The "1-Minute" Review
VerdictWhile it might not be as fast or take amazing pictures like a flagship phone, the Honor 7X offers a fairly solid package of reliable performance, a great display, and good battery life at a budget price.
- Slim bezels for a more immersive viewing experience
- Vibrant, crisp display
- Overall good performance for basic tasks
- MicroUSB charging instead of USB-C
- Photos bland and a bit soft in point-and-shoot modes
Although Huawei isn’t yet a household name, they have built quite a fan base with their budget smartphones. The Honor 7X picks up where the 6X left off and offers some great features—though the low price tag required a few compromises.
A few years back, most budget phones opted for a plastic body. Today, it’s common to see the same phones sporting metal. The 7X is no exception. It offers a sleek metal unibody design complete with curved edges and sloping 2.5D glass. This combined with the skinny side bezels give it a more premium appearance.
Although it’s a bit large at 6.16-by-2.96-by-0.3 inches, most reviewers had no issues using it with one hand thanks to the customization options in the software. It’s also a little hefty at 164 grams, but most still found it comfortable to hold.
Thanks to the thin bezels, Huawei could make the most of the phone's large size when it comes to the display. The 5.93-inch display offers full HD resolution (1080-by-2160 pixels). Unfortunately, it still uses LCD versus OLED technology. Despite this, most reviewers were very pleased with the overall quality, calling it crisp, colorful, and vibrant.
Of course, as with other LCDs, it doesn’t attain the inky blacks of OLEDs. However, the contrast was good enough and color accuracy was on point. Interestingly, it is not as bright as its predecessor, which means lower sunlight legibility.
Performance specs are where you’ll really start to notice the compromises Huawei made. Unlike their own flagship phones, Huawei opted for one of their older processors, though it still clocks in at around 2.4GHz.
While not the fastest, when combined with the 3GB of RAM, it provided experts with fairly solid performance in real-world testing. Opening and switching apps was smooth. Reviewers could even play demanding 3D games—though they experienced minor crashing and stuttering as they neared RAM usage limits.
To keep that slim profile, the 7X comes with a 3,340mAh battery. While on the smaller side, critics hit a full day’s worth of moderate use from a single charge if only just. You’ll need to charge it up every night. Moreso, there's no quick-charging capabilities here either, so a full charge is likely only workable when you have a few hours to spare.
Many major smartphone manufacturers have jumped onto the dual lens bandwagon. If that’s something you’re interested in, the 7X offers the same setup with a 16MP primary shooter and 2MP secondary lens. Why only 2MP? This offers that creamy bokeh so many people love.
Unfortunately, when reviewers tested dual lens shooting, it missed the mark a fair portion of the time. Still, when it worked, it provided a nice depth effect.
Outside of the fake bokeh, picture quality was a little bland and not as sharp as many hoped—especially in less than ideal lighting situations. With that said they could get somewhat more vibrant pictures in manual mode.
At the end of the day, reviewers recommend the Huawei Honor 7X despite its faults. Tom’s Guide states, “... if you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, you can’t do better than this phone.” Digital Trends adds, “The Honor 7X is an absolute bargain.”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
Huawei continues to improve on the Honor line with the 7X and i feel at its price point you get a well crafted smartphone with decent features to help you on your daily tasks.
- Andrew Myrick, Android Guys
The Huawei Mate SE is a great budget-minded device, priced at just $230. The included dual-camera system, along with a sold build should put this device at the forefront for any GSM subscribers looking for a new device. Just be prepared to deal with some annoying software quirks.
- Christopher Minasians, Expert Reviews
The Honor 7X is a phone at only £270 in a league of its own. With that FHD+ 18:9 display there’s a lot of screen for the money, its processor is fast enough for every-day usage and its sumptuous design makes it stand out from other sub-£300 smartphones.
- Chris Burns, SlashGear
a perfect example of the China-base brand’s utter lack of fear for competition in the global budget phone market. This is a lower-end-of-highest-tier smartphone masquerading as a budget phone. If it weren’t for the pricetag of $200, I’d swear it was aiming to do battle with Apple’s iPhone 8.
- Chandrakant Isi, Deccan Chronicle
The Honor 7X offers great value. It is a love at first sight for a budget buyer, but then it fades away slowly.
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Huawei backs up the Honor 7X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Honor 7X has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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