Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has announced that it will be bringing its Honor 7 Premium smartphone to Europe soon. Alongside the announcement of European availability of the Honor 5X, the team also announced that the Honor 7 Premium would be expanding its sales soon.
Quirky, sleek and highly affordable, the Honor 5X is the brand's best value handset to date — but it's not quite a compromise-free experience.
Huawei's Honor brand has always been about targeting really interesting hardware, with laser precision, at a disruptive price point. The Honor 7, for instance, was unique in delivering metal construction and biometric security for around £250 at launch. Now the Honor 5X wants to take the core of that experience and give it an even lower price tag.
Announced for Europe today, and on sale immediately for £189.99, the 5X is perhaps the best value Honor phone yet (let's just forget about the Honor Holly, mmkay). But can hit such a competitive price point without cutting corners? We'll take a closer look after the break.
Honor 5X brings metal body, fingerprint security and 1080p display for £189.99.
Huawei's Honor brand has today announced the arrival of the Honor 5X, a new entry-level device designed to bring the core experience of the Honor 7 into a more affordable handset. Priced at £189.99 in the UK and available to buy from today via Amazon and Huawei's own Vmall storefront, the Honor 5X comes in gold, silver and grey color variants. In the UK, Three will also range the handset in the near future.
As for the hardware itself, highlights include a metal chassis, Huawei's excellent fingerprint sensor tech and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The whole package is powered by a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, paired with 16GB of storage and microSD expandability. It's also a dual-SIM phone, letting you use one for LTE data while still receiving calls on the other.
On top of that you're looking at an ample 3000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera behind an f/2.0 lens.
On the software side, Huawei's EMUI 3.1 software layer sits atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop — an update to Marshmallow is promised in the near future. And as we discovered in our review of the U.S. version, Huawei has managed to clean up EMUI to some degree, though a few nagging software issues do remain.
Nevertheless, we're still looking at a capable handset at a highly competitive price.
Anyone planning on picking up an Honor 5X today? Shout out in the comments!
Samsung has announced the 2016 refresh of the Galaxy A series in India. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will go on sale starting February 15, with both models available in gold, black, and white. The Galaxy A5 2016 will retail for ₹29,400 ($433), while the Galaxy A7 2016 will set you back ₹33,400 ($492).
A few weeks ago Phil asked what you want to see from the Galaxy S7. You let us know in the comments and in the forums, and we've got the breakdown for you. There was plenty to love about the Galaxy S6, but some things — like the battery life — left a bit to be desired.
We dug through everything you said you wanted and compiled the top five features that you're hoping to see from the Galaxy S7. You told us through your comments here on Android Central, as well as over on Youtube. Now, there were a lot of feature requests, so we had to narrow it down a bit: here are your top five:
LG will be unveiling the LG G5 later this month during MWC 2016. The latest G-series phone will actually make its first appearance on Feb. 21, the day before the show starts. The event will take place at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona, Spain.
It's relatively easy to make a specs sheet look impressive, but the battery in the ZenFone Max is serious business.
Great battery life is a claim you hear from every smartphone manufacturer, and while that claim is largely subjective, it does mean we can have some fun when a phone shows up with a battery that dwarfs the competition. Today's challenger is the ASUS ZenFone Max, a phone with fairly modest specs powered by a ridiculous 5,000 mAh battery. That's right around 2,000mAh more than your average high-end Android phone, and when you add in the Snapdragon 410 processor and 720p display you're all but guaranteed to get through a whole day with this phone.
Simply getting through the day is a fairly boring thing to test, though. To give a better idea of what this battery is capable of, we took the ZenFone Max out for a couple of hours with the Galaxy Note 5 and the BlackBerry Priv for some quality time playing Ingress.
OnePlus is feeling a little generous with Valentine's Day coming up, and to show it the company is offering a free rosewood case with all OnePlus X purchases. When purchasing the OnePlus X, all you have to do is add the rosewood case to your order and use coupon code XOXO to get the discount.
It looks like a couple of new Alcatel OneTouch phones, the Idol 4 and the Idol 4S, have leaked out before they were meant to. The pair of phones were outed by, of all things, Alcatel's own support site, with pages detailing the complete specifications of each phone.
Some thoughts on what a water-resistant Galaxy S7 could mean for Samsung and its competitors.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor mill is now fully up and running, with leaked images claiming to reveal Samsung's 2016 flagship in all its glory ahead of the Feb. 21 launch event. We're expecting two variants — a smaller flat GS7 and a larger "edge" model, with bigger batteries, improved cameras and speedier performance. However one of the most intriguing features coming to the GS7 is water resistance, according to VentureBeat's Evan Blass. If true, you might be able to dunk your GS7 in the bath or use it in the rain without worrying about water damage.
So what might this mean for the Korean firm's next big thing? Let's take a look.
If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.
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