Huawei’s Honor spin-off brand launched in the U.S. earlier this year, and its devices are also sold in the U.K., China, and elsewhere in the world. The Honor 5X is its most recent release, a strong mid-range smartphone with an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor, which was announced alongside the Honor Band Z1 in January. Here’s everything you need to know about the Honor 5X, and the Z1 fitness band.
Try an Honor phone for 60 days
It’s always a difficult decision to purchase a phone online, without trying it beforehand, and that’s the challenge for Honor newcomers. However, the company has come up with a scheme to lessen the risk involved, offering a 60 day money back guarantee for 5X and the Honor 7 buyers. This way, you can buy the phone, give it a try and if it’s not for you, send it back without a problem. Honor will even come and collect the phone from you.
Honor is an online-only brand, so you can’t try it in a store, making this a sensible move. However, it’s a limited time promotion, running until June 8, and only for orders through the vMall site. In the U.K., the Honor 5X costs £170, and the Honor 7 is £230.
There’s no news on a similar promotion for the U.S. site, but the company does offer a 15 day return period on orders as standard, but you’ll be responsible for the shipping.
Honor 5X and Honor Band Z1
The Honor 5X is actually quite similar to another Huawei device, the GX8. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. The device only has 2GB of RAM and starts at 16GB of storage. It will also run Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company’s Emotion UI 3.1 layered over it, and it also packs a 3,000mAH battery. This budget-friendly device — like the GX8 — also has a fingerprint sensor on the back.
It’s not coming alone, though, the company is also bringing the Honor Band Z1 along with it. The Z1 is Huawei’s fitness- and sleep-tracking wearable that has been available in Asia and Europe since the fall of 2015. It’s powered by a Cortex M4 processor, has a 128 x 128 PMOLED display. It only has a 70mAh battery, but the company claims it can last around four days with active use, and has around 14 days of standby time.
The Honor 5x is a good-looking aluminum phone that will retail for $200. The Band Z1 will come in three colors — white, cream, and black — and will retail for $80. It’s IP68-certified, meaning it’s waterproof to a depth of 1.5m. The band also offers fast-charging — allowing you to charge it for 10 minutes to get a full days worth of battery life.
Updated on 05-31-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of Honor’s try-for-60-days offer