Those days when U.S. citizens were only dreaming about owning a Huawei smartphone are now over, since the Chinese manufacturer will begin selling the Honor 5x smartphone in American stores, starting with today, January 31st, as stated by Engadget.
The company began a teasing campaign last year and they’ve kept their promise, even though we’re not talking about a high-end handset, like the Nexus 6P, a device which was available in the U.S. shortly after the launch. Remember, we’re talking about an Honor model, a Huawei-branded smartphone, which is indeed a first.
The Huawei Honor 5x will be available for just $200, without a contract, and it’s an surprisingly good deal. Besides the aluminum-body, it features a 5.5″ display, with a full HD resolution, while under the hood, it comes with a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 616 chip, alongside 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage.
On the back, it has a 13 MP main camera and a fingerprint scanner, a feature usually available at high-end models. Speaking about the camera department, the phone also features a 5 MP snapper on the front, perfect for high quality selfies.
Moving on to the operating system, the Huawei Honor 5X will be based on Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop, but you won’t be able to enjoy a stock Android experience, like on the Nexus 5X. It’s customized with the manufacturer’s Emotion UI interface, so you’ll notice the lack of an app drawer, replaced by home screen icons.
Initially, the Huawei Honor 5X will be available on Amazon and Newegg, followed by other locations in the near future.
We must admit that it will be very interesting to see how the Honor brand will be received by the U.S. market, considering the previous accusations, claiming that the Chinese manufacturer had spying devices hidden in Huawei handsets.