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Honor 7X Smartphone Review

6-inch 18:9 Android for $199. Honor has taken a page out of the current crop of flagship smartphones to deliver one of the most compelling Android smartphones yet for under $200 USD. Update: GPS and camera tests added

The Honor 7X prides itself in being one the most inexpensive Android smartphones with an 18:9 "FullView" display. As the first in the Honor series to ship with such an aspect ratio, it represents Huawei's attempt at offering a key feature found on costlier models like the Galaxy S8, LG G6, Google Pixel 2 XL, or Huawei's own Mate 10 Pro to the entry-level market. Even if users aren't drawn in by the roomy 6-inch display, its $200 USD MSRP is even more affordable than the $250 USD launch price of the outgoing Honor 6X while offering very nearly the same set of features.

Huawei is making available the Honor 7X in North America as well complete with all the necessary 4G LTE radios for compatibility with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other GSM networks. This alone gives the manufacturer a leg up against other Chinese smartphones that often lack the radios necessary for 4G or even 3G connectivity in the States. Up to three RAM and storage configurations will be available depending on region including 3 GB/32 GB, 4 GB/32 GB, and 4 GB/64 GB with our test model today being the entry level 3 GB/32 GB option.

As lucrative as a $200 18:9 smartphone may sound, it's normal to have reservations just based on the very low price alone. Can Huawei really deliver a competent Android smartphone at such a price point? What are the inevitable cut corners? We'll take a closer look at the Honor 7X to see how it compares to its immediate predecessor and other budget smartphones in its category. Competition in the $200 is plentiful especially in Asian and European territories including the BQ Aquaris V, Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Alcatel A3, Leagoo S8, and Nokia 5.

Update 01/12/2018: GPS and camera tests added.

Huawei Honor 7X (Honor Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.93 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 407 PPI, 10-point capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm earphones, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, LTE FDD, GSM, EGSM, DCS, PCS, WCDMA, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.6 x 156.5 x 75.3 ( = 0.3 x 6.16 x 2.96 in)
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix + 2 MP, f/0.95 - f/16
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 3264 x 2448
Additional features
Speakers: Monaural, SIM key, Micro-USB cable, AC adapter, EMUI 5.1, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
200 Euro

 

Case

The Honor 7X is slightly longer than the outgoing Honor 6X and noticeably larger in length and width than the Honor 7 because of its elongated screen. To make up for its bigger footprint, Huawei has shaved off 0.8 mm in thickness compared to the already thin Honor 6X to be even thinner than the iPhone X (7.6 mm vs. 7.7 mm). It is subsequently very compact with a relatively high screen-to-body ratio of 82.9 percent and at nearly the same dimensions as the flagship Mate 10 Pro.

In terms of design and quality, the Honor 7X accentuates contoured edges and corners around a 2.5D screen in contrast to the sharper look of the Honor 7. Huawei says the chassis had gone through 28 iterative prototypes before finally settling on the current design and the end result is a smartphone that feels like a Honor 6X repurposed for an 18:9 form factor. The rounded metallic matte surfaces are thus more slippery to hold compared to boxier alternatives like an iPhone 8 or Xperia alternative. Attempting to twist the smartphone will result in visible warping but no creaking; Rigidity has not improved over the Honor 6X and it feels weaker than on the Honor 7. Both the center of the screen and back plating are otherwise firm and will not depress when applying pressure.

Blue, Black, and Gold color options are available with the latter excluded from the US market due to it unpopularity in the region.

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Connectivity

Physical ports are limited to Micro-USB 2.0 and a 3.5 mm headphone jack both on the bottom edge. When questioned why the device does not integrate USB Type-C, Huawei claimed that the Micro-USB port is more reflective of the target price point. It's likely that we'll have to wait another generation or two in the Honor series before the manufacturer decides to make the jump to USB Type-C.

Right: Volume rocker, Power button
Right: Volume rocker, Power button
Top: No ports
Top: No ports
Right: 2x Dual-SIM slots + MicroSD combo
Right: 2x Dual-SIM slots + MicroSD combo
Bottom: Speakerphone, Microphone, 2x Hex screws, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm audio
Bottom: Speakerphone, Microphone, 2x Hex screws, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm audio

Communication and GPS

Wireless connectivity options include 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and the wide range of LTE FDD bands as listed on the official product page. Conspicuous omissions are NFC, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi calling, and an IR blaster likely due to cost constraints. The lack of NFC is particularly unfortunate as the feature is integrated onto the Honor 6X.

