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Honor 7X Review : All You Need To Know

Launched on December 5 globally, Honor 7X is the first phone from the Huawei sub-brand with FullView display.

 

The phone comes in two variants of internal storage options of 32GB and 64GB, priced in India at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 15,999 respectively.

The device is the successor of Honor 6X launched in January 2017.

 

The device comes in variants of Black, Blue, and Gold colours.

 

Honor 7X comes with 4GB of RAM and Kirin 659 octa-core SoC with four cores clocked at 2.36 GHz and the rest four at 1.7 GHz.

 

The phone features an 18:9 FullView display and a dual-camera setup at the rear (16MP + 2MP) and a front selfie shooter of 8MP.

 

It has a hybrid-SIM slot and the storage is expandable up to 256GB with a micro-SD card.

 

        Software

 

Honor 7X comes with  Huawei’s own EMUI 5.1 based on Android Nougat 7.0 (64-bit).

honor 7x

 

The software usability and performance is exceptionally well and did not seem to have any bugs.

During the review period, the OS did not have any glitches. The UX is really good and there are some noticeable improvements in the UI along with re-designed system apps.

honor 7x

 

The Sound Recorder app sports a new design and allows better management of recorded audio.

 

The App Clone feature is also particularly helpful for maintaining different accounts for the same app in different user versions of it.

 

The phone also comes with some pre-installed games like Asphalt Nitro, Spider-Man: Ultimate Power and all, but thankfully, they can be removed to free up space.

 

The OS also provides an App-Lock feature which uses the fingerprint sensor at the back to unlock the apps, along with accepting a password as a backup. Since it is a system app, it seems to be more secure than installing third-party app-lock apps.

 

The Gallery app also uses an offline AI feature to arrange photos in the ‘Discover’ section based on  location data and details, (according to Huawei executives) without using online servers for the AI to work – which is definitely a good feature since the use of  offline AI capabilities is a good sign, and provides hope for more such AI features.

(I would definitely hope for a system-integrated offline AI assistant (much like Siri/Cortana) from Huawei.  Fingers crossed! xD

Huawei’s software front is actually good and it would be great to have such apps from the manufacturer.)

 

Hardware

 

Honor 7X’s Kirin 659 SoC is pretty good in its performance and the phone didn’t lag at all during the review period. However, the actual metric is understandable in the AnTuTu Benchmark where the phone scored 62,380.

honor 7x AnTuTu

 

The processor is also good for processing and delivering a pretty good low latency performance for Android. I played the PerfectPiano app and the latency was almost undetectable with the key-press and the sound almost in sync.

Gaming performance was quite smooth with no lagging of graphics. However, the phone heated up while gaming for longer periods.

 

The 18:9 display is immersive and makes gaming all the more fun and enjoyable.

Honor 7X makes watching 1080p videos fun with its FullView display and that, I think, is the soldier feature in this phone.

 

The hybrid-SIM slot is a bit of an annoyance due to the limited options of having two SIMs along with the micro-SD card.

 

The 3340 mAh battery is powerful and runs well for a day on with moderate usage but gaming takes a considerable toll on the battery.

 

The microphone’s recording quality won me over as the sound was really clear and noise seemed to be less, however, the microphone picked up stray noise pretty well too which is still acceptable. While recording guitar sounds, I found the quality pretty good and sharp and the noise levels acceptable.

 

Camera

 

Camera performance is pretty good in Honor 7X with the camera app having functionalities like Time-Lapse and Slow-Motion for the rear cameras. The picture quality is great for a device in this price range, but it is not something really great if one is to compare it with flagship devices.

 

The front 8MP camera is great, but the app’s ‘Beauty’ mode goes overboard with the optimizations and keeping to levels to the minimum seemed best. Also, the picture quality is good for selfies, but not excellent as zooming in reveals grains and loss of details.

 

The Wide Aperture mode is awesome for shooting objects and playing with the focus.

Here’s a Wide Aperture shot taken on the Honor 7X :

honor 7x

 

The rear camera’s video recording capability of 1080p is much appreciated, though the picture quality still lacks considerably.

 

Design

 

The metal body of Honor 7X has a premium look and the curved design is indeed eye-catching.

The screen is nearly bezel-less with 2.5D glass.

honor 7x fullview

The fingerprint sensor ( recognition time 0.2s) is located at the back suitably below the camera. The flash and the dual camera setup is at the top left with the dual-camera part protruding slightly in two ring-like structures.

 

The phone’s metal body has a tendency of acquiring fingerprints and moist-dust easily which is expected for a metal body device, yet a downer.

 

The curved edges of the device, while adding to the beauty, poses another problem – the back is unremovable and the battery is inaccessible.

 

Honor 7X comes with added protection at the four corners that aim to absorb the shock in case the phone falls, and is purported to protect the screen from cracking when dropped from a height of 10 feet.

The placing of the 3.5mm earphone socket at the bottom is a deviation from the usual style of the phone-top placement and seemed a bit inconvenient to me, but of course, user preferences are bound to vary.

 

The overall performance of the device is satisfactory for a device priced in the 12.9- 15.9k bracket.

 

The Rs. 12,999 device is the 32GB storage version and is aptly priced. The 64GB version (Rs. 15,999) seems a bit overpriced given the device specifications.

(The device comes with a charger (output 2A) and a USB cable in the box).

honor 7x

The 32GB version is definitely a good buy for users focussing on a good camera and performance and not-so-heavy gaming.

 

The display is the only winning feature of the device and makes it worth buying, along with the design which makes it a delight to hold it.

 

Have any views to add? Let us know in the comments! 🙂

 

 

 

Note: The images are of the Media packaging/version and the retail versions may have different packaging style.

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Subhradeep Chatterjee Founder and Tech Blogger at i9finite

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