Fresh from the sold-out success of the HONOR 90 5G, HONOR Philippines, arguably the most aggressive smartphone brand in the country is about to end a “viral” year with a few more devices that is guaranteed to make your early Christmas list.
As we’ve previously announced in this blog, HONOR will be launching a trio of affordable handsets such as the HONOR X6a, HONOR X5 Plus, and HONOR 90 Lite as well as an all-around tablet–the HONOR Pad X9 this coming September 26!
YOu can actually watch the launch via Facebook live at http://bit.ly/HONOR90Lite5G and you even get the chance to win prizes including a brand-new HONOR smartphone!
That said, we got first dibs to try out its dynamic duo of entry level devices–the HONOR X5 Plus and HONOR X6a, but for this feature we’ll start with the HONOR X5 PLUS.
You can read all about the HONOR X6a as well here.
When it comes to choosing a smartphone that seamlessly integrates into your daily routine, the HONOR X5 Plus stands out with several impressive features, that offers more than just catching your eye. But first lets unbox!
UNBOXING: WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Unlike the more recent phones I unboxed from HONOR, the HONOR X5 Plus arrives in white box but instead of just the model name, we are greeted with a photo render of the phone. This is actually good, especially since not all stores or kiosks may have a demo unit, so you can actually at least see what the phone looks like.
Opening the box, you’ll find a compartment that houses some paper documents, clear silicone case for added protection and ejector tool, underneath is the HONOR X5 Plus unit is wrapped in plastic with some of its key features prominently shown in front. Finally at the bottom you’ll find a USB Type-C to Type-A cable, and a 22.5 HONOR Supercharge wall charger.
The phone is available in two colors Cyan Lake and Midnight Black. Both are inspired by the starlit sky, and the elegant colors resemble the dazzling gemstones twinkling in the night sky that exudes the charm of light.
I was quite happy I got the Cyan Lake color this time and is quite refreshing from all the recent black devices I’ve been reviewing. I do think this is the better color choice especially for those who want a phone that will get a lot of looks. Its blue-green hues subtly changes color depending on the angle of light, which is pretty cool especially for younger users.
For those who want a more classic option, the Midnight Black is a safer bet as it will go with just about anything. As I mentioned earlier, you get a glimpse of the phone via the photo on the box, but it actually looks even better when you see it IRL.
The device measures 163.32mm in height, 75.07mm in width, and is a mere 8.35mm thick, making it comfortable to hold and easy to slip into your pocket.
Perhaps the standout feature of this phone is its looong battery life.
If you are a busy student or professional, and your day is jam-packed with meetings, emails, and important calls. Battery life is well—life.
We’ve all experienced the frustration of a phone that dies prematurely, leaving us disconnected from our digital world and panicking. The HONOR X5 Plus addresses this concern with a remarkable 5200mAh battery, making it a standout in the power department. This smartphone can last 17.8 hours of ONLINE video playback or 35 hours of audio calls.
During our testing, the HONOR X5 Plus exceeded expectations, effortlessly sustaining our content-creation endeavors for two full days with a single charge. This included everything from productivity tasks and streaming media to photography and social networking – all performed with the ease and reliability you deserve.
No longer will you need to compromise on your smartphone usage or constantly monitor your battery life. With the HONOR X5 Plus, your smartphone will be a dependable companion that empowers you to explore, connect, and create without restraint.
Say goodbye to the anxiety of a dying battery and hello to a world where your phone is as reliable as you are.
SMOOTH DISPLAY + EYE COMFORT As the smartphone market evolved, smooth, responsive displays are no longer a luxury but a necessity. The HONOR X5 Plus boasts a 6.56-inch LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This means smoother scrolling, more responsive touch gestures, and an overall improved visual experience.
With a resolution of 720 x 1612 pixels and dynamic dimming, the display of the HONOR X5 Plus is clear enough with okay viewing angles . Just like most people I spend a considerable amount of time staring at my phone screen, I appreciated the added feature of eye comfort. Even after extended browsing sessions, my eyes didn’t feel strained, making it a valuable addition for users who rely on their devices throughout the day.
1289GB SUPER STORAGE: Your phone is filled with apps, photos, and videos, and you need space for more, but you don’t want to delete your precious memories.
Well now you can say goodbye to your storage anxiety and the pain of having to delete. Just how much can you save on 1284GB? How about 20,000+ photos, 10,000 songs or around 40+ movies? (depending on the file size) That means you can install even those large apps and games without having to worry about filling up your phone’s storage. Our review unit however only has 64GB.
If that wasn’t enough, the HONOR X5 Plus also gives you the option to expand it further via microSD, up to 1TB—probably the same as, or even higher than the hard drive of your laptop or PC!
50MP CAMERA: Thanks for the memories. What use is that large storage if it can’t take good pictures? Good thing that the HONOR X5 Plus can take decent photos to immortalize your special moments.
The HONOR X5 Plus boasts a camera setup that’s well-equipped for capturing everyday moments. The 50MP main camera, accompanied by a 2MP depth camera and a 5MP selfie camera, promises to deliver quality photos and videos. During our initial testing I got really promising results which you can see in the sample photos I took.
The main camera is capable of capturing quality photos and videos while the 2MP depth camera adds a touch of artistry to your portrait shots with beautiful background blur. Outdoors and with good lighting, I was able to get well-detailed and vivid photos. It does struggle indoors so you might want to use the built-in flash to get better photos when needed.
Check out these sample photos:
As a tip though, I wouldn’t use “flash” but rather the “flash always on” option for better photos and to avoid those dreaded “red eyes.” Just be careful not to take shots from too close to avoid overexposure and wash out your photos.
On the front, a 5MP (f/2.2 aperture) selfie camera captures your best angles with ease. It supports up to 2592*1944 pixels, can shoot 1080p videos, as well as several modes such as Portrait(including beauty mode and bokeh), Capture smile, Mirror reflection, Timer, time-lapse photography.
That being said you can have a lot of fun experimenting with various modes, filters and editing with the HONOR X5 Plus cameras.
The HONOR X5 Plus’s MediaTek Helio G36 processor ensures that your device can keep up with your demands whether is multitasking between apps, gaming , or video conferencing for work, you can do it all with minimal lag. Its performance is at par with phones in its price range. Just be aware if you are already running too many apps simultaneously
FINAL WORD: Elevating Your Everyday The HONOR X5 Plus isn’t just another smartphone; it’s your daily companion, designed to elevate your everyday experiences. With a long-lasting battery, a vibrant display, a powerful camera, expandable storage, it’s ready to handle whatever life throws your way. Say goodbye to smartphone frustrations and hello to a device that truly understands and enhances your daily life and with a price tag of just P5,490 its a bang for the buck phone that’s worth considering.