Honor 5X: Best Budget Smartphone


Long gone are the days that you get a decent deal on a smartphone without paying $600 – $800, or having to lease it on your bill. The Huawei Honor 5x is a fabulous solution to your worries. As it is my second Huawei review, I saw quite a few similarities to the Mate 8 and got quite a bit of use out of it. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced smartphone without losing capability, then this is for you.
Video review
Honor 5x has a beautiful 5.5 inch display, yet has a nice slim, flat form factor. The back is made of slightly curved brushed metal, making it quite easy to hold and handle. The curved design also makes it quite comfortable using the fingerprint sensor beneath the camera. The setup for the fingerprint password was very fast, and unlocks quickly with one touch. Although I reviewed the white version, it is available in black and gold, which I bet is striking and must be doing great. For those needing memory, the 16gb internal storage is expandable up to 128GB, with a memory card pop out along side the SIM card slot. It is running on GSP/HSPA/LTE and is available unlocked. For operating system it is on Android Lollipop but will update to Marshmallow. It took a bit getting used to the bottoms and soft keys being reversed, compared to a few other user interfaces, but that’s no big deal. I did come across one review mentioning performance issues, but I’ve seen none so far. Video and camera quality were quite good, capturing crisp HD video of a wonderful concert I attended. At the price of $199.99, this is a great find!
Android lollipop
5.5 inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
3000 mAh battery
Qualcomm quad core processor
Sensors: fingerprint,  accelerometer, proximity, compass
Memory: 16gb internal, expandable up to 128gb
13 MP and 5 MP cameras
Autofocus, LED flash. Geo-tagging, touch focus, detection, panorama, HDR
Video    1080p@30fps
Colors white, black, and gold