Honor 5C vs Samsung Galaxy A5 Comparison

Honor’s latest smartphone, the Honor 5C has created a stir in the Indian smartphone market. At price tag of Rs. 10,999, it has plethora of features to offer. In this post, we have compared the Honor 5c with Samsung’s Galaxy A5 smartphone which carries a price tag of Rs. 16,490. Read on to find out how Honor 5C vs Samsung Galaxy A5 compare with each other in terms of design, specifications, features, price and overall value for money.

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Honor 5C vs Samsung Galaxy A5 Comparison

Device/Feature Honor 5C Samsung Galaxy A5
Price Rs. 10,999 Rs. 16,490
Processor Octa-core Kirin 650 Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei EMUI 4.1 Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
Display 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1920×1080 pixels resolution) 5-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720 pixels resolution)
RAM 2GB 2GB
ROM 16GB (expandable up to 128GB using microSD card) 16GB (expandable up to 64GB using microSD card)
Rear Camera 13 mega pixel with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens 13 mega pixel with LED flash
Front Camera 8 mega pixel with f/2.0 aperture, 4P lens 5 mega pixel
Battery 3000mAh 2300 mAh
Connectivity Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
Fingerprint Sensor Yes No

Design

The design of the 5C is reminiscent of the Honor 5X. Looking at the device, it doesn’t look like a budget phone. Honor 5C features aircraft-grade aluminium-alloy body which has been molded using a high speed metal stamping process and finished with a brushed metal effect for a smooth, textured look. The sides are made up of plastic with a texture on it which goes well with the brushed metal design. The Honor 5C has also went through a lot of quality tests such as drop test, impact test, port durability test, salt spray test, temperature/humidity test and thermal shock test. Overall build quality of the phone is good. It is a compact phone that looks premium and can be comfortably held with a single hand.

Galaxy A5 takes its design cues from other smartphones in Samsung’s Galaxy series. It comes with a metal body. The Galaxy A5 looks nice but there is no factor that makes it stand out from the crowd.

In design department, the Honor 5C steals the show with its smooth ergonomic design that looks premium in hand.

Display

The Honor 5C features a 5.2-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy A5 on the other hand, comes with a smaller and lower resolution display. It has a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen with HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Clearly, Honor 5C offers a larger display with more screen resolution.

Camera

The Honor 5C sports a 13 mega pixel primary camera with LED flash. There is also an 8 mega pixel front facing camera. The camera of Honor 5C is based on SmartImage 3.0 image processor and offers several modes such as Beauty, Good Food, Light Painting and even Pro Manual settings for photo and video recording. It also comes with a lot of filters like Mono, Impact, halo and Dawn among others. Check out Honor 5C camera review here.

The Samsung A5 comes with a 13 mega pixel primary camera with auto focus and LED flash. It also comes with several modes such as Face detection, Exposure compensation, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), ISO control, Touch to focus and White balance presets.

Although the rear camera resolution of both the phones is same, front camera resolution of Honor 5C is higher compared to the Galaxy A5. Honor 5C also offers more control to the users over photography.

Processor, RAM & Storage

The Honor 5C is powered by an Octa-core Kirin 650 processor. The Kirin 650 chipset is based on 16nm fabrication instead of the 28nm process which is seen in other smartphones in this price segment. The high-performance 16 nm processor ensures super-fast performance with reduced power consumption.

The Galaxy A5 on the other hand, comes with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. Both phones house 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The Honor 5C supports 128GB of expandable storage via microSD card while the Galaxy A5 supports up to 64GB.

Software

The Honor 5C runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Huawei EMUI 4.1 on the top. It offers features like Scrolling screenshots that lets users take screenshots longer than one screen. It also allows users to change EMUI icons by switching themes and record a gameplay using the screen recording feature.

The Galaxy A5 runs rather dated Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system wrapped under TouchWiz UI.

Battery

The Honor 5C is backed up by a 3000mAh battery while Galaxy A5 packs a smaller battery with 2300mAh capacity.

The Honor 5C comes with Android Marshmallow’s Doze Mode and Huawei’s SmartPower 3.0 power technology which are so well optimized that the battery can last up to more than one day on moderate usage. Check out Honor 5C battery test here.

Additional Features

Honor 5C features a fingerprint sensor on the rear for additional security. The fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone quickly and accurately. Besides, it allows you to swipe on the sensor to browse photos or to bring down the notifications panel.

Honor 5C offers high quality RF performance. It features flagship-grade dual antennas system that automatically switches to the antenna with the best signal to prevent call drops. This automatic band switching technology is well optimized for superior network performance. It also comes with smart power amplifier and super wide sound (SWS) technology for immersive audio experience with reduced noise.

Price

The Honor 5C is priced at Rs. 10,999 and can be grabbed from Flipkart and Honor’s official e-store, HiHonor.com. The Samsung Galaxy A5 costs more than the Honor 5C and it will set you back around Rs. 16,490.

Verdict

Honor 5C costs around Rs. 6,000 less than the Galaxy A5, yet it proves itself to be better in almost every department. It offers premium design, larger display, higher screen resolution, bigger battery and more expandable storage. Besides being superior on spec-sheet, the Honor 5C also offers some additional features like fingerprint sensor and high quality RF performance which the Galaxy A5 does not offer. Honor 5C is a value for money device and is a must buy for all those who are looking for an all-rounder phone which won’t disappoint you in any department.

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