Honor 5X – Not Really Trying to Shake Things Up

The Honor 5X, at first glance, has the same visual flair as with the company’s other phones. This may or may not be a good thing. To start, it is placed in a price point that is reasonable enough but it doesn’t even show any hint of it trying to at least break out of its price class. It also features a decent array of hardware specs, which is again, okay for its price. That being said, it doesn’t really show any sign of the company to shake things up with their parent firm, Huawei. But even though there’s not much to knock your socks off from this smartphone, there are still plenty of things to like about it.

Honor 5X - Not Really Trying to Shake Things Up

The Honor 5X is Still a Pretty Decent Handset for its Price

The design of the Honor 5X is said to be inspired by the Guggenheim Museum of Spain. However, even after you spend a whole lot of time with the smartphone, it is unclear as to what kind of reference this meant. No matter what the company meant with regards to their inspiration on the handset, it still looks pretty decent for an affordable phone.

It is built from aluminum, and it even feels that it is more solidly built than many competing handsets. It comes with dimensions of 151 x 76 x 8.2-millimeters, and it weighs 158-grams. With these numbers it is reasonably comfortable to hold, even with one hand.

Looking under the hood of the 5X, it does come with pretty decent hardware to come along with solid features. It has a fingerprint scanner found on the phone’s rear, which is a nice way to differentiate itself from the competition. Fingerprint scanners are more prominently seen in higher-end phones, and it is a surprising rarity to find such a feature in a reasonably-priced handset.

Another neat trick that comes with the fingerprint scanner is that each registered finger will be able to open a specific app. You can assign different application for each finger and it can be customized at any time.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 CPU, and this newer CPU features eight cores. It is then paired with 2GB of RAM, which does make the phone’s performance relatively stutter free. Its 5.5-inch IPS display makes it easier to view at most viewing angles, and it offers 1,080 x 1,920-pixels of resolution with 401-ppi of pixel density.

Even though the Honor 5X does little to impress in terms of design, it does come feature-packed, solidly built, and has a very decent array of hardware. All of these come in a very reasonable price, much to the joy of many.


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