Honor’s latest cheap flagship has an 18:9 present and dual-camera capabilities — for (most likely) less than you’d anticipate.
Honor’s “X” sequence of telephones has on a regular basis toed an incredible line on the subject of , attribute set and value stage. The Honor 5X was one of the first handsets to ship metal growth and fingerprint recognition to a less costly value tier. And a 12 months up to now, the Honor 6X added a surprisingly competent twin digital digicam rig to the experience.
As 2017 attracts to an in depth, the Honor 7X makes points way more aggressive. The new cellphone has been soft-announced launched presently ahead of Honor’s full launch event on December 5, and assuming it retains to a value stage in keeping with its predecessors, it might very effectively be one of basically probably the most compelling sub-€300 telephones now we have seen.
Starting on the pores and skin, the Honor 7X broadly resembles a mash-up between an Honor 8 Pro and a Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It boasts a model new, taller 18:9 aspect ratio, with a 5.93-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) LCD panel — a main for what we assume will possible be one factor priced equally to the 6X.
And throughout the once more, a brushed, anodized aluminum chassis that’s just about much like the much more pricey Honor 8 Pro — along with the signature navy blue hue that’ll be the precept color for the UK. (There’ll even be a black model for the color-averse.)
You would possibly argue about whether or not or not, similar to the 6X and 5X, the design is a bit by-product. What’s additional crucial is that there’s nothing the least bit cheap-feeling about this cellphone. Around the doorway, the 2.5D glass of the present lastly has an oleophobic coating, which seems like a small issue, nonetheless is vastly crucial in stopping the show getting gunked up by fingerprints. That’s other than the tall aspect ratio that provides makes cellphone merely as modern-looking as a OnePlus 5T or LG V30.
The premium design and brushed finish of the Honor 7X takes a step previous 6X and 5X.
Fortunately, the flagship-like aesthetics of the Honor 7X don’t come on the worth of durability. While Honor will not be selling the cellphone as being drop-resistant within the an identical means as a Moto Z2 Force, the 7X does boast strengthened corners — the precept impression stage for any drop — to chop again the likelihood of eternal hurt if it hits the bottom. I’ve not put this to the verify with my unit (however), nonetheless I did witness the cellphone survive just some impromptu drop exams at a gathering in London ahead of presently’s announcement.
On the inside, the Honor 7X runs the latest of Huawei’s mid-level Kirin chips, the Kirin 659 — an octa-core 16nm half, along with 4GB of RAM and (inside the UK) 64GB of storage, plus microSD. Like many various dual-SIM telephones, the 7X’s hybrid slot can assist each a single SIM plus SD Card, or two SIMs and no SD card.
For footage, you’re taking a take a look at a 16-megapixel foremost digital digicam with PDAF (phase-detection autofocus), backed up by a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth-sensing and portrait mode. (Unlike some Huawei-built telephones, the secondary sensor wouldn’t seize large particulars, it merely captures depth.)
We haven’t spent an entire lot of time with the Honor 7X’s cameras merely however — look out for our full overview for a additional full take — nonetheless the handful of indoor footage I took in a dimly-lit breakfast bar appeared first fee. The Honor 7X’s photographs appeared a little bit of smudgier than pics from a Huawei Mate 10 Pro I was moreover carrying — nonetheless, the cheaper gadget managed to hold its private.
Around the doorway, there’s an 8-megapixel setup that’s moreover in a position to capturing portrait mode footage — a attribute that’s solely merely starting to realize prominence inside the Android world.
A secure loadout of specs — though chances are you’ll be dealing with Android Nougat out of the sphere.
There are just some compromises hidden away inside the 7X’s attractive chassis, though. It costs over microUSB, a alternative which presumably saves money, nonetheless seems bizarre for any cellphone in late 2017. And quick charging is restricted to 5V/2A with the built-in plug.
There is in any case a 3.5mm headphone jack, which helps audio enhancements by Huawei’s HiSten tuning know-how.
And the 7X ensures in any case first fee longevity, because of the an identical 3,340mAh interior battery functionality that served the 6X correctly. That’s nothing to write down down residence about inside the flagship home, nonetheless should be quite a bit for a software similar to the 7X, working lower-powered silicon.
On the software program program facet, the compromises of working a mid-range chip are moreover apparent: The Honor 7X runs the older EMUI 5.1, based mostly totally on Android 7.zero Nougat, versus the newer EMUI 8 current in Kirin 970-powered handsets. Visually, this doesn’t make an entire lot of distinction, and Honor has even ported a number of of EMUI 8’s additional useful choices once more to the older software program program. Apps that don’t assist 18:9 natively can merely be scaled as a lot as fill the entire measurement of the present. And some messaging apps can (optionally) open messages in a split-screen view while you’re watching full-screen video.
Besides that, that’s EMUI 5.1 merely as now we have seen it on a wide range of telephones over the earlier twelve months. It’s an enchancment on what obtained right here sooner than, with a transparent blue-and-white color scheme, nonetheless there’s nonetheless some software program program weirdness, along with a suboptimal lock show notification system.
We’ll be taught additional about pricing and availability for the Honor 7X on December 5.
Any gadget transport with Nougat at this stage is less than splendid, though inside the case of what (potential) will possible be a less costly handset, it’s not the highest of the world. Honor says it’s planning to exchange the 7X to Android 8.zero Oreo and EMUI 8 inside the first quarter of 2018, however it is not going into explicit dates merely however.
Honor will not be saying pricing particulars for the 7X until the December event, nonetheless considering the start value of the 6X, and the included inside the new cellphone, you may anticipate a value comfortably contained in the sub-€300 ballpark.
Stay tuned for our full Honor 7X overview, along with safety from the launch event on December 5.