The Honor 7X supports the satellite networks GPS, Glonass, and BeiDou. The satellite fix was quick outdoors, but the accuracy could be a bit better.

We also compare the performance of the smartphone with the Garmin Edge 500 navigation device. The overall deviation is okay at 100 meters, but a closer look reveals that the location performance is not as accurate (sometimes a bit off-road) as on the specialized navigation device. The performance should still be sufficient for everyday navigation purposes.

Honor 7X (GPS Test)
Honor 7X (GPS Test)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (GPS Test)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (GPS Test)
Honor 7X driving test
Honor 7X driving test
Garmin Edge 500 driving test
Garmin Edge 500 driving test
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Honor 7 X
Honor 7 X
Honor 7 X
Honor 7 X
Honor 7 X
Honor 7 X
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
338 MBit/s ∼100% +628%
Huawei Y7
802.11 b/g/n
52.4 MBit/s ∼16% +13%
Huawei Honor 7X
802.11 b/g/n
46.4 MBit/s ∼14%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
225 MBit/s ∼100% +379%
Huawei Y7
802.11 b/g/n
50.6 MBit/s ∼22% +8%
Huawei Honor 7X
802.11 b/g/n
47 MBit/s ∼21%

Telephone and Call Quality

Call quality is clear when dialing into a landline on the other end. Volume could have been louder on the Huawei and the listener on the other side experienced periodic pauses in our voice despite having full reception. Generally, however, voice quality is acceptable so long as background or street noise can be kept to a minimum. Our call test was performed on T-Mobile and users on AT&T or others may not have the same experience.

Both nano-SIM slots are capable of connecting to 4G LTE networks whereas the secondary SIM slot on many other dual-SIM smartphones are limited to 2G or 3G only.

Cameras

Front camera Honor 7X
Front camera Honor 7X

The front camera of the Honor 7X has an 8 MP sensor with a fix focus. It features a selfie mode, which improves the picture quality with a soft filter. A gesture trigger is supposed to improve the handling. The picture quality is decent in good lighting conditions, but quickly drops in low-light situations and you can quickly see ugly artifacts.

The dual-camera system at the back has 16 + 2 MP (f/2.2) with an optical image stabilizer. The second lens enables a nice Bokeh for the portrait mode, which works well, but it cannot keep up with the solutions in more powerful devices like the iPhone X or the Pixel XL. The specs of the Honor 7X are identical to the Mate 10 Lite.

The picture quality of the Honor 7X is unfortunately just average and cannot fully convince even in daylight, because the pictures are not perfectly crisp. Instead, the picture always looks a bit washed-out with little details, especially compared to high-end rivals. However, you won't notice any problems when you just look at the pictures on your smartphone display. Colors are a bit pale in low-light situations and the picture appears blurry, muddy, and not very pleasing overall. The auto focus is fast and focusses the picture within 895 ms in daylight and 1208 ms in low-light situations.

The Honor 7X records videos at up to Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 FPS), but the default setting is just 720p. The quality is decent, but the sound is always accompanied by a slight murmur.

Honor 7X
Honor 7X
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Leagoo S8
Leagoo S8
Honor 7X
Honor 7X
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Leagoo S8
Leagoo S8

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker: The target color is displayed in the lower half of each patch.
ColorChecker: The target color is displayed in the lower half of each patch.

We had another look at the Honor 7X's dual-camera under controlled lighting conditions. Our test chart shows that fine details cannot be captured, but the picture quality is otherwise decent. The sharpness is good compared to the real-life picture and there is juts a small drop towards the edges. Color transitions are also captured well and there is hardly any fraying even with dark fonts on dark backgrounds. However, there is quickly noise on the colored areas.

The colors are a bit too pale; only red hues are an exception and are comparatively saturated.

Accessories and Warranty

Included accessories are an AC adapter (US), micro-USB data cable, SIM key, and screen protector. There are no earbuds, cleaning cloths or protective cases as many other smartphones may throw in for free.

The standard one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies. Huawei allows free returns within a 15-day period if purchased directly from the official website.

Input Devices and Handling

The 10-point capacitive touchscreen is swift and responsive as one would expect it to be. Fast typists, for example, will be glad to know that the input delay is kept to a minimum even with moderate background activity. Accuracy is uniform from one corner to the other with the familiar Google Android keyboard layout.

