You probably thought the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer (and rising) couldn’t do better than the $140 Honor 5C and Honor 5X, recently discounted to $160, didn’t you? By “better” we mean, of course, even cheaper, with respectable features in tow.
Proving everyone wrong, the Honor 5A enters the ultra-low-cost China scene today, at a recommended retail price of 700 Yuan ($105), somehow packing an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 3,100 mAh battery that’s ironically a smidge heftier than the cells inside the 5C and 5X.
Granted, that also means the Huawei Honor 5A is ever so slightly thicker and heavier, not to mention it appears to forgo the premium construction of its cousins, as well as the rear-fitted fingerprint scanner. On the bright side, you get an ample 13MP camera on said plastic-made back panel, with your selfie addiction managed by an 8-megapixel front shooter.
On the software side of things, Android 6.0 Marshmallow runs the show, while 4G LTE support headlines the connectivity department, and the 16GB internal storage is microSD expandable. Overall, that’s stellar bang for buck right there, but unfortunately, only Huawei’s domestic fans can get a piece of the 5A action starting Friday, June 17.