supports one Micro SIM and a Nano SIM giving its user to use two different numbers on a single device.
To share your data, go to the settings of the device and tap on the option more. Now select the Tethering and portable hotspot, wherein you can set-up the Wi-Fi hotspot and the security levels on the device to start sharing your data. Make sure you have and activated internet package before proceeding with the above instructions.
To take a screenshot on Honor 5X, hold on the power/lock button along with the volume down button simultaneously until you feel the vibration or hear a sound. This screenshot will be saved in the gallery, and the user can view it and send it as a message via any application.
To check if any Android update is available for Honor 5X, go to the settings and scroll down to find About phone. Now select this option and tap on System update, wherein you have the option to check for the update. If you have an update, then download it, and it can be installed whenever needed.
The device comes with sensors like Fingerprint, Proximity, accelerometer, gyro, and compass. These will be useful daily for various reasons like counting your steps, location for maps and fingerprint sensor for security.
Yes, LED notification light is present on Honor 5X that will be blinking whenever there is a missed notification like a call or message. Once the notifications are read or seen this light stops blinking. You need to activate the LED notification lights from the settings of the device to use this feature.
The device comes with 16 GB of internal storage out of which around 7.6 GB is available for the user, and the rest of it is utilized by the system OS and other pre-installed applications on the device. You can also increase the memory up to a maximum of 128 GB via microSD card. The device is available in both 2 GB and 3 GB RAM variants.
Huawei Honor 5X does support OTG (On The Go) drive. This helps the user to transfer data from phone to the drive or vice versa without having to connect it to a system every time. This makes sure that the user need not worry of space and can also carry the OTG drive along as it is easier to carry compared to a system.
The Honor 5X runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, and the device will be getting Android Marshmallow update very soon. We would love to see the device getting the update soon, as this mid-range packs some useful features in it.
Yes, the device comes with an advanced fingerprint sensor. In the Huawei Honor 5X, the fingerprint sensor is located at the back and apart from giving security to your device. To set these functions, go to the settings of the device and select the option Fingerprint ID. From here the user can assign a function to every gesture accordingly. This is an interesting feature that Huawei has pushed on to its device and also gives the users the required security.
The users can double-tap to wake the Honor 5X or open apps of your choice, even when the screen is locked. The device supports tracing of four characters ( c, e, m and w) that can be assigned to open a selected application directly from the lock screen. The user just needs to draw the alphabet on the lock screen, and the device is ready with the application assigned to that letter. We have seen this feature on many previous devices from Huawei.
Speech recognition is a feature that we have seen in the company’s earlier devices also. With this feature, the user can send text messages and make voice calls over voice commands without having to touch the phone. Although it cannot launch any application, this is a useful feature that will make the usage of the device easier.
The device does not support NFC connectivity, but it does feature all other options, including 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Yes, the device supports Quick charging, and will be powering up the device by 50% in 30 minutes. This will be an excellent feature which in not found on many of the devices.
No, the device does not support 4K recording on it. The handset can only capture 1080p videos at 30fps, with its 13 MP camera on the rear.
Yes. The device will be supporting 4G LTE connectivity on both the SIM’s and it has become an important feature in the phone as everyone is looking to be updated and have the 4G connectivity in their device. Although all the network operators still do not provide 4G connectivity yet, everyone is eager to get a device that supports LTE so then they can use it when their network operator provides it.
Honor 5X comes with a 13 MP camera on the rear with a f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens. It also comes with a dual-LED (dual tone) flash on the rear, and this autofocus camera is capable of taking 1080p videos at 30fps. There is a 5 MP camera on the front and comes with features like HDR, panorama, face detection, Geo-tagging, and touch focus.
The device comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery on the back that will last a day with normal usage.
To change wallpaper on this device as Huawei has advanced it with some extra features as you can shake to change the wallpaper, as well as you could also select to change the wallpaper randomly on the basis of time. You can select the time interval, as well as choose to display the pictures from gallery. To use this feature, go to the settings of the device and select a display option.
To avoid those annoying alarms and the unwanted calls between meetings this feature is best. To do that you have to launch the settings app, and then go to Motion Control option, there you will find a bunch of smart motion & gestures options, now tap on Flip. There you would have to toggle the two options to ON if you want to silence incoming calls as well as timers and alarms with just a flip.
This EMUI from Huawei has been eye-catching but does not provide the app drawer that will make it easy to use the device. Even though the app drawer is absent, you can still rearrange the apps by enabling the rearrange icons option from motion & gestures section in the settings of the phone. After that you need to go to the home screen and pinch zoom on it with two fingers. The edit home option will be opened, where you have to shake the phone and it will re-arrange the applications.
