HuaweiHonor7X Review

Intro

We’ve pertained to approve Honor gadgets as being wonderful worth. Relying on tested innovation from its parent business Huawei, the Chinese brand has been regularly focused on bringing excellent specifications at alluring costs. That’s no simple task, yet Honor makes it appear practically easily natural at this point, with devices like the Honor 7X.

Huawei’s current Mate schedule currently provides wonderful worth in the premium sector, with the Friend 10 and also Mate 10 Pro, in addition to in the huge screen mid-range, when faced with the Friend 10 Lite.

Honor 7X specifications:

Sure, you might be losing out on some selfie additionals as well as a couple of various other small information occasionally, but in the United States, Honor 7X is going for simply $200 – an entire $50 less than its Honor 6X predecessor at launch. Europe is getting less of a bargain, but still not that terrible.

Of course, no phone lacks its mistakes. We would have loved to see a USB Type-C slot on the Honor 7X. While at it, NFC support to power contactless repayments would have been a great touch also. Still, in the grand system of things, a lower known brand name appears to be enough to conserve you a pretty penny on some excellent Huawei hardware and software package. A bargain we would gladly take any type of day of the week.

Unboxing

A straightforward, tough, two-piece cardboard box – that’s what we such as to see from value-conscious devices which’s specifically what the Honor 7X ships in. Absolutely nothing also elegant, but we do dig the greenish-blue shade Honor selected. It truly makes it attract attention.

Eliminating the top part exposes a solitary compartment that just houses a wall battery charger and also USB cable television. However, it’s the microUSB type and also not the more recent, relatively easy to fix Type-C port. The charger is rated at 10W or 2A@5V, which together is the maximum power the Honor 7X will charge at.

Design

A metal unibody as well as a glass front – it could be overused, yes, however we still assume it’s an ageless look. The Honor 7X draws it off magnificently in every aspect and we’ll take pleasure in all it, before the iPhone-inspired wireless charging-friendly gadgets come gathering.

The Honor 7X has incredibly flush and all-natural contours, quite reminiscent of an apple iphone 7, or a number of its precursors.

The phone barely flexes under stress and feels as strong as a rock. Past Honor tools have actually constantly been strong in their own right. This frame, however, is among the toughest we have actually ever before seen on a phone of this cost variety.

Naturally, on the other hand of things, a metal back does imply no cordless charging and needs the existence of antenna lines. The latter, nevertheless, are combined in really well with the rest of the body and this holds true despite the coating you choose – blue, gold or black.

The only other outside section on the Honor 7X is a 2.5 D front glass, which stashes nicely into the frame itself, which is an additional really enjoyable design selection. It’s a Gorilla Glass however Honor doesn’t reveal which generation.

Whatever the glass may be, the better part of the surface area beneath it is occupied by a fashionable new extra-wide, 5.9-inch, 18:9 panel. We actually value Honor stuck to FullHD, instead of conserving a few bucks by selecting a lower resolution. Yet, much more on that particular later on.

The side bezels around the panel are quite thin, however nothing we would certainly think about bezel-less. The leading as well as lower chins are rather reasonably sized too.

Besides the selfie video camera as well as speaker, the top one additionally houses an alert LED. The lower one only has an Honor logo printed on the underlying surface area in a very Huawei fashion.

On the left side of the phone there is a single tray that houses a regular and hybrid SIM slot on the Dual-SIM design, or substitutes the latter for a dedicated microSD one.

On the contrary side – a quantity rocker near the leading and a power switch below that. Both easy to reach, “click-y” and well defined.

The top of the Honor 7X is pretty empty, save for a little opening for a second noise-cancelling microphone. On the bottom – the microSD port, we already grumbled regarding in addition to the solitary audio speaker. In all fairness, we can not realistically anticipate a stereo arrangement at this rate point.

Luckily, what is consisted of is an excellent old 3.5 mm audio jack.

A rear-mounted fingerprint viewers is likewise component of the mix. In keeping with its strong credibility in this area, Huawei equipped the Honor 7X with a very stylish as well as precise scanner. Normally, it is always-on and also can unlock the phone from standby. No complaints there.

The competitors

The Honor 7X came out of this review looking respectable as well as understandably so. It is a solid mid-range mobile phone, with a solid build and reliable total performance. Nevertheless, slapping on an universal suggestion for it turned out to be less than straight-forward.

Currently, the Honor 7X is retailing for vastly different prices in different markets. The US has a killer bargain at simply $200, while the majority of Europe can only hope to reasonably nab one up for as low as 250-300.

There are a couple of gadgets with screens with high facet ratios to possibly consider around the 250 – 300 mark, specifically if you agree to import from China. The vivo V7 as well as V7+, relying on your size preference, are two of those. Both provide subjectively much better performance, yet do so with various other trade-offs, like a lower resolution display, and a solitary cam setup.

Mostly the very same can be said concerning the Oppo F5. It does have a brighter f/1.8 lens on its major cam, which does mean a little far better night-time efficiency. Then again, our F5 testimonial system had notable focusing issues, which might still be an undesirable truth to handle.

For an extra Western-friendly, “name brand” with the contemporary high screen, there is the LG Q6. While a great option in general, it is especially smaller, with its 5.5-inch screen diagonal.

Going down the high display facet screen from the needs listing, introduce a few even more intriguing choices. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is an outstanding overall tool – powerful sufficient, battery-efficient, durable as well as a pretty well-appointed for trendy picture photography. And also, there is the included attraction of Android One as well as fast updates.

And finally, for the phablet-enthusiasts, there is the Mi Max 2, also courtesy of Xiaomi. Standing high and large at 6.44 inches, it will never leave you short of screen real-estate, or battery, for that issue.

The judgment

Honestly, if you are looking for a trendy brand-new ultra-wide phone, without damaging the financial institution, it is hard to beat Honor’s value proposal on the 7X. Returning to the earlier financial element of points, however, there is a major asterisk below. Inspecting several of the various other choices we noted on your local market is a great idea. If absolutely nothing else, take a look around for the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, since lots of provider, particularly across Europe are providing it with a subsidised price, which could even the rate of both.

Pros

Cons

All things taken into consideration, the Honor 7X is a strong, all-round gadget, also if, unquestionably, a rather boring and also unimaginative one. It’s a secure, trustworthy and economically sound choice. One that doesn’t promise anything more than what it can supply but one that delivers just enough to pass as among our referrals of the period.

Network
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, December
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, December
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm (6.16 x 2.96 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 165 g (5.82 oz)
  • Build: Front glass, aluminum body
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display
  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.93 inches, 90.7 cm2 (~77.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~407 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • – EMUI 5.1
  • Platform
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-T830 MP2
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM (L21) or 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM (L22) or 32/64 GB, 3/4 GB RAM (L24)
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 16 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.9″, 1.25m, PDAF
    2 MP, depth sensor
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 8 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide)
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – DTS sound
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Radio: FM radio
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
    – MP4/H.265 player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document viewer
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery
  • Stand-by: Up to 647 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 21 h (3G)
  • Misc
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Red, Gray
  • Price: About 290 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 1529 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1398Basemark X: 8616
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 1941 (nominal), 2.734 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 66dB / Noise 71dB / Ring 85dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -89.5dB / Crosstalk -86.6dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 77h
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