Honor 5X goes official: Huawei's sub-brand blends affordability with stylish metal design


Affordable metal phones with a fingerprint scanner are starting to be a thing: Huawei-owned Honor brand just launched the new Honor 5X, a 5.5-inch phone with killer looks and a fingerprint scanner on the back.

The Honor 5X will initially be available in China only, and while you will be able to import it via re-sellers, you will be getting the Chinese versions (with all its quirks) and you'll have to pay a slight premium on top of the official price.

What is this new Honor 5X all about? Let's take a quick look at the official specs:

Platform: Android 5.1 with EMUI
Dimensions: 151.3 x 76.3 x 7.9mm
Weight: 158g
Display: 5.5-inch with a resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
System chip: Snapdragon 615
RAM: 3GB/2GB
Cameras: 13-megapixel rear with f/2.0 lens, 5MP front
Internal storage: 16GB
Battery: 3000mAh


The Honor 5X comes with the standard for Huawei (and Honor phones) EMUI custom skin that is a traditionally a smooth-running UI with questionable visual style that you may or may not like. What's notable is that this is an affordable phone that comes with a fingerprint scanner, a novelty at such a low price, and it's a fast fingerprint scanner at that. Just tap on the area below the camera to instantly unlock the phone.

For all else, the Honor 5X is a mid-range phone as is made evident by the Snapdragon 615 system chip under the hood. It's an octa-core SoC with four Cortex A53s running at up to 1.5GHz and four more running at 1.2GHz.

It's also notable that the device curves slightly at the back for a more comfortable grip. 

Price and release date


The Huawei Honor 5X goes on pre-order right away today, while it will be up on sale on November 3rd in China. Do keep in mind that this is a phone that will officially be sold only in China initially, so the MSRP listed below applies only for that market, while if the phone ever arrives to Western markets it's likely to feature an inflated price due to various taxes.

  • $157 (999¥) for 2GB RAM model
  • $220 (1399¥) for 3GB RAM model
source: Honor (translated)

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5X
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Huawei Emotion UI

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