Honor India will be launching their new Honor 7X pretty soon in India and we have seen some extravagant campaigns on their social media channels with hashtag #IOOI about this new smartphone. We got an opportunity to have a first look at the device and here are our first impressions on the same.
Before proceeding to write about our first impressions, here is a quick glance at the specifications which the new phone has to offer. Honor 7X would come with a 5.93″ Bezel-less Full view IPS Full HD+ display (2160 x 1080 resolution) with aspect ration of 18:9. The device is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked at 2.36GHz and on storage front, users can expect different variants like 4 GB / 64 GB and 4 GB / 128 GB with additional support of storage up-to 256 GB via Micro SD card. 7X houses a dual-camera setup at rear with 16MP + 2 MP combination and a 8 MP front camera. On Battery front, it comes with a 3340 mAH capacity and with Fast charging capability. 7X would come with Android Marshamallow 7.0 topped with their own UI called Emotion UI 5.1 . The device would be available in 3 colours which are black, blue and gold.
First Impressions on Honor 7X:
Honor 7x comes with a premium metal unibody design and the bezel-less design with a 2.5D glass on top of it gives a premium look to the entire device. It feels light and slim to hold the device as well the device is not slippery even when try to operate with one hand which is good. The body of Honor 7x is built using Nano Plastic injecting molding technique to give it a perfect quality build. Coming to the aesthetics of the device, On the front of the device, there is a 8MP front camera and adjacent to that are the sensors and the speaker grill for telephonic audio. On the top, there is a noise cancellation microphone, to the bottom of the device there is a 3.5mm audio jack, Micro USB charging/data port, along with an external speaker and another noise cancellation mic. At the back, there is a dual-camera located horizontally on the top left and a LED flash next to it. Below that, there is a finger print scanner located at the proper reachable spot. There are two Aerial lines visible one at the bottom and one running alongside the dual-camera setup. There is a visible camera bump and one should be pretty careful while placing the device on the rough surfaces to avoid the potential scratches to the lens surface. To the right of the device, there is a power/unlock button and volume rockers. On the left side of the device, there is a hybrid SIM slot which could hold up-to 2 SIM cards at a time or One SIM card and a Micro-SD card at a time. Overall looks and design of the device is premium and elegant. The 18:9 ratio Full view display is a treat to watch the entertainment content and to play HD games on it.
On software front, Honor 7X comes loaded with Android 7.0 overlay-ed with their own Emotion UI version 5.1 which gives some pretty decent features and add-ons to the user experience. One pretty good and welcome change is the option to choose the home screen type either to standard one which shows all apps on home screen or a Drawer which shows all apps on drawer screen. There are few additional notable features like Automatic split screen which would automatically split the screen and show the content when a user just clicks a notification. For ex: If an user watching a video and suddenly an email arrives and shows in notification panel, user can just click on the notification and the screen automatically splits into two without disturbing the video. Other notable features are Portrait effect selfie which can turn on one tap facial recognition real-time preview and there are some palm gestures also included. The Wi-Fi bridge feature is a pretty neat one too using which one can share their Wi-Fi itself and make this phone as a Wi-Fi router in order to share a Wi-Fi network. And for selfie lovers, there is a Cosplay to play around.
Performance wise, the UI looks snappy and the basic functionalities like browsing, watching movies, using social media etc., is great and the device performs greatly in that regard. We will come up detailed reviews on the performance after using this device for few weeks. As an initial expression, the performance does look great on Honor 7x.
On camera front, we clicked few pictures in portrait mode and normal modes, and we are quite happy with the output which we have got. And the selfie mode also captures some neat pictures in bright mode as well as in well lit room. We will come up with detailed review on camera performance in our full review post.
Initial Verdict: We have no clue about the price of the device yet and if this device is priced right and if its available anywhere under 15000/-, its a steal deal for the end users for the features and the build quality it offers.
Right now, we not sure about the availability dates and the variants which would be available in Indian market. We will have to wait and watch. But, the interested customers can register here on Amazon or here on Honor’s own eCommerce portal and get notified on the same. And, there are some attractive prizes also for the users who register now.
Stay tuned for our detailed review on this device in next few weeks.