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
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)

Related phones

  • 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



16. rajivgandhi

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

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

8. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

That Honor 7X !

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

That price tag !

7. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

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

13. fyah_king unregistered

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

14. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

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

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Huaweis version of the nexus 5x

5. carlemillward unregistered

I wonder why Huawei does not make their home screen look like the Huawei Union. http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/phones/56935-large/Huawei-Union-0.jpg It looks much more refined and less iOS-like.

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

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.

3. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

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

11. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

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

1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

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

2. stijnvbrummelen

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

http://cdn.tabletowo.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/porownanie-honor-4x-vs-huawei-g7-tabletowo-07.jpg No the 4x is not the G7. The G7 is completely different. The 5X has a lot in commen with the g8 though.

4. carlemillward unregistered

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

15. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 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 .

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