Is Honor 7X good or bad

Honor 7X in the test: more appearance than reality

Modern borderless display, stylish metal dress and dual camera - all for only 299 euros. The Honor 7X is preparing to tear down the already fragile line between the middle and upper class. In the Honor 7X test, we clarify whether the courageous undertaking succeeds or Honor's latest mid-range tiger ends up as a poor bedside rug.

Honor 7X in the test: Our first impression in the hands-on video

Honor 7X in the test: design and workmanship at the upper class level

The Honor 7X scores with an excellently processed metal case that does not have to shy away from comparison with current smartphone flagships. Thanks to the rounded corners, the Honor 7X lies perfectly in the hand, while the 165 grams convey a pleasant feeling of value. The power button and volume rocker convince with a crisp pressure point and even with the magnifying glass we couldn't find any gaps. Compared to its predecessor, Honor has gone one better and raised the processing quality to a level that previously seemed unthinkable in the smartphone middle class - Chapeau!

Honor 7X in the test: Modern 18: 9 display with strong viewing angles

We also liked the great display in the Honor 7X. Following the current trend, Honor relies on a screen in an elongated 18: 9 format. Despite the 5.9-inch display diagonal, the Honor 7X can still be operated with one hand. The FHD + resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels ensures sufficiently high sharpness with a pixel density of 407 ppi. We couldn't make out individual pixels on the display even on closer inspection. The brightness and viewing angle stability leave nothing to be desired and are above average for this price range.

Honor 7X in the test: Outstanding battery and standby times

The Honor 7X achieved top marks for the battery. The energy cell has an impressive 3,340 mAh and even trumps some luxury smartphones. In combination with the energy-efficient Kirin 659 processor, the Honor 7X can easily get over a working day even with demanding use. If you only rarely use your cell phone, you can easily manage 1.5 to 2 days.

However, the standby times are really outstanding: The Honor 7X can lie in a corner unused for days, but the smartphone only loses a fraction of its battery life. This is where the aggressive energy saving measures of Huawei's Android software EMUI come into play, which make the Honor 7X a real endurance runner. We still miss Quick Charge, but the Honor 7X's excellent battery and standby time at least cushions the lack of a quick charge function to some extent.

Where there is a lot of light, there are naturally also some shadows - even on the Honor 7X. In order to reach the RRP of 299 euros, the manufacturer had to make some compromises in terms of equipment.

Honor 7X in the test: Missing USB-C port & creaking loudspeaker

Most "obvious" are the savings on the underside of the Honor 7X. Instead of a modern USB-C connection, there is a classic micro-USB port. The times when the double-sided plug-in connector was a sign of luxury smartphones are long gone. Today USB C can already be found in the middle class and sometimes even in entry-level smartphones. It is incomprehensible that Honor has dispensed with this future-oriented connection with the 7X. The sound of the built-in loudspeaker is also disappointing; it creaks and creaks audibly, especially at high volume. Despite the great screen, the Honor 7X is far from being a mini-cinema. We recommend headphones for movies and videos.

Honor 7X: mid-range performance

Contrary to what the Honor 7X's high-quality case suggests, only a HiSilicon mid-range processor from Huawei's own processor works in the device with the Kirin 695. In everyday use, the eight-core chip with its maximum clock rate of 2.3 GHz offers enough power reserves to ensure smooth performance - however, the SoC sometimes reaches its limits during complex 3D games or many apps that are open in the background and there are slight delays .

Honor 7X: Dual camera with no discernible added value

Our verdict on the Honor 7X's camera quality is similar. The dual camera combines two sensors with 16 and 2 MP resolution and suggests more on paper than the camera is capable of doing in practice. In good lighting conditions and with a steady hand, the Honor 7X can be used to take attractive pictures. At dusk or in night and artificial light, the camera in the Honor 7X quickly breaks a sweat and over-saturated colors and over-emphasized contrasts become noticeable.

