honor 5x

This is the first part of a multi-part series brought to you by Benjamin Rossington. I have owned the Huawei Honor 5X as my daily-driver since it first became available in the U.S.


Huawei Honor 5x

Huawei Honor 5x

The Basics



Before we look into the hardware, I should inform you this device comes from the manufacturer looking and operating very different from a standard Android device. Huawei has a fairly heavy ‘skin’ on their devices, called “EMUI”. This device originally shipped with EMUI 4.0 and Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop). Since I no longer longer use the original ROM, and Nougat isn’t available from the manufacturer, I will be eventually focusing on Lineage OS 14 on this device.

The Honor 5x is the first offering from Huawei subsidiary Honor. It features a beautiful 1080p LCD screen, metal body, fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE ready (single sim), dual sim functionality, 16Gigabytes of storage, and 2Gigabytes of RAM at an original price of $199.

The standard features are present here, Bluetooth (v4.1), WiFi (2.4Ghz only), 13Mp camera, 5Mp selfie, GPS, FM music, etc.


Qualcomm® Snapdragon 615 MSM8939v2 CPU

(8 cores, 1.7Ghz throttled to 1.5Ghz max speed, 4x @ 1.2Ghz, 4x @ 1.5Ghz)

Qualcomm® Adreno 405 GPU



5.5in IPS LCD at 1920×1080 resolution

401 ppi density

About 72% screen-to-body ratio

Onscreen NavBar buttons



16Gigabytes total storage

(About 12Gigabytes of user-storage)

MicroSD card compatible

(upto 128Gigabytes confirmed)



2Gigabytes standard

(approx. 1.8Gigabytes user)

3Gigabytes model available (KIW-AL10)


Stay tuned for the next part of this series: “Corners Cut for Price” or “The Price of a Pretty Device



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