Chinese companies have always relied on delivering reasonably priced devices with powerful features and looking at the sheer number of units they’ve sold over the years, it’s been working out wonderfully for them, so far. The Huawei Honor 7X is no exception to the trend, continuing Huawei’s tradition of pushing the envelope when it comes to price: performance. The Honor 7X looks absolutely stunning, with its 6-inch IPS LCD panel with barely noticeable bezels. The all-metal unibody fits right into your hand and feels like its built to last. The only gripe I had with the device is the fact that the 3.5mm headphone port is at the bottom of the device, but that’s just me being picky.
The IPS LCD panel has a resolution of 1080×2160 with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. The glass blends right into the body, making for a pleasant typing experience. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner blends right into the body and is easily one of the most accurate and quickest ones I’ve used so far, with it failing to recognize my fingerprint no more than once or twice a day. Not a lot of companies get an all-metal body right at this price range, but Huawei seems to have figured out the magic formula as the Honor 7X didn’t once slip out of my hands while usage.
Moving on to the part that actually matters; the performance. The Kirin 659 SoC made for fluid navigation through the menus, call logs and texts. There were micro stutters on rare occasions, but that’s ok, considering it is a mid-range chip powering the behemoth of FHD panel. I’ve not spent a whole lot of time with the cameras, but the rear cameras create a commendable Bokeh effect if shot under the right conditions. The front camera fares similarly, but I’m yet to test it properly. Watch this space for a complete review which I’ll publish shortly.
The Honor 7X runs Android Nougat 7.0, customised with EMUI 5.1, something I’m still getting accustomed to, as I’m not particularly a fan of Chinese OEM customizations, though I’ve learnt to love MIUI a little over the course of the past few months. Huawei promised an update to Oreo and EMUI 8.0 in the first quarter of 2018, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it.