Honor expanded its portfolio with the new smartphone Honor 7X. Its the successor of the Honor 6X smartphone which launched in February 2017. Honor 7X comes with Full View Display with 18:9 ratio and Dual Camera Setup at an attractive starting price of 12,999 INR. The smartphone comes in two storage variant- one with 32GB ROM and the other with 64GB ROM. While we have the 32GB ROM variant of Gold colour. Let’s check how it performs during our review period.
Design and Build:
The Honor 7X comes with the similar metal chassis body like the other Honor smartphones. The matte back and curvy edges give it a premium look on the top. The size and weight of the smartphone are good enough to hold and use. The rear panel has fingerprint sensor and Honor logo at the centre, while the Dual Camera Setup along with the LED flash is on the segmented Antenna lines. The front panel has Full View display with thin bezels, camera and sensors at the top and a Honor Logo at the bottom of the display.
The Volume rocker keys and the power button is on the right side of the edge. The 3.5mm Audio Jack port, micro USB port and Speaker Grill are located at the bottom along with the Hybrid SIM card try is stapled on left. The rear panel is smooth and slippery and one can slip most often. Although the design is impressive and build is sturdy.
The 5.9-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 ratio is the most impressive part of the smartphone. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass on the top. The colour contrast on the phone is natural still the icons and other elements look crisp. The sunlight readability is good and the screen can be seen bright under different viewing angles. A big Thumbs up for the display.
Honor 7X runs on its own Hi-Silicon Kirin 659 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage capacity is of 32GB out of which user gets 27 GB. The storage can be expandable up to 128GB via Hybrid Slot. Its a Dual-SIM smartphone with 4G VoLTE support. Other connectivity options are Wi-Fi+, GPS, microUSB OTG and NFC.
On the software section, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with its custom EMUI 5.1 out of the box. The UI is clean and doesn’t have pre-installed bloatware on it. The UI offers lots of customisation options to its users like themes and font. But we have a question, Honor. Why is Android 8.0 not provided with it when the whole world wants it.
Honor 7X offers a decent smartphone performance with provided chip-set. The touch response is good and you can see instant changes. The multitasking ability of the smartphone is good, which is paired along with 4GB RAM to offer good performance overall.
The gaming section is bit weak. One can run and enjoy smaller apps like Candy Crush and Subway Surfers but High End games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 lags a lot and have frame rate drop issue. Again if you’re playing a game consistently for more than 15-20 minutes you’ll find the heating issue prominent.
The fingerprint response is great and it unlocks the smartphone quickly. The Audio and Video section is also decent but I personally thought the sound performance could be a bit better. If you’ll take the volume level at max you’ll find high noise than clarity.
The benchmark scores are good comparing to other smartphones in this range. Honor 7X scored 60730 in AnTuTu and 22121 in Quadrant Standard. The Geekbench Score was 901 in Single Core and 3523 in Multi-Core.
The Network and Connectivity section is good. The Wi-Fi strength is good as well as the 4G LTE connectivity. There was very minimal drop issue with this smartphone.
The rear camera sports 16MP+2MP sensors. They capture good images with a good amount of depth in daylight. The camera app focuses quickly and captures the image in that moment. Captured images have good colour composition and visibility. The low light performance is good but you’ll find the noise.
The front camera also captures good images with adequate details with its 8MP sensor. The selfies were good and have a natural colour tone. There are different types of modes available in the camera like bokeh, live photo, pro mode, night mode, panorama and much more which can help you to take good images. The camera section is good but with Dual-Camera Setup, I was expecting better performance.
Honor 7X is backed by 3340mAh of the battery which delivers a whole day battery life with minimal usage. While using this as my primary device I got 7-8 hours of battery life with moderate-heavy usage which is good. The battery customization is good and the battery takes 3 to 3.5 hours charging time.
At a price tag of 12,999 INR, Honor 7X offer decent performance with the provided SoC. Display, Battery and Usability section is great while the Camera, Gaming and Software section is bit low. If you want the battery and normal performance, you can go for it but if you want more this isn’t the best choice.