Sets a new bar in the $200 large-screen category

Highs

  • Good build quality
  • Large display
  • Functional bokeh camera
  • Aggressively priced

Lows

  • No luxurious glass texture

Rating and Price

  • Rating: 9/10
  • Price: ~$195
  • Available on Amazon

The Honor 7X was released in the USA on December 5 2017 and was initially geared towards the lower-midrange market ($150-$250). At publishing time, we estimated that the Honor 7X would cost around $200 USD but since the phone is not in the retail channels yet, we cannot be certain. Here’s our review of the Honor 7X.

Phone makers typically let their retail partners announce street prices. Although this product was built to address the lower-midrange market, the reality is that many products will change positioning as their price change over the years.

With “cost” as main criteria, we have found a group of smartphones which will serve as reference points to assess how the Huawei Honor 7X fits in its immediate smartphone landscape: the LG Q6 (230 USD), the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) (200 USD), the Motorola Moto G5 (200 USD), the HTC U Play (220 USD), the ZTE Axon 7 mini (180 USD) and the Nokia 6 (175 USD),

Key Specifications

  • 5.93” IPS LCD Display (2160×1080)
  • 16 Camera, f/2.2 aperture, No OIS.
  • HiSilicon Kirin 659 platform 4 RAM, 64-128 GB of Storage (+256GB microSD as an option)
  • 3340 mAh battery capacity
  • Android 8.x Oreo

If you are familiar with phones in this price-range, you might immediately notice that the 5.93-inch display and the 3340 mAh battery capacity are out of the ordinary. As we dig deeper into the analysis of this phone, they should prove to be a crucial differentiation factors for this handset.

Industrial Design

The general design language of the Honor 7X reminds us of the Huawei P10, the high-end phone that was launched at MWC 2017 in February. It uses a similar type of metal design, and there are antenna slits in the back, which are relatively discreet.

The camera modules are placed completely at the top of the phone, probably to avoid being placed on top of the battery. Still, the camera lens sticks out noticeably from the back of the phone. I don’t think that this is a big deal, but phone makers have gone to great lengths to have cameras that are flush to the surface in the past year.

Comfort

With a width of 75.3mm (2.96 inches) and a thickness of 7.6mm (0.3 inches), the smartphone feels comfortable in hand. We use U.S M-size gloves for male hand-size reference, so this will vary from person to person. The device weighs 165 grams (5.82 oz), and we would consider that weight to be slightly above-average for its size.

The fingerprint reader is placed in a natural position, and it is effortless to find it to unlock the phone, although it is placed in the back of the phone. The Power and Volume buttons are well placed as well, and I like the general ergonomics of this handset.

Build Quality

The Honor 7X is mostly made of metal. We’re not entirely sure what kind of metal it is, but it does look like Aluminum, and it would make sense since another alloy might prove too heavy when used in a large phone.

Aluminum has a premium feel and won’t crack or break after a drop. However, it will scratch and dent relatively easily when landing on a hard and rough surface such as concrete. Materials that won’t dent easily might be stainless steel, titanium or ceramic because they are harder.

The glass surface in the front is not protected by a metal lip raised just above its surface. As such, an impact on the front or front edges will likely result in a crack. Still, the design of this makes makes it much less likely to sustain a cracked glass when compared to phones that have glass on the front and back. We deem the risk of crack to be relatively low, but not impossible oif course.

Durability

The Honor 7X has no specific durability rating. It does not have an IP-Rating which would certify that it is dust and watertight, nor does it have a MIL-STD military rating to show that it can sustain a certain level of shocks and vibration.

This is quite common for phones in this price range, and out of all the competitors we selected, only the LG Q6 has a MIL-STD 810G certification.

Design Ingenuity

"THE HONOR 7X DOES HAVE AN INGENIOUS DESIGN"

This chassis design packs a very good performance in relation to its size. From another standpoint, the amount of battery capacity the customer gets is excellent for a handset this size and within this category. The Honor 7X is the second best performing phone (CPU benchmarks) of this line up.

However, there are equally excellent contenders like the Galaxy J7 (3600 mAh and ~10% higher CPU performance). The Honor 7X’s display-to-body ratio of 77.0% is also one of the highest, with only the LG Q6 just slightly above at 79.1%.

Our data clearly shows that this handset has an efficient design, which brings a lot of value to the user. The Honor 7X does have an ingenious design, but it (unfortunately?) has a micro-USB connector. Whether this is a big deal or not for you depends on your existing ecosystem of chargers.

Overall product rating: 9/10

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Display
5.93"
2160x1080
IPS LCD
407 PPI
Price
~$195 - Amazon
Camera
16 MP
F2.2 Aperture F-Stop
Weight
165 g
Battery
3340 mAh
Launched in
2017-10-01
System
4GB RAM
Kirin 659 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
128
Honor 7X Review
Score: 9/10
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