Thought the Huawei GX8, aka US-specific derivation of the “international” G8, provided great bang for buck at $350 with a full-metal jacket in tow, Snapdragon 615 power, fingerprint recognition, 5.5-inch Full HD screen, and 3,000 mAh battery?

Wait until you hear what the Honor 5X offers in exchange for just two Benjamins. In a nutshell, everything the GX8 hides up its sleeve. Yes, literally everything. Even better, the first Honor-series device to officially launch in the US can already be pre-ordered from Amazon, with shipping underway on January 31 in three snazzy coats of paint: dark grey, daybreak silver, and sunset gold.

There has to be a catch, you say? Probably, but we don’t see it. Huawei (or should we say Honor?) even advertises the 5X as constructed out of “full metal” with “flawless craftsmanship”, exactly like the GX8, so the build quality looks technically equally as premium on paper.

No discernible differences in the connectivity department either, with the Huawei Honor 5X listed as AT&T and T-Mobile-compatible up to 4G LTE speeds. Bottom line, this and the GX8 are identical, yet the latter is supposed to cost 150 bucks extra.

Then again, instead of trying to find faults where there don’t seem to be any, how about we relish the opportunity to pay only $200 for a robust, good-looking Android phone running 5.1 Lollipop, powered by a zippy octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, energized by a 3,000 mAh cell, capable of fingerprint authentication, microSD-supporting, and fitted with two respectable 13 and 5MP cameras?

Maybe the “catch” is Huawei really wants its Honor sub-brand to succeed stateside.

Sources: Amazon, Android Central

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