Today Huawei announced a new member to the Honor 5 series, the Honor 5A, which brings a number of upgrades to the Honor 4A it replaces. The 5A comes with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, which includes a 64-bit octa-core CPU based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 cores and Adreno 405 GPU built on the 28nm LP node, for the model specific to China Netcom, or a HiSilicon Kirin 620 SoC, which also includes an A53-based octa-core CPU and ARM’s Mali-450MP4 GPU built on a 28nm process. All versions include 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, just like the Honor 4A and 5X, and 16GB of internal storage that’s expandable with a microSD card.

Screen size increases from 5-inches on the Honor 4A to 5.5-inches for the 5A, but the resolution for the IPS LCD panel remains at 720p, giving the 5A a pixel density of 267ppi. The upgraded hardware in the 5A is actually very similar now to the previously announced Honor 5X that we looked at previously this year. One important distinction between the two is display resolution: The Honor 5X’s 5.5-inch display has a higher 1080p resolution.

Honor 5 Series
  Honor 5A Honor 5C Honor 5X
SoC

CAM-AL00 (China Netcom)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
(MSM8952)

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
Adreno 405
Hisilicon Kirin 650

4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.7GHz
ARM Mali-T830MP2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616
(MSM8939)

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
Adreno 405
HiSilicon Kirin 620

8x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
ARM Mali-450MP4
RAM 2GB LPDDR3 2GB LPDDR3 2GB LPDDR3
NAND 16GB
+ microSD
16GB
+ microSD
16GB
+ microSD
Display 5.5-inch 1280x720 IPS LCD 5.2-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD
Dimensions 154.3 x 77.1 x 8.45 mm
168 grams
147.1 x 73.8 x 8.30 mm
156 grams
151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm
158 grams
Modem

CAM-AL00 (China Netcom)
Qualcomm X8 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 7)
HiSilicon Balong (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6)
Qualcomm X5 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)
HiSilicon Balong (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)
SIM Size MicroSIM NanoSIM MicroSIM
Front Camera 8MP 8MP, f/2.0 5MP, 1/4" OmniVision OV5648, 1.4µm pixels, f/2.4
Rear Camera 13MP, Sony, f/2.0, AF, HDR, LED flash 13MP, f/2.0, AF, HDR, LED flash 13MP, 1/3.06" Sony IMX214 Exmor RS, 1.12µm pixels, f/2.0, AF, LED flash
Battery 3100 mAh
non-removable
3000 mAh 3000 mAh
non-removable
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz only), BT 4.0, GPS/GNSS, microUSB 2.0 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz only), BT 4.1, GPS/GNSS, microUSB 2.0 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz only), BT 4.1, GPS/GNSS, microUSB 2.0
Launch OS Android 6 with EMUI 4.1 Android 6 with EMUI 4.1 Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1

Both the front and rear cameras also receive significant upgrades. The rear camera increases from 8MP on the 4A to 13MP. It’s not clear if the Honor 5A is using the same 13MP Sony IMX214 Exmor RS sensor that the Honor 5X uses, however. Sitting atop the rear camera is a 5-element, 28mm wide-angle lens array with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera sees a sizeable increase in resolution too, jumping to 8MP from the 4A’s rather low 2MP.

Because the Honor series targets cost-sensitive consumers, some features need to be sacrificed. The Honor 5A does not include a fingerprint sensor or NFC support, for instance. It also does not support 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Overall the Honor 5A is a significant upgrade over the 4A, with specs that rival the Honor 5X. Moving to an octa-core CPU with a max frequency of either 1.5GHz or 1.2GHz should yield a small uptick in performance over the 4A’s quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC, and the significantly larger 3100mAh battery should noticeably extend battery life beyond what the 4A’s 2200mAh battery provides. Whether the larger display is an improvement is a matter of personal taste, but the regression in pixel density is unfortunate.


Image from tech.163.com

The Honor 5A is available in six colors, including white, black, blue, pink, yellow, and gold. It will be available for purchase in China this summer for a price of ¥ 699 (USD $106).

Gallery: Honor 5A

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  • jjj - Monday, June 13, 2016 - link

    Weird to compare it with the 5x.
    You either look at the entire 5 series with the 5C leading (Kirin 650, 1080p) or you compare it with the 4 series.
    Reply
  • Matt Humrick - Monday, June 13, 2016 - link

    Added the Honor 5C to the table. Reply
  • jjj - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - link

    A review for the 5C would be interesting, just to see how the Kirin 650 on 16ff does. Reply
  • lmc5b - Monday, June 13, 2016 - link

    Another phone with 8 A53s, I guess marketing still matters more than actual performance. I'd take 2 A53s and one A72 over that garbage any day. Reply
  • Ariknowsbest - Saturday, June 18, 2016 - link

    In the same price range there are plenty of quad A7/A53 so it's still better than them.

    I did like the 4xA53 + 2xA57 of the S808, it lasted longer than the s801.
    Reply
  • blzd - Sunday, June 19, 2016 - link

    Agreed about the 808. Snapdragon 650 continues the trend with 4x A53 + 2x A72, though with a weaker GPU and built on 28nm. Reply
  • Pissedoffyouth - Monday, June 20, 2016 - link

    650 GPU is about the same as the 808 Reply
  • UglyFrank - Monday, June 20, 2016 - link

    It is much much weaker
    Should be weaker than the Adreno 405
    So less than half as powerful as the Adreno 418
    Reply
  • shabby - Monday, June 13, 2016 - link

    Huawei announces phones... that you can't buy anywhere. Reply
  • Swaid - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - link

    China Netcom? China Netcom no longer exists, they merged with China Unicom. There are 3 major telecoms in (Mainland) China, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Reply

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