Having had the Honor 5X for a few weeks now, I though it about time to do some comparison testing.
The obvious ‘competitor’ is the slightly more expensive Honor 7, which has a 20 (20.7) megapixel camera over the 13 megapixel camera inside the Honor 5X.
The Honor 5X offers a larger display over the Honor 7, plus the benefit of allowing both two SIM cards and a memory card. My testing so far has also shown that the battery life has been somewhat exceptional, which may be enough to accept the lack of 5GHz Wi-Fi and the very fastest 4G speeds.
But this article isn’t about reviewing the hardware, and looks solely at the camera.
Given the Google Nexus 6P is also made by the same company, and also uses a Sony-sourced image sensor (all three do), I thought it would be fun to also take photos and video to demonstrate what the extra money may or may not buy you.
As ever, I prefer to let the photos do the talking so take a look at the gallery below – and remember to click on each individual picture to view at full size. Also remember that most photos won’t be viewed at anywhere near full-resolution, so take that into consideration when deciding on what you actually want from a phone camera.
I’ve also created a short YouTube video too, with a short 15 second video clip recorded on each phone. On the Nexus 6P, I took advantage of the Ultra-HD mode, so as to see the quality from the highest quality modes on each device.
As ever, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Honor 5X vs Honor 7 Specs Comparison
|Honor 5X||Honor 7|
|Screen||5.5-inch 1920×1080||5.2-inch 1920×1080|
|OS||Android 5.1.1 (6 coming) + EMUI 3.1||Android 5.1.1 (6 in test) + EMUI 3.1|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
(Quad 1.7GHz + Quad 1.2GHz)
|Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 935
(Quad 2.2GHz + Quad 1.5GHz)
|Dual SIM||Three slots (Nano, Micro SIM + microSDXC)||Two SIMs OR one SIM + microSDXC|
|4G Support||Cat 4 (150/50)||Cat 6 (300/50)|
|Wi-Fi Support||2.4GHz 802.11n||Dual-Band 802.11n|
|External Storage||Up to 200GB||Up to 200GB|
|Camera (front)||5MP f/2.4||8MP f/2.4 + LED|
|Camera (rear)||13MP f/2.0 + single LED
Sony IMX 214
|20MP f/2.0 + dual LED
Sony IMX 230
|Charging connector||Micro USB||Micro USB|
|Retail Price (before offers)||£189.99||£249.99|
Honor 5X / Honor 7 / Nexus 6P Camera Comparison
(Above video also contains all of the above photos in a slideshow, if you start from the beginning)