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Honor brings duo of affordable devices to the U.S.

by Brandon Russell | January 5, 2016January 5, 2016 9:15 pm PDT

Huawei introduced a few new devices coming to the U.S. later this quarter on Tuesday, but those aren’t the only gadgets we’ll see in the coming weeks. Coming out of the company’s Honor brand, we’re also getting a fresh mid-range phone, along with a new activity tracker that’s just $79 at launch.

The Honor brand isn’t as well known over here in the states, but Huawei is looking to change that with its Honor 5X, which was recently announced in China. The U.S. will actually be the first overseas region to get the device, so feel special. And at $199, the phone is primed to turn a few heads.

Available through Amazon and Honor’s website at the end of January, the Honor 5X will sport the specs you’d expect from a phone that’s just $199: 5.5-inch Full HD screen, Snapdragon 615 chip, 16GB of expandable storage, 2GB of RAM, 3000mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, all-metal design and a 13-megapixel camera.

But here’s the kicker: Honor is promoting regular software updates, hopefully keeping the device as up-to-date as possible. The 5X will ship with Android 5.1, but Honor is promising an update to Android Marshmallow soon, along with other updates throughout the year.

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As for the activity tracker, Honor Band Z1, the device sports a 1.06-inch circular OLED display with capacitive touchscreen, and will perform the actions you’d expect from an activity tracker: step tracking and sleep tracking. It’s basic, but that’s the point; it’s also why the Z1 is just $79.

Honor says the Z1’s 70mAh battery will last up to 3 days with normal usage, which means you can take this thing hiking for the weekend and not worry about running out of juice; and it’s IP68 certified, so it should be resistant to the elements. The Z1 will support both iOS and Android, and be available later this month through Honor’s website in black, white and gold.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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