Specs summary


The Huawei Honor 5X's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 30.8 days standby time, 1560 minutes (2G), 1780 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Honor 5X provides excellent performance in a stylish package, making it the budget phone to beat.

- Cherlynn Low , Tom's Guide 

The Honor 5X is a straightforward mid-range smartphone that has the right combination of features and specs to keep you happy.

- Ali Pardiwala , NDTV 

Reviews summary

Based on 26 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Metal chassis
  • 1080p display
  • Great battery life
  • Dual SIM or dual microSD support
  • Fingerprint sensor

What's bad  

  • EMUI interface is love or hate
  • Occasional lag and performance hiccups
  • Pre-installed bloatware
  • A bit of case creaking and bending

With its latest release, the Honor 5X, Huawei is hoping to make a splash in the mid-tier market. Respectable specs, a clean metal chassis design and a price that is sure to grab your attention puts the handset in prime position to challenge the big names in the market.

But does everything translate to a good user experience? We’ve dug through the best reviews on the Internet to bring you the scoop on this device. Let’s dive in!

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While not exactly a buzz phrase any more, metal chassis add an undeniable bit of sophistication to the mobile experience. Huawei opts for a smooth, brushed metal look with just a peek of plastic at the top and bottom to avoid interfering with signals. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor on back nestled right below the camera.

Overall, though the phone is far from small, reviews noted it was comfortable to hold and felt great in the hand. TechRadar stated, “It looks like a premium, quality phone as soon as you pick it up. It feels like it has that weight you expect when you pick up a high-end phone.”

If you’re worried about durability on a budget-friendly handset, you’ll find Gorilla Glass around front and after using it for a week, The Guardian notes that it “feels like it could take a knock or two without issue.”

Heading to the front of the Honor 5x, you’re greeted with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. Reviews for the screen were largely positive. Tom’s Guide stated that the screen “proved to be a good partner for my Netflix binges and casual gaming.” Alphr chimed in, calling it “perfectly pleasant, with colours popping nicely off the screen.”

Everyone was also quick to note how bright the screen is. Android Central says, “it's bright enough to use outside even without the brightness-boosting daylight mode, and vibrant enough without looking weirdly oversaturated.”

Unfortunately, a lack of screen treatment had reviewers ranting about fingerprints and smudges. But that’s the only real downsides mentioned about the display.

Powering the phone, you’ll find an octa-core Snapdragon 616 CPU. This is where many reviews felt that the budget roots of the phone begin to show. Performance reviews were firmly average on the device. Though that might be influenced by the software--a point we’ll cover later in the summary.

Android Central noted, “It's not horribly slow, but there are noticeable moments of animation slowdown.” NDTV put it through its paces and reported, “smooth functioning through the user interface, decent performance with games and heavily encoded videos, and minimal heating issues.”

To keep apps moving along snappy and provide quick loading times, Huawei opted for 2GB of RAM. This is more than enough for most day-to-day usage and might even work for power users or gamers.

16GB of internal storage is just enough for a full set of apps and a couple games or movies. If you’re looking to add more storage space, microSD support allows for easy expansion up to an additional 128GB.

Keeping the handset chugging along is a 3000mAh battery with 2 amp charging. While it doesn’t support rapid or wireless charging like many flagships, reviews noted that battery life was great for all-day use. Charges in most reviews completed in a couple hours, so it should be easy to top off your charge throughout the day if needed.

Android Central pushed their 5X to the limits and found a single charge “easily good for an entire day of heavy use, with up to 5 hours of screen-on time depending on what you're doing.”

Hoping to snap a few pictures with your phone? The 13MP rear camera with flash and 5MP front-facing camera with beauty modes for selfies both received decent reviews. Low-light images and HDR features all received high marks.

Gotta Be Mobile was the most critical, stating, “Compared to most in this price range, it again exceeded expectations, but not by much. Colors were decent, auto-focus and the actual shutter speed were slower than we’d like, but it gets the job done.”

Next the camera, you’ll find a fingerprint scanner. Reviews of the scanner are positive. With most noting quick response times, comfortable placement and high accuracy. Gotta Be Mobile compares it to some of the best scanners available, declaring, “Some are amazingly fast like the Nexus 6p or Galaxy Note 5, while others could use some work like the LG V10. Huawei sits somewhere right in the middle, if not near the top.”

