Honor 7x Review: Budget Premium Smartphone

At first glance , the Honor smartphone 7x looks like an expensive and premium apparatus, but then you notice that in front of it there is a price tag at 15,000 rubles.

Brand Honor always offered smartphones with a good value ratio and quality ratio. Honor 7X has become another such device. For this price, buyers will receive an elegant aluminum housing, almost cramless screen with a diagonal of 5.93 inches, double chamber, etc.

Design

As already mentioned, the smartphone is made in an aluminum monolithic case, which gives it an elegant appearance and a feeling of comfort. It is available in black, blue, gold, red and gray color options. In this review, the red version is considered, but for fans of a more classic style, a black smartphone is suitable.

You are reading a review of the portal NEOWIN.net, The original material was published on March 5, 2018.

Almost the entire front part of the device in width occupies the screen. From above there is a fairly large frame for placing the camera and speaker, while the lower frame contains the manufacturer's logo.

Behind in the upper left corner there is a camera and a LED flash next to it. In the center under the camera is the fingerprint scanner. Upstairs and below there are horizontal bands of antenna, as usual, on a metal smartphone.

On the right side of the housing, the volume controller and the power button, at the bottom there is an outdated connector microUSB instead of a more modern USB C. Of course, you can make a discount on the low cost of this smartphone, but now even in budget devices is often encountered USB-C. Nearby is a lattice of the speaker, on the other hand the headphone connector.

We can say that the smartphone looks very attractive, especially with regard to its price.

Screen

The same can be said relative to the quality of the screen, which plays the most important role in the formation of the impression of the smartphone. You are unlikely to notice the difference between the screen of this smartphone and some apparatus at a price of 40000 rubles. Colors are bright and rich, the resolution is high enough to not see individual pixels.

Honor 7x uses panel IPS LCD with a diagonal of 5.93 inches and a resolution of 1800 x 2160, aspect ratio 18: 9. Such long screens are found on cheap smartphones increasingly. The classical aspect ratio of 16: 9 goes into the past. This means that with a diagonal of 5.93 inches, the corps is not so big. Protect this minimum frame around the screen, especially by side edges.

It is the screen that gives this smartphone high value. Resolution, colors and brightness, oleophobic coating to protect against fingerprints could be included in the composition and more expensive models.

Rear chamber

The main chamber Honor 7x consists of a RGB sensor 16 MP and auxiliary monochrome sensor 2 megapixel. The latter provides an image depth analysis and is responsible for the bokeh effect. There is also a removal mode with a wide aperture.

Portrait shooting and a wide aperture mode give up the same effect, but are intended for different purposes. Portrait mode is responsible for the bokeh effect, and when shooting the object, the background is blurred. It seems that two such modes are simultaneously redundant. They give up approximately the same results with different methods.

It is impossible to say that the bokeh effect is such a necessity on modern smartphones. In any case, the Honor 7X camera for its price category is very high quality. She also copes with shooting with weak lighting.

Focusing on different sections of the image allows you to change the lighting. The image is distorted slightly, which is an additional advantage.

There is a new feature called AR LENS in the chamber. Here are filters from Huawei. You can add a filter to your face or a certain background, but you can not do both at the same time. Naturally, this is a non-serious opportunity, which will suit friends in entertainment purposes. In services like SnapChat updating such filters occurs in the cloud, but on smartphones, new filters must come along with software updates.

Performance

What Honor 7x is not felt as a premium device, so it is in speed. It is impossible to call it very slow, but in some areas of the user interface, brazers are observed, especially in games. Application download speed also leaves much to be desired.

With regard to performance in real conditions of application, most buyers must be satisfied if you do not overestimate expectations. The Huawei KIRIN 659 processor is used, which uses eight computing nuclei with the Big.little architecture. These are Cortex-A53 kernels, four with a frequency of 2.36 GHz, four 1.7 GHz.

The first works in challenging productivity, others are used at low load and save energy at synchronization notifications, etc. The difference between the same nuclei at different frequencies is not very high. These cores are used as energy efficient in more powerful processors.

Testing in benchmarks Antutu, Geekbench 4 and GfxBench was performed. ANTUTU tests all gradually.

The result was 81318 points, which is just in the middle of the capabilities of the smartphone 2017. For comparison, Moto X4 scored 70312 points on the SNAPDRAGON 630 processor. It costs two times more expensive.

GeekBench 4 checks the central processor. Here the device scored 922 points and 3580 points in single-core and multi-core testing, respectively. For comparison, Moto X4 scored 870 and 4156 points. In its Snapdragon 630 processor, the frequency of eight cores is 2.2 GHz, due to which it has an advantage in multi-core testing, but it increases energy consumption.

The graphic system is checked in benchmark GFXBENCH. Here, the Adreno 508 graphics wins in almost all tests, ahead of Mali-T830 MP2 as part of KIRIN 659.

Emui software shell

Very many users We are sure that there is nothing better than the clean version of Android. This confidence is not separated. Different functionality on different devices when accessing one application ecosystem makes Android special.

If you are an amateur of stock android, this smartphone is clearly not for you. Huawei use a pretty heavy shell called EMUI. An EMUI 5.1 is installed on Honor 7X, android 7.0 is located on it. The developers promised an air update to Android 8 and EMUI 8.

As you can see, the user interface is similar to the appearance of the Apple iOS system, including in the settings and the notification center. Huawei is often inspired by Apple design and is not afraid to admit it.

On the smartphone there are many pre-installed applications that we do not see in other devices, such as compass, downloads, files, flashlight, FM radio, mirror and others. Of them consists of Huawei applications ecosystem, not Google. Of course, the Google Play Store store also has. There you can install programs at your discretion.

Some pre-installed applications seem useless, such as the application mirror. It is applied to you seen yourself on the screen using the front chamber. The same can be done inside the camera application, if you switch to the front chamber.

Conclusion

The value of Honor 7X is that it expands the choice when buying New smartphone. One of its main drawbacks is the speed of work, although it is not the worst. The aluminum case is excellent, the curious screen with a resolution of 1080p leaves a smartphone a pleasant impression. The camera is also pretty good, standing out among other smartphones of this level. If you do not want to spend a lot of money on a new smartphone, Honor 7x is currently one of the best options.

Pluses

  • - quality ratio;
  • design;
  • Screen.
Cons
  • Performance;
  • Software.