Huawei has been on a roll lately releasing phones in the US. First the Nexus 6P, then it’s GX8, and now the Honor 5X. Don’t get this confused with the LG 5X however the two have almost nothing in common. Honor is a sub brand from Huawei and it offers the best bang for your buck.
For $199 you get quite a lot of phone. First it’s an all aluminum body with a 5.5 inch 1080P screen. The build quality looks fantastic. Huawei really excels at building premium hardware. Then packed inside it’s not quite as pretty as the exterior. It’s running a midrange Snapdragon 615 CPU along with 2GB of ram and 16GB of storage. Good news is, you can expand the storage up to 128GB with a microSD card though.
Huawei is always great about battery life. There is a 3000mAh battery in there though which should keep you running for quite some time. The Honor 5X also features a 13MP camera on the back with an f/2.0 aperture. As well as a 5MP f/2.4 front facing shooter.
However it’s not launching with Marshmallow. Something else Huawei is getting known for is launching without the latest Android. Instead you’ll be on Lollipop 5.1 with their EMUI 3.1 skin.
While all of that might not sound too exciting. You will get fantastic build quality and a fingerprint scanner. All of that for $199 isn’t too bad at all, and it makes you wonder. Why would you want to buy the GX8 for $350?
The Honor 5X comes in Sunset Gold, Daybreak Silver, and Dark Grey. It will launch on January 31st and be available at Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and HiHonor.com/us for $199.99. The preorder is already live on Amazon.