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Huawei Honor 5X: Taking the budget phone challenge

by Brandon Russell | February 29, 2016February 29, 2016 6:00 pm PST

Last year, we saw the popularity of the mid-range market rise thanks to devices such as the Nexus 5X, OnePlus X and Moto G (2015). Not only did these phones offer a terrific experience, but they were affordable, proving you don’t need to spend your entire paycheck just to get a decent device.

That’s why we were so excited by the Huawei Honor 5X. Not only does it fall into the mid-range category, but it comes in at just $199 off-contract, which is a steal. Before we jump in, let’s take a look at the phone’s specs.

  • Processor: Snapdragon 616
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB + microSD
  • Display: 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD
  • Camera: 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear-facing; 5-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 5.1.1 with EmotionUI 3.1

All that for just $199. While the device looks great on paper, is the experience good enough to be Daily Driver material? We used the Honor 5X for a few days to find out.

From a design standpoint, the Honor 5X is gorgeous and punches well above its price tag. It sports an aluminum chassis along with a fingerprint sensor on the back, which is typically unheard of for phones in this price bracket. The back features a nice brushed finish, and there aren’t any obnoxious antenna bands. Basically, you wouldn’t guess the Honor 5X is so affordable just by looking at it.

As we all know, however, great design and decent specs don’t automatically make a device great. To that end, Ron, who used the phone as his daily driver, has more thoughts on whether the Honor 5X is worth the price, and where we’ll see the mid-range market go in 2016.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.