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Honor 7X Preview: A stylish mid-ranger with all the must-have features

23 November 2017 5

This year we have seen tons of smartphones with ultra-thin bezels, however mostly these smartphones are flagship variants but from the looking of the things it seems like the trend of the taller display with 2:1 aspect ratio is now adapted by mid-range smartphones as well. This design language is pretty great as it brings large display in a compact body which is quite easy to handle. Huawei recently announced their premium flagship Mate 10 lineup with 2:1 aspect ratio. Back in October, the company announced mid-ranger Honor 7X with 2:1 display, initially this device was released exclusively for the Chinese market only.

Now we heard reports that the company is planning to bring this device to other global markets. Honor X lineup always bring something special to lure customers that's why it is the most successful series of Honor brand. Back in 2015, the Honor 5X was the first mid-range smartphone with unibody metal design and fingerprint scanner. Last year the Honor 6X brought dual rear snappers despite being one of the pocket-friendly smartphones in the market.

This year once again the Honor 7X is bringing an X-factor to challenge all the existing mid-rangers available in the market. The device is expected to be released on December 5 for the UK. Today ahead of its official unveiling we will preview the Honor 7X on the basis of its specs sheet to give our readers a very good view of what Honor 7X is bringing on board to lure customers. On paper, the device will be one of the most appealing mid-range smartphones which will be available for below €300 in the Europe.

OnePlus also released a budget-friendly OnePlus 5T but it is more powerful as well it costs way more than Honor 7X. At the moment the Honor 7X key competitors in the market with being LG's Q6 and Oppo's F5 . The Honor 7X is bringing mid-range specs in a striking design, it will surely attract those who are not looking for powerhouses. Without any further delay, let's find out the answers to all your queries related to Honor 7X.

75.3 x 156.5 x 7.6 mm
5.93 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The Honor 7X is featuring a unibody metal design which company introduced with the Honor 5X, however, each new iteration has minor differences from the predecessor. The rear side doesn't have gentle curves but instead, the device comes with the flat rear body that's why it doesn't fit perfectly in palm everytime. However, it is one of the slimmest smartphones which for sure lure those who want a slim smartphone.

Fortunately, it features the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for listening music via the wired headset. The bottom edge has the micro USB port for the connectivity as well as the mono speaker. In case of watching movies in landscape mode, your hand might block the speaker but you will get used to it pretty soon. The Honor 7X dimensions are 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm and it weighs 165g. The premium finish on the rear metal looks good but certainly not as good as Honor 9 glass rear. Due to all front-facing display, the fingerprint scanner is shifted to the rear side which is placed in a convenient position of where usually forefinger is when holding the device.

Up front, the device has the impressive display which for sure the key selling aspect of this device, thanks to 2:1 the company managed to include a giant display in a 5.5-inches device chassis. The rear side has dual rear snappers placed on the top left corner with LED flashlight on the left side. The Antenna band lines are visibly placed on the top and bottom rear side. The volume and power rockers are placed on the right edge. The Honor 7X will be released in three luring colors including Black, Blue, and Gold but not all colors will be available in all regions.

Display

The Honor 7X is featuring a 5.93-inches display with 2:1 aspect ratio. It is the striking feature which makes the Honor 7X an attention grabber mid-ranger because there are only devices in this price range with such design. Despite having such large display, it easily slips in the pocket. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2160 pixels which are somewhat standard in this pricing.

Honor opted an LCD display panel which is bright, sharp and vibrant but still, it lacks deep blacks like OLEDs. The large display is more than enough for multi-tasking as well as watching videos. The good thing is display colors and brightness level won't disappoint you at all, it certainly one of the best display in this price range.


Hardware

The Honor 7X isn't bringing the sheer power under the hood but instead, it sits in the midrange pack with the company's own Kirin 659 SoC. Its an Octa-Core chipset accompanied with 4GB RAM. The under the hood power of Honor 7X is more than enough to cater your day-to-day tasks. However, it lacks the firepower of the flagship that's why in some cases the device took time to load apps. The device built-in storage is 64GB which is further expandable via MicroSD card.

