EMUI’s software smarts meet hardware brawn to make for Android nirvana. You already knew that, right? But there’s yet more cool stuff on its way from Honor
The Honor 5X has been one of the best-selling devices of 2016 and that’s really no surprise. You get an awesome build quality, a body made of aviation-grade metal alloy, a sharp display that even manages to beat back the harsh summer sun, a powerful processor tailor-made for gamers, RF performance for blazing-fast 4G and no fear of call drops… But there was one especially clever feature dreamt up by the wizards at Honor that made users fall in love with this phone - the fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint scanner that really makes a difference
You’ll find fingerprint scanners in every mid-range and flagship Android device around, but what Honor gives in their devices like the Honor 5X and the Honor 7 is different - just what you’d expect from one of the world’s leading technology innovators.
For starters, you get to register 5 fingers, making it easier to unlock your phone if you like using it while having your morning coffee (trust us on this - it’s a very important feature). But Honor’s hardware and EMUI OS are even smarter. So what you get is one-touch access to apps, chats and even contacts. That’s right. What’s even better than having your boyfriend or girlfriend on speed dial? The ability to call them directly from the lock screen, that’s what. Send texts, start Whatsapp, launch the camera from the lock screen, call an Uber… it might seem such a sensible feature now that we’re used to it, but you won’t believe how much time it saves on a daily basis.
Responsive + secure = awesome!
That’s quite a simple equation, isn’t it? And it does describe the perfect gadget. The Honor 5X’s fingerprint scanner is all that - and more. You know it’s smarter than what you’d get from the competition, but it also delivers on two more fronts - it’s more usable, and it’s secure as a vault.
You see, Honor’s designers have placed the scanner exactly where your hand would fall naturally, and since the scanner isn’t fussy about how you place your fingers, unlocking the 5X is unbelievably seamless. Security’s sorted, too: You can use the fingerprint scanner to lock and hide messages, videos and photos you don’t want prying eyes to see.
More cutting-edge tech on the way from Honor
But Honor also extends the smarts to what’s deep inside your phone - the 5X had excellent RF performance and was the device of choice for the avid traveller who found himself away from the city in an area where networks were poor.
Now, it seems a next-generation processor is also on its way as Honor might just launch a new flagship quite soon. The Kirin 650, developed by Honor themselves, is based on a 16nm process. What that means for your daily usage is: less heating, faster speeds and no lag whatsoever. Chips made by the competition are based on the older, now-outdated 28nm process, which is why they’ve had issues with heating and lag. But the even more miniaturised Kirin 650 uses the latest 16nm processor technology to give you 8 power-packed cores that run cooler and faster. So you can expect four ‘big’ cores running at 2.0Ghz, with four more cores at 1.7Ghz.
The Kirin 650 also supports eMMC 5.1, which should mean faster storage and snappier performance. Gamers, you’ll have much to smile about as well - the Kirin 650 uses the Mali-T830 GPU, which offers a 100% performance boost over previous versions of the Kirin.
Can’t wait to see what Honor’s boffins are cooking up next? Neither can we!