Honor 5X gets Android Pie-based official LineageOS 16 builds
The Honor 5X was launched in October of 2015 in China and then made its way to the US and Europe in early 2016. For a price tag of just $199 in early 2016, the Honor 5X was one of the best budget purchases you could make in the USA at the time. XDA’s Creative Director, Mario Serrafero, was impressed with the overall package that the device offered, especially keeping in mind that it was not a flagship and that the US market saw very few value options in that price range. Of course, this was three and a half years ago, and the smartphone landscape has drastically changed. The Honor 5X, obviously, no longer receives any official updates, but the device did receive official LineageOS 15.1 based on Android Oreo. Now, the device is receiving its first builds of official LineageOS 16 thanks to the efforts of developers BadDaemon, Dobroslaw Kijowski, and Joel Hans.
These builds for the Honor 5X (device codename: kiwi) are based on Android Pie, which is really impressive since the device was last updated officially to Marshmallow 6.0 through EMUI 4. With LineageOS 16, you shed the heavy custom UX of EMUI in favor of a cleaner, stock Android UX. The downside with these builds is that you do not get VoLTE, so if that is your prime medium of communication, you should skip over this. But then again, this mid-range device is nearly four years old, so the mere fact that it can run Android Pie is impressive all by itself. This just goes on to show how community support is important to keep alive devices long after they have been commercially abandoned by OEMs.
In light of this feat, we hope that Huawei and Honor reconsider their decision on locking down their bootloaders.