Honor launched their latest mid-range smartphone Honor 7x worldwide on Dec 5th in a mega event happened at London. In India the device is available in 2 variants which are 4 GB / 32 GB and 4 GB / 64 GB priced at Rs. 12,999/- and Rs. 15,999/- respectively. And the device is available for purchase exclusively on Amazon and Honor’s own e-commerce portal www.hihonor.com/in. We got an opportunity to review this latest device and here are our unbiased thoughts and review on the same.
Quick Glance at the Specs:
Honor 7x is a 6.1″ device comprising a 5.93″ Full view display with 18:9 ratio and 2160 x 1080 FHD+ resolution. The device is powered by a Octa-core Kirin 659 16nm processor, 4 GB / 32 GB or 64 GB with expandable storage using Micro SD upto 256 GB, 16 MP + 2MP dual rear camera, 8 MP front camera, 3340 mAh batter and Fingerprint Scanner. The Honor 7x is available in 3 color which are Black, Blue and Gold.
Design and Build: Honor 7x’s body is perfectly built using Nano Plastic Injecting Molding technique and its a unibody metallic phone comprising a 2.5D front glass. The device has neat round edges and gives a premium look in hand. The Honor 7x weighs 165g with only 7.6 mm thickness and it doesn’t feel heavy in hands and its slim form factor makes it look a premium device.. The device comes with a Hybrid SIM card slot which can hold either 2 SIM’s cards or a SIM card and a Micro-SD card at any given point of time. The volume rocker and power/unlock button is placed at the right and the buttons gives perfect tactile feedback. At the bottom of the device, there is a Micro USB port, speaker grill and a 3.5mm audio jack. On top of the device, there is just a noise cancellation mic. At the back, there is a dual camera alongside which is a led flash. There are two visible grey aerial lines on top and bottom side on back and a Simplistic Honor branding at the lower side of the device on back. The camera bump is clearly visible on the back which we think is prone to scratches when a user places the devices on rough surfaces on or floor. We advise a better back cover would help when a user purchases this phone. Coming to build quality, device looks very premium and the quality of build is also top-notch. The device could handle the casual wear and tear well and even it could survive a 4 feet accidental fall on tiled ground. Only disadvantage we think this device has the lack of USB C Type charging/data port. Apart from that, we give full marks to the design and build quality of Honor 7x.
Display: Honor 7x houses a 5.93″ Bezel less Full View Display with screen ratio of 18:9 and with 2160 x 1080 FHD+ resolution. The display is the main attraction on this device and for the device priced at this range, this display is a major value add and on top of it comes with a 2.5D glass finish which gives a premium look. The touch screen is fast and sensitive to touches and the display clarity is bright and vivid even under sun light which is commendable. The color reproduction and viewing angles are great on this display. Thanks to the Full view display, playing games and the entertainment content on this device gives a total satisfaction. Coming to full view display functionality, not all applications are compatible to 18:9 ratio, however it gives an option to switch to 18:9 when opening an app for the first time, sometimes few apps may support, few may crash. Overall, we are totally happy with the quality of the display which Honor 7x offers.
Hardware and Performance: Honor 7x is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 659 16nm Octa-core processor which has a nice advantage in multi-tasking and for playing games and entertainment content seamlessly. We couldn’t observe any lag or slowness during our day to day activities and while playing entertainment content. The device could handle multi-tasking seamlessly and at any point of time we had at least 50% memory for handling the new processes. Gaming on this gives a easy experience, but while playing heavy graphic games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 5 with highest quality set in the application, we could see frame drops. However, changing the setting to medium quality in Asphalt 8 gives a great gaming experience without any frame drops or lag. The call quality on this device is great and the finger print sensor is quick and responsive which is good. One downside of the device is that it doesn’t come with a gyroscope sensor which makes this device unusable for VR content. Another one is missing NFC support, but I wouldn’t say its much of a deal breaker assuming there is a very little use cases for using NFC effectively in India at this point of time. Apart from that we are quite happy with the performance of Honor 7x. Below screenshots have the different benchmark test scores of or 7x.
