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Honor 5X

10 / 10

Reviewed by Alastair Stevenson

11 February 2016

Honor 5X

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Key features:

  • Fingerprint scanner
  • EMUI skin
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 CPU
The Honor 5X is the latest smartphone from Huawei’s spin-off company, Honor. The handset continues Honor’s legacy of creating affordable smartphones with great hardware, but not-so-great software.

For a meagre £169 you get a solid-feeling metal smartphone packed with decent internal gubbins normally seen on phones up to £100 more expensive. Key selling points include a custom fingerprint scanner on the phone’s back, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 CPU and decent 13-megapixel rear camera.

If you can put up with the phone’s less-than-stellar EMUI skin, which reworks Android Lollipop’s user interface to the point that it’s close to unrecognisable, the Honor 5X is one of the best-value smartphones around.

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At time of review the Honor 5X was available for £169.

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