If there was one item that stood out in all reviews against the handset, it would be the software Huawei chose for the interface. They’re EMUI 3 launcher running Android 5.1 received little love from reviewers.

Using an iOS-like approach, the EMUI interface ditches the app drawer in favor of placing all of your shortcuts on the home screen. Add in some cartoonish design choices and a bit of lag and you have what The Guardian refers to as “a mixed bag.”

Fortunately, if EMUI 3 isn’t to your liking, fixing that is as simple as loading up your favorite launcher on Google Play.

In all, the handset received great reviews. By combining an excellent price with solid specs and performance, Huawei might make a dent in the market with this one.

Tom’s Guide summed up the feeling of other reviews well, saying, “Among [similarly priced] phones, though, the Honor 5X provides excellent performance in a stylish package, making it the budget phone to beat.”

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


Acceptable but not exciting

from finder.com.au
The GR5 2017 is a good example of the kind of phone we're seeing with regularity in the mid-range space. It's not especially a bargain at its price point, but it's equally not overpriced for what's on offer. Huawei is bringing out a lot of phones when you look at its output over the last six months, and while the GR5 2017 isn't a hero, it's a solid enough workhorse... Full review

The price is righteous

from Wired
THE HONOR 5X isn’t a phone you will fall instantly in love with. But a combination of mid-range looks and solid performance ultimately make this budget phone hard to resist. Additions like an aluminum body, a super-smart fingerprint sensor, and a solid camera distinguish this $200 phone from the rest of the low-cost options. And for those who can’t or don’t want to spend more than $300 on a phone, it’s a great choice... Full review
Mobile Syrup

Pretty, but not so nice on the inside

from Mobile Syrup
The Huawei GR5 is a classic case of a pretty exterior that is a heavy mixed bag on the inside. The EMUI overlay strips too much out of Android, leading me to ponder what this phone might have been like if Huawei had opted to make the experience a little more stock... Full review
GSM Dome

Midrange phone disguised as premium material

from GSM Dome
We get a midranger disguised as a premium phone, that does a series of things in excellent fashion: selfies, display quality and battery life. It’s meant as a smartphone for the young and teens, but too bad for the acoustics and video capture, that would made it fit for media consumption and concert taping... Full review
Absolute Geeks

Does a great job on delivering in nearly every area of importance

from Absolute Geeks
The Honor 5x does a great job on delivering in nearly every area of importance and while it may not stun when it comes to performance and software it isn’t something grossly underwhelming considering the superb price of AED 900. It’s design and battery life are particularly amazing, and are more alike to flagship phones and phablets respectively. However its performance does remind us that this is, in the end, a budget phone... Full review

A premium phablet that's unbelievably cheap

from TechRadar
All the normal problems of Huawei are present in this Honor phone, but there's a lot to love and for the price it's quite astonishing what the company has managed to achieve... Full review
G Style Magazine

Hitting the mid range sweet spot

from G Style Magazine
Even with the absent of 5GHZ WiFi, painful battery charging and iPhone familiar software, the Honor 5X by Huawei is a well-built piece of machinery at $199.99. It has a nice metallic feel to it, and holds decent specs with nice processing power to handle everyday tasks and occasionally play some mobile gaming. It’s fingerprint scanner is top-notch and some of the best out there even from some of the premier models... Full review

High-performance device wrapped up in a classy casing

from Notebookcheck
Honor's 5X is a bargain with some shortcomings that need to be accepted: poor call quality, middling speaker, and unstable GPS reception. However, the attractive casing and bright screen compensate for that... Full review

Great value and capable smartphone

from Coolsmartphone
The full metal body, excellent screen and good battery life are all things you would expect from competing flagships. I would say the only weak point of the device is the overall camera performance, but it is still on a par with competitors in the same price range... Full review

Affordable and fashionable

from Pocketnow
To answer the question posed at the top of this review, this phone does raise the bar on the build quality we should expect from manufacturers. Huawei is bringing something unique to the budget crowd. For the savvier folks in our audience, a few software tweaks can really polish up the experience. However the Honor wouldn’t be our first pick for general smartphone shoppers... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date January 31, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/850 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.69 W/kg
Body: 1.29 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 556 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 600 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1560 minutes (2G)
1780 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 30.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gold, Gray, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm
(5.9 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 158 grams
(5.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Slow motion recording, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei GR5

Additional Sensors
- Fingerprint Scanner
Related Links Quick Start Guide (PDF)
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