The main issue for most users will be the sudden jump from a 16:9 display to the 18:9 display. The taller and narrower screen means that the onscreen keyboard is positioned lower than usual and the user's palms will need to adjust accordingly when in portrait mode. The shift in weight is more obvious and users must take care not to drop the smartphone whilst typing.

The physical Volume and Power buttons are firm with a satisfying and audible "click" when pressed. Double-clicking on the Volume "Down" button will initiate the camera in just 1.8 seconds for fast snapshots without needing to unlock the phone.

Lastly, the rear fingerprint sensor sensor promises a response time of just 0.25 seconds (compared to 0.3 seconds on the Honor 6X) and our own experience shows it be just as reliable as a Mate 10 Pro in practice. Fingerprints are still recognized when upside-down or sideways.

Capable of recognizing up to 10 fingers simultaneously
Capable of recognizing up to 10 fingers simultaneously
Standard Android layout
Standard Android layout

Display

A big draw of the Honor 7X is its 18:9 FHD (2160 x 1080) IPS display measuring almost 6 inches across. Smartphones with similar display specifications at this price range are still very uncommon and Huawei is capitalizing on this fact by appropriately marketing the 7X as an affordable "Fullview" Android device. Perhaps surprisingly, the manufacturer has mostly delivered with only a couple of cost-cutting measures to meet the price point. While contrast is very high at approximately 1500:1 and colors are better than on the Honor 6X, the backlight is not any brighter. The displays on some flagships like the Mate 10 Pro and iPhone X still have more powerful backlights reaching over 600 nits each.

A major drawback of the otherwise great display is its slow response times. At 12.8 ms black-to-white, this is significantly slower than on the Honor 6X (5 ms) and Huawei Y7 (3.6 ms). Smartphones with OLED panels like the Doogee Mix or Mate 10 Pro are even faster still. The consequence is more ghosting that we were able to notice subjectively during the first few minutes of boot up. Swiping across Android Home screen windows and scrolling vertical webpages, for example, are met with blurrier icons and texts. Fortunately, the ghosting is not significant enough to dramatically impact video playback as movies still look great on the device.

The backlight is relatively even across the edges and corners of the screen with just very minor bleeding across the top edge that is unnoticeable during everyday use. The screen is slightly grainier than expected from a glossy overlay when displaying all white at the maximum brightness setting. Fortunately, this is again not severe enough to be of any concern during use.

No major backlight bleeding issues
No major backlight bleeding issues
RGB subpixel array (407 PPI)
RGB subpixel array (407 PPI)
470
cd/m²
505.6
cd/m²
526.6
cd/m²
487.3
cd/m²
533.2
cd/m²
528.6
cd/m²
490.6
cd/m²
528.7
cd/m²
527.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2
Maximum: 533.2 cd/m² Average: 510.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.28 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 533.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 1523:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.83 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
Gamma: 1.9
Huawei Honor 7X
IPS, 5.93, 2160x1080
Honor 6X
abgerundetes 2,5D-Glas, IPS, 5.5, 1920x1080
Honor 7
IPS, 5.2, 1920x1080
Doogee Mix
AMOLED, 5.5, 1280x720
Huawei Y7
IPS, 5.5, 1280x720
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
FullView, HDR, OLED, 6, 2160x1080
Response Times
16%
86%
6%
86%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
47.2 (34, 13.2)
41 (12, 29)
13%
5.6 (2.8, 2.8)
88%
59.2 (30, 29.2)
-25%
6.4 (3.6, 2.8)
86%
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (12.8, 16.4)
24 (5, 19)
18%
4.8 (2.8, 2)
84%
18.4 (3.6, 14.8)
37%
4.4 (2.4, 2)
85%
PWM Frequency
62.5
2315 (14)
247.5
Screen
-39%
-10%
-27%
-14%
27%
Brightness
511
540
6%
440
-14%
354
-31%
456
-11%
636
24%
Brightness Distribution
88
94
7%
92
5%
90
2%
92
5%
94
7%
Black Level *
0.35
0.57
-63%
0.23
34%
0.39
-11%
Contrast
1523
960
-37%
1922
26%
1197
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.83
5.1
-80%
4.52
-60%
4.9
-73%
4.3
-52%
1.7
40%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.7
6.2
-68%
5.47
-48%
3.9
-5%
3.5
5%
2.4
35%
Gamma
1.9 126%
2.09 115%
2.27 106%
2.33 103%
2.35 102%
2.15 112%
CCT
6918 94%
6546 99%
7874 83%
7260 90%
7273 89%
6337 103%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.7
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-12% / -26%
-10% / -10%
30% / 11%
-4% / -9%
57% / 46%

