At the beginning of the month I posted on the pre-order availability of the new Honor 5X over at Amazon. As a reminder to those who did pre-order, those will start shipping on Monday, February 1st from the online retailer.
For those who didn’t pre-order, there is still time to do so on this feature packed phone that is only $199. The Honor 5X has a 5.5″ 1920 x 1080 Full HD display that is powered by 1.5Ghz Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of Storage and can be expanded up to 128GB thanks to a MicroSD card slot. It has a 3000 mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Here in the US it will support LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 12 and 17 and WCDMA bands 1,2,4,5 which means that it will work on any carrier here at some level. Be sure to refer to my guide on LTE bands for more details on carriers here in the US and their LTE bands.
If there is one knock on this new phone it is that it will ship with Android Lollipop and not Marshmallow. As I put in my market share post earlier this month, I personally don’t like the idea of any new
phone shipping with last years version of Android. While Huawei has announced that other Honor phones will receive an update to Marshmallow, mum has been the word on the Honor 5X. Just be aware as you buy that it could have Lolliopop for good (although unlikely). There could be worse things: Lollipop is still the #1 installed version of Android out there and it is rock solid from a performance perspective.
Finally, for those on Amazon Prime, yes, the Honor 5X is Prime eligible so free shipping for you.