Huawei youth-oriented based Honor has released some pretty famous smartphone current year, including the Honor 6X at the starting of the year, the Honor 8 pro which took on the Honor 9i, and OnePlus 5 which boasted of twin camera setups at the back and front. Before the year is up, Honor will launch the successor to the 6X, and it promises a fancier screen, amazing cameras, and more power under the hood. The latest honor 7X is all set to release in December and we have been capable to spend some time with a pre-release unit. Before we bring you the complete review, here is our primary impression of the Honor 7X.
Display and look
The metal unibody feels and looks pretty strong when you grip it. The matte black finishes provide a perfect grip too. Button placement is best and all the ports at the bottom. Honor has kept the 3.5mm headphone socket, which is remarkable, but it is bit unsatisfactory to still not have a Type-C port. The 18:9 aspect screen pretty much dominates the full front of the smartphone. It looks amazing, but at 5:93 inches, it is not simple to reach all the corners of the display when using it with one hand. The screen seems fairly quick thanks to its complete HD resolution.
The back of the mobile bears a resemblance to that of the Honor 8 Pro, only this time, the camera modules do not sit down with the rest of the body and are not grouped combine. There are antenna bands across the bottom and top of the phone, which could not be helped due to the all-metal body. Honor has also located the fingerprint sensor at the back, and it is within simple reach.
Software and memory
The Honor 7X gets the latest octa-core Kirin 659 SoC, RAM of 4GB, and 64GB of storage. The phone also runs on an updated Android edition of EMUI, version 5.1, that is now based on Nougat Android 7.0. You get a 16-megapixel initial sensor, clubbed with a two-megapixel secondary sensor which is used for calculating depth. The camera application has gotten a repair too.
In China, the 64G version of Honor 7X priced at CNY 1,700, which means that it could be priced at this stage or lower when it launches here. Considering that the Honor 6X was also released in the price range, and seeing how the 7X is just a mild improve over it, this seems possible. Honor has delivered on hard line pricing in the past with the Honor 8 Pro, not just undercutting the OnePlus 5 in terms of pricing, but also providing slightly excellent specifications.
The Honor 7X runs Huawei EMU 5.1 program with Android Nougat 7.0 base the base. While the program does seem like a bit of let-down because it lacks Google new and biggest mobile OS, its customisations in terms of specs and usability, tend to make up for it. Apart from the UI, which seems pretty customisable and flexible, it also seemed to run quite fluidly during my short hands-on.
The Huawei Honor 7X specs 16MP +2MP camera setup rear just like Honor 9i but cuts down on the front facing cameras by providing a single 8MP camera unit.
Despite the deficiency of a twin front-facing camera, Honor said that it will provide a program portrait mode, which should job well.
What has grown in the size of that LED flash unit which should provide amazing shots when used in low light scenarios.
The UI of the camera felt functional, simple and typically Honor. Upgraders will find all the controls actually where they expect them to be.
Battery and connectivity
The honor 7X specs a 3,340 mAh battery, which seems pretty perfect for powering screen that is 5.9-inches tall. Include in the full HD+ resolution and those Cortex A53 cores and one can guess some best battery life. What is lacking in the force of a Type C USB reversible port, and quick charging.
As for the rest of the connectivity options, you get 2G, 3G, 4G, 4G+ bands. There 2.5/5G Wi-Fi, GLONASS, AGPS/GPS, dual SIM slots, micro USB v2.0, USB OTG support.
What is missing?
The Honor 7X will still hold a type-B USB port, which is a bit of a disadvantage and is not extremely attractive after one someone using the type-C port. Also, the Honor Smartphone will not be water resistant IP67, its mean the users might have to be extra helpful in rain or under water. The 7X also neglect on NFC support and as for the Oreo Android update, my get it within due time but definitely not out-of-the-box.
All said and done, the Honor7X is actually a smartphone look forward to. It has got a crunchy bezel-less screen, a twin camera system and is extremely easy to use. But the largest USP of the cell phone will still be its price. Bearing in mind India is a budget alert market, the Smartphone might just be a large hit once it arrives.
During my primary hands-on with the Huawei Honor 7X, I had a just single question in my mind- why? Why should Huawei release an Honor-branded smartphone, that looks similar and even works similarly to its mid-range Honor 9i? This is more so because the 9i is an all-rounder and works on par with Smartphones that are even priced higher.
As I was tying down the primary impression, it now became clear. That the factor the Honor 7X existence is Xiaomi. While the Honor 6X was a remarkable predecessor, the 7X packs are so much more with an 18:9 ratio screen, all-metal body and a twin camera setup with capable portrait mode, that should simply help take down Xiaomi Mi A1 and more. We will be looking at the Honor 7X more extremely in our full review.
Honor 7X price and release date
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