Honor 7X First Impressions: A well built smartphone with an 18:9 display

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 22 Nov 2017
Honor 7X First Impressions: A well built smartphone with an 18:9 display

Honor has announced the 7X in India and the smartphone will go on sale in December. The device has a 5.93-inch 18:9 FHD display and boasts of an all metal design.

Honor has launched an interesting portfolio of smartphones this year, including the likes of the Honor 8 Pro, Honor 9i, Honor 6X and more. Before the year ends, the Honor 7X will hit the stores. The price of the smartphone hasn’t been revealed yet, but we speculate that just like the Honor 6X, the 7X will also be priced around the Rs 15,000 price point. 

We have spent some time with the device and these are our initial impressions of it. We will wait for our review of the device to tell you whether it’s worth your hard-earned money. 

Specifications at a glance:
Display: 5.93-inch
Aspect Ratio: 18:9
Display resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
OS: Android 7.0
UI: EMUI 5.1
Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 659
Storage: 128GB
Rear camera: Dual 16 MP + 2 MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3340mAh

The first thing you notice when you hold the device is that it is well built. It has a metal build with rounded edges, making it quite comfortable to hold. The phone has a tall 18:9 display that's quickly becoming the trend these days. Another thing that’s becoming a trend is the USB-C port, though the Honor 7x doesn't have one of these. The smartphone still has the good old microUSB port. It retains the headphone jack and the bottom of the phone has a single speaker grille as well. 

Coming to the back of the device, we have the dual-camera setup that reminds me a lot of the Honor 9i. Honor did a great job with the dual camera setup on the Honor 8 Pro, ensuring that the camera didn’t protrude. This isn’t the case here and there is slight bump on the camera. The location of the fingerprint sensor is below the camera and is very convenient. The fingerprint is swift to respond and hasn’t missed recognising my finger even once. 

Because of the 18:9 form factor, the front of the device is clean. There are no physical navigation buttons and the side bezels are relatively thin. We have started seeing support for the 18:9 display on apps like YouTube, so consuming content should be fun on this display. Once you unlock the device, you are greeted with the EMUI 5.1 layered on top on Android Nougat. If you have used an Honor phone in the past, you will feel right at home here. From the little time we spent with the device, the UI feels fast and fluid but we will hold our judgement for the final review. 

One thing that we would like to spend more time with is the camera of the device. Its performance was inconsistent. There were times when the device clicked a picture instantly and at other times, it took its much longer. 

The camera comes with a slew of modes including pro, HDR, night shot, panorama, effects and more. 

Overall on first impressions, the device looks impressive, sporting a sturdy build, familiar UI and an 18:9 display.

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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