The Honor 5X Has Landed In Europe

The fingerprint sensor on the Honor 5X is one of the most impressive features

Honor is the brand of the moment. A product of the Chinese giant Huawei, it has been offering affordable, high-quality smartphones in China and the United States for a while, but have yet to fully establish their presence in the UK.

2016 could mark the year Honor finally makes it big over here – following the launch of its latest phablet in Munich yesterday, it's all everyone is talking about. The Honor 5X has been available in China since 2015, but an upgraded version was released just for the European market.

It is a powerful Android smartphone, which can be yours for just £189.99. Here's what it's all about:

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Handset design

Dubbed by the brand, “the most affordable premium device of 2016”, the device looks, however, pretty expensive. 

Its all-metal case is made from a strong aluminium alloy, which comes in three shades of grey. The design is pretty simple – straight lines, and a massive 5.5-inch screen which takes up almost all of the front of the phone.

Despite the apparent minimalism, Huawei has said the phone's design was inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Have a look at it here; can you see the resemblance?

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Specs and features

One of the most interesting features is the fingerprint sensor on the back, which is incredibly sensitive – it only takes half the time an iPhone needs to register your fingerprint. You can also configure it to open different apps depending on the finger used to unlock the phone.

The screen's resolution is a brilliant 1080p (full HD), while the main camera is 13MP and comes with an array of different modes (night, food, beauty...) to make your pictures perfect every time. On the front, a 5MP camera makes for pretty good selfies too.

The Honor 5X comes equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, boasts 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage – expendable to 128GB via microSD card, and a 3000 mAh battery. It runs with Android Lollipop, soon to be upgraded to Marshmallow.

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Price and availability

We'll say it again: at only £189.99, this phone is an incredible bargain, and we can't wait to try it very soon (well, as soon as our current phone stops functioning...).

It's available to order from Honor's online store, and should also be coming to Amazon and Three shortly.

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