Unfortunately, the even cheaper Honor 5C that Huawei just unveiled looks poised for China retail exclusivity. Around those parts, it’s already up for grabs, starting at CNY 900 ($139) in a 3G-only configuration, with an extra 100 Yuan charged for dual SIM LTE connectivity at a grand total of roughly 155 bucks.
You’d probably expect a number of ensuing compromises compared to the Honor 5X, but aside from being ever so slightly smaller, at 5.2 inches instead of 5.5, the 5C seems to be at least as well-endowed in all major departments, if not superior to its cousin in a few notable ways.
That very smaller screen produces a higher 424 ppi with identical Full HD resolution in tow, and should squeeze more juice out of a matching 3,000 mAh battery. Then you have an octa-core Kirin 650 processor inside the Honor 5C that may or may not be inferior to 5X’s Snapdragon 616 silicon, the same 2GB RAM for smooth multitasking, and expandable 16GB storage.
In terms of design and build quality, the two phones are also extremely alike, with premium aluminum everywhere, sharp industrial overall vibes, and zippy fingerprint readers fitted on their backs. As far as software goes, the Huawei Honor 5C runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out the box, while the 5X still awaits an OTA update from 5.1 Lollipop.
Last but not least, the new guy ties the “OG” in the rear-facing cam division, with 13 plentiful megapixels, upping the selfie-friendly ante from 5 to 8MP. All for the equivalent of $140, don’t forget.