Huawei's latest attempt to break into the US market comes by way of the Honor smartphone brand, specifically the Honor 5X. David thought it was pretty good for $200, and now you're mere days away from coming to your own conclusion. The Honor 5X goes on sale January 31st (Sunday) for $200.

The Honor 5X will be available first on Amazon and Newegg. Huawei would previously only say that the 5X was due to launch at the end of the month, and they're technically living up to that promise... just barely. The metal body of the Honor 5X packs a Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a solid 13MP camera, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.

The software situation is not awesome with Android 5.1 and the EMUI skin. A Marshmallow update is supposed to arrive later. Maybe that will improve things, but even now you'll still be hard-pressed to find a better deal on a phone for $200. Newegg is also offering a free 32GB microSD card when you buy an Honor 5X.

Press Release

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- honor 5X, the all-essentials-packed smartphone that made a splash at International CES 2016 this month, will be available for purchase in the United States starting January 31. The device, which comes in gold, silver and grey, will retail for US$199.99 and can be purchased online at www.hihonor.com/us, Amazon.com and Newegg.com.

Sleek and shapely, the device was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. It also earned seven International CES 2016 awards, and has been the subject of widespread praise in the media.

Aside from being the primary sales channel for the device, www.hihonor.com/us also features promotions and giveaways, serves as a community platform and offers free software updates for honor devices – a three-pronged approach that underscores the brand's commitment to its users.

Up to 20 honor fans that visit the community of www.hihonor.com/us between January 29 and February 21 will be offered a chance to test and submit a written review of the 5X. Prizes, ranging from honor 5X handsets to Amazon gift cards, will be given to the participants whose reviews receive the most views, subject to terms and conditions.

Device highlights:

  • Diamond-polished aluminum alloy casing
  • Second-generation fingerprint sensor with fast 0.5-second unlocking time
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x1080 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615, Octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard memory
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Nano SIM, Micro SIM, and microSD trays
  • Google Android 5.1 (Lollipop)

About honor
honor is a leading mobile device e-brand under Huawei. In line with its slogan, "for the brave", the brand aims to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products offering superior user experiences, inspiring action, fostering creativity and empowering the young to achieve their dreams. honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for customers.

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