honor 5X: four reasons why it's a great deal

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"Strength and honor."

In case you don't remember, this was Russel Crowe's oft-repeated 'goodbye' phrase in Gladiator (2000), the five-time Oscar winning action drama that made us all fall in love with gladiators and ancient Roman traditions. Well, it's 2016 now, and there are no gladiators or Romans roaming the streets, though the "Strength and honor" motto still applies to... To almost everything, actually.

It might seem a bit disconnected, but this phrase could very well be used by mobile device e-brand honor to describe its honor 5X. The device packs a mean punch and bears the "honor" name, so why not? After all, it's one of the more intriguing smartphones you can get in its price tag - as a reminder, it sells for $199.99.

Speaking of the honor 5X, here are a few reasons as to why you might want to consider it as your next phone of choice.

Appealing metal build 

What really captures one's attention from the first moment they take an honor 5X in their hands is the sleek metal build. True, no one would have batted an eye if honor had resorted to plastic as the 5X would have still been a rather enticing device, but it's commendable that aluminum was chosen instead. It doesn't only feel good in the hand when you gently grasp it, it also looks good, even from afar.

The CNC chamfered edge sets the honor 5X apart from most of its direct competitors in this price range, as it simply exudes class. Finally, the 'honor' logo at the back is etched by lasers, which is yet another reason for bragging!

Its fingerprint scanner is pretty fast

Positioned at the back of the honor 5X, its fingerprint reader is fast and accurate. The rim-free second-gen FPC sensor will unlock your honor 5X in 0.5s after a successful reading attempt was made, which is quick no matter how you look at it. Additionally, apart from sheer speed, the sensor is an adaptive one, meaning that the more you use it, the better the fingerprint will get, even after the initial setup process. This will improve the scanner's performance if you try to unlock your phone with wet hands or only partially hit the scanner with your finger.

The fingerprint scanner will not only unlock your phone, there's also a whole bunch of stuff you can do with it. You can, for example, use it as a camera shutter, or tie any of your fingers to a specific contact and call them in a jiffy. You can also swipe down on the sensor and the notification bar will automatically expand, which is undoubtedly a useful perk.  

A 3,000mAh battery

With a 3,000mAh battery at the back, the honor 5X will easily last a day of moderate usage and still be able to keep the lights on for a couple of hours the next day. A large part of this is due to SmartPower 3.0, a technology that reduces power consumption by a hefty 30%. Heavy-users will still have a full day of battery life at hand.

Affordable pricing

Let us repeat: the honor 5X can be snatched for $199.99 in the US. This price tag propels the honor 5X straight to those smartphones that offer the best bang for the buck, and rightly so. It is sold at a reasonable price with the essentials that young, stylish and adventurous consumers are looking for – high quality metal construction, next-generation fingerprint technology and 3,000mAh battery.

By the way, if you are still not inclined on shelling two hundred bucks for the phone, there is a pretty sweet deal for you.

PhoneArena is currently hosting an international giveaway together with honor, thanks to which you can end up being the lucky winner of one of three brand new honor 5X smartphones. Follow the link below for additional information as to how you can get yourself an honor 5X!

About honor

honor is a leading mobile device e-brand under Huawei. In line with its slogan, "for the brave", the brand aims to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products offering superior user experiences, inspiring action, fostering creativity and empowering the young to achieve their dreams. honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to usher in the latest technologies innovations for its customer.

Click here to visit honor's website and purchase a honor 5X.



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No Huawei is a great deal

11. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Especially when your personal data goes through China

18. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

That is the only issue i have with chinese phones.......

2. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Redmi Note 3 with snapdragon 652 is WAY BETTER Emotion UI is pure thrash

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or just get redmi 3.. it has similiar spec with honor 5x. and 20% cheaper

14. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

20% on a low end phone isnt much to me , i would still pay a little extra for a redmi note 3 20% off a brand new 6S's unlocked price ? woohoo i am excited

3. AshishN.

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

its seems to be an awful way of promoting this device

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its a good device actually, if we compare it to $200 phone from samsung, LG, oppo, or HTC.. but their way to promote it just too unatural, poor honor, lol...

12. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Emotion ui on this phone is a lag fest. The gaming performance is also sub par.

4. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

"Appeasing" metal build?? Surely you mean "appealing"!!!

5. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a similar price but much longer battery life.

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

"Appeasing metal build"?, but your review said : "Metal body feels a little cheap & prone to scratching".

8. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

For some reason i don't like Huawei. I prefer xiaomi over Huawei. Don't know why? Huawei phones look cheap for me compared apple,Samsung,sony, htc and huwaei. No idea why?

19. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I'm the opposite xiaomi looks cheaper to me than huawei or meizu.

21. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

I am opposite to you. Xiaomi looks cheap... Their Redmi Note 2. So bland.

13. SitesaD

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

this phone sucks it's much more expensive (in my country) than the redmi note 3 both mediatek and snapdragon versions has no 3 gb ram and 32 ram options plus it uses snapdragon 616 vs snapdragon 650 in the redmi note 3 and it does not support usb OTG out of the box not to mention how laggy this phone's ui is only features which are nice are the considerably fast fingerprint sensor and supporting dual sims and sd card

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Huawei seems like it came a long way...one of my first phones was almost a huawei....they were just missing that magical touch. Now they have that.

16. skyline88

Posts: 701; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

this is bulls**t. Redmi Note 3 (SD650 version) is much better and 10 bucks cheaper.

17. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

And you reviewed this phone as nothing great some days ago. lolz

20. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

And yet, this phone only got a 6.5 rating from PhoneArena. Please explain this PA, should we ignore your review of this phone completely? I've handled this phone and in my country, it's more expensive than Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 pro (which has Snapdragon 650 processor and 32GB ROM) and thus, Xiaomi offers better value in here.

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