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Interface and Functionality

The EMUI 3.1 experience is an acquired taste, but suffices for the basic things.

Although it’s branded as honor, it’s running Huawei’s customary Emotion UI; EMUI for short. Unlike the recent Huawei Mate 8 we reviewed, the honor 5X is running the older EMUI 3.1 experience on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. That might be a drawback for some, but Huawei pledges to have updates to bring it up to EMUI 4.0, as well as Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In comparison, the experience is toned down here for the honor 5X, which is expected considering it’s not trying to be a high-end phone. However, it shares many of the features we’re familiar with, like a one-handed UI and gesture controls, but you won’t find real side-by-side multi-tasking here, nor any of those knuckle gesture features.

The experience manages to suffice for what it’s worth, but it’s still an acquired taste.

System Performance

The Snapdragon 615 is starting to show its age.

Under the hood, the honor 5X receives its muscle power from an octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, which is coupled with 2GB of RAM. This chipset powers other devices like the Motorola DROID MAXX 2, HTC Desire 820, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, and yes, even last year’s Huawei P8 Lite. Honestly, though, it would’ve been better for it to receive something newer. Sure, it handles navigation with some relative ease, but cracks under the pressure with more intensive stuff – so don’t think about gaming with this one! 

Again, we can’t complain about the phone’s value, considering that it’s attached with 16GB of internal storage and expansion via its microSD card slot.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Honor 5X 35183
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 32175
HTC Desire 820 31749
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 37548
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Honor 5X 1108
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 933
HTC Desire 820 2048
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 975
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Honor 5X 2327
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 2254
HTC Desire 820 925
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 2022
Sunspider Lower is better
Honor 5X 1171.7
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 1306.7
HTC Desire 820 1123.4
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 1472.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Honor 5X 15
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 15
HTC Desire 820 25.2
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 14
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Honor 5X 6
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 6
HTC Desire 820 11.7
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 5.5
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Honor 5X 696
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 664
HTC Desire 820 697
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 579
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Honor 5X 3028
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 2402
HTC Desire 820 2563
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 2320

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