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Quick comparison: Honor 5C versus Honor 5X

With the announcement of the Honor 5C, the Huawei-owned brand brings its best affordable phone yet to market. But it's been a mere six months since the arrival of the Honor 5X, a similarly specced handset at a comparable price point. The main differences on the surface: A larger 5.5-inch screen from the 5X, a faster, more efficient CPU in the 5X, and the bonus of NFC capability in the 5C.

Check below for a quick breakdown of how the two compare, and some side-by-side pics for good measure.

CategoryHonor 5CHonor 5X
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0, EMUI 4.1Android 5.1, EMUI 3.1
CPUHisilicon Kirin 650, octa-core, 16nm processQualcomm Snapdragon 616, octa-core, 28nm process
GPUMali T830 MP2Adreno 405
RAM2GB2GB
Display5.2-inch 1080p LCD5.5-inch 1080p LCD
Internal storage16GB16GB
microSDYesYes
Main camera13MP, f/2.0, LED flash13MP, f/2.0, LED flash
Front camera8MP, f/2.05MP, f/2.4
Wifi2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
Battery3,000mAh non-removable3,000mAh non-removable
GSM Bands800, 900, 1800, 1900 SIM 1 + 2800, 900, 1800, 1900 SIM 1 + 2
3G Bands (Europe)HSDPA 900/2100HSDPA 900/2100
LTE Bands (Europe)1, 3, 7, 8, 201, 3, 7, 8, 20
Dimensions147.1 x 73.8 x 8.3mm151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm
Weight156 grams158 grams
Dual SIMDual SIM, dual standbyDual SIM, dual standby
ColorsSilver, black, goldGrey, silver, gold
NFCYesNo

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Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

12 Comments
  • Has Honor pushed the marshmallow OTA to the 5x yet? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think their doing it now or it was just done recently. Posted via the Android Central App
  • yes, they already given OTA.
  • I just saw the Honor 5X at best buy last night and it is a pretty phone. The back cover does not look live plastic as some folks say. I couldn't tell if the screen had any coating but overall, the phone looks fantastic. After playing with the phone, The skin the phone has is not bad at all.
    Too bad it doesn't have NFC but the fingerprint is a plus. Posted via the Android Central App on Moto G3 16/2 on $35 Cricket wireless plan.
  • No fingerprint scanner on the 5C ? Some pics aims to say yes Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only the Chinese variant that's why I'm sticking with the honor 5x Posted via the beautiful honor 5x with Android m ui theme
  • There seems to be a variant with fingerprint sensor in Europe called Honor 7 Lite - available now
  • Where can you buy it from?
  • At least from Finland and Czech Republic looks to have it too. So I had better written "some parts of Europe"... No info about other countries but one could ask from local Huawei in Facebook?
  • The Indian version of the 5C does have the fingerprint sensor. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How does Huawei's in house processor compare with the 616 in the 5x? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't know about that one in particular, but both of my Huawei phones using their in-house processors are very fast, indeed. Posted via the Android Central App