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Honor is making a name for itself as the brand to turn to when you want a bang-up smartphone, without spending a fortune to get one. The Honor 7X is the follow up to 2016’s Honor 6X and it packs in the must-have features we love in phones this year — a dual-lens camera, a full-display screen, a metal body, and a fantastic design. After its October reveal in China, the Honor 7X has now been announced for international release. The U.K. is up first, but the great news is, the United States will get the Honor 7X too.
You can read our Honor 7X review to learn more.
Release and availability
How much will the Honor 7X cost? An eye-widening $200 in the U.S., and 270 British pounds in the U.K. The U.S. model will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but the international model has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage space.
The Honor 7X is available for pre-order now, and it will start shipping on December 15. The phone only supports the GSM network, so it will only work on T-Mobile and AT&T, not Verizon and Sprint.
The Honor 7X is the spiritual successor to last year’s Honor 6X, and it looks every bit the part. It has an all-aluminum unibody that’s curved on all four sides, exceptionally narrow edges right and left of the screen. It’s surprisingly tough, with specially designed corner structures that provide a high degree of shock absorption, almost acting like tiny airbags.
Honor took 15 months to get the look and feel of the Honor 7X just right, and went through 28 different prototypes during that time. It has paid off. Not only is the phone light and comfortable to hold, but in the striking blue color, it looks very special too. The 5.9-inch screen fits inside a body that’s no bigger than phones with a 5.5-inch screen, due to the change over to an 18:9 aspect ratio display.
Features and specification
The Honor 7X’s high-end housing packs a curved 5.9-inch edge-to-edge screen with a 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. This means the design takes on the almost border-less look of phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG V30. Inside is Huawei’s eight-core Kirin 659 system-on-chip, Mali-T830 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage space on the U.K. model. A MicroSD card slot lets you add up to 256GB to this figure.
The Honor 7X doesn’t disappoint when it comes to photography. It has a dual rear camera — a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor — which can capture Portrait Mode-like bokeh shots with in-focus foregrounds and blurred backgrounds. Honor has improved the algorithms for portrait shots, making the phone focus faster, and added new software to make the camera perform better in low-light.
The selfie camera has 8 megapixels and a portrait mode, plus a selection of built-in face filters — complete with animation and sound — much like those seen on apps like Snapchat, Snow, and Line’s B612. On the software side of things, the Honor 7X ships with Honor’s custom-designed user interface EMUI 5.1, which is placed over Android 7.1 Nougat. There are some special new features, including a gesture-controlled shutter release for the selfie camera, daytime and nightime screen modes, and a single button split-screen mode, to make the most out of the large screen.
Finally, Honor has included a 3.5mm headphone port on the phone, with its own Histen Audio settings, which provides a 3D surround sound effect when using headphones. Exactly what you need for watching movies on the phone.
We’ll keep you updated here with more on the Honor 7X’s release.