Bezel-less and large display smartphones are in the trend, and bigwigs like Apple and Samsung have already caught up with this fad. Honor has entered this challenge with its 7X model. Honor 7X is the latest smartphone to sport a screen with 18:9 aspect ratio at an affordable price of just Rs. 12,999. It is a remarkable device with a classy build and powerful performance. In this article, we will review Honor 7X and tell you every important thing about this smartphone.
Display and Design
We like showing-off our smartphones, especially those with big displays. The Honor 7X brags about its large 5.93-inch FHD display with 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass for protection. The viewing angles and customizable color temperature are good. The brightness is good indoors but you will need to shade the screen with one hand while using it outdoors. Watching videos and playing games are pretty exciting on Honor 7X, thanks to its large display.
The metal unibody which curves on the sides and edges gives a classy look and feel to the smartphone. The metal earpiece and the secondary camera are placed on the front while the dual primary camera, LED flash and fingerprint sensor are at the back. At the bottom, there are the headphone socket, speaker, USB port and microphone.
The Honor 7X weighs 165 grams and measures 7.6 mm thickness which fits perfectly in the hand.
Processor, Storage and Performance
Honor 7X is powered by the Huawei-made octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and 4 GB RAM. It runs eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores- four power saving cores can be clocked up to 1.7 GHz and the four performance cores can be clocked up to 2.36 GHz. The Kirin 659 SoC beats the older version, Kirin 658 by being 4% faster and offering better LTE radio. Further, Honor 7X houses ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU with a frequency higher than 900 MHz that delivers crisp and clear graphics. The performance of the device is really good with intensive usage, be it hardcore gaming and multitasking.
There are two variants to the mobile in terms of internal storage. You can choose between 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage; however, both variants are expandable up to 256 GB using an external microSD card.
The mobile scored 62,504 in Antutu, and 906 and 3569 points in the Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests correspondingly. GFXBench rated 18fps for Honor 7X which is just above average. Graphics-intensive games like Shadow Fight 3 runs without any lag though it took a while to load.
Software & Apps
Just like all other Honor devices, Honor 7X also runs Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 on top of Android Nougat. It is possible to switch between and customize the layouts with or without using the app drawer. Also, EMUI supports theme based customization. The single-handed mode lets the user hold and use the phone comfortably in one hand despite its large screen.
Along with all the essential software features, you also get your own share of bloatware. The mobile comes pre-installed with apps like HiCare, HiGame, HiHonor and HonorCommunity which can be deleted to free up the storage space.
Front & Rear Camera
The Honor 7X comes with a dual rear camera setup which includes 16 MP and 2 MP sensors and the selfies camera has an 8 MP sensor. Apart from the default auto mode, you can also select ‘Wide Aperture’, ‘Portrait’, ‘Wide Aperture’, ’Pro Photo’ and ‘Moving Picture’ modes. The Pro Photo mode lets you tune the camera parameters manually before shooting. It is also possible to download additional features. The auto mode captures pictures but pauses to sharpen the output. The ‘Document Scan’ feature is totally new on this mobile. It aligns the picture of the document so that it is clear and sharp.
Pictures taken on Honor 7X look good but when zoomed in, you can see the details getting saturated. Macro shots are good as the subjects and background are vividly separated. The depth of field feature in Wide Aperture mode adds blur to the backdrop be focusing the major object. The secondary camera does a good job while clicking selfies in well-lit conditions but the quality slightly falls down in low lighting.
Moving onto videos, the rear camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos while the front camera can record 720p quality videos. Overall, the camera feature on Honor 7X is satisfactory for the price you pay for it.
Power & Battery
The Honor 7X runs on a 3340 mAh, non-removable battery and comes with a 10W charger that can charge the phone to cent percent in two and a half hours. With light to medium usage, the phone lasted for a whole day. But there is an intensive battery drain and the phone get warm while playing games for a long time. In HD video loop test, the mobile lasted for only 8 hours which is below par for a mobile like Honor 7X. Though Honor has its own inbuilt battery saving feature but giving such long-lasting battery, there should not be a need to use them always.
Network and Connectivity
The mobile supports hybrid dual Nano SIM slot that can accommodate either two nano SIMs or a SIM and MicroSD card. The connectivity features on the mobile include
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.1
- GPS with GLONASS
- FM radio
- 5mm audio jack
The lack of a USB Type-C port and NFC for contactless payments is a minor setback for Honor 7X.
The Honor 7X is a very fine option to consider while buying smartphones in the mid-range price category. It is a good-looking device with a big display and an above par performance. However, a better battery life and camera performance would have made Honor 7X even more impressive.
You can find more details about Honor 7X smartphone from its official website. The smartphone is available in three color variants – Black, Blue and Gold which are available for both of its 32GB and 64GB model. So, if you are looking to purchase this amazing smartphone in any desired color of memory variants, then you can buy Honor 7X on Amazon.