* ... smaller is better

Further analyses with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal generally accurate grayscale and colors. Green and Blue are shown to be slightly less accurate than others and color temperature is slightly too cool, but the DeltaE is still better than other cheap Android smartphones like the Doogee Mix or Huawei Y7. The Mate 10 Pro, of course, exhibits even lower DeltaE values and a gamma closer to the sRGB standard.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 69 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 34 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 76 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8615 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is very similar to that of the Honor 6X since backlight brightness has not changed. In other words, it's generally very good so long as the screen is not under direct sunlight as the glare will overwhelm texts and images. The wide viewing angles are able to reduce glare somewhat, but apparent brightness drops rather quickly even if viewing slightly off-centered for a noticeably dimmer screen.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The mid-range octa-core Kirin 659 is only a marginal improvement over the Kirin 655 in terms of performance. The rated clock rate for its main four cores is only 260 MHz faster (2.36 GHz vs. 2.1 GHz) with no major changes to the number of threads, fabrication size, or even the integrated Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Both AnTuTu and 3DMark benchmarks confirm this as the Honor 7X is only about 10 to 15 percent above the Honor 6X in most cases. The Honor 7X also scores very similarly to Huawei's other budget offering - the Nova 2 - equipped with the same Kirin 659 SoC.

Although the performance gap when compared to the Honor 6X is somewhat disappointing, the in-house Huawei SoC is still measurably faster than Qualcomm's budget Snapdragon 400 series. The Huawei Y7, Honor 6A, and Motorola Moto G5s are each equipped with Snapdragon 400-class SoCs and they are all behind the Honor 7X by about 15 to 30 percent in GeekBench multi-core benchmarks. Budget MediaTek MT6750 SoCs found in very cheap Android smartphones are even slower.

See our dedicated page on the Kirin 659 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

