Saturday, 16 December 2017

Honor 7X price in India is Rs. 12,999  (#73,184.37)or the 32GB
variant and Rs. 15,999 (#90074.37) for the 64GB model
The Honor 7X is the newest smartphone to sport an
18:9 aspect ratio screen, and has been launched at a
starting price of Rs. 12,999. It is the successor to the
Honor 6X ( Review) and comes shortly after the
launch of the Honor 9i ( Review), which was the
brand’s first phone with a Full View display. The Honor
7X brings this feature to the more affordable X series,
making it accessible to a lot more people. One look at
the spec sheet and it is evident that Honor has loaded
this phone up with loads of features, but is that
enough to give it an edge in this competitive price
segment? We'll an
swer that question and more in our
Honor 7X review.Honor 7X design
We like smartphones with big displays, and the Honor
7X ticks this box. The front is dominated by a 5.93-
inch screen with thin borders on the sides but
comparatively thicker ones at the top and bottom. The
metal earpiece sits above the screen, with an 8-
megapixel front camera alongside. Just like the Honor
9i, the fingerprint scanner on the 7X is at the back.
We found it easy to reach and it was quick to unlock
the phone in our experience. Honor has used a metal
unibody for this smartphone which gives it that
premium look and feel. It has antenna bands running
along the top and the bottom which remind us of the
Honor 8 Pro ( Review).
The metal body curves on the sides and along the
edges, giving this phone a good in-hand feel. The
power and volume buttons are positioned on the right
and we found that we had to stretch to hit the volume
buttons. The loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphones socket,
primary microphone, and Micro-USB port are all on
the bottom. The dual camera setup at the back is
accompanied by a single-LED flash. Honor has gone
with two distinct rings instead of a single unit like
we’ve seen on most phones recently. The camera
arrangement protrudes a little.
The Honor 7X weighs 165 grams which feels about
right in the hand. It measures 7.6mm in thickness
while packing in a 3340mAh battery. Honor supplies a
10W charger in the box that is capable of charging
the phone completely in two and a half hours.
Honor 7X specifications, software and
Many Honor phones are powered by Huawei-made
processors, and the 7X packs in a HiSilicon Kirin 659
SoC, the same processor powering the Honor 9i. It is
an octa-core chip with four cores clocked at 2.36GHz
and the other four clocked at 1.7GHz. With the Honor
7X, you get to choose between 32GB and 64GB of
internal storage, but both variants have 4GB of RAM.
Both also let you expand storage up to 256GB using a
microSD card in the Hybrid dual-SIM slot. If you
aren't using that capability, the 7X can accommodate
two Nano-SIMs. There is support for 4G and VoLTE
on both SIMs, but only one can access the 4G
network at a time.
The Honor 7X's screen boasts a full-HD+ resolution
with 2.5D curved glass, but there is no mention of any
type of protection. Viewing angles are good and
Honor lets you tweak the colour temperature to suit
your preferences. Brightness is good indoors but we
had to bump it up all the way or shade the screen with
one hand when using this phone outdoors.
Like all other Honor devices, the 7X runs on Huawei's
custom EMUI skin, specifically EMUI 5.1 on top of
Android Nougat. You get the option to choose
between layouts with and without an app drawer. The
UI also includes theme support for a degree of
customisation. Honor has been thoughtful enough to
include a single-handed mode which makes the phone
easier to use despite its big screen. You can also force
apps to run at the 18:9 aspect ratio if they aren't
scaling automatically.
Along with the essentials, you also get a fair share of
bloatware. The Honor 7X comes with Honor’s support
app called HiCare, and HiGame, a gaming app store.
There are also Web shortcuts called Hi Honor and
Honor Community. You get demo versions of Spider-
Man: Ultimate Power, Asphalt Nitro, Bubble Bash 3,
Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour, and Danger Dash
preinstalled, but you can get rid of them to free up
Honor 7X performance, battery life, and
The Honor 7X sports the same combination of procesor
and RAM as the Honor 9i and scores similarly in
benchmarks. In Antutu, it managed to score 62,504,
and we got 906 and 3569 points in Geekbench's
single-core and multi-core tests respectively.
GFXBench returned 18fps which is just about average.
We tried playing Shadow Fight 3 which is a graphics-
intensive game, and while it ran without any lags, it
did take while to load.
Movies and games are immersive thanks to the big
display. However, we did notice that the phone would
get warm after a long gaming session, and there would
be significantly higher battery drain. With light to
medium use, the phone lasted us one working day, but
playing games and watching videos had a big impact on
battery life. The phone lasted only a little over 8
hours in our HD video loop test, which is under-par
for a battery of this size. Honor has baked in a few
battery saving software tweaks which could come in
handy, but we shouldn't have to use them all the time.
The camera app is fairly easy to use and apart from
the default auto mode, you can select between wide
aperture, moving picture and portrait modes. You get
a lot of other modes to choose from as well, including
a Pro Photo mode that lets you fine-tune camera
parameters before taking a shot. You also have the
option to download additional features if required.
Photos taken with the Honor 7X look good at first
glance. However, zoom into landscape shots and you
can see that the 7X misses out on details and delivers
slightly grainy shots. Macros are good and there is
decent separation between subjects and backgrounds.
The wide aperture mode gives you better depth of
field by digitally adding blur based on the aperture
value you select.