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Huawei Honor 5X reached the U.S. stores on the last day of January. The phone costs just $199 and you will with no doubt love it from first sight.

The Honor 5X is currently available for sale on major retail stores in the country, among them Amazon and Newegg, with the latter offering a 32GB microSD card on top of the deal. Huawei’s phone is equipped with some of the best features, but it comes at a budget price, affordable to the lowest earning group.

It has a premium look that features an all-metal body, a 5.5-inch 1080p display screen and an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC on board. In addition to this, the phone is supported by a decent RAM of 2GB and onboard storage of 16GB, which is expandable. On the camera you will find a 13MP lens on the rear and 5MP lens on the front, all of which manage excellent captures. The Honor 5X is powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop and has a massive battery unit of 3,000mAh.

So, what about the Huawei Honor 5X smartphone? Here’re the 4 essential things you need to know about this phone.

Honor 5X Android M update to come soon

The new Huawei Honor 5X, as mentioned earlier, runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. However, the company behind the phone was clear that an Android Marshmallow update will be coming to this device. At the moment, the company hasn’t mentioned a thing about the specific date to expect this new OS, but it won’t be long, especially with the latest reports suggesting that tests for the software update are already underway.

LTE band support

Huawei went for a Qualcomm processor as well as modem for the Honor 5X, ensuring that it supports LTE bands ranging from B2 to B17. However, the experience you get with the quality of connections will vary depending on the carrier being used. Currently, there is no support for T-Mobile’s Band 12 and Magenta’s VoLTE, but the team said both connections are being considered.

Honor is an online brand

One thing that many buyers ask is why do Chinese smartphones come in at such low prices? Well, to respond to this, Huawei said that its Honor brand is online-based and as a result, it doesn’t incur the operational costs that many brands that depend on traditional retail channels incur. This is actually why the Honor 5X is available at such an affordable price. It is the same reason you see lots of Chinese-made phones come in with high-end specs but priced lowly, for instance, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi, among others.

Preview upcoming updates

The Honor 5X allows users to take a preview of the upcoming software updates even before they are finally unveiled. Huawei says that it will expand this service in the near future, but for those willing to join the beta testing program, you can sign up here.