Honor 5X to receive Marshmallow, regular security patches and EMUI4

by: Jimmy WestenbergJanuary 16, 2016


For those who were excited to hear that the Honor 5X would be making its way to the US, only to find out that early adopters wouldn’t be able to experience the latest version Android, we’ve got some good news for you. The company has just reached out to Android Authority to let us know that the US-bound Honor 5X would be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow at some point in the future, along with the latest build of Honor’s custom software, EMUI4.

What’s more, Honor 5X owners can expect to receive regular Android security patches, which is a trend many other OEMs have been adopting over the past few months. In fact, the 5X is scheduled to receive an OTA update on January 31st, which is also the day the smartphone becomes available on Amazon. Honor is trying to get as much feedback from customers as possible through online communities such as the one found at club.hihonor.com/us/index. If you have any feedback you’d like to give Honor about the 5X or any other smartphone, be sure to follow that online community link or talk about it in our forums.

As a refresher, the Honor 5X comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 616 processor, microSD card expansion up to 128GB, and a pretty nice 13MP rear camera. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, an all-metal build and a 3000mAh battery which should be enough to last through a full day on a single charge. You can pre-order the Honor 5X on Amazon now in three different color options. To get more information on the 5X, be sure to check out our full hands-on and first impressions with the device at CES 2016.

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  • ZMe Ul

    any word on Y6 getting it? SCL-L01

    • Gabriel Baribeau

      y6? i don’t think it’s going to be updated anymore. the device is a very low end one…

      • ZMe Ul

        Huawei just released a 115Mb security update for the Y6 – installing it as I type this

  • androidkin

    “at some point in the future”. Don’t have high hopes for it

    • i kinda agree. It’s like “Whoa, that’s pretty promising….” lol

  • Andrewski

    Is this phone going to be any faster than the HTC one m7? The specs are similar and the HTC is an old phone.

    • MesTaRas

      Yes definitely! the m7 uses the SD600.

      • balcobomber25

        The SD600 and the SD616 aren’t the same chips. The 600 is an Arm V7 (32 bit) chip using Krait 300 cores. The 616 is an Arm V8 (64 bit) chip using Cortex A-53 cores. The 616 is faster and more efficient.

        • MesTaRas

          Yes, I meant this phone is definitely faster then the SD600 used in the m7 and way more efficient, I have an m7 on my hands :/ and the battery sucks.

        • Andrewski

          You forgot they both have only 2gigs if ram. I thought there was going to be a choice for 3 gigs of ram in the Honor when it released but Amazon has no such choices? Anyway, Great. didn’t want to get something similar in sluggishness as the m7 that I’ve had for 2 years already. if that was the case I might as well go for an 800 series chip.

          • balcobomber25

            The S600 wasn’t sluggish, HTC’s software is to blame. I used a few S600 phones with stock android that were very good midrange devices at the time. And this is all depends on whether Qualcomm doesn’t have issues with throttling and overheating again this time around. Especially with the 616 which at it’s core is just an updated 615. Gonna be interesting the next few months.

            Personally if I had my choice I would get a Exnyos powered phone, they make the best overall SoC’s. But with that you’re limited to either Samsung or Meizu.

    • balcobomber25

      The only similar specs are that they both have a metal back and both of them have a “6” in the SoC name. The similarities end there. The SoC’s are completely different chips (see comment below).

  • Rick Bz

    I just preordered mine!! i’m using the V10 as my daily now. Its a powerhouse of a phone but it’s to much for me…Don’t need all that. I think the 5x is just what i need.

  • Adam

    I have an unlocked LG G4, a LG-H815. I asked att and also LG in the USA when my phone will be able to update to Marshmallow and no one can give me an answer. Why ?

  • Tibor Zavecz

    Looks good, specs good, fingerprint reader awesome, metal body great, SD card slot perfect! Affordable price tag, gonna buy it 100% !
    Only thing missing is fast charging and USB-C.

  • Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    Working SOOOOO closely with the Nexus on the 6P they clearly have familiarity with Marshmallow, they don’t however with EMUI and Marshmallow, another reason I say skins do more HARM than good and slow down the ease of software and if I were a manufacture I would move away from that its too complicated, if the Honor 5x was stock android man it could be a great contender at 199! Clearly we know how much MARK UP is going into these $600+ “high end” smartphones. I figure if I ever need to replace my 6P for $200 bucks I’d go with the Honor and just put a skin on it.

  • Jim McNevin

    i’m in the beta program and I can assure you it’s coming. Just working out the bugs right now before the software is released.