The Honor 5X is a Metal Moto G Rival, and it's Finally Bloody Here

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

It's been out in the wild since October last year, but Honor has finally launched the 5X in Europe. Hurrah! Priced at £169.99, it's a cheap Android number with unusually impressive specs.

Huawei subsidiary Honor has essentially thrown a load of good stuff into a smartphone-shaped mould and decided to have a bit of fun with the pricing. It's a tactic that isn't used too often. The 5X features a large 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display, a generous-sounding 3,000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor.

Perhaps most surprising of all, however, is that this all comes wrapped up in an aluminium body. The Moto G should cover up its plastic chassis in shame. There's a fingerprint sensor around the back too, though the lack of NFC means you'll only use it for quickly firing up the 5X, not for paying for stuff. A neat feature is that you can assign apps to individual digits, so you could launch the camera with a scan of your thumb, and Tinder with a probe of your middle finger.

All sounds pretty good so far, doesn't it? Sadly, the only thing about the Honor 5X that screeches 'basic' is the hardware setup under the hood. An octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor runs the show, along with 2GB of RAM. We're also not the biggest fans of Huawei's Emotion UI, which unfortunately plants itself over Android 5.1.1 Lollipop like a drunk, overbearing uncle.

Stick with us, as we're going to get up close and personal with the handset this afternoon.

The company's also outed the Honor 7 Premium, an update to the Honor 7, which will be coming soon. We have precious few details so far, but know it'll come in gold and 'mystery grey' models, with 32GB of internal storage.