The new trend of bezel-less smartphones has picked up in the market so fast that most standard models released looked obsolete, regardless of its price and specifications. And so, it was just a matter of time when smartphone makers would bring a next-gen design for mid-range devices. Here we review the premium-looking Honor 7X smartphone.
Honor 7X Design
As we unpacked the blue colored retail box, we were excited to try out the new Honor 7X because there aren’t much mid-range smartphones in the market that features a near bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio. While the bezels aren’t as thin as the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Apple iPhone X, users will experience a 77% screen-to-body ratio and the display resolution is 1080 x 2160. The resolution undoubtfully brings in clear sharpness for texts and the images look crisp, thanks to the 5.93-inch IPS panel. Viewing angles are great too.
The dimensions and weight of the Honor 7X are also quite impressive, even when the size of the display is big. The device is 7.6mm thick and weighs about 165g. The main body of the smartphone is made out of aluminum. As for the buttons and ports, the power button and volume rockers are located on the right side of the Honor 7X and the speaker grill, headphone jack and micro USB 2.0 port on the bottom. Yep, Honor decided to keep the headphone jack and also use a micro USB 2.0 port instead of the latest USB Type-C port. This should be good news for those who aren’t ready to shift to USB Type-C chargers.
Another selling point is that the Honor 7X comes with the rear-facing dual-lens camera, and along with it is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Thankfully, the scanner resides in the right place where your index finger can reach. While the design looks impressive, there are some things that need to be pointed out. For starters, the smartphone isn’t dust and water resistant as other devices in the market. Samsung’s mid-range A series devices are already IP68 certified and I think its high time that Honor also thinks about it for all its future models. And while the smartphone comes with a Dual-SIM slot, users will need to use the SIM2 slot for MicroSD card expansion as usual.
Honor 7X Specifications
With a great design, it’s imperative that the performance of the device is also good. The Honor 7X features the Kirin 659 processor, consisting of four Cortex A53 cores running at 2.36 GHz and another four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. This indicates that while different clock speeds are for performance and power saving, the battery consumption should be comparatively lower than other power-hungry mobile chipsets. The model that we got for review holds 64GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM under its hood. The hardware is driven by Android 7.0 Nougat OS with EMUI version 5.1. We hope that Honor would release an Android 8.0 Oreo in the near future. While using the smartphone for a few days, we can say that the device performs decently well for its price. We wouldn’t call it the perfect experience because of some slight interface lags while opening some applications. Regardless, the device can handle multitasking quite well with enough RAM available. Oh, and by the way, our AnTuTu test score results are 62831.
Honor 7X Camera
The primary camera of the Honor 7X features a dual-lens setup with a 16MP sensor for one lens and a 2MP sensor on the other end. There is also the wide-aperture mode that lets users capture images with bokeh effects to mimic the effects of a DSLR. Users also get support for phase detection autofocus for high speed focusing, which is also ideal while recording videos. And the camera is capable of recording videos up to 1080p at 30fps. We wish that the smartphone was capable of UHD video captures. As for the front-facing camera, users will be able to get crisp selfies, thanks to the 8MP image sensor. The front-facing camera is also capable of 1080p videos so video calls should look great too. For a mid-range smartphone, this camera setup is not bad for less than AED 1000. Images from both the front and rear shooters of the Honor 7X looked decent but not the best around in the market.
Honor 7X Battery
While the battery capacity of the device could have been a bit bigger for the screen size, the battery life of the Honor 7X is quite impressive and last well for a day and a bit more after some heavy usage. Even the standby time of the smartphone can remain on for almost a week. This is all due to the efficiency of the 16nm Kirin 659 processor and the battery optimizations available on Android 7.0. Unfortunately, there is no sign for fast charge on this device and this is quite a disappointment since almost all the latest smartphones from all categories feature quick charge support.
Honor 7X Verdict