Mid-range battle of Honor: Honor 5X vs Honor 7 smartphones

Huawei's new Honor 5X mid-range smartphone got launched in Munich today and to our surprise, goes on sale in Europe as we speak for prices starting at a mere €229!

In the UK, Honor 5X will be available at Honor's online store vMall, Amazon, Clove and Ebuyer for just £189.99 and you will be able to choose from Gold, Silver and Grey variants. Network operator Three will sell Honor 5X with Pay Monthly or SIM-only plans from 12th February onwards.

Before we get into what Honor 5X is all about, Honor revealed that a high-end Honor 7 Premium is also on the way and will be made available soon.

What we know so far about the Honor 7 Premium is that it will sport an internal storage of 32GB, a fast-charging feature and will come in two colours including a Gold one. As for the Honor 5X which got launched today, we were treated to its fine Aluminium alloy body with a brushed metal back and a Full HD IPS display.

To find out if Honor 5X is worth your time, we decided to compare it with the quintessential Honor 7 which was launched back in August at prices in the region of £250 and needless to mention, was in for some amazing reviews all around.



Honor 5XHonor 7
Display5.5" Full HD5.2” Full HD
Resolution1920 x 1080p1920 x 1080p
Dimensions151.3 x 76.3 x 8.1mm143.2 x 72 x 8.5mm
ProcessorSnapdragon 616 64-bit Octa-coreHisilicon Kirin 935
Internal storage16GB16GB
Battery3,000 mAh3,100 mAh
Operating systemAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
Main Camera13MP20MP
Front Camera5MP8MP
Networks4G LTE4G LTE
Video recordingFHD videos FHD videos 

Honor 5X is larger than the 5.2" Honor 7 and is of the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus. It retains the Full HD display resolution of the Honor 7 but weighs the same as the Honor 7 thanks to being slimmer despite being taller.

The cameras aren't as brilliant but 13MP and 5MP cameras can still offer you a lot of features like OIS and low-light adaptability for the price. Honor 5X offer the same internal storage of 16GB as Honor 7 and offers a microSD slot to accommodate another 128GB but features a 2GB RAM which won't make the phone's performance as smooth as water but won't stop you from multi-tasking all day.

The upcoming Honor 7 Premium 

Even though the fact that Honor 5X doesn't arrive with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS is disappointing, we should expect the upgrade to be available when the pricier Honor 7 Premium gets launched in March. The phone also features a 64-bit Octa-core processor and a 3,000 mAh battery which should keep the phone alive for an entire day under normal usage.

Honor 5X also offers features like a fingerprint sensor which unlocks the phone in just half a second, nano-SIM and micro-SIM slots, 28mm wide-angle lens in the rear camera and a88-degree viewing angle in the front camera.

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