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7.9/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor 7X currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 49 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While it might not be as fast or take amazing pictures like a flagship phone, the Honor 7X offers a fairly solid package of reliable performance, a great display, and good battery life at a budget price.

What's good

  • Slim bezels for a more immersive viewing experience
  • Vibrant, crisp display
  • Overall good performance for basic tasks

What's bad

  • MicroUSB charging instead of USB-C
  • Photos bland and a bit soft in point-and-shoot modes

Although Huawei isn’t yet a household name, they have built quite a fan base with their budget smartphones. The Honor 7X picks up where the 6X left off and offers some great features—though the low price tag required a few compromises.

A few years back, most budget phones opted for a plastic body. Today, it’s common to see the same phones sporting metal. The 7X is no exception. It offers a sleek metal unibody design complete with curved edges and sloping 2.5D glass. This combined with the skinny side bezels give it a more premium appearance.

Although it’s a bit large at 6.16-by-2.96-by-0.3 inches, most reviewers had no issues using it with one hand thanks to the customization options in the software. It’s also a little hefty at 164 grams, but most still found it comfortable to hold.

Thanks to the thin bezels, Huawei could make the most of the phone's large size when it comes to the display. The 5.93-inch display offers full HD resolution (1080-by-2160 pixels). Unfortunately, it still uses LCD versus OLED technology. Despite this, most reviewers were very pleased with the overall quality, calling it crisp, colorful, and vibrant.

Of course, as with other LCDs, it doesn’t attain the inky blacks of OLEDs. However, the contrast was good enough and color accuracy was on point. Interestingly, it is not as bright as its predecessor, which means lower sunlight legibility.

Performance specs are where you’ll really start to notice the compromises Huawei made. Unlike their own flagship phones, Huawei opted for one of their older processors, though it still clocks in at around 2.4GHz.

While not the fastest, when combined with the 3GB of RAM, it provided experts with fairly solid performance in real-world testing. Opening and switching apps was smooth. Reviewers could even play demanding 3D games—though they experienced minor crashing and stuttering as they neared RAM usage limits.

To keep that slim profile, the 7X comes with a 3,340mAh battery. While on the smaller side, critics hit a full day’s worth of moderate use from a single charge if only just. You’ll need to charge it up every night. Moreso, there's no quick-charging capabilities here either, so a full charge is likely only workable when you have a few hours to spare.

Many major smartphone manufacturers have jumped onto the dual lens bandwagon. If that’s something you’re interested in, the 7X offers the same setup with a 16MP primary shooter and 2MP secondary lens. Why only 2MP? This offers that creamy bokeh so many people love.

Unfortunately, when reviewers tested dual lens shooting, it missed the mark a fair portion of the time. Still, when it worked, it provided a nice depth effect.

Outside of the fake bokeh, picture quality was a little bland and not as sharp as many hoped—especially in less than ideal lighting situations. With that said they could get somewhat more vibrant pictures in manual mode.

At the end of the day, reviewers recommend the Huawei Honor 7X despite its faults. Tom’s Guide states, “... if you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, you can’t do better than this phone.” Digital Trends adds, “The Honor 7X is an absolute bargain.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
5.93"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


G Style Magazine

Huawei continues to improve on the Honor line with the 7X and i feel at its price point you get a well crafted smartphone with decent features to help you on your daily tasks.

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
Android Guys

The Huawei Mate SE is a great budget-minded device, priced at just $230. The included dual-camera system, along with a sold build should put this device at the forefront for any GSM subscribers looking for a new device. Just be prepared to deal with some annoying software quirks.

- Andrew Myrick, Android Guys
Expert Reviews

The Honor 7X is a phone at only £270 in a league of its own. With that FHD+ 18:9 display there’s a lot of screen for the money, its processor is fast enough for every-day usage and its sumptuous design makes it stand out from other sub-£300 smartphones.

- Christopher Minasians, Expert Reviews
SlashGear

a perfect example of the China-base brand’s utter lack of fear for competition in the global budget phone market. This is a lower-end-of-highest-tier smartphone masquerading as a budget phone. If it weren’t for the pricetag of $200, I’d swear it was aiming to do battle with Apple’s iPhone 8.

- Chris Burns, SlashGear
Deccan Chronicle

The Honor 7X offers great value. It is a love at first sight for a budget buyer, but then it fades away slowly.

- Chandrakant Isi, Deccan Chronicle


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Screen Size
5.93"

The Huawei Honor 7X's screen size is 5.93 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3340mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3340 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 2280 minutes, 610 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 7X Specs

Overview
Release date December 6, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/850/900 /1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.11 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 563 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 610 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 561 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 2280 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 27 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Blue, Gold, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.65 x 7.53 x 0.76 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 165 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 407 pixels
Size 5.93 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 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 No
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 Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 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
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Dual camera feature (16 MP 2nd camera), Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
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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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei Mate SE

US version (Huawei Mate SE) only has 3 GB of RAM.

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