The Honor 7X ticks a special box with a lovely display, the front is dominated by a 5.93-inch screen with a Full HD+ 2160 X 1920 resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio looks impressive. 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. The fingerprint sensor on the 7X is at the back, I found it easy to reach the fingerprinter sensor to unlock the phone in our experience.
Honor 7X uses a metal unibody for this smartphone which gives it that premium look and feels.
The new Honor 7X was launched globally at an event in London at a price of £269.99 for the 64 GB variant with 4GB ram (Blue/Black).
Quick look at the specs
• The Honor 7X is equipped with an 18:9 ratio, 5.93 inch FHD+ display with 2160 X 1080 resolution, providing ultra-high definition and remarkable display quality. With its 2.5D curved glass design, metallic chassis and perfectly rounded edges, users can experience exceptional futuristic design.
• The Honor 7X has an 18:9 screen to allow gamers to see more and obtain advantage when in the midst of the action. The 18:9 screen ratio is close to the 21:9 ratio used in cinemas, meaning that the screen delivers an outstandingly cinema-like immersive experience to users.
• The Honor 7X doubles the productivity and fun with its One-key Screen Split function. From email and WhatsApp to Netflix and YouTube, multi-tasking has never been faster and easier.
• The dual-lens 16MP + 2MP rear camera captures people and scenes in the highest definition. With Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and the latest algorithms, the Honor 7X enables focusing in 0.18 seconds. The large aperture (F/0.95 – F/16) gives images a DSLR-level depth of field effect.
• The Honor 7X is powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor at 4x 2.36GHz and 4x 1.7 GHz and is equipped with 4GB RAM and EMUI 5.1. This ensures superb performance when multitasking and gaming, and meets the needs of the most demanding apps.
• A microSD card of up to 256 GB can be used to increase data storage so that hundreds of episodes of the favourite series can be downloaded and stored to watch offline. Smart optimization and file management features prevent the degradation of Android performance over time.
Long Lasting Battery life
• Even with the larger FullView Display, a single charge of the 3,340 mAh battery enables Honor 7X to be on the go for more than one full day.
Display & Design:
There are some special new features, including a gesture-controlled shutter release for the selfie camera, daytime and nighttime screen modes, and a single button split-screen mode, to make the most out of the large screen.
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, 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 device is available in two colours: Black, Blue.
On the back, there’s a fingerprint scanner, while the bottom houses the charging port, headphone jack and speaker.
Honor 7X is powered by Kirin 659 CPU and 4GB of RAM with 128 GB internal storage which is sufficient for the users. The powerful RAM and processor make the device almost free of lags and gives a smooth performance while playing high-end games like Injustice or while switching between apps in a jiffy. There are a few pre-loaded games – none of which seem optimised for the wide display, oddly – and they all play fairly well.
The software is the EMUI-skinned flavour of Android Nougat (shipped with 7.0 but Android 8.0 Oreo coming the first quarter of 2018). ) that you’ll find on Huawei handsets. There are plenty of customisation options and a good battery-saver mode.
Next big thing in this phone is the dual rear cameras. Sporting a dual rear camera (16 MP and 2 MP), which can capture Portrait Mode-like bokeh shots with in-focus foregrounds and blurred backgrounds, the photos came out pretty well in the daylight and outdoors.
The autofocus of the extra sensor is simply there for gathering data for the wide-aperture mode and thus makes a beautiful low light shot quite artificial.
The 8 MP selfie camera seems adequate – good enough for social media use and can also take decent bokeh shots.
The 3340mAh battery keeps the Honor 7X running all day, the battery is powerful and does not heat up the device even after long hours of usage. But the Honor 7X still using Micro USB rather than the now much more common USB-C now.
The Honor 7X phone is a worthy choice for great Android smartphone experience with almost all the latest features that you may desire. Priced at £269.99, the phone is a probably going to be the most favourite budget smartphone for anyone, just missing USB Type C and NFC (with was in last model the Honor 6X)