Huawei Honor 7X 64GB Mobile Phones

$278 - $307

Manufacturer:                         Huawei
RAM:                                       4GB
Internal Storage:                     64GB    
Platform:                                 Android
OS Version:                            EMUI 5.1 (base on Android 7.0)
Display Resolution:                2160x1080 pixels
Rear Camera Resolution:      16MP + 2MP 
Front-facing camera:              8MP
CPU/Chipset:                         Hisilicon Kirin 659 Octa-core
Processor Type:                     Octa Core
Battery:                                  3340mAh Typical Battery 
Screen size:                           5.93 inches
Availablility:                            In Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide )

Description

Huawei’s sub-brand “Honor” undeniably had a pretty strong year with its flagship smartphone Honor 9 winning praise for its eye-catching and marvelous design and high-end performance at a very affordable rate. The Honor 7X by Huawei’s subsidiary brand is a step down from Honor 9 in so many ways but doesn’t lack a wow factor. For an expected price of AU$369, you are getting your hands on a well-built all-metal smartphone with a dazzling and impressive design. Well, Motorola’s G5S Plus is also available for a similar price – however – Honor 7X doesn’t exactly a “Premium Budget” end of the market itself. The highlights of Honor 7X in Australia are related to 5.93-inches (1080 x 2160) IPS display, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM, Dual 16MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front camera and 3340mAh battery.

Design

A fully metal design is indeed impressive but the back of the phone is flat, therefore, it doesn’t sit as comfortably in your hand as Honor 6X. The rear panel is made of metal but it doesn’t have the same close-to-high-end feel as say – Nokia 6. In short, Honor 7X’s overall finish isn’t as satisfied as Honor 9 when you’re holding it in your hand. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on its rear and it’s quite easy to reach. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the bottom alongside a micro USB port as well as a speaker grille.

Display

Measuring a 5.93-inches IPS LCD with a 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution or FHD+ giving it a slightly snappier name. The display is exquisite for media content with decent brightness and colour accuracy for a smartphone at this end of the market. IPS Technology is here which ensures users that viewing angles are decent as well.

Performance

Don’t hold your breath as you won’t get anything like top-of-the-range performance from Honor 7X and its HiSilicon Kirin 659 CPU. The handset has got 3563 scores in Geekbench which shows you the overall performance shortfall to Honor 9 and other flagship-level smartphones that easily score past the 6000mark.

Graphics-intensive games and heavy applications run reasonably well without any lag. For example, Racer Gear Club and online FPS Guns of Boom will run smoothly whereas Tense Twin-Stick Shooter Xenowerk and its Nifty Lighting Effects will run like a dream.

Camera

Moving on, Honor 7X is backed by 16MP + 2MP dual camera configuration. The reason behind adding a secondary lens is to pull off the current-ubiquitous “Portrait Mode” shots that apply fake Bokeh. The most interesting part is an 8MP FaceTime sensor which is loaded with the same effect – despite having just one lens.

Applying Fake Bokeh means getting blurred backgrounds – bringing the subject matter into stark focus. Talking about the general qualities of 7X’s camera, it’s something of a mixed bag. Captured images are not bright and house a very square 4:3 resolution. Moreover, images lack sharpness as well. By doing a little work, you can capture some awesome images and the sheer number of options and setting is praise-worthy.

Shooting photos in a low-light condition leave something to be desired and the auto-focus can be finicky. Be noted, Huawei has gone above in order to make the most of the hardware so that you can really enjoy playing with it.

Price and Competition

The Honor 7X is recommended for those who have a little less to spend and still want a flagship-level smartphone. The Honor 7X 64GB Price in Australia is AU$369 which sounds 20% less as compared to its predecessor Honor 6X as well as cheaper compared to any other smartphone with comparable specifications.

At this price, there’s no 18:9 smartphone – the closest is OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 which set users back around AU$650 and AU$599 respectively. These flagship smartphones are backed by the much faster processor as compared to Honor 7X.

Battery

The Honor 7X performs admirably in a power department as it comes with an impressive 3340mAh non-removable battery – promises users to last an entire day even if you’re a power user. Spending a day watching YouTube, listening to songs, shooting photos and using Google Maps you’ll still get a little juice. Making a long story short, you’ll get around 5 hours and 31 minutes of screen-on.