Honor 7X Announced for International Markets with a FullView 5.93″ Display, Kirin 659 SoC, Dual-cameras, Budget Price
At its global launch event in London, UK, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has announced its latest mid-range smartphone: The Honor 7x. The Honor 7X is a successor to the last year’s Honor 6X and it brings some major improvements over its predecessor, including a modern design, a more powerful chipset, and an improved camera performance. The device was launched in China back in October, but it’s only now that the company is expanding its availability to the international markets.
|Android Version||7.0 Nougat|
|Display||5.93-inch Full HD+ LCD LTPS panel (~407 PPI)|
|Chiset||HiSilicon Kirin 659, Octa-core|
4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.36GHz
4x Coretex-A53 @ 1,7GHz
|RAM||4GB LPDDR3||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass|
|Storage||32GB/64GB/128GB||Connectivity||microUSB 2.0, Hybrid Dual SIM, 3.5mm audio jack|
|156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm|
(~77.0% screen-to-body ratio)
|Camera||Rear camera: 16MP RGB shooter + 2MP secondary shooter, PDAF, LED flash|
Front camera: 8MP, 1080p
The main highlight of the Honor 7X is, of course, its 5.93-inch FullView display, featuring 18:9 aspect ratio with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 (~407 PPI). The front of the device is wrapped in a single sheet of 2.5D curved glass while around the back, a brushed, anodized aluminum chassis. While we have already seen Huawei’s other smartphones, the Mate 10 for example, taking advantage of the taller aspect ratio, it’s good to see the new display tech trickle down to budget lineup as well. Huawei says over 200 top mobile games and 1,500 applications have been tested to be compatible with the Honor 7X’s FullView display. And for apps that don’t support the 18:9 ratio natively, the company has added a software workaround to force them to take up the full screen, so you don’t get those ugly black borders around the top and bottom. Additionally, the company has also partnered with Gameloft to optimize its popular multiplayer title, Modern Combat Versus, for the Honor 7X.
For optics, there is a primary 16MP RGB shooter with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), accompanied by a 2MP sensor for portrait mode and depth-sensing. The front camera is an 8MP sensor that’s also capable of shooting portrait mode and offers features like beauty mode and gesture control to provide an enhanced selfie experience. On the inside, the Honor 7X is powered by the mid-range HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core system-on-chip (SoC), featuring 4x Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.36GHz frequency and 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz frequency, coupled with either 3GBs or 4GBs of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
On the software front, the Honor 7X comes with the older EMUI 5.1, based on Android Nougat, but the company says the device will be updated to EMUI 8.0, based on Android Oreo, by the first quarter of 2018. To power these all things up, the Honor 7X packs a respectable 3,340mAh capacity battery with support for fast charging (5V/2A). There is a 3.55mm jack, too, which supports Huawei’s HiSten 3D sound technology for audio tuning . Other specs include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), a micro USB port and a microSD card slot.
The Honor 7X comes in three colors, Aurora Blue, Gold, and Black, and is now on sale starting today in the following markets: United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran as well as Malaysia and India for a starting price of €299/£269 for 64GB/4GB ROM/RAM.
In the USA, the price is just $199, though that nets you a variant with 32GBs of internal storage with 3GBs of RAM. Furthermore, pre-orders for the device in the USA starts December 5th at 07:00 AM PST and end December 14th at 06:00 AM PST. Honor is doing priority shipping for free and also including a free phone case with every pre-order. They are also doing various giveaways including a Nintendo Switch, details of which can be found on Honor’s USA Facebook page.
As always, stay tuned to the XDA Portal for more coverage and in-depth analysis of the 7X. And don’t forget to check out the Honor 7X forums.