It’s easy enough to build an extremely affordable smartphone, but the trick isn’t simply undercutting everyone else on price; it’s keeping prices low while still delivering hardware that’s worth buying, with attractive specs and a compelling design. Huawei may have hit that nail right on the head with its Honor sub-brand’s new 5X, which just the other day went up for sale in the States at an incredibly attractive $200 price point. With a Snapdragon 615 under the hood, 13MP camera, and a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, that sure looked like it added up to one heck of a bargain. Now it’s time for European smartphone shoppers to get a taste of that value, too, as Honor 5X sales extend to the continent and we get even more news about forthcoming Honor hardware.
European shoppers can now score the Honor 5X either directly from Huawei’s own Vmall online store, or through retailers like Amazon. There, the phone sells for just about 230 EUR, or 190 GBP in the UK.
We also learn that Huawei’s got European plans for its upcoming Honor 7 Premium, a slightly tweaked version of last year’s Honor 7 with double the base internal storage, now hitting 32GB. Look for specs like 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 20MP/8MP camera pair, and a Kirin 935 SoC. While we know the phone’s coming, full release details aren’t available just yet, and it could be a little over a month before we get the rest of the story there.
Finally, we have a little update on US sales of the Honor 5X, with the already super-affordable handset getting an early discount: Newegg still has the phone at its initial $200 price, but shoppers picking one up will score a $25 gift card for a future Newegg purchase. We know, it’s not quite the same as a straight-up sale, but it’s pretty much the next best thing.