Camera: Honor 7x houses a 16 MP + 2 MP combination rear cameras which helps creating bokeh effect pictures and portrait pictures, we didn’t face much issues while clicking these shots but the output is not that accurate as compared to high end phones, but whatever output which we got is decent enough for the device at this price point. There is a split second delay while capturing pictures which can result in blurry images which clicked on move. The pictures shot in bright light and great Ambient lights gives a pretty neat output, but the pictures clicked under low light is not so great. The front camera also has portrait mode which is a decent add on to the camera feature in order to capture some neat selfies. The camera application gives lot of modes to choose while clicking pictures and shooting videos and they are Pro-photo mode, Pro-video mode, HDR Mode, Night Shot, Panorama, Light Painting, Time-lapse, Slow-Mo, 9 filters, Effects to choose using which one can do cosplay while clicking the pictures, Audio note etc., In video mode, one can shoot upto 1080p video using rear camera and upto 720p using front camera. We liked what the camera has to offer at this price range. Check out few sample pictures shot on Honor 7x.
Software and Features: Honor 7x comes with Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and its topped with their own UI called EMUI 5.1 (Emotion UI) with lot of nitty-gritty features. We will come up with a video covering all those features, but we will give a quick overview of few of important and notable features here in this post. The UI gives an option to choose home screen to either standard EMUI version ie., show all apps on home screen or choose the drawer where it allows all the apps to shown on drawer screen which is good. Few other notable features are ‘Eye comfort’ which blurs blue light and helps reliving the visual fatigue. The automatic split screen feature allows a user to split the screen automatically when the user clicks the notification directly if he receives any message while he is watching the videos or browsing through any other content. Another neat feature is the option to use fingerprint scanner itself to drop down the notification and also to navigate the pictures in the gallery using fingerprint sensor itself gives a great added advantage to users and the company thinking about involving these small user experiences gives an understanding about their dedication towards giving great experiences to the users via their UI. Few more notable features on EMUI includes File safe, App Lock, Floating dock, One handed UI, Mirrorshare, App twin for Facebook, Messenger and Whatsapp, Simple user mode with large and limited icons on home screen which helps elders and for the folks who like simplicity, the HiBoard screen in the leftmost home screen using which you will be able to search for useful content, news, receive helpful app suggestions etc., I must highlight the Wi-Fi Bridge feature which allows to share the Wi-Fi and act this device as a Wi-Fi router which is a neat feature to have. I observe battery drains fast when we enable this option, but since one don’t use this feature forever; I guess we should be ok with it. There are few features which are missing from Stock android is Face unlock feature and switching to different users by creating a separate parallel space for guests, different users etc., which I think is an useful feature to have. Apart from these, I think EMUI does a neat job for normal users as well as power users.
Battery: The Honor 7x is powered by a 3340 mAh battery which is decent enough to hold the charge for a full day of usage with all the networks in live condition and with all the accounts in automatic sync. We could get around 6 hours of Screen on time during continuous video play back. The battery could fully charge from 0 to 100 in under 120 minutes. Thanks to the software features in EMUI 5.1 like Power saving mode, Ultra power saving mode, screen power saving and optimization options which it offers helps to tune the usage of battery as per the requirement and could hold battery juice for few more hours in comparison to the normal battery usage mode. Also, Honor 7x monitors the power-intensive applications and alerts to the user in notification which helps user to kill or close that application to save more battery. Even with this moderate battery capacity, and with the software adjustments, Honor has handled the battery performance pretty neatly which gives a peace of mind to the end user at least for one full day without having to charge during the day once its fully charged.
Conclusion: Honor 7x offers all the things which needed for a power user and also a normal user with its great build quality and the performance. The display and camera features which Honor 7x offers and the competitive pricing makes is a decent purchase for the users who are looking for smartphones under 15,000/- range.