Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Huawei Honor 5X's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 30.8 days standby time, 1560 minutes (2G), 1780 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Honor 5X provides excellent performance in a stylish package, making it the budget phone to beat.

- Cherlynn Low , Tom's Guide 

The Honor 5X is a straightforward mid-range smartphone that has the right combination of features and specs to keep you happy.

- Ali Pardiwala , NDTV 

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 25 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Metal chassis
  • 1080p display
  • Great battery life
  • Dual SIM or dual microSD support
  • Fingerprint sensor

What's bad  

  • EMUI interface is love or hate
  • Occasional lag and performance hiccups
  • Pre-installed bloatware
  • A bit of case creaking and bending

With its latest release, the Honor 5X, Huawei is hoping to make a splash in the mid-tier market. Respectable specs, a clean metal chassis design and a price that is sure to grab your attention puts the handset in prime position to challenge the big names in the market.

But does everything translate to a good user experience? We’ve dug through the best reviews on the Internet to bring you the scoop on this device. Let’s dive in!

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While not exactly a buzz phrase any more, metal chassis add an undeniable bit of sophistication to the mobile experience. Huawei opts for a smooth, brushed metal look with just a peek of plastic at the top and bottom to avoid interfering with signals. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor on back nestled right below the camera.

Overall, though the phone is far from small, reviews noted it was comfortable to hold and felt great in the hand. TechRadar stated, “It looks like a premium, quality phone as soon as you pick it up. It feels like it has that weight you expect when you pick up a high-end phone.”

If you’re worried about durability on a budget-friendly handset, you’ll find Gorilla Glass around front and after using it for a week, The Guardian notes that it “feels like it could take a knock or two without issue.”

Heading to the front of the Honor 5x, you’re greeted with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. Reviews for the screen were largely positive. Tom’s Guide stated that the screen “proved to be a good partner for my Netflix binges and casual gaming.” Alphr chimed in, calling it “perfectly pleasant, with colours popping nicely off the screen.”

Everyone was also quick to note how bright the screen is. Android Central says, “it's bright enough to use outside even without the brightness-boosting daylight mode, and vibrant enough without looking weirdly oversaturated.”

Unfortunately, a lack of screen treatment had reviewers ranting about fingerprints and smudges. But that’s the only real downsides mentioned about the display.

Powering the phone, you’ll find an octa-core Snapdragon 616 CPU. This is where many reviews felt that the budget roots of the phone begin to show. Performance reviews were firmly average on the device. Though that might be influenced by the software--a point we’ll cover later in the summary.

Android Central noted, “It's not horribly slow, but there are noticeable moments of animation slowdown.” NDTV put it through its paces and reported, “smooth functioning through the user interface, decent performance with games and heavily encoded videos, and minimal heating issues.”

To keep apps moving along snappy and provide quick loading times, Huawei opted for 2GB of RAM. This is more than enough for most day-to-day usage and might even work for power users or gamers.

16GB of internal storage is just enough for a full set of apps and a couple games or movies. If you’re looking to add more storage space, microSD support allows for easy expansion up to an additional 128GB.

Keeping the handset chugging along is a 3000mAh battery with 2 amp charging. While it doesn’t support rapid or wireless charging like many flagships, reviews noted that battery life was great for all-day use. Charges in most reviews completed in a couple hours, so it should be easy to top off your charge throughout the day if needed.

Android Central pushed their 5X to the limits and found a single charge “easily good for an entire day of heavy use, with up to 5 hours of screen-on time depending on what you're doing.”

Hoping to snap a few pictures with your phone? The 13MP rear camera with flash and 5MP front-facing camera with beauty modes for selfies both received decent reviews. Low-light images and HDR features all received high marks.

Gotta Be Mobile was the most critical, stating, “Compared to most in this price range, it again exceeded expectations, but not by much. Colors were decent, auto-focus and the actual shutter speed were slower than we’d like, but it gets the job done.”

