Brand Honor is known for its amazing smartphones at incredibly attractive prices, brand honor also represents the budget smartphone lineup for the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei. Last year with the launch of the Honor 6X Huawei gave us a great phone with a really great camera at an affordable price this year they are following it up with its successor, The Honor 7X. let us take a look at how good of a smartphone this is and where it might lack a bit.
Honor 7X Pros 👍
Build and design: The Honor 7X has a full metal construction that is sturdy and has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner that is placed at a comfortable position. The quality of the design is top notch and is very dependable for day to day use. It also has 2.5D curved glass upfront which makes swipes from the corners of the screen much more pleasing. The three color variants black, blue and gold are also well done and all this put together makes it a premium looking and feeling device.
The specs: The Honor 7X has great specs with a Kirin 659 octa core processor with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU taking care of graphics duties and 4 GB of ram with three storage variants 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. This makes the Honor 7X a quick and snappy performer comparable to the rest of its competition.
The display: The display on the Honor 7X is an 6.93 inch 18:9 Full HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160X1080 pixels. This display has great viewing angles and color rendition and also gives the phone a screen to body ratio of 82.9% giving it that almost bezel less look. This is one of the first few smartphones in the budget segment to come with an 18:9 display, which is awesome.
Dual cameras: The Honor 7X comes packing dual cameras with a primary sensor that is 16MP with an variable aperture that ranges between f/1.7 to f/11 and a secondary 2MP camera used for depth sensing which allows it have the variable aperture. The phone also comes with an 8MP front facing wide angle camera with an aperture of f/2.0. Both cameras allow for the portrait mode to be used that creates an artificial Bokeh around an object that gives it the DSLR like look by blurring out the background and only keeping the subject in focus. The camera modes on the phone are also feature packed and intuitive. These cameras can also record up to 1080p 30fps video.
Price: The Honor 7X is priced at around US$ 200 for the variant with 32 GB of storage and 4 GB of ram and at around US$ 250 for the variant with 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of ram. This makes it very pocket friendly and goes head to head with the likes of the Moto G5 plus and Redmi Note 4. For this price it packs a ton of features such as the 18:9 display and dual cameras which makes it worth the asking price.
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Honor 7X Cons 👎
The software: The Honor 7X runs on EMUI 5.1 on top of Android 7.1 Nougat and this is at a time when Android Oreo has been around for almost 6 months and a lot of phones are being released with Android Oreo out of the box. This coupled with the fact that EMUI 5.1 is a rather bland interface doesn’t help the Honor 7X’s cause.
Micro USB charging and data transfer: The phone still uses a Micro USB port for charging which isn’t the biggest deal breaker but the adoption of USB C wouldn’t cost honor a great deal and would also push the adoption of the USB C standard quite a bit forward as Honor tends to sell millions of these phones every year across the world.
Lack of fast charging: The non inclusion of fast charging is kind of a deal breaker for some as quickly topping up your battery on the go has become a very convenient and sought after feature in smartphones these days. The inclusion of fast charging would be much appreciated.
Hybrid Slim Slot: The Honor 7X does not carry a dedicated slot for a micro SD card and only allows for either two Sim cards or one sim and an micro SD card at a time. In countries like India where people prefer the use of dual sims but also want expandable storage this might be deal breaker.