In an age when smartphones are pushing the $1,000 barrier, the $200 Honor 7X is a standout. It ticks off virtually all of the containers of a 2018 handset—18:9 Full HD display, skinny bezels, a modern, all-metal design, and a twin digicam. The one factor it is lacking? A USB-C port.

That is proper, the Honor 7X has the excellence of being one of many final telephones to function a micro USB port for charging as an alternative of USB-C. Blame the worth should you should, however even funds telephones such because the Alcatel Idol 5s and the Moto X4 function USB-C, a connection that is quicker and far much less fiddly (as a result of there is no right-side-up) than micro USB. The dearth of it on the Honor 7X is notable and unlucky.

But when it weren’t for that just about out of date legacy port, you may mistake the Honor 7X for a telephone costing rather more. Its $200 price ticket is 20 p.c lower than final 12 months’s 6X (which was also great), and it is cheaper than every other telephone with comparable specs. And it even has a couple of methods that its higher-priced rivals do not—together with a slick new restricted version pink shade that is available for purchase simply in time for Valentine’s Day

An $800 display in a $200 telephone

Specs are usually an afterthought with funds Android telephones, however within the case of the 7X, they’re price noting proper on the high:

  • Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.three x 7.6 mm
  • Show: 5.93-inch, 18:9 Full HD 1080×2160 LCD
  • Proessor: Kirin 659
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Digicam: Twin 16MP, f/2.2 + 2MP
  • Battery: three,340mAh
  • OS: Android Nougat 7.1

Shows with a tall 18:9 ratio could also be frequent amongst premium telephones, but it surely’s uncommon to see one in a mid-range handset, not to mention a funds one. Low cost Android telephones usually look a number of generations behind, with big bezels, house buttons, and capacitive keys, however even with out an OLED show, the 7X can stand tall alongside telephones priced lots of of extra.

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The bezels on the Honor 7X aren’t Galaxy S8-level skinny, however they have been dramatically diminished from what we noticed on the 6X.

It is not simply the dimensions, which takes up almost the entire entrance of the gadget and can match properly in all however the smallest of arms. The display itself is vibrant and crisp, and feels as immersive because the Infinity Show on the Galaxy S8. It is surrounded by super-slim bezels throughout, with the one distinctive marking coming within the type of an Honor brand alongside the underside edge.

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The Honor 6X, proper, appears downright historic in comparison with the Honor 7X at left.

Across the again it appears one thing just like the OnePlus 5T. The clear aluminum aesthetic is adorned with a fingerprint sensor and skinny antenna traces that reduce by the marginally bumpy dual-camera. Visually, it is a huge enchancment over the Honor 6X’s vertically stacked digicam and plastic antenna strips. Put all of it collectively, the Honor 7X is a great-looking, solidly constructed telephone that ought to stand as much as abuse even with out a case.

Energy and efficiency on a budget 

The Kirin 659 contained in the Honor 7X is not mum or dad firm’s Huawei’s quickest processor (that may be the Kirin 970 contained in the upcoming View 10), but it surely would not really feel like a funds chip both. In PC Mark assessments, the 7X constantly scored round 4900, not too far off what we have seen from the Snapdragon 630 present in costlier mid-range telephones just like the HTC U11 Life. Which means you get clean scrolling, snappy animations, and apps that launch and swap rapidly.

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