Another major disadvantage is the lack of stabilization, which is neither optically nor electronically available. Bokeh effects, which bring the subject to the foreground and display the background slightly blurred, look very artificial in contrast to upper-class smartphones such as the iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8. Ironically, the Honor 7X does only mediocre in this prime discipline of dual cameras. After all: For experienced smartphone photographers, the Honor 7X's camera app offers a whole cornucopia of settings to get the most out of the dual camera.

Honor 7X in the test: ambivalent software

The picture of the software in the Honor 7X is ambivalent. It should come as no surprise that an inexpensive mid-range smartphone is not equipped with the very latest Android version. However, the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo was released in autumn 2017. Actually, the manufacturer would have had enough time to bring the Honor 7X with Android 8.0 Oreo onto the market - not with Android 7.0 Nougat. At least the EMUI (Emotion User Interface), the Android software from Huawei, is almost up to date with version 5 (version 8 was introduced for suitable Huawei and Honor devices at the end of 2017). Compared to earlier versions, EMUI 5 has noticeably improved and is no longer a tired copy of iOS, but has its very own charm and character.

We liked the diverse setting options of the EMUI 5 - for example the ability to "clone" apps and use two versions of Facebook and Co. at the same time, the integrated blue light filter to protect the eyes, the option to arrange the software buttons according to your own taste change and much, much more. Despite the progress, the EMUI still has to struggle with partly illogical menu structures and questionable design decisions. Why the language and date settings can be found under "Advanced Features", where no average user would ever suspect, is probably only known to Huawei itself.

Honor 7X in the test: conclusion

“More appearance than reality” - if we wanted to break down the Honor 7X test to a crisp one-liner, these four little words would come out. Does that mean the Honor 7X is a bad smartphone? Not at all. Even more: In the mid-range segment under 300 euros, the Honor 7X sets new standards in terms of optics and workmanship. But this is exactly where the biggest problem lies: With its modern rimless display, stylish metal housing and dual camera, the Honor 7X creates expectations that the smartphone cannot meet in all respects. This can be problematic especially for smartphone newbies who expect a smartphone flagship due to the exterior of the Honor 7X - but are disappointed to find that they have "only" a mid-range smartphone with the corresponding restrictions in their hands.

Those who are not "blinded" by the optics and are aware that the Honor 7X is essentially a mid-range smartphone despite some upper-class features will get what is currently the best smartphone for (well) less than 300 euros .

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Honor 7X in the test: evaluation in detail

  • Processing, feel and design: 4/5
  • Display: 4/5
  • Cameras: 3/5
  • Software: 3/5
  • Performance: 3/5
  • Telephony and audio: 3/5
  • Connectivity and storage: 4/5
  • Battery and everyday life: 4/5

Total: 70%

Honor 7X in the test: We liked that

  • Excellently processed metal housing
  • Modern 18: 9 display
  • Bright display with stable viewing angles
  • Fast everyday performance
  • Good call quality
  • Lots of internal storage for a mid-range smartphone
  • microSD card slot
  • Dual SIM function
  • Software with a wide range of setting options
  • 3.5 mm jack connection
  • Excellent battery and standby time

Honor 7X in the test: We didn't think that was good

  • Outdated Android 7.0 Nougat
  • EMUI software sometimes confusing
  • Micro USB instead of USB C.
  • No quick charging, no wireless charging
  • No IP certification against dust and water
  • Dual camera with no discernible added value
  • Creaky loudspeaker
  • Lots of pre-installed apps

Honor 7X: the technical data at a glance

Display5.93 inch IPS with Full HD + (2,160 x 1,080 pixels, 407 ppi)
processorHiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core with 4 x 2.36 GHz & 4 x 1.7 GHz
random access memory4 GB of RAM
Internal memory64 GB, expandable by 256 GB via microSD card
Main camera16MP + 2 MP, LED flash, autofocus, videos up to 1080p
Front camera8 MP, videos up to 1080p
softwareAndroid 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1
battery pack3,340 mAh
ConnectivityLTE, WLAN 802.11 / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, microUSB 2.0
ColoursBlack, blue and gold
Dimensions 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm millimeters
Weight165 grams
miscellaneousDual camera, fingerprint scanner, no NFC

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