To turn on the double touch feature on the Honor 5X, you have to launch the Settings app first and then tap on the motion gestures feature. Now tap on the Motion Control option and open the Double Touch option to enable the toggle button to ON. Now you are you are ready to wake up the sleeping device just by double tapping on the screen.
This is a fact that some people likes to purchase a phablet but are uncomfortable when they have to dial the number or text someone using one hand. Because it is not a task for single-handed usage. Though, Huawei has done some changes and have added a One-Hand UI. You can enable the option from either quick settings or go to more option in the smart assistance section. Then tap on the One-Hand UI option and toggle the button to enable it.
What is the Suspend Button on the Huawei Honor 5X?
It is a floating button which houses up to five functions, and it can be enabled from Settings app or the quick settings area. This button will appear on most of the screen and is easy to drag around the screen. But remember, it would only stick on the right or left edges. Those five functions include Back, Home, Recent Apps, Screen lock and One-touch.
The smart headset control option on Honor 5X allows it to control the music playback via the headset buttons. This would allow you to share a song, download it or favorite it, as well as do basic functions like forward, backward or pause the playlist. It’s pretty useful when the device is in your pocket you don’t have to reach it, just operate music player via the headset buttons.
This feature would allow you to prevent the device from being mistakenly turn ON when you have so many smart gestures turned ON. It would detect whether your phone is inside a pocket or not. To enable this feature, you have to go to the settings app and then tap on the more option in the smart assistance section. Then you would have to toggle the button in front of touch-disable mode to ON.
Huawei tried to provide as much of features as it can on its latest mid-ranger, the Honor 5X. You can restrict the background data usage by networked apps from using mobile data as well as Wi-Fi. Giving you a full control on which should be allowed to use the mobile data & Wi-Fi on your device and which should not.
Most of the users do not know how to change the default apps settings for the functions like music, launcher, etc. Well, there’s an easy way to customize them. You can assign different default apps, like Google Play Music as your default music player or Google Now launcher as your default launcher. Just go to the Settings app and tap on manage apps section, and then further tap on default app setting. There you’ll see seven options where you change the default app setting.
The quick settings panel is one of the most used parts of a UI; it is important that mobile vendors should provide an easy way to customize it. Huawei has done just that; they have not just offered an easy way to edit and arrange the place of quick settings by dragging it. But they also placed important functions like one-hand UI, suspend button and multi-screen.
To get direct access to the notification panel on Honor 5X without unlocking the screen by opening Settings app and toggling the button of notification panel to ON, which is present in the security section. Make a note that that if you have enabled pattern, password or face lock then you won’t be able to access the notification panel from unlock screen.
The Honor 5X comes with a 3000mAh battery, but every smartphone needs power saving modes. Therefore, it offers three modes, Ultra, smart and normal modes. In Ultra modes, you would be getting the maximum battery life as only basic functions like calling and texting would be available. While the smart mode would try to balance the between performance and power usage by the CPU. But if you’re looking for a better gaming and online video experience then you should go with normal mode. All these modes are available in the battery section of the Settings app. You can also set a reminder for you to turn on the ultra power saving modes, once the battery is below 30%, 20% or 8% so that you need not remember or worry about turning it on each and everytime.
Yes, the fingerprint sensor on the back can also be used to capture a selfie when tapped on it, after opening the camera application. This keeps away blurred snaps and makes it easier to take selfies. There are also other features like, touch and hold the sensor to answer an incoming call, stop an ongoing alarm.
The 13 MP shooter of Honor 5X bundles with many settings in the image as well as video modes that can be selected and used accordingly. Details about the same are given below
Image resolution options:
13M 4160 x 3120 (4:3)
10M 4160 x 2336 (16:9)
10M 3104 x 3104 (1:1)
8M 3264 x 2448 (4:3)
6M 3264 x 1836 (16:9)
Video resolution options:
FHD 1080p (16:9, stereo)
HD 720p (16:9, stereo)
VGA 640 x 840 (4:3)
QVGA 320 x 240 (4:3)
MMS176 x 144
Apart from these, the device also has the options like Panorama, HDR, All-focus, best photos, Watermark, Online transaction, Slow-mo, Object recognition and Audio Note.
The device also offers additional features like sliding up the fingerprint sensor to show the recent applications and sliding down will display the notification panel. Double touch on the sensor will clear the panel and sliding up the same will close it.
These are the tips and tricks of Huawei Honor 5X and will be coming back with other reviews of the same and do drop a comment in our PhoneRadar forum page for more details.