Geekbench 4 single-core
Geekbench 4 single-core
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Basemark OS II
Basemark OS II
AnTuTu v6
AnTuTu v6
AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score
Apple iPhone X
197851 Points ∼100% +215%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
177341 Points ∼90% +182%
HTC U11
175032 Points ∼88% +179%
Huawei Nova 2
63304 Points ∼32% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
62810 Points ∼32%
Honor 6X
56764 Points ∼29% -10%
Motorola Moto G5s
46370 Points ∼23% -26%
Honor 6A
43936 Points ∼22% -30%
Huawei Y7
43303 Points ∼22% -31%
Bluboo S8
42181 Points ∼21% -33%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
41507 Points ∼21% -34%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
36414 Points ∼18% -42%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute Metal Score 4.2
Apple iPhone X
15705 Points ∼100%
Compute RenderScript Score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
8572 Points ∼100% +209%
HTC U11
8281 Points ∼97% +199%
Huawei Nova 2
2997 Points ∼35% +8%
Huawei Honor 7X
2772 Points ∼32%
Huawei Y7
2235 Points ∼26% -19%
Motorola Moto G5s
1871 Points ∼22% -33%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1858 Points ∼22% -33%
Bluboo S8
1393 Points ∼16% -50%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPhone X
10255 Points ∼100% +207%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6792 Points ∼66% +103%
HTC U11
6443 Points ∼63% +93%
Huawei Nova 2
3556 Points ∼35% +6%
Huawei Honor 7X
3342 Points ∼33%
Huawei Y7
2866 Points ∼28% -14%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
2613 Points ∼25% -22%
Honor 6A
2612 Points ∼25% -22%
Motorola Moto G5s
2270 Points ∼22% -32%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
1858 Points ∼18% -44%
Bluboo S8
1790 Points ∼17% -46%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPhone X
4265 Points ∼100% +391%
HTC U11
1906 Points ∼45% +119%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1898 Points ∼45% +118%
Huawei Nova 2
918 Points ∼22% +6%
Huawei Honor 7X
869 Points ∼20%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
664 Points ∼16% -24%
Huawei Y7
645 Points ∼15% -26%
Honor 6A
638 Points ∼15% -27%
Motorola Moto G5s
630 Points ∼15% -28%
Bluboo S8
603 Points ∼14% -31%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
599 Points ∼14% -31%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
HTC U11
3085 Points ∼100% +83%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3002 Points ∼97% +78%
Apple iPhone X
2262 Points ∼73% +34%
Huawei Nova 2
1698 Points ∼55% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
1682 Points ∼55%
Honor 6X
1438 Points ∼47% -15%
Huawei Y7
1352 Points ∼44% -20%
Honor 6A
1338 Points ∼43% -20%
Motorola Moto G5s
1176 Points ∼38% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPhone X
3625 Points ∼100% +992%
HTC U11
3324 Points ∼92% +901%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3034 Points ∼84% +814%
Huawei Nova 2
334 Points ∼9% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
332 Points ∼9%
Huawei Y7
306 Points ∼8% -8%
Honor 6X
299 Points ∼8% -10%
Honor 6A
290 Points ∼8% -13%
Motorola Moto G5s
287 Points ∼8% -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
HTC U11
3268 Points ∼100% +709%
Apple iPhone X
3198 Points ∼98% +692%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3027 Points ∼93% +649%
Huawei Nova 2
407 Points ∼12% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
404 Points ∼12%
Huawei Y7
370 Points ∼11% -8%
Honor 6X
363 Points ∼11% -10%
Honor 6A
351 Points ∼11% -13%
Motorola Moto G5s
345 Points ∼11% -15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
HTC U11
3053 Points ∼100% +79%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2983 Points ∼98% +75%
Huawei Honor 7X
1705 Points ∼56%
Huawei Nova 2
1699 Points ∼56% 0%
Honor 6X
1391 Points ∼46% -18%
Huawei Y7
1382 Points ∼45% -19%
Honor 6A
1333 Points ∼44% -22%
Motorola Moto G5s
1216 Points ∼40% -29%
Bluboo S8
703 Points ∼23% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
HTC U11
6233 Points ∼100% +1080%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3306 Points ∼53% +526%
Huawei Y7
542 Points ∼9% +3%
Huawei Nova 2
533 Points ∼9% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
528 Points ∼8%
Honor 6A
499 Points ∼8% -5%
Motorola Moto G5s
494 Points ∼8% -6%
Honor 6X
477 Points ∼8% -10%
Bluboo S8
444 Points ∼7% -16%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
HTC U11
5061 Points ∼100% +711%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3228 Points ∼64% +417%
Huawei Nova 2
629 Points ∼12% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
624 Points ∼12%
Huawei Y7
620 Points ∼12% -1%
Honor 6A
580 Points ∼11% -7%
Motorola Moto G5s
569 Points ∼11% -9%
Honor 6X
559 Points ∼11% -10%
Bluboo S8
484 Points ∼10% -22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2871 Points ∼100% +85%
HTC U11
2841 Points ∼99% +83%
Apple iPhone X
2361 Points ∼82% +52%
Huawei Nova 2
1662 Points ∼58% +7%
Huawei Honor 7X
1553 Points ∼54%
Honor 6X
1440 Points ∼50% -7%
Honor 6A
1360 Points ∼47% -12%
Huawei Y7
1340 Points ∼47% -14%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1226 Points ∼43% -21%
Motorola Moto G5s
1199 Points ∼42% -23%
Bluboo S8
710 Points ∼25% -54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
HTC U11
3883 Points ∼100% +1049%
Apple iPhone X
