Hands-on with the honor 5X [VIDEO]


The honor 5X has finally been unveiled in all its glory. We were at the CES 2016 event tonight, and now our grubby little hands have been all over the brand new phone. It’s yet another device that falls in the category of “premium mid-range.” You get some high-end features thrown in with a bunch of otherwise mid-range specs. Let’s check it out.


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The design of the honor 5X is where the premium comes to play. It has a high-quality metal construction that mimics the look you’d find in high-end phones. The smooth and curved sides feel nice in the hand.

We love to see manufacturers take the time to create well-designed affordable devices. The days of settling for cheap, plastic phones are gone. The honor 5X looks great, and that can make a big difference in the overall experience. We came away very impressed with the design and build quality of this phone.


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Something you won’t find on many affordable devices is a fingerprint sensor. The honor 5X’s second-generation fingerprint sensor offers greater accuracy and a fast 0.5-second unlocking time. The sensor also gets smarter over time, learning and recongnizing your finger even more accurately as time passes.

The fingerprint sensor does more than just scan your fingerprint. It also offers one-touch functions, allowing  to you to capture images and make calls. After assigning fingerprints to actions, you can launch apps, view contact profiles and open camera functions from the lock screen.


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Another high-end feature of the honor 5X is the 5.5-inch 1080p display. There are certainly phones with higher resolution displays out there, but 1080p is still perfectly fine for an affordable device. 5.5-inches is a nice size. It’s big enough to be considered a phablet, but not so big that the device is hard to hold in one hand.


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The 5X is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera. It’s coupled with a SmartImage 3.0 image processor, wide F2.0 aperture, 28 mm wide-angle lens with five elements, blue glass infrared filter, and flash. The rear camera is capable of 1080p video recording, On the front is a 5MP camera with F2.4 aperture, 22 mm wide angle lens with four elements blue glass infrared filter.

It’s hard to get a feel for camera quality at an event. The lighting is crappy, and the presentation always talks a big talk. On paper the camera seems great for such an affordable device. We’ll wait and see how it fares in the real word.


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The honor 5X has a reasonably sized 3,000 mAh battery for getting through more than a day of typical use. Depending on your network, you can get up to 740 hours of standby time and 26 hours of talk time. The real test of the battery will come in real world use.

The battery of the honor 5X stacks up nicely against the competition. The Nexus 5X has a 2700 mAh battery. Asus Zenfone 2 has an equal 3000 mAh battery. Huawei’s newest flagship phone, however, has a massive 4,000 mAh battery.


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The honor 5X is running version 3.1 of Huawei’s EMUI skin. It’s not the latest version of EMUI, but the honor 5X isn’t running the latest version of Android either. EMUI has a distinctive “fruity” feel to it. Things like the folders, power button menu, and a swipe-up menu on the lock screen, look nearly identical to iOS.

If you can get past the Apple-like design, EMUI is visually very nice. The major problems come with the performance of the processor. With a processor like the Snapdragon 615, it’s very important for the software to be optimized. The honor 5X lags in places because of the EMUI,


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We saved the best for last. The honor 5X is a very affordable device, but just how affordable is it? You’ll be able to get the honor 5X for just $199. There aren’t a lot of great Android phones for under $200. The honor 5X is a great deal and a great phone. What do you think of this device? Will you be picking one up?

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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