Huawei Honor 5X Review – Midrange at the Right Price

The Huawei Honor 5X promises a good phone for a good price. Does the Honor 5X exceed midrange expectations?

When receiving the Honor 5X I didn’t know much about the phone. I was intrigued by the build and feel. So what did I think of the phone after a couple of months of using it? Check out my thoughts:

 Honor 5X #Honor5X Huawei - Front - Analie Cruz

Huawei Honor 5X Specs

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Display: 5.5 inch IPS HD (1920 × 1080 resolution 401 PPI)
Cameras: 13 Megapixel rear-facing camera  /  5 megapixel  front-facing camera (with  flash)
Processor / RAM:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 616  / 2 GB RAM
Memory: 16GB   Internal Memory (with expansion slot )
Battery: 3,000 mAh non-removable battery  /
Connectivity : Bluetooth 4.1/  Wi-Fi  / Nano-SIM
OS: Android Lollipop 5.1.1
Features: fingerprint scanner / Various picture modes for effects

 

Design and Build

You will be very shocked at the design of the Honor 5X given the pricing. The brushed metal silver looks pretty cool. The borders are plastic however. The white front panel has the 5 megapixel camera, 5.5 inch screen. The right border has the volume buttons. the back houses the 13 megapixel camera and fingerprint scanner. Very simple setup. Buttons are on screen. The phone goes out of its way not to look midrange, which will catch consumers attention.

Huawei Honor 5X EMUI UI 2- Analie Cruz.  Huawei Honor 5X EMUI UI - 3 Analie Cruz.

Experience

The phone isn’t too large or hard to handle (both of my main phones are “tablets”. The plastic sides make it slippery, and the brushed metal is definitely prone to scratches. You won’t be able to use the phone one-handed, but it’s not uncomfortably big.

Huawei Honor 5X sim card micro sd slot

Display and Software

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The HD display is decent. There is no color saturation or super bright colors. The Huawei UX is a bit heavy on the processor and will sometimes cause lag. For those who buy the while or gold front-paneled Honor 5X will notice the black square around the display. It took me a while to get used to it.

The 5X runs the EMUI skin over Android. I believe that is what makes the phone laggy at times. Even though the skin seems simple

Features

Fingerprint Scanner – it’s nice to have a fingerprint scanner at this pricepoint. It isn’t the fastest fingerprint scanner out, but it’s definitley quick and responsive.

Camera

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The camera on the Honor 5X is pleasantly surprising. The rear 13mp camera takes more than decent shots. You will get good shots in natural light, and I would suggest using natural light as much as possible  It doesn’t do great in night time shots. Overall you won’t get much detail like the shooters on higher end phones, and sometimes the noise is a bit much. Check out the camera samples below:

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Battery Life

The 3,000 mah battery is great. Lasts most of the day with heavy social media use.  Definitely didn’t expect it to last so long. But with snapping a few pictures, using hangouts, and checking out social media, the battery didn’t suffer. 

Pricing and Availability

This is where the Honor 5X really shines. You get a phone with a nice display, with a good camera, that lasts for nearly the entire day, and let’s not forget the quality build for $200. The phone is unlocked and works on the AT&T and T-Mobile with great service in New York City.  You can purchase the Honor 5X on Amazon or Newegg which makes for an easy buy.

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Overall

I think the Honor 5X is a more than a decent phone for the price. But if you’re constantly multitasking through many running apps you will get annoyed at the lag and might want to shell out a bit more for a phone with more RAM. I’d recommend this phone for someone who really does the basics (texting, a few pictures here and there, and social media), but doesn’t want a flip phone. At the price you can’t go wrong. You won’t have buyers remorse.