12,999. It’s the successor to the Honor 6X (Review) and comes soon after the initiation of the Honor 9i (Review), which was the brand’s first phone with a FullView screen. The Honor 7X brings this attribute to the more affordable X series, which makes it available to a whole lot more people.
Honor 7X design
We like smartphones with big displays, and the Honor 7X ticks this box. The entrance is dominated by a 5.93-inch screen with narrow borders around the sides but comparatively thicker ones at the bottom and top. The metallic earpiece sits over the display, using an 8-megapixel front camera alongside. Exactly like the Honor 9i, the fingerprint scanner on the 7X is in the back. We found it easy to achieve and it was fast to unlock the telephone in our experience. Honor has employed a metallic unibody with this smartphone that gives it that superior look and feel. It’s antenna rings running across the top and the bottom which remind us of this Honor 8 Guru (Review).
The metallic body curves on the sides and across the borders, providing this phone a fantastic in-hand feel. The volume and power buttons are positioned on the right and we discovered that we needed to stretch to reach the volume buttons. The loudspeaker, 3.5millimeter headphones socket, primary microphone, and Micro-USB port are all on the bottom. The dual camera setup in the rear is accompanied with a single-LED flash. Honor has gone using just two distinct rings instead of one unit like we’ve seen on most phones recently. The camera arrangement stinks a bit.
The Honor 7X weighs 165 g which feels about right in the hand. It measures 7.6mm in thickness while packing 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 hours.
Honor 7X specifications, applications and features
Many Honor phones are powered by Huawei-made chips, as well as the 7X packs at a HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC, the exact same chip trapping the Honor 9i. It’s an octa-core chip with four cores clocked at 2.36GHz and the other four clocked at 1.7GHz. Together with the Honor 7X, you have to select between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, but the two variants have 4GB of RAM. Both also let you expand storage up to 256GB by means of a microSD card in the Hybrid dual-SIM slot. If you aren’t using that capacity, the 7X can accommodate two Nano-SIMs. There is support for 4G and VoLTE on both SIMs, but only one can access the 4G system at one time.
The Honor 7X’s screen boasts a full-HD+ resolution using 2.5D arch glass, but there isn’t any mention of any type of protection. Viewing angles are good and Honor lets you tweak the color temperature to suit your preferences. Brightness is great indoors but we had to bump it up all of the way or shade the screen with one hand when using this phone outdoors.
Like all other Honor apparatus, the 7X runs on Huawei’s custom EMUI skin, specifically EMUI 5.1 along with Android Nougat. You have the option to choose between layouts with and without an program drawer. Honor has been considerate enough to include a single-handed mode which makes the phone easier to use despite its huge screen. You can even force apps to operate in the 18:9 aspect ratio when they are not scaling automatically.
Together with the essentials, you also get a fair share of bloatware. The Honor 7X includes Honor’s support app called HiCare, and HiGame, a gambling program store. You receive demo versions of Spider-Man: Ultimate Power, Asphalt Nitro, Bubble Bash 3, Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour, and Danger Dash preinstalled, however you can get rid of them to free up space.
Honor 7X performance, battery life, and cameras
The Honor 7X sports the same blend of procesor and RAM as the Honor 9i and scores similarly in benchmarks. In Antutu, it managed to dent 62,504, and also we got 906 and 3569 points in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. GFXBench returned 18fps that’s just about average. We tried playing Shadow Fight 3 that’s a graphics-intensive game, and while it ran with no lags, it did require while to load.
Movies and games are immersive thanks to its major screen. But, we did notice that the telephone would get warm after a long gaming session, and there would be significantly higher battery drain. With light to moderate use, the phone lasted us one working day, but playing games and watching videos had a large effect on battery life. The telephone lasted just a little over 8 hours in our HD video loop test, which can be under-par for a battery of the size. Honor has baked in a couple of battery saving applications tweaks which could be convenient, but we should not need to use them all the time.
The camera app is fairly easy to use and apart from the default auto mode, you can select between broad aperture, moving portrait and picture modes. You get a lot of other modes to choose from as well, including a Guru Photo mode that allows you fine-tune camera parameters before taking a shot. In addition you have the option to download extra features if needed.
Pictures taken with the Honor 7X seem good at first glance. However, zoom into landscape shots and you’ll be able to observe that the 7X overlooks on details and produces slightly grainy shots. Macros are good and there’s adequate separation between subjects and backgrounds. The wide apertu
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re mode provides you better depth of field by digitally adding blur depending on the aperture value you select.
Shooting at night requires a stable hand. In auto mode, the telephone requires shots but then pauses to sharpen the output signal. The end result is less noise but at the price of total detail. Selfies are grainy as well, but are good enough to be shared on social networking. The primary camera is capable of 1080p video recording while the selfie camera maxes out at 720p.
With the Honor 7X, the X series was brought current with the newest trends. You get a big display with all the 18:9 aspect ratio and strong hardware which should keep you happy. We discovered that camera performance isn’t really striking, and battery life could have been somewhat better. If you’d like a modern-looking cellphone, then the Honor 7X is a good choice, but if you want to have an all-rounder that the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review) would be a much better choice.