Honor, a sub-brand under the Huawei Group, was conceived in late 2011 and established in 2013. Since its inception, the Honor line of smartphones has helped Huawei compete in budget online brands in China. The company began its international expansion in 2014. By June 2015, the brand had expanded into 74 countries, including European nations, India, and Japan. Honor’s second flagship phone, Honor 7, was released in 2015. In October 2015, Honor announced its goal to double sales and profits, reaching $5 billion in profit, and announced plans to focus on India. Their phone the Honor 7x (Honor 7X – Max Your View) has received great name making the honor a well-known brand, this review would be a revisit as the honor phone has been in market for about 6 months now. So here is a better understanding of the phone.
The box of the honor 7x has the typical blue color that the honor boxes have. After taking out the cover, there is a theme over here, which has smaller boxes inside. the first box consists of the Phone itself, after that there is another smaller box consisting of the charging brick and the micro USB cable. There is not much in the box.
There has been a while since the launch of the phone and there have been a lot of phones in this price segment since then. The phone is still a good option, and our motive is to help people decide whether or not to buy the phone. We consider the phone still to be in market as there are no significant development and not many phones in the 15k price segment with any significant hardware upgrades out there, making this phone an option still on table.
build and design it is easily one of the best-looking phones in this price segment, the blue variant with the black front looks magnificent. display of 5.93 inches thanks to the slimmed down bezels, not a single-handed user-friendly phone.
it has dual rear cameras mounted horizontally on the top right corner at the back. bellow that in the middle there is the finger print scanner, the back of the phone has the honor branding on the bottom of the phone. the volume rockers to the right side of the phones feels clicky and have great feedback. On the bottom side of the phone there is the speaker grill on the left, the micro USB port in the middle and headphone jack on the right. in the front there is the screen itself on the top left corner there is the front facing camera, middle top has the earpiece, and on the bottom, is a chin with the honor branding. on the left side of the phone is the sim tray which is a hybrid sim slot.
the 5.93 inches screen with 18:9 aspect ratio has an IPS LCD panel for display having resolution of 1080X2160 pixels, and pixel density of about 407 ppi. the screen is sharp and has great viewing angles. the screen is more reflective than expected and struggles under bright sunlight. but the display gets quite bright, exhibits good contrast and good colors. the colors on the phone are on the warmer side but honor has provided with color adjustment feature to change the type of screen as per individual requirements.
The phone itself is quite fast with HiSilicon Kirin 659 which is a very power efficient chip and fast. The chipset has the Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) which is pretty fast. Use of the same Mali-T830 MP2 GPU which might have an impact on playing heavy games, but everyone does not play those heavy game and general tasks and applications run very smoothly without any issues whatsoever.
The ram management is quite good with this phone, which helps in keeping more apps open in background and not having them restart. The performance of the finger print scanner is rapid quick as many of the honor devices. The phone does not have a gyroscope if anyone wants to experience the virtual reality which would disappoint some. The phone has ambient light sensor for auto brightness. the cellular reception and call quality are all good as well.
OS is emotion UI or EMUI 5.1 running on android 7 which is the nougat. It has the feature of app twin which creates two instances of a same app like having two WhatsApp accounts or two Facebook accounts logged-in in a single phone. there is an applock feature which makes use of the finger print scanner to lock apps, for privacy reasons. Many features are included which makes the phone feature rich.
3340 mAh batter the battery backup is quite good and lasts for a day and half on full charge. with moderate to heavy usage the honor 7x last for about a day or so and then ending up asking for more juice. the battery charging isn’t that great it takes two and a half hours to charge the phone from 0 to 100 which is not that great. the charging adapter is a standard charger not the fast charger so the charging speed are slow.
The phone has the dual camera setup on the back sporting 16 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm) for regular images and 2 MP depth sensor for portrait mode pictures, the results from the camera are decent, but the portrait mode shots struggle with edge detection, while the normal images shot with camera are sharp have great detail under good lighting conditions.
The phone also has pro mode or the manual mode available for those who are good at using the mode can get better images from the camera than in auto mode. the selfies shot on this phone though tells a different story all together, which is, better selfies from the front camera. The selfies are bright, have a lot of detail and extremely sharp. the skin tones and the dynamic range are okay. the 7x can shoot 1080p videos at 30 fps there is no image stability of any sort but gets the job done.
great design. solid build. large 18:9 display, rapid fast performance, manual mode for the rear camera, and a=feature pack user interface. If these are the things you’ve been wanting in a phone this is the phone you should be looking for. the 4GB+32GB Honor 7x variant is priced at ₹12999 and the 4GB+64GB for ₹15999, from which the former one is the most cost worthy and the latter is a little overpriced for what it offers. and are sold in two colours blue and black. overall the phone is very good option even after 6 months of its launch, and many would agree with us when we have considered this phone to be a competitor in the mid budget segment.
|Network||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G bands||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps|
|Status||Available. Released 2017, December|
|Body||Dimensions||156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm (6.16 x 2.96 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||165 g (5.82 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, aluminum body|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~407 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)|
-Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 659|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Internal||32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||Dual: 16 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm) + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash.|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||8 MP (f/2.0, 27mm), 1080p.|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
-Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
|Battery||Stand-by||Up to 647 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 21 h (3G)|