Huawei Honor 5X, The Sky is the Limit!

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Huawei Honor 5X

The Huawei Honor 5X is among the latest and the greatest droids released by the Chinese company and it’s aiming high, to the stars even!

And speaking about great Android running smartphones, this baby plays in a league of its own, especially considering the fact that what we’re dealing with here is a $200 phone, that comes loaded with amazing things: a huge 3000 mAh battery, a slim and fancy metal chassis, a state of the art fingerprint sensor and a huge 5.5 inches wide display.

With the  Huawei Honor 5X, the Chinese are in for the kill, locked and loaded, or at least that’s how I see it. It’s open season on big and reputable companies from a partially state-owned manufacturer from mainland China. It’s war, baby! Acthung!

The Huawei Honor 5X is also built with the American market in mind, which is also new in terms of marketing strategies, as previous smartphones were built, designed and sold especially for emerging markets, like China and South-East Asia.

Honor is basically a sub-brand of Huawei, but it’s not a stand-alone company, just a marketing gimmick of some sort. The new Huawei Honor 5X is available for purchase online on Amazon.com, Newegg.com or directly from the company’s online store.

Until now, the Chinese were focused on low to mid-ranged smartphones, which are the meat and potatoes when it comes to consumer electronics.

The Honor X series tries to raise the standard and offer more for less (dinero) and comes with a fresh design and a best bang for the buck mentality.

If I am not mistaken, the Huawei Honor 5X is specially built and designed for millennials, i.e. young adults who want to stand out from the “crowd”, but are not ready to spend big bucks for a gadget.

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The Huawei Honor 5X is available in three colors: gold, silver and gray and it’s an upgrade from the 4X in terms of screen real estate and resolution: 1080p vs 720p. There’s also more storage space, improved hardware, a better design and for the rest, hang around and see what’s up!

To start with the beginning, after unboxing the Huawei Honor 5X you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I mean, for $200 you would expect a plastic/generic looking smartphone.

With the Huawei Honor 5X, that’s not the case. The smartphone feels solid, heavy, robust and reliable at its 158 grams of weight and the chassis is made from metal (the back panel). Overall, the design is very nice and the phone inspires that premium quality feeling, despite its low price, and that’s outstanding in my book.

The screen is 5.5 inches wide and it features an interesting design feat, i.e. it comes with a thin black frame which runs all around the display, making for the bezels to look ultra-slim. Basically, this is a clever optical illusion which works like a charm in terms of aesthetics, good job Huawei.

The panel is an IPS LCD with full HD resolution and it’s absolutely brilliant for a $200 smartphone. The colors are good and vibrand and the contrast is above average in its category.

Connectivity wise, the Huawei Honor 5X features LTE band 12 ,42.2/11.5 Mbps on HSPA+ and LTE Cat4 @ 150/50 Mbps, along with dual SIM capabilities (a micro SIM and a nano SIM).

The smartphone comes with the aforementioned 3000 mAh battery which has an endurance rating of 76 hours, and that is very respectable. If you go for the Ultra Power Save mode, you’ll be able to achieve almost four days of up-time, which is pretty cool in my book for a 5.5 incher.

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The Huawei Honor 5X runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box, but don’t worry, a Marsh-mellow upgrade is right around the corner. On top of the regular OS, Huawei implemented their proprietary EM UI user interface, which comes with a plethora of features, most of them useful and the rest…well, let’s call it bloatware.

When it comes to performance, the Huawei Honor 5X boasts a Snapdragon 616 system on chip, and yes, that’s an eight core CPU system folks. Okay, it’s not high end, but with a little bit of software optimization, the smartphone will run flawlessly on everyday tasks.

Keep in mind, we’re not talking here about a power-house or a gaming platform, but a regular droid at an unbeatable price.

The camera has a 13 megapixels sensor and comes with Smartimage 3.0 for clearer images with every shot. The hardware is represented by an F2.0 aperture, a 28 mm wide angle lens with 5 elements, a LED flash and an infrared filter for better low-light shots.

The video capabilities are good to, as the smartphone records in 1080p/@30 frames per second.

Bottom line, the Huawei Honor 5X is arguably the best smartphone you can get your hand on for $200 (or less), I mean there’s almost nothing comparable when it comes to droid-land. Maybe Microsoft has something comparable, but we’re talking about different platforms. The Huawei Honor 5X would make for a great  choice as your kid’s first smartphone or a spare/secondary one if you’re into that.

 

 

 

 

 

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