Huawei came in with their smartphone, Honor 5C at competitive ₹10,999 price and we recently talked about the design in our hands-on with Honor 5C, we would also like to add-in how the smartphone performs in terms of battery in the initial days. The Honor 5C sports a decent amount of battery (3000 mAh), however, non-removable. Though the battery capacity seems to be very decent at this price, let us see the Honor 5C battery test benchmarks.
Honor 5C is a midrange handset boasting a 2.0 GHz octa-core Kirin 650 CPU, Mali-T830 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. It is more likely to be a powerful hardware for Honor 5C. Well, we saw the same battery with 3000 mAh capacity in the Honor 5X having a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, however, Kirin 650 is a power-efficient CPU and decreases the power consumption up to 40% according to Huawei. So, there could be a small difference, if not big, in the battery life as you compare it with the Honor 5X.
With the ARM’s big.LITTLE technology, the 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz used in the SoC triggers when you perform any heavy tasks and switches to the other 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz for light and basic tasks. This balances the need for CPU power based on the requirement of the tasks ensuring a better battery life. Mind that the smartphone has 8 cores and can run simultaneously when there are any huge multitasking requirements thus increasing the battery consumption.
Initially, in our Honor 5C battery tests, we found that the battery runtime is more than sufficient when used on a day to day activity. The battery dropped to 39% for below moderate usage. On full charge, the handset ran nearly 44 hours with 61% battery power remaining.
In general, the moderate use of the phone can get you more than a day, however, going to heavy usage and multitasking can result in fast battery drain and may not last longer than a day but in the case of Honor 5C, it could be a tad different due to its newly designed CPU. Based on a few days of the smartphone usage, on average, the battery can last a day easily. While we have used the handset below moderate level i.e. our usage includes 1 hour of music playback, 34-minute gaming session, 40 minutes of YouTube and Video playback using the default video player, and Facebook surfing for about 20 minutes.
Just like you see the power saving options in other Honor smartphones, the EMUI 4.1 gives you the ability to control the battery using its battery management tool. From here, you can extend the battery life if you are in need of more battery juice. You can choose from these 3 power plans: Performance, Smart, and Ultra. The Ultra power saving option will enormously expand the battery life with limited functionality of the phone such as calls and text messages while the wireless stuff is disabled.
To see how the apps and games can take out the battery percentage here’s are the Honor 5C battery test results below which shows you the insights of how much the 3000 mAh battery is consumed by the day to day tasks.
Honor 5C Battery Test Results
|1080p Video||3%||20 minutes||Auto||Off (Wi-Fi, GPS, Data)|
|YouTube (1080p)||3%||20 minutes||Auto||On (Wi-Fi)|
|Asphalt Nitro||8%||20 minutes||Auto||On (Wi-Fi)|
|Traffic Rider||6%||20 minutes||Auto||On (Wi-Fi)|
|Angry Birds Go||7%||20 minutes||Auto||On (Wi-Fi)|
|Music (Offline)||2%||1 Hour||Auto||Off (Wi-Fi, GPS, Data)|
|Music (Online) - TuneIn Radio||2%||30 minutes||Auto||On (Wi-Fi)|
|Facebook App||3%||20 minutes||Auto||On (Wi-Fi)|