Premium on a budget.
Initially announced earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, the Honor 5X may look like one of those premium-priced devices but many were surprised at its $199 (899 AED) price. It’s definitely a beautiful looking smartphone – but is the performance make it worth having? Let’s have a look.
You’ll definitely feel that this isn’t just any other smartphone when you hold the Honor 5X in your hands. The solid build quality, including the polished sides give it a more premium look.
Buttons are minimal, and you’ll only find the power switch and volume rockers on the right side along with a headphone jack at the top and a microUSB port at the bottom. Below the camera lens at the back is where you will find the fingerprint sensor. A micro SD card slot is located on the left side just beside the SIM card slot, which supports two SIM cards.
Inside, the Honor 5X is powered by a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor with 2 GB of RAM. Internal storage is capped at 16 GB, but you in pop in a micro SD and add up to 128 GB of extra storage on the device.
The Honor 5X comes with a 5.5-inch display with a full HD screen resolution similar to the one found on the iPhone 6S Plus. The screen is great, showcasing vibrant colors that wouldn’t normally see in a smartphone of this price.
The device runs on EMUI 3.1, which in turn is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It’s a heavily customized interface, but despite that the Honor 5X still manages to run albeit with some occasional lag. Huawei has also preinstalled a couple of extra apps on the device that you may or may not be able to remove.
Performance-wise, the Honor 5X does a decent job with everyday usage and the brushed metal exterior is a joy to hold and is better compared to glass-encased smartphones that usually are fingerprint magnets.
Call quality is great and despite the speakers supporting only mono audio, its within acceptable quality. The Honor 5X did not have any problems running intensive tasks like 3D-heavy games. The fingerprint scanner is also accurate, and also support gestures that you can assign to help navigate the smartphone faster.
The Honor 5X supports a 13-megapixel camera that bears similar software features as previous Honor smartphones. Images are strictly okay but somehow suffer especially in low light, where noise is easily visible. That being said, for a smartphone of this price you can’t really complain much about the camera.
The Honor 5X includes a 3000 mAh battery that managed to last for an entire day of regular usage compared to other pricier smartphones that barely even last half a day.
Overall, the Honor 5X combines a premium design and decent performance all in a very attractive price point. The camera may be average, but considering this is a definite bargain it still gets high praises.