Next the camera, you’ll find a fingerprint scanner. Reviews of the scanner are positive. With most noting quick response times, comfortable placement and high accuracy. Gotta Be Mobile compares it to some of the best scanners available, declaring, “Some are amazingly fast like the Nexus 6p or Galaxy Note 5, while others could use some work like the LG V10. Huawei sits somewhere right in the middle, if not near the top.”

If there was one item that stood out in all reviews against the handset, it would be the software Huawei chose for the interface. They’re EMUI 3 launcher running Android 5.1 received little love from reviewers.

Using an iOS-like approach, the EMUI interface ditches the app drawer in favor of placing all of your shortcuts on the home screen. Add in some cartoonish design choices and a bit of lag and you have what The Guardian refers to as “a mixed bag.”

Fortunately, if EMUI 3 isn’t to your liking, fixing that is as simple as loading up your favorite launcher on Google Play.

In all, the handset received great reviews. By combining an excellent price with solid specs and performance, Huawei might make a dent in the market with this one.

Tom’s Guide summed up the feeling of other reviews well, saying, “Among [similarly priced] phones, though, the Honor 5X provides excellent performance in a stylish package, making it the budget phone to beat.”


Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


The price is righteous

from Wired
THE HONOR 5X isn’t a phone you will fall instantly in love with. But a combination of mid-range looks and solid performance ultimately make this budget phone hard to resist. Additions like an aluminum body, a super-smart fingerprint sensor, and a solid camera distinguish this $200 phone from the rest of the low-cost options. And for those who can’t or don’t want to spend more than $300 on a phone, it’s a great choice... Full review

Pretty, but not so nice on the inside

from Mobile Syrup
The Huawei GR5 is a classic case of a pretty exterior that is a heavy mixed bag on the inside. The EMUI overlay strips too much out of Android, leading me to ponder what this phone might have been like if Huawei had opted to make the experience a little more stock... Full review

Midrange phone disguised as premium material

from GSM Dome
We get a midranger disguised as a premium phone, that does a series of things in excellent fashion: selfies, display quality and battery life. It’s meant as a smartphone for the young and teens, but too bad for the acoustics and video capture, that would made it fit for media consumption and concert taping... Full review

Does a great job on delivering in nearly every area of importance

from Absolute Geeks
The Honor 5x does a great job on delivering in nearly every area of importance and while it may not stun when it comes to performance and software it isn’t something grossly underwhelming considering the superb price of AED 900. It’s design and battery life are particularly amazing, and are more alike to flagship phones and phablets respectively. However its performance does remind us that this is, in the end, a budget phone... Full review

A premium phablet that's unbelievably cheap

from TechRadar
All the normal problems of Huawei are present in this Honor phone, but there's a lot to love and for the price it's quite astonishing what the company has managed to achieve... Full review

Hitting the mid range sweet spot

from G Style Magazine
Even with the absent of 5GHZ WiFi, painful battery charging and iPhone familiar software, the Honor 5X by Huawei is a well-built piece of machinery at $199.99. It has a nice metallic feel to it, and holds decent specs with nice processing power to handle everyday tasks and occasionally play some mobile gaming. It’s fingerprint scanner is top-notch and some of the best out there even from some of the premier models... Full review

High-performance device wrapped up in a classy casing

from Notebookcheck
Honor's 5X is a bargain with some shortcomings that need to be accepted: poor call quality, middling speaker, and unstable GPS reception. However, the attractive casing and bright screen compensate for that... Full review

Great value and capable smartphone

from Coolsmartphone
The full metal body, excellent screen and good battery life are all things you would expect from competing flagships. I would say the only weak point of the device is the overall camera performance, but it is still on a par with competitors in the same price range... Full review

Affordable and fashionable

from Pocketnow
To answer the question posed at the top of this review, this phone does raise the bar on the build quality we should expect from manufacturers. Huawei is bringing something unique to the budget crowd. For the savvier folks in our audience, a few software tweaks can really polish up the experience. However the Honor wouldn’t be our first pick for general smartphone shoppers... Full review

Great specs, even better price

from Fone Arena
It's just the slightly disappointing software that lets it down but not enough to be a hindrance. The Honor 5X is a reliable smartphone that does not get in your way... Full review

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