Huawei has only released a few phones in the US market, and the new Mate 8 isn't among them. Instead, we'll get the mid-range Honor 5X. No, it doesn't have anything to do with the LG-build Nexus 5X. The Honor 5X has somewhat more modest specs than that other 5X, but the price is lower too at just $199.
Here's the full spec list for your purusal.
- Display: 5.5 inch IPS LCD, 1920×1080 401 PPI
- Operating System: Android 5.1 + EMUI3.1
- Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
- Memory: 16GB ROM / 2 GB RAM; Micro SD expandable up to 128GB
- Camera: 13.0 MP AF ; Front: 5.0 MP
- Battery: 3000mAh
- Dimensions: 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm; 158g
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 ; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4G ; USB 2.0 high speed GPSGPS/AGPS/Glonass
- Sensors: Accelerometer; Proximity sensor; Ambient light sensor; Compass, Fingerprint
The specs are undeniably middle-of-the-road with that Snapdragon 615, but Huawei is stepping up its game with regard to build quality. The Honor 5X has a unibody aluminum frame and it weighs only 158g. On the back is the same great fingerprint sensor Huawei has been adding to all its phones. The software might be more of an issue, though. This phone will launch with Android 5.1 and Huawei's EMUI interface, which lacks things like an app drawer and has substantial bloatware bundled.
The phone will be out January 31st on Huawei's HiHonor.com as well as on Amazon. The Amazon listing is already live, as a matter of fact. It seems like a solid deal for $200.