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

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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.

Affordable, metal and with a fingerprint scanner

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
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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posted on 27 Oct 2015, 09:48

1. Ghost04 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 May 2014)

A good successor of 4X .
4X was = Huawei G7 .
5X is = Huawei G8 .

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 09:50

2. stijnvbrummelen (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)

No the 4x is not the G7. The G7 is completely different. The 5X has a lot in commen with the g8 though.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 09:57

4. carlemillward (unregistered)

He probably means the Honor's X series are very, very similar to that of the G series.

posted on 28 Oct 2015, 10:46

15. Ghost04 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 May 2014)

What I mean is the spec .
G7 had the same spec as Honor 4X
And now G8 has the same as Honoe 5X
The Honor serises is actually an budget alternative to The G-series .

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 09:55 2

3. Achillias (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Sep 2015)

I don't like on-screen buttons (waste of screen estate) and never will.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 12:18

11. NFSHesham (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)

This s a 5.5 inch device
Even with the on screen buttons you would still have alot of screen estate to spare

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 09:58

5. carlemillward (unregistered)

I wonder why Huawei does not make their home screen look like the Huawei Union.


It looks much more refined and less iOS-like.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 11:18

9. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Because they want it to look like IOS, just a grid of icons and folders.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 12:17

10. carlemillward (unregistered)

But why make it compulsory, they can have a toggle depending on which you prefer. Beats downloading Google Now Launcher or Nova Launcher.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 09:59

6. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

Huaweis version of the nexus 5x

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 10:11

7. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)

Does anyone outside china actually buy chinese phone? Im sick of seeing oPpo vivo meizu xiomi huawei htc Gionee you name it

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 16:27

13. fyah_king (Posts: 1081; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

Yes, Huawei Nexus 6p is selling like hot cakes.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 23:33

14. Tziggy14 (Posts: 539; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

Huawei is already top 3 smartphone manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa. And gaining ground in places like australia and new zealand.

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 10:46

8. plasteek (Posts: 141; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)

That Honor 7X !

posted on 27 Oct 2015, 15:53

12. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

That price tag !

posted on 16 Nov 2015, 09:43

16. rajivgandhi (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)

we expect very much of phonearena review for honor 5x.
any body do review quickly

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