The Versatile Smartphone Honor x7

The Versatile Smartphone Honor x7

Huawei builds its lineup in such a way as to be present in the maximum number of price segments and offer not only devices of various design, but also similar in characteristics and similar in price. 

At the same time, the honor x7 model is a mid-range device that is pleasant in terms of price / quality ratio, which can compete with many similar devices from other manufacturers.

Design, Dimensions, Controls of Honor x7

Huawei’s smartphone is designed in a typical manner. The fact that the company continues to save money on the USB Type C connector is surprising, since many manufacturers even in this price segment have already switched to it. Dimensions of the device – 156.5×75.3×7.6 mm, weight – 165 grams. 

A monolithic case made of metal, on the back surface there is a paired key, the module protrudes, but this does not cause any particular problems. The fingerprint sensor is in the middle of the body, which is quite convenient. In addition to unlocking the device by pressing, gestures are supported, you can scroll through photos, open the notification panel. 

Display

LCD screen with LTPS technology, pixel density of 407 pixels per inch, Corning Gorilla Glass, automatic brightness control, manual white balance adjustment, and a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. 

The elongated screen, oddly enough, is convenient in most situations and does not cause any trouble. The margin for brightness is excellent, so I prefer to set it to 60-70%, no more needed. 

Battery

Li-Ion battery capacity – 3340 mAh, claimed talk time – up to 22 hours (3G), 548 hours standby time (3G). Unfortunately, the kit comes with a 5V / 1A charger, the charging time with it is about 3.5 hours. By fast charging, here we mean not an analogue of Quick Charge, but a change of the charging unit to one for 2A, then the charging time is reduced and is almost three hours. This is typical for Huawei in this price segment, I would like to see fast charging in the form we used to understand it.

Of the pluses, I note the survivability of the device, in Huawei in the latest version of EMUI, background processes were severely limited, their devices began to resemble iOS in some way, the same aggressive behavior to stop background data transfer, which is often perceived rather as a minus. 

On average, with this behavior, my device worked for up to two days (5 hours of screen operation), about 1 GB of data transferred to the LTE network. Good performance, which is directly comparable to many Chinese smartphones that have a slightly larger battery, for example, with a capacity of 4000 mAh. Thanks for this I must say not only to the software, but also to the chipset.

Chipset, memory, RAM, performance

The amount of RAM is 4 GB, it has become familiar for this kind of devices. 64 GB of internal memory, which is also perceived as the norm, which is great, since you do not lack memory out of the box, and for applications you will have enough of this amount in almost all situations, of course, if you do not play heavy games that kill your memory instantly.

HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53), GPU Mali-T830 MP2, its performance is at a good average level, look at the synthetic test results below. I want to note that there are no slowdowns in the menu, the device is quite fast. Perhaps not visually the fastest on the planet, but very pleasant to handle. For those who change their two-three-year-old smartphone to this phone, the difference in speed will be visible to the naked eye.

Communication options

It is a pity that Wi-Fi is single-band, 802.11 b / g / n – in large cities, 5 GHz support becomes a necessary condition for a comfortable existence, in large apartment buildings 2.4 GHz is utterly packed.

The use of a microUSB connector is a nod to the past, but for the device’s target audience, which is not a technology enthusiast, it is quite tolerable. 

Camera

It has an 8-megapixel front camera, but that’s all there is to it. But the main camera is 16 megapixels with a second 2-megapixel black and white module.                  

For the main camera, the quality of the pictures is not the maximum, but it cannot be said that they turn out to be bad, the middle is half. Unfortunately, unlike the older models, here the extended aperture mode is nominal, it works extremely poorly (background blur, post-processing of such images. 

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