Honor 5C

Honor, Huawei's online-centric sub-brand, has added a new device to its European lineup today. Like others in the Honor family, the Honor 5C brings solid specs and sharp design language to a surprisingly slow price point. It's a metal-bodied phone with Marshmallow, a 5.2-inch 1080p display and Huawei's own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. And the price? £149.99 in the UK, and €199.99 in the eurozone.

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Beyond the basics, the Honor 5C includes a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie cam, each behind an f/2.0 lens. There's a 3,000mAh battery inside, and dual-SIM capabilities, with the second SIM tray doubling up as a microSD slot.

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A new, more efficient processor and the best version of EMUI yet.

And the processor is a bigger deal than you might think. Honor is talking up the chip's new and more efficient 16nm process, which means it should be lighter on your battery than older mid-level chips.

On the software side, we're looking at EMUI 4.1 — the very latest version of Huawei's software layer, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We've been pleasantly surprised by EUMUI 4.1 on the Huawei P9, so this bodes well for the out-of-box experience in the 5C. Unlike the Chinese version of the 5C, the European model will not include a fingerprint scanner, a move Honor says has been made in order to hit its competitive price point.

The Honor 5C will be available this month at the aforementioned £149 price point. In the UK, it'll be available from Huawei's vMall store, as well as Amazon, Clove and eBuyer. And from August, the Honor 5C will launch on Three UK.

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