The Honor 5X was one of our favorite budget phones of 2016, despite the fact that Huawei’s custom Emotion UI software leaves much to be desired. The 5X, as the best wallet-friendly handsets have in recent years, offered impeccable hardware for its $199 price tag, including an aluminum back and glass front.
Now, for a limited time, you can snag the handset for $1. Yes, you read that correctly. For three days this week, starting today, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase the 5.5-inch smartphone for less than a McChicken. There is a catch, however. The “flash sale” is staying true to its name; only the first three people to purchase the 5X will get it for $1, after three have been sold the sale is over until the next day. So, if you’re interested, set your alarms right now. The phone will go on sale will at 12 p.m. CST today, and at the same time tomorrow and Thursday.
If you’re looking for a decent phone for a good price, the 5X was already a great option at $199. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the nine people to snag it for a $198 discount, it’s an absolute steal. EMUI is not my favorite Android skin. In fact, it’s likely my least favorite, but for one dollar you can get used to anything.
So what exactly does $1 get you? For that amount, you’d come away with a metal and glass smartphone with the build quality of a device well beyond its usual sticker price, a 5.5-inch 1080P screen, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera, a Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (with a microSD card slot for easy expansion) and Android 5.1 Lollipop with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 on top. Typically, it wouldn’t be a good time to buy a smartphone, with the heavy hitters still to come later this year and 5X’s own successor, the Honor 6X, on the market, but for $1 it’s a great purchase even if you plan to just throw it at a wall.
For more on the sale, including all of the terms and conditions, head to the Honor website. If you want to read more about the 5X, read our full review.