Huawei Honor 7X review

GSMArena team, 13 January 2018.

A surprisingly good 5.93-inch, FullView display

The Honor 7X packs a 5.9" IPS LCD with an 18:9 aspect ratio, quite similar to the one on the Mate 10 Lite.

It is a very decent panel and we particularly appreciate Honor hasn't gone for a lower than 1080p resolution.

This makes for a pixel density of 407ppi - perfectly sharp by modern standards.

Honor 7X review

Looking at the test numbers, we are actually fairly certain that the Honor 7X has borrowed the exact same IPS LCD panel from its Mate 10 Lite cousin, or if not, a very similar one. The phone managed a respectable maximum brightness of 458 nits, just a few shy from the Mate and well within the margin of error.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy C7 (Max auto) 0.00 625
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 0.382 603 1579
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus 0.376 591 1572
Huawei Honor 6X 0.321 579 1804
Huawei P10 Lite 0.351 560 1595
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) max auto 0 559
Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570
Sony Xperia XA1 0.512 537 1049
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 0.475 528 1112
Motorola Moto Z Play (max auto) 0 526
Honor 9 0.353 522 1479
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 0.401 519 1294
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) max auto 0 518
HTC U Ultra (max auto) 0.564 507 899
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Max Auto 0 485
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 0.322 484 1503
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode 0.00 484
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 0.257 476 1852
Huawei Honor 7X 0.236 458 1941
Huawei Honor 7 0.32 450 1398
Motorola Moto X4 0.297 431 1451
HTC U Ultra 0.539 428 794
Samsung Galaxy C7 0.00 422
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 413
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 0 408
Motorola Moto Z Play 0 371
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 0.00 353
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 0 348
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 0 326

On the other hand, it managed to keep deeper blacks at full blast, which means a better contrast ratio rating. A pretty high one at that. Automatic brightness adjustment works well, but there is no max auto overdrive mode for use under direct sunlight. Still, the Honor 7X remains perfectly usable outdoors, with a strong sunlight legibility rating.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Out of the box, the Honor 7X ships with a very cold color profile which gives whites a bluish cast. Still, not that bad in terms of accuracy with an average DeltaE of 5.6 and a maximum of 9.7.

However, it also offers color correction with manual adjustment and presets. Avoid the latter, since they are both way too extreme. You can try and mimic our best achieved setting instead, which, after a bit of tuning, brought down the DeltaE numbers to just 2.8 on average and 5.4 in the maximum - we would consider that color accurate.

Most accurate custom color setting - Honor 7X review
Most accurate custom color setting

Battery Life

Battery is another area the Honor 7X borrows heavily from the Mate 10 Lite. So much so that it packs in the exact same capacity 3,340mAh battery pack. Since the display and chipset are also identical in both devices and the software differences are minor at best, it should come as no surprise that the pair manage their battery life equally well.

Honor 7X review

An endurance of 77 hours is above average and in the ballpark for a 16nm chip. The performance in the individual test routines - standby, call, and web - is quite promising but it was let down by its relatively higher power draw in video playback.

The only real let-down in this department is the lack of any quick charge support on the Honor 7. Its 10W charger is capable of bringing the battery from 0% to around 33% in half an hour and a full recharge takes about two and a half hours. Then again, we can't really be disappointed, considering the price bracket the Honor 7X is competing in.

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Honor 7X for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Audio output is accurate but quiet

The Huawei Honor 7X audio output is nicely accurate both with an active external amplifier and with a pair of headphones. In fact the only affected reading when our standard set came into play was the stereo crosstalk which increased from excellent to average levels.

The loudness was below average in both scenarios though, which prevents us from giving full marks here. Then again that might not be a great concern if you don’t have high-impendance headphones so you’ll be the final judge.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei Honor 7X+0.03, -0.03-89.589.40.00280.014-86.6
Huawei Honor 7X (headphones)+0.14, -0.05-89.389.20.00860.089-52.6
LG Q6+0.03, -0.05-85.088.80.00140.0065-92.9
LG Q6 (headphones)+0.14, -0.04-91.891.80.00310.113-56.8
Oppo F5+0.06, -0.08-93.593.30.00200.0071-93.2
Oppo F5 (headphones)+0.64, -0.07-89.391.30.00930.361-52.0
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)+0.01, -0.03-92.892.80.00320.031-92.3
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) (headphones)+0.23, -0.15-92.191.80.0130.223-77.3
Huawei P10 Lite+0.04, -0.02-88.288.60.0110.021-84.3
Huawei P10 Lite (headphones)+0.13, -0.05-87.487.70.0140.084-75.9
Huawei Honor 7X  frequency response
Huawei Honor 7X frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker

Drawing yet another comparison, the Honor 7 has a single speaker, just like the one on the Mate 10 Lite. Quite literally, since the bottom-firing unit scored almost identical loudness scores on the Honor 7X.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 63.1 67.3 71.3 Average
Sony Xperia XA1 61.7 69.7 71.8 Average
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 64.5 71.0 68.9 Average
Samsung Galaxy C7 67.3 67.8 72.8 Average
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) 66.1 66.9 75.5 Good
Moto Z Play 62.9 70.3 77.0 Good
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 66.4 66.2 78.0 Good
Huawei Honor 6X 68.4 67.0 79.1 Good
Huawei Honor 7 72.0 66.6 77.5 Good
Motorola Moto X4 67.2 71.1 80.7 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good
Honor 9 68.5 71.7 80.3 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 68.0 70.2 82.3 Very Good
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 68.3 71.6 81.0 Very Good
HTC U Ultra (Theater) 67.3 73.1 80.6 Very Good
Huawei P10 Lite 68.5 72.5 80.1 Very Good
HTC U Ultra (Music) 61.7 73.1 86.7 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 67.8 71.2 83.1 Very Good
Huawei Honor 7X 66.4 71.1 85.1 Very Good
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 67.8 71.0 84.5 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 78.4 71.7 79.2 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus 88.9 77.8 84.6 Excellent

Now, it is worth noting that unlike the Mate 10 Lite, the Honor has DTS audio splattered on its specs sheet. However, those improvements seem to be limited to the output through the audio jack. As for the loudspeaker, the Honor 7 sounds as good and as loud as its name-brand sibling. Which is to say, quite impressive for its price.

Reader comments

  • Sudhakark

Waste phone. Mother board was damaged with in 13 months. We brought new phone with in 13 months.

  • Sudhakar

Waste phone , mother board is damaged after 13 months only , we bought new phone .

  • ShaneTheBest

EMUI 9.1 for the singapore version of the Honor 7X is no available for download and install