Honor 5Xby Huawei

  • Honor 5X
  • Honor 5X
  • Honor 5X
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VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • A $200 smartphone? Go on, I'm listening.
  • With a metal housing providing a premium look and feel, the Honor 5X doesn't look like an entry-level smartphone.
  • The fingerprint sensor on the back of the device is fast and reliable.

CONS

  • IOS converts may appreciate the iPhone-like interface on an Android device, but for the most part, it falls flat.
  • The camera struggles with color replication and overall quality.
  • The Honor 5X is plagued by performance issues, likely caused by the EMUI skin, processor, and 2GB of memory.
Huawei's Honor 5X is one the most affordable unlocked smartphones you'll find with a metal housing and fingerprint reader. A 5.5-inch display is powered by 2GB of memory, a Snapdragon 615 processor, and 16GB of storage. A microSD slot is present, with support for 128GB cards. The back of the device is where you'll find the fingerprint sensor and a 13-megapixel camera sensor. The Honor 5X runs Android 5.1 with Huawei's customized Android skin EMUI 3.1
NameHonor 5XMoto E (2015)OnePlus XOnetouch Idol 3Desire 510
ManufacturerHuaweiMotorolaOnePlusAlcatelHTC
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List Price$199$99$250$250$100
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The honor 5X brings a beautiful metal build, a big 5.5-inch screen, and a fingerprint scanner, all for under $200 - features unheard of for …

The honor 5X brings a beautiful metal build, a big 5.5-inch screen, and a fingerprint scanner, all for under $200 - features unheard of for such a low price point. Even with questionable software, a mediocre camera and sluggish performance, this affordable phone is still worth picking up.

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Software is where the 5X falters a little, which can be laggy and doesn’t conform to the standard Android experience, mimicking that of an i…

Software is where the 5X falters a little, which can be laggy and doesn’t conform to the standard Android experience, mimicking that of an iPhone.

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80%

As we said earlier: you win some, lose some. And here hardware is 50/50. It's the software that's a letdown, with EMUI feeling as though it'…

As we said earlier: you win some, lose some. And here hardware is 50/50. It's the software that's a letdown, with EMUI feeling as though it's weighing down the Android experience in this guise.

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70%

Sure, it is not a perfect phone and comes with its flaws such as slow user interface in certain use case scenarios, poor low light photograp…

Sure, it is not a perfect phone and comes with its flaws such as slow user interface in certain use case scenarios, poor low light photography being things that stand out. But the phone also offers goodies in terms of a decent battery life, thoughtful proprietary apps, good call quality, lovely build and so on.

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The Huawei Honor 5X is the best looking affordable unlocked phone you can buy, but it's held back by an obtrusive UI and some performance is…

The Huawei Honor 5X is the best looking affordable unlocked phone you can buy, but it's held back by an obtrusive UI and some performance issues.

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Indeed, all is not 100% perfect with it, evident by its lackluster call performance, painfully long battery recharge time, and weak video re…

Indeed, all is not 100% perfect with it, evident by its lackluster call performance, painfully long battery recharge time, and weak video recording quality, but for the cost and all, some folks might be willing to justify the tradeoffs.

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The Honor 5X is an attractive smartphone with sturdy performance for its price range, a hearty battery life and agreeable camera performance…

The Honor 5X is an attractive smartphone with sturdy performance for its price range, a hearty battery life and agreeable camera performance. Specs-wise, there’s little to set it apart from its competitors, but when you consider it’s price, it has a clear advantage.

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For now, you’re much better off with more lightweight and Android-like software from last year’s Moto G, which we still consider the very be…

For now, you’re much better off with more lightweight and Android-like software from last year’s Moto G, which we still consider the very best for the very least.

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Here's where the 5X tripped up most. Camera specs sound good on paper and on the whole images look colorful and bright, though not as sharp …

Here's where the 5X tripped up most. Camera specs sound good on paper and on the whole images look colorful and bright, though not as sharp or detailed as other phones'.

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The hardware is so-so: a mid-range processor, no 5GHz Wi-Fi, fit and finish that's just okay.

The hardware is so-so: a mid-range processor, no 5GHz Wi-Fi, fit and finish that's just okay.

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So let's get down to it: should you buy the Honor 5X? Depending on your priorities you may come to a different conclusion, but I just can't …

So let's get down to it: should you buy the Honor 5X? Depending on your priorities you may come to a different conclusion, but I just can't recommend this phone over the competition out there.

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The Honor 5X could be the best phone you could get for $200. At least in the US, as there aren't as many offerings in the mid-range 5.5-inch…

The Honor 5X could be the best phone you could get for $200. At least in the US, as there aren't as many offerings in the mid-range 5.5-inch space.

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