Huawei’s Honor brand announced the Honor 5X back at CES 2016 last month. It’s been available here in the US for a few days now, selling at $199. For that price, it’s a pretty decent smartphone, when you think about it. Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display, powered by the Snapdragon 615 processor and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Something you don’t typically see on smartphones in that price range. However, it is running Android 5.1 along with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of that. Which is a UI that not everyone is a fan of, but it does add some pretty nice features on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. The company has said that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be available in the near future for the Honor 5X, but no timeframe was given (probably a good idea, we’ve seen updates delayed many times before).
On Thursday, Honor is holding their Honor 5X launch event in Munich, Germany, where they announced that the Honor 5X will be available starting today for £189.99. It’ll be available through Amazon as well as Huawei’s Vmall in Europe. Honor will be offering up the Honor 5X in gold, silver and gray. It’s an all-metal smartphone, making it a pretty decently built smartphone from Honor. So far, all of the reviews of the Honor 5X have been pretty positive, but it is still a mid-range smartphone and not a high-end model. Honor also announced that the Honor 7 Premium will be coming to Europe soon. Not date was given however.
Honor is part of Huawei. The Chinese manufacturer is using Honor as their online sales brand. This means that Honor devices will only be sold through online retailers and not through carriers. The devices are still made by Huawei, in China, but Huawei’s devices like the Mate 8 and Nexus 6P are sold in physical stores as well as online. It’s a bit of a weird distinction, but they are both the same company. The Honor line has done very well for Huawei in recent years, especially in markets outside of Asia, primarily Europe. The Honor 5X is the first device that is available almost everywhere.Honor 5X