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Huawei Honor 4X review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor 4X currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Sturdy construction
  • Large display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dual SIM support
  • MicroSD support

What's bad

  • Lackluster camera performance
  • Emotion UI 3.0
  • Screen viewing angles
  • Large for one-handed operation
  • Older Android OS (4.4.4)

The budget market for smartphones seems to be cranking out phones with bigger specs by the day. While Huawei has made some serious progress on establishing their brand, their budget offerings haven’t always hit the mark. They’re hoping to fix this with their latest release, the Honor 4X.

While the specs look good on paper, this doesn’t always provide the full picture. So we jumped in and analyzed reviews from across the web. Does the Honor 4X stand out and offer good value? Let’s dig in and find out!

Like many of its competitors, the 4X features an all-plastic chassis with a removable back plate. To help you keep your grip on this large handset, you’ll find a textured back that most reviews seemed to like. While they all noted that it wasn’t exactly a premium feel, it was much better than your typical budget phone.

Many reviews also pointed out how much they liked the placement of buttons on the phone. While a 5.5-inch phone isn’t ideal for one-handed usage, Honor’s placement of the power and volume buttons lower on the phone’s side seems to help. FirstPost noted, “Overall build quality is quite good.”

Of course, with a phone that large, you’re looking at a large display to go with it. The phones 1280-by-720 pixel IPS display received generally positive reviews. While most were quick to point out that this isn’t a flagship screen, they also noted that it was quite good for the price.

Times of India “noticed colour distortion when the screen was viewed at a tilt.” Trusted Reviews stated that “limited pixel density becomes fairly obvious at this size.” However, for color, brightness and day to day usage, the screen received rave reviews.

Powering the phone, you’ll find a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and a dedicated GPU. Combined with 2GB of RAM, the phone did well with reviewers. Most mentioned the phone did warm up slightly under heavy use. FirstPost stated, “The user interface is quite smooth despite the Emotion UI 3.0 skin. I did not notice any slowdown of the phone while swiping through the home screen or switching between apps.”

You’ll find 8GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards up to 32GB to help you make the most of the big display. Reviewers noted that bloatware was kept to a minimum, so that leaves enough room for the standard social media apps and such. However, if you’re looking to play games or keep your media collection in your pocket, a microSD card will be needed.

One area where the phone shows its budget roots is the software. Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat with version 3 of Huawei’s Emotion UI, the handset is a full release behind much of its competition. Fortunately, reviews of the Emotion UI were generally positive. However, it does heavily stylize the default Android UI. Most reviews were on the fence about the missing app drawer and condensed options available.

Reviews on the 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera on the 4X are a mixed bag.

Virtually every review praised the quality of the images as well as the color and light balance of images. PhoneRadar declared that it, “captures brilliant pictures in bright light, and doesn’t disappoint in low light as well.”

Unfortunately, this comes at a cost--camera performance. This isn’t a rapid-fire SLR or even your average point-and-click. Many reviews noted a delay in autofocus times, a complete failure to capture images on occasion and the lackluster interface of the phone’s camera app. Trusted Reviews called the camera “annoyingly slow.”

One nice perk to the budget-friendly phone is dual SIM support. Both slots support 4G LTE though you can only enable one at 4G speeds at a time. However, if you’re looking to consolidate work and business phones or you’re planning to travel, it’s a rare perk in this price bracket.

Providing juice for the phone, you’ll find a 3,000mAh battery. Even among flagship devices, that’s a pretty massive battery. Reviews on battery life reflect this as well. While it is unclear if the device will receive Android updates, an update to Lollipop could further improve the already stellar reviews.

TrustedReviews declared, “You should be able to get away with charging it every other day unless you stream video or play games.” However, reviewers stated that even power users should find a full day’s use with no problems.

In all, reviews for the phone are positive. While the camera and screen resolution were mentioned by most, the sheer value in terms of performance and features won most reviewers over in the end. TechRadar summed up reviews well, calling it, “A powerful big-screen experience and an advanced feature set make the Honor 4X a budget winner for anyone other than the most resolute of Android purists.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Alphr

It’s not the fastest in gaming or raw specifications, but the basic, stripped-back UI certainly makes it feel highly responsive. The screen isn’t the sharpest around, but it’s vibrant and very usable. The back is textured plastic rather than a sleek aluminum unibody, but that isn&r...

- Alan Martin, Alphr
TechRadar

Honor has once again delivered a very capable smartphone that embodies the company's value for money ethos. The breakaway brand's rapid rise to prominence is exciting for consumers and a major headache for other manufacturers.In the majority of areas the Honor 4X performs significantly better than r...

- Tomos Ellis, TechRadar
What Mobile

Here’s an affordable phone that offers many features at a great price. The build quality even feels better than the LG G4 (P24 which costs double the price). Huawei isn’t yet a big name over in the West, but phones like the 4X are helping it head in that direction.

- Alex Yau, What Mobile
Notebookcheck

The points of criticism are not noticed much in everyday use, and so we give the Honor 4X a purchase recommendation as a solid mid-range smartphone with many assets.

- Michael Moser, Notebookcheck
Coolsmartphone

The screen worked very well in the sunshine and camera shots, when you took a bit of care to compose the photo, came out rather well. I will admit that, despite that octa-core 1.2GHz CPU, it did struggle in places. In Gmail, when I opened quite a long thread, it seemed to suffer a little and took a...

- Leigh Geary, Coolsmartphone


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Huawei Honor 4X's screen size is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 900 minutes.

Honor 4X Specs

Overview
Release date October 27, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/1800/2600 /2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.13 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 8.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.7 x 0.9 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 165 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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