Honor 7X: First look 0 812

The Honor 7X packs a new processor and updated design, cramming even more value into what was already one of the most compelling budget propositions on the market.

Spec Check

OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1

Screen Size (Resolution): 5.9 inches (2160 x 1080) LCD

CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 659

RAM: 3GB

Storage: 32GB

microSD: Yes

Rear Camera: Dual 16-MP f/2.2 and 2-MP

Front Camera: 8-MP

Battery Life (Hrs:Min): 9:21

Water Resistance: No

Size: 6.16 x 2.96 x 0.30 inches

Weight: 5.8 ounces

 

Design: Full screen, but not flashy

Clad in stealthy matte aluminum, the Honor 7X  improves on the aesthetics of its predecessor. The device sports curved edges and sloping 2.5D glass, to make for a seamless contour from the face to the back. It’s certainly premium-feeling for the price.

The Honor 7X has one advantage you’ll struggle to find at this price: an 18:9 display. The 5.5-inch screen in the Honor 6X has grown to 5.9 inches on this new model, and its bezels have been squashed, too. This year has been defined by “full-screen” flagships beginning with the LG G6 all the way to the recently released OnePlus 5T, and you’ve got to commend Honor for bringing the trend to budget-sensitive buyers.

It’s because of that big screen that the 7X feels more like a cousin of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro rather than any previous Honor device. From other angles, though, the 7X is a mishmash of various slabs.

The dual camera calls to mind the Asus ZenFone 4 Max, with its top-left placement and the antenna band running through it. The fingerprint sensor feels small and deeply recessed, but its centralized placement evokes a litany of Android phones. And the drilled speaker holes flanking the micro USB port and headphone jack along the bottom are a hallmark of Apple’s mobile devices.

But derivative as the look is, it’s hard to be too displeased with the design.

Display: Size sets it apart

The 5.9-inch, 2160 x 1080, LCD screen in the Honor 7X isn’t going to set any records for the brightest or most vivid colors, but it doesn’t disappoint. The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War looked good on the panel, with solid contrast and good visibility from multiple angles.

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