Huawei Honor 7X

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7.9/10
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The Huawei Honor 7X currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 45 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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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...


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
Techaeris

Budget phones aren’t all created equal. All budget phones are going to come with some compromises, and the Honor 7X has its fair share. But I do think this is one of the best budget phones on the market right now, and it has more plusses than it does minuses in the overall big picture. I think budge...

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
Neowin

The only area where the device starts to struggle is performance, which isn't even all that bad. The aluminum unibody is beautiful, and the edge-to-edge 1080p display makes it an all-around pleasant smartphone to use on a daily basis. The camera is pretty good as well, and stands apart from many oth...

- Rich Woods, Neowin


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Common Questions


Huawei released the Honor 7X on December 6, 2017.


The Honor 7X price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei Honor 7X prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Honor 7X user manual here.


Huawei backs up the Honor 7X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Honor 7X has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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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, UK, India
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 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 Flash Memory 32/64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates 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
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

The mid-range smartphone king is now cheaper

from 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.

Read full review

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.

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SlashGear

This $200 phone surprised me

from 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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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Deccan Chronicle

A sure let down in the long run

from 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.

Read full review

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

Read full review

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Techaeris

A solid budget phone

from Techaeris

Budget phones aren’t all created equal. All budget phones are going to come with some compromises, and the Honor 7X has its fair share. But I do think this is one of the best budget phones on the market right now, and it has more plusses than it does minuses in the overall big picture. I think...More

Budget phones aren’t all created equal. All budget phones are going to come with some compromises, and the Honor 7X has its fair share. But I do think this is one of the best budget phones on the market right now, and it has more plusses than it does minuses in the overall big picture. I think budget-minded buyers would be served well with this device.

Read full review

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Neowin

Premium on a budget

from Neowin

The only area where the device starts to struggle is performance, which isn't even all that bad. The aluminum unibody is beautiful, and the edge-to-edge 1080p display makes it an all-around pleasant smartphone to use on a daily basis. The camera is pretty good as well, and stands apart from many...More

The only area where the device starts to struggle is performance, which isn't even all that bad. The aluminum unibody is beautiful, and the edge-to-edge 1080p display makes it an all-around pleasant smartphone to use on a daily basis. The camera is pretty good as well, and stands apart from many other smartphone cameras that come in at this price point.

Read full review

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The Wirecutter

A better camera and screen but no Verizon support

from The Wirecutter

The Honor 7X has a dual camera that takes better photos than the Moto G5 Plus, and the 18:9 display is best-in-class. However, the software isn’t as good, and it works on only GSM networks (no Verizon or Sprint).

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The Honor 7X has a dual camera that takes better photos than the Moto G5 Plus, and the 18:9 display is best-in-class. However, the software isn’t as good, and it works on only GSM networks (no Verizon or Sprint).

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Alphr

Meet the new budget flagship king

from Alphr

The Honor 7X is a stylish-looking phone, with a great set of features that makes sacrifices in all the right places. Frankly, for the price, it’s an absolute steal.

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The Honor 7X is a stylish-looking phone, with a great set of features that makes sacrifices in all the right places. Frankly, for the price, it’s an absolute steal.

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Good Gear Guide

The most phone you can get for under $200

from Good Gear Guide

The camera quality and lack of wireless charging are to be expected for a budget phone, but the display more than makes up for them. Simply put, you won't find a screen this big or on another phone in this price range.

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The camera quality and lack of wireless charging are to be expected for a budget phone, but the display more than makes up for them. Simply put, you won't find a screen this big or on another phone in this price range.

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Firstpost

Better display, camera and build quality makes it a great challenger

from Firstpost

Despite the odd pricing between storage options, the Honor 7X has plenty of things going for it, including it’s 18:9 display and slightly better CPU performance (not GPU) in comparison to the Xiaomi Mi A1.

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Despite the odd pricing between storage options, the Honor 7X has plenty of things going for it, including it’s 18:9 display and slightly better CPU performance (not GPU) in comparison to the Xiaomi Mi A1.

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GSMArena

A trendy new ultra-wide phone, without breaking the bank

All things considered, the Honor 7X is a solid, all-round device, even if, admittedly, a pretty boring and uninspired one. It's a safe, dependable and financially sound choice.

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All things considered, the Honor 7X is a solid, all-round device, even if, admittedly, a pretty boring and uninspired one. It's a safe, dependable and financially sound choice.

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