Honor 7X Review

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12,999. It’s the successor to the Honor 6X (Inspection) and comes soon after the initiation of the Honor 9i (Inspection), which was the brand’s first phone using a FullView display. The Honor 7X brings this feature to the cheaper X collection, making it accessible to a whole lot more people. 1 look at the spec sheet and it is evident that Honor has loaded up this phone with loads of features, but is that enough to give it an edge in this competitive cost section?

Honor 7X design

We like smartphones with big screens, and the Honor 7X ticks this box. The entrance is dominated by a 5.93-inch display with thin borders on either side but relatively thicker ones in the top and bottom. The metallic earpiece sits above the display, with an 8-megapixel front camera alongside. Exactly like the Honor 9i, the fingerprint scanner on the 7X is in the back. We found it effortless to achieve and it was quick to unlock the telephone in our expertise. Honor has used a metal unibody for this smartphone which gives it that premium look and feel. It has antenna bands running across the top and the bottom which remind us of this Honor 8 Pro (Inspection).

The metal body bends on both sides and across the borders, providing this phone a fantastic in-hand feel. The power and volume buttons are put on the right and we discovered that we had to stretch to hit the volume buttons. The loudspeaker, 3.5millimeter headphones socket, primary microphone, and Micro-USB port are all on the bottom. The double camera setup in the back is accompanied by a single-LED flash. Honor has gone using just two different rings rather than one unit like we have seen on most phones lately. The camera arrangement protrudes a little.

The Honor 7X weighs 165 g which feels about right in the hand. It measures 7.6millimeters in thickness while packaging in a 3340mAh battery. Honor provides a 10W charger in the box that’s capable of charging the cell phone fully in 2 and a half an hour.

Honor 7X specifications, applications and attributes

Many Honor telephones are powered by Huawei-made processors, as well as the 7X packs at a HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC, the same processor powering the Honor 9i. It’s an octa-core chip with four cores clocked at 2.36GHz and another four clocked at 1.7GHz. Together with the Honor 7X, you get to choose between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, but the two variations have 4GB of RAM. Both also let you expand storage up to 256GB using a microSD card in the Hybrid dual-SIM slot. If you aren’t using this capability, the 7X will adapt two Nano-SIMs.

The Honor 7X’s screen boasts a full-HD+ resolution with 2.5D curved glass, but there isn’t any mention of any type of protection. Viewing angles are good and Honor lets you tweak the colour temperature to fit your preferences. Brightness is good indoors but we had to bump it up all of the way or shade the screen with one hand when using this phone outside.

Like all other Honor apparatus, the 7X runs on Huawei’s habit EMUI skin, especially EMUI 5.1 on top of Android Nougat. You get the option to select between designs with and without an app drawer. Honor has been considerate enough to include a single-handed mode that makes the phone easier to use despite its big screen. You might also force apps to run at the 18:9 aspect ratio when they aren’t scaling mechanically.

Together with the fundamentals, you also receive a fair share of bloatware. The Honor 7X includes Honor’s support app named HiCare, and HiGame, a gaming app store. Additionally, there are Web shortcuts called Hi Honor and Honor Community.

Honor 7X performance, battery life, and cameras

The Honor 7X sports the exact same blend of procesor and RAM since the Honor 9i and scores similarly in benchmarks. In Antutu, it managed to score 62,504, and also we obtained 906 and 3569 points in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core ratings respectively. GFXBench returned 18fps which is nearly average. We tried playing with Shadow Fight 3 that’s a graphics-intensive match, and while it ran without any lags, it did take some time to load.

Movies and games are immersive thanks to its big screen. However, we did notice that the phone would get warm after a long gaming session, and also there would be significantly higher battery drain. With light to medium usage, the phone lasted us one working day, but playing games and viewing videos had a big impact on battery life. The phone lasted only a little more than 8 hours in our HD video loop evaluation, which is under-par for a battery of the size. Honor has baked in a couple of battery saving software tweaks which could be convenient, but we shouldn’t have to use them all of the time.

The camera app is fairly easy to use and besides the default auto mode, you can select between broad aperture, moving picture and portrait styles. You receive a good deal of different modes to select from too, including a Guru Photo mode that lets you fine-tune camera parameters before taking a shot. In addition you have the option to download extra attributes if required.

Photos taken with the Honor 7X look good at first glance. However, zoom into picture shots and you’ll be able to observe that the 7X misses out on details and delivers slightly grainy shots. Macros are great and there’s decent separation between backgrounds and subjects. The wide aperture mode gives you greater depth of field by digitally adding blur based on the aperture value that you select.

Harness to view full-sized Honor 7X camera samples

Shooting at night requires a steady hand. In auto mode, the phone takes shots but then pauses to sharpen the output. The result is less noise but at the price of overall detail. Selfies are grainy also, but are still good enough to be shared on social media.

Verdict
With the Honor 7X, the X series has been brought up to date with the latest trends. You receive a big display with all the 18:9 aspect ratio and strong hardware that ought to keep you happy. We found that camera performance isn’t really striking, and battery life could have been a little better. If you want a modern-looking phone, then the Honor 7X is a good choice, but if you want to have an all-rounder that the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Inspection) are a better pick.

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