Honor 7X Review
Honor has been making waves lately as one of the top makers of budget phones that come with quality. They are owned by Chinese phone maker Huawei and as such get to share a lot of their great technology. Their latest phone to take on the market is the Honor 7X that I got to try out for a couple of weeks.
Honor 7X: Design
For the Honor 7X the phone maker has made some good design the decisions that give the phone a premium look. The screen goes almost right up to the edges making the most of the space available. The edges are bevelled which gives the Honor 7X a modern, sleek look. The body is made of metal with a 2.5D curved effect glass screen on the front. On the back you will find a nicely placed fingerprint sensor and the dual cameras that do stick out slightly.
Those who still like to use wired headphones will welcome the existence of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Disappointingly the choice to use the old microUSB port feels a little dated meaning there is no fast charging available. The company also made the decision not to include NFC so there is no wireless charging or Google Pay either.
Honor 7X: Display
The Honor 7X comes with a 5.93” IPS LCD display. The Honor 7X is the first phone to bring the 18:9 aspect ratio to the price bracket. With a resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 has a pixel density of 407ppi offering an impressive high definition display for the price.
The phone offers a full screen mode to take full advantage of the extra space. This can be toggled in the settings but there is also a pop up that appears quite often in-app to save time.
The Honor 7X has the standard automatic brightness setting that works pretty well. You can use the phone without being blinded in the dark or still use it in the brightest sunshine.
Honor 7X: Camera
The Honor 7X comes with dual rear-facing cameras. The main camera is 16 megapixels and is paired with a 2 megapixel camera for adding depth to portrait images.
The front facing camera is a respectable 8 megapixels and offers the Bokeh-effect portraits that you get on most flagship phones these days.
Honor have clearly prioritised getting a good camera in the phone. Something that is often compromised in lower priced phones. If you want a good camera phone without splashing the big money then this is definitely one to consider.
Honor 7X: Performance & Battery
Inside the Honor 7X you will find 4GB of RAM and a 2.36GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor. This is a slight improvement over its predecessor the Honor 6X and is comparable to other phones in its price range. While the Honor 7X struggles to handle the most graphic intensive games for the most part it handles everything just fine.
Disappointingly the Honor 7X is still shipping with Android 7 with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface over the top. Android 8.1 Oreo has been out for some time now and Huawei’s latest EMUI is version 8. Plans have been announced for both of these to come to the Honor 7X in Q2 of this year.
Powering this hardware is a 3,340mAh battery that, as is par for the course these days, cannot be removed. I found the battery to be more than adequate for a day of general usage. However if you’re still a disciple of Pokemon Go then investing in a power bank will be a must.
Honor 7X: Verdict, Price & Value
If you are looking for a new phone but you don’t want to splash out on a flagship phone then the Honor 7X is definitely worth a look. It is currently priced at £269.99 on the Honor UK website. It will be hard to find another ultra wide phone for a similar price.