Honor 7X: Value for Money Delight for Those Who Don’t Want to Spend More Than $200
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor disrupted the market with its excellent mid-range offering. At the start of 2017, the company launched the Honor 6X that came with a 15.5-inch FHD display, 12MP dual camera, a fingerprint scanner on the rear, and fast Kirin 655 processor. In December 2017, Honor went above the game again and came up with a better mid-ranger, the Honor 7X. With FHD+ 18:9 display, dual-camera setup, it competes with the recently launched OnePlus 5T smartphone, but at a better pricing i.e. $199. Let’s dig down to what the Honor 7X has to offer.
- Display: 5.93 inch 2160×1080 pixel resolution 18:9 LCD (407 ppi) with 2.5D glass
- Operating system: Huawei EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7 Nougat
- Processor: Kirin 659, octa-core with Mali T830-MP2 GPU
- RAM/Storage: 3GB RAM and 32GB internal with microSD card slot
- Cameras: 16 megapixel and 2 megapixel dual rear cameras with phase detection auto focus and depth of field effects. 8MP front camera
- Battery: 3,340 mAh
- Connectivity: FM radio, 4G VoLTE, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB slot,
- Dimensions/Weight: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm; 165 grams
Design and Display
Huawei has done some impressive work on the Honor 7X when it comes to its display settings with apps. The company has made sure that users do not have to compromise on the impressive bezel-less display while using apps that do not support the 18:9 aspect ratio, its software gets those apps to fit according to the 18:9 aspect ratio automatically. This way, users do not have to do anything manually to avoid black borders around the screen while using apps that run short on accommodating the 18:9 aspect ratio. Regarding the visibility, the phone’s display does a great job when using it indoors, but we had to increase the brightness to high levels when using it outdoors.
Software, Hardware, and Performance
On the software side of things, the Honor 7X runs Huawei’s custom EMUI 5.1 that is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Yes, we were hoping for the device to bring the goodness of Oreo, but for now, it has Nougat to offer. However, Huawei does promise to roll out the Oreo update pretty soon, mostly in the first phase of this year. Talking about software on the Honor 7X, one feature on the 7X that did impress us is the App Twin, which allows users to log into multiple accounts on the same app. Also, EMUI 5.1 offers a variety of customizations on the phone, users get to choose between layouts with or without an app drawer. There is also a single-handed mode on the phone that makes it easier for users to use this big screen phone with a single hand. One thing that really bugged us was the outdated icon design on the 7X, as it clashes with the new age material design that we see on stock Android. Honor could have done a better job and it would have enhanced the overall look of the UI. Hopefully this will be fixed in the Oreo update.
One shortcoming that may scratch some of Honor 7X’s shine….
Despite all the goodness, the Honor 7X has one major shortcoming i.e. it lacks the NFC chip. Yes, this means that you can bid goodbye to using NFC-dependent payment services like Android Pay with this smartphone.
Battery output on the Honor 7X can be interpreted by segmenting it between medium to high usage. On medium usage, the phone lasted us an entire day while on high usage that involved continuous video and audio playback, plus gaming, it lasted for a little more than 10 hours.
The camera app on the Honor 7X is reasonably easy to use, with features such as the option to select between wide aperture, moving picture and portrait modes. There is also Pro Photo mode that lets users tweak the camera settings before taking a shot. As we mentioned above, the daylight pictures are good, but the low-light photos are somewhat grainy. In auto mode, we did not find any shortcoming when taking shots in the day time, but at night, we had to keep our hands steady so that the photos don’t come out blurry.
Regarding the front camera, the selfies taken on the Honor 7X are good enough to be posted on your social media handles. There are also several filters pre-loaded in the camera app that can help you tweak the images. The front camera on the 7X is capable of shooting 720p videos while the rear camera can record 1080p full HD videos.
It is hard to believe that a $200 smartphone could perform this well. While using the device as our primary one, we almost forgot that it is a midrange device. It can easily compete with the $400+ priced devices on the market. Right from audio and video output to the seamless software performance, the Honor 7X did not fall short. The dual-camera setup on the device is great too except for a few misses in low-light conditions. This large screen piece of delight is perfect for those who want all the flagship level features at a pocket-friendly pricing; seriously, the Honor 7X’s pricing is killer, and it totally disrupts the mid-range market. We say, go for the Honor 7X if you don’t wanna spend much money and get all the new age features.
At the pricing of $200, the Honor 7X offers us an FHD+ 18:9 display and a processor that is fast enough to carry out day-to-day functions. The design of the smartphone does not disappoint either, it can easily be placed with flagships and won't be recognised as a mid-ranger. If you are looking for a phone that is good-looking, offers solid hardware and software performance, and features camera options that are trendy, then the Honor 7X could be your next phone at affordable pricing.
- 18:9 wide display
- Camera performance
- Impressive design and build quality
- Lack of NFC chip
- Heats up a little when playing games for longer duration