Huawei has made this clear at the onset of 2016 that it plans to release its smartphones to the US market via its “Honor” sub-brand. Now it’s finally here – the Honor 5X is now available for purchase from various online retailers. Huawei is positioning this as probably the best bang-for-your-buck dual SIM budget smartphone on the market today.
What are you getting with the Honor 5X? There’s a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen front and center at FullHD (1080p) resolution. That will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor [Ed. Corrected now.], supported 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The storage is expandable to 128GB via microSD. With the whole package you get a 13MP main shooter and a 3,000mAh battery, and everything runs under the Android 5.1-based EMUI interface.
More than the raw specs, it’s quite amazing to get a premium design, premium feel phone for the low price of USD$199. The phone has a metallic chassis and has a fingerprint sensor at the back. This midrange smartphone will also give you 4G LTE connectivity on both SIM cards, although dual sims are really not the norm in the US.
As of now, it looks like all of the Honor 5X’s color variants will be available, that is Dark Grey, Daybreak Silver and Sunset Gold. The phone is already are available from Amazon, Newegg and from Honor’s website. And if you choose to buy from Newegg, that particular online retailer with throw in a free 32GB microSD card for a limited time.
[CORRECTION] The article has been corrected where it once said that the device was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, it now correctly says that it is indeed powered by a Snapdragon 616 processor. The difference is that the SD616 offers faster core speeds than the SD615.