In year 2014, several Chinese smartphone makers made their way to India. The competition in the Indian smartphone market skyrocketed. This affected the sales of the vendors who were already present in the country from several years. China-based Huawei was one of these manufacturers. To tackle the competition from new Chinese entrants in India, the company introduced its new Honor smartphone brand in the country in 2014. The brand launched the Honor 6 and Honor Holly first, followed by the launch of the Honor 4X and Honor 6 Plus. The company recently launched its latest offerings in India dubbed the Honor 5X and Honor Holly 2 Plus.
The Honor 5X comes as a successor to the Honor 4X with several new upgrades, but at the similar competitive price tag. If you own an Honor 4X and planning to upgrade to the Honor 5X, let’s put these devices on the table and compare their specs to find out how they stand against each other.
Honor 5X vs Honor 4X: budget 4G phablets from China compared
Talking about the design first, the Honor 4Xis made out of premium quality plastic, and has a textured back panel for a better gripping. The phone measures 8.6mm around the waist and tips the scale at 165 grams. Its successor, the Honor 5X on the other hand offers a much more appealing design, since the plasticky exterior of the Honor 4X has been replaced by a metallic body. It is slimmer and lighter than the Honor 4X, as it has a 8.1mm waistline and weighs 158 grams. Overall, the Honor 5X is a much more premium an appealing smartphone. In addition, the phone also sports a fingerprint sensor that can unlock it in just 0.5 seconds.
Display and OS
The Honor 4X and Honor 5X, both smartphones offer phablet-grade 5.5-inch IPS LCD displays. However, the Honor 5X provides better media viewing experience as it is equipped with a full HD screen panel with a crisp pixel density of 401ppi. The Honor 4X on the other hand offers an HD screen with a pixel density of 267ppi. On the software-front, the Honor 4X was released running Android KitKat, but got the Lollipop update last year. The Honor 5X on the other hand runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with EMUI 3.1 Lite on top.
For performance, the Honor 4X utilises a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, coupled with an Adreno 306 GPU. The Honor 5X packs in a more powerful 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, aided by an Adreno 405 GPU. Both the smartphones offer 2GB of RAM. So when it comes to the performance, the Honor 5X is considerably better than the Honor 4X as it can run high-end games without a putting a sweat. For storage, the Honor 4X offers 8GB of internal memory, while the Honor 5X gets higher 16GB of flash storage. The Honor 4X can accept microSD cards up to 32GB in size, while the Honor 5X can accept up to 128GB.
For imaging, the Honor 4X offers a 13MP rear snapper with an LED flash, 1080p recording, autofocus, and BSI CMOS sensor, and a 5MP secondary shooter. The Honor 5X on the other hand comes with better imaging features. It gets a 13MP rear camera with a dual-LED flash, a 5P lens, and a Blue Glass IR filter, and a 5MP selfie shooter with a 22mm wide-angle 4P Lens, and a Blue Glass Filter.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Honor 4X and Honor 5X, both smartphones offer similar specifications including Indian 4G LTE bands support, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, and A-GPS. When it comes to the battery, the Honor 4X and Honor 5X, both are powered by 3,000mAh units. However, the latter supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which recharges the battery really fast.
The Honor 4X is one of the best feature-loaded budget 4G LTE-enabled smartphones on the market at the moment. It offers a large HD display, decent configuration, modest camera features, a large battery capacity, and is available for Rs 9,999. The Honor 5X on the other hand is priced at Rs 12,999, but offers you much better features for a few thousand extra bucks. It has a better full HD display, a more powerful processor, great camera features for its price range, a premium design, and a fast charging battery. In addition, the handset offers enhanced security thanks to a fingerprint sensor, and immersive media experience as it comes with Box speakers with Smart PA audio chipset. So, which one is your pick? The successor or the predecessor? Share in the comments with all.
Article Written By: Kundan Kumar