The Honor 7X will attract those who don't want to open apps within microseconds but instead, they can wait few seconds before the app opens up, in that case, Honor 7X will be the perfect fit. The device has enough firepower to handle all your daily driver tasks as well as games which requires power to operate.

Specs Honor 7X
Display 5.93-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Kirin 659
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 16MP+2MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,340mAh
USB Micro-USB
OS Android Nougat 7.1 with EMUI 5.1
IP-ratings None
Software

The Honor 7X is pre-installed with the Android Nougat 7.1 with the Huawei's custom EMUI 5.1 layer over it. This means Honor 7X owners will have to wait for the roll out of Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.0. Huawei's EMUI is one of the thickest custom layers over the stock Android OS which brings a number of bloatware apps but also allows the user to customize device according to their preference. Still, the EMUI 5.1 is not as good as EMUI 8, this means the customers will have to wait few months to get the latest version of Android OS.


Battery

If the device doesn't feature the top of the line chipset, it also has issues related to battery drain as it isn't powered efficiently like the top-end chipset. The Honor 7X variant which was announced for the Chinese customers have battery drain issues but the International variant doesn't have battery drain issues. It features the old Micro-USB instead of the latest USB Type-C port and also it lacks fast charging.

The battery cell on the Honor 7X is a 3,340mAh battery cell which easily lasts one day on normal usage. The last year Honor 6X also have the same battery cell. You can't expect it to last longer than the single day. According to Honor, the device can survive 12 hours on video playback if the device is 100 charged. Lack of fast charging means you will require more than 2 hours to charge the device.

Camera

Honor also followed the latest trend of dual rear cameras but the company attempted it in a slightly different way. Though the Honor 7X has dual rear circular optics actually only one camera sensor works whereas the secondary sensor is the low-res sensor which only works to provide depth perception. The dual rear snappers bring portrait shots via software.

The arrangement is not new for Huawei smartphones but being a pocket-friendly smartphone it lacks Leica-branded lens that's why its capturing abilities and software modes are less than the premium Huawei devices. The sensors have phase-detection autofocus and shutter speed is also pretty good. To further beautify your images the device features filters and modes including the manual mode for those who want to edit camera settings according to their requirement.

The Honor 7X primary snapper is 16MP module whereas the secondary sensor is the 2MP sensor for depth sensing. Despite being a midrange device its camera shutter speed is pretty good, In fact much better than Motorola X4 and HTC U11 Life. Up front, the selfie camera is the 8MP module for video chats and selfies. The best thing is the front-facing camera brings a depth of field feature as well despite having single camera module but it isn't as good as rear cameras.

Price and Release date

At the moment it is still in dark how much Honor 7X will cost for the global markets but from the look of the things, it seems like the device will cost similar to its predecessor Honor 6X. In that case, the Honor 7X will cost $249.99 for international customers, the UK buyers will have to pay £229 whereas in Australia the device can be grabbed for AU$390. As far as release is a concern at the moment only UK release is confirmed to be December 5. It is still in the dark when Honor 7X will be released in other regions.

In case of slight hike in pricing, we heard reports the Honor 7X might be released at the slightly higher price of £279 for the UK, still, nothing is confirmed officially that's why we will recommend to take it with a grain of salt.

Conclusion

The Honor 7X key selling aspect will be it's 2:1 display, midrange hardware with decent dual rear cameras. The device brings almost all perks what you can expect from a device below £300 but there are few complaints which Honor could do but they didn't add it. First, the Honor 7X could have latest USB Type-C with fast charging support and the only possible reason to not have this feature is to save cost price. The device can be pre-installed with the latest EMUI 8 but we have to admit all these aspects are not something which will restrict buyers from grabbing it.

The Honor branded smartphones are not meant to challenge the existing premium smartphones but instead Honor brand devices are midranges which brings striking design with midrange hardware at an affordable pricing. The Honor 7X saves you above £400 if you compromise on few aspects. Feel free to share your views regarding the Honor 7X in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

The Honor 7x is available at Amazon for $ 169. The price/quality is good. To see others 3 offers click here.
(last update 13 December 2018 @ 22:08)

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