3463 Points ∼89% +925%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2844 Points ∼73% +741%
Huawei Honor 7X
338 Points ∼9%
Huawei Nova 2
330 Points ∼8% -2%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
323 Points ∼8% -4%
Honor 6X
318 Points ∼8% -6%
Bluboo S8
293 Points ∼8% -13%
Huawei Y7
281 Points ∼7% -17%
Honor 6A
271 Points ∼7% -20%
Motorola Moto G5s
243 Points ∼6% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
HTC U11
3590 Points ∼100% +778%
Apple iPhone X
3138 Points ∼87% +667%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2850 Points ∼79% +597%
Huawei Honor 7X
409 Points ∼11%
Huawei Nova 2
402 Points ∼11% -2%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
386 Points ∼11% -6%
Honor 6X
385 Points ∼11% -6%
Huawei Y7
341 Points ∼9% -17%
Bluboo S8
337 Points ∼9% -18%
Honor 6A
330 Points ∼9% -19%
Motorola Moto G5s
295 Points ∼8% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2896 Points ∼100% +75%
HTC U11
2832 Points ∼98% +71%
Huawei Nova 2
1657 Points ∼57% 0%
Huawei Honor 7X
1656 Points ∼57%
Honor 6X
1433 Points ∼49% -13%
Huawei Y7
1360 Points ∼47% -18%
Honor 6A
1339 Points ∼46% -19%
Motorola Moto G5s
1158 Points ∼40% -30%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1091 Points ∼38% -34%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
897 Points ∼31% -46%
Bluboo S8
718 Points ∼25% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
HTC U11
5877 Points ∼100% +1013%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3353 Points ∼57% +535%
Huawei Y7
533 Points ∼9% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
528 Points ∼9%
Huawei Nova 2
526 Points ∼9% 0%
Honor 6A
507 Points ∼9% -4%
Motorola Moto G5s
483 Points ∼8% -9%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
480 Points ∼8% -9%
Honor 6X
468 Points ∼8% -11%
Bluboo S8
452 Points ∼8% -14%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
43 Points ∼1% -92%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
HTC U11
4744 Points ∼100% +663%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3239 Points ∼68% +421%
Huawei Honor 7X
622 Points ∼13%
Huawei Nova 2
620 Points ∼13% 0%
Huawei Y7
616 Points ∼13% -1%
Honor 6A
588 Points ∼12% -5%
Motorola Moto G5s
555 Points ∼12% -11%
Honor 6X
550 Points ∼12% -12%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
548 Points ∼12% -12%
Bluboo S8
493 Points ∼10% -21%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
55 Points ∼1% -91%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Apple iPhone X
25633 Points ∼100% +92%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22629 Points ∼88% +69%
HTC U11
20140 Points ∼79% +51%
Huawei Nova 2
14488 Points ∼57% +8%
Honor 6X
13535 Points ∼53% +1%
Honor 6X
13535 Points ∼53% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
13372 Points ∼52%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
10466 Points ∼41% -22%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10081 Points ∼39% -25%
Huawei Y7
9345 Points ∼36% -30%
Honor 6A
9297 Points ∼36% -30%
Motorola Moto G5s
9045 Points ∼35% -32%
Bluboo S8
5926 Points ∼23% -56%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPhone X
112489 Points ∼100% +989%
HTC U11
55725 Points ∼50% +439%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
34008 Points ∼30% +229%
Huawei Nova 2
11688 Points ∼10% +13%
Honor 6X
11353 Points ∼10% +10%
Honor 6X
11353 Points ∼10% +10%
Huawei Honor 7X
10332 Points ∼9%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10296 Points ∼9% 0%
Huawei Y7
10152 Points ∼9% -2%
Honor 6A
9663 Points ∼9% -6%
Motorola Moto G5s
9626 Points ∼9% -7%
Bluboo S8
7155 Points ∼6% -31%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
5528 Points ∼5% -46%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone X
64169 Points ∼100% +490%
HTC U11
40014 Points ∼62% +268%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
30590 Points ∼48% +181%
Huawei Nova 2
12212 Points ∼19% +12%
Honor 6X
11775 Points ∼18% +8%
Honor 6X
11775 Points ∼18% +8%
Huawei Honor 7X
10882 Points ∼17%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10247 Points ∼16% -6%
Huawei Y7
9961 Points ∼16% -8%
Honor 6A
9579 Points ∼15% -12%
Motorola Moto G5s
9491 Points ∼15% -13%
Bluboo S8
6840 Points ∼11% -37%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
6175 Points ∼10% -43%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
HTC U11
24 fps ∼100% +728%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
21 fps ∼88% +624%
Huawei Nova 2
2.9 fps ∼12% 0%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼12%
Honor 6X
2.8 fps ∼12% -3%
Huawei Y7
2.7 fps ∼11% -7%
Honor 6A
2.5 fps ∼10% -14%
Motorola Moto G5s
2.5 fps ∼10% -14%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
2.4 fps ∼10% -17%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22 fps ∼100% +659%
HTC U11
13 fps ∼59% +348%
Huawei Y7
5.9 fps ∼27% +103%
Honor 6A
5.6 fps ∼25% +93%
Huawei Nova 2
3.1 fps ∼14% +7%
Honor 6X
3 fps ∼14% +3%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼13%
Motorola Moto G5s
2.7 fps ∼12% -7%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
2.4 fps ∼11% -17%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 battery life
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
596 min ∼100%
HTC U11
476 min ∼80%
Computer Vision score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4617 Points ∼100% +75%
HTC U11
3393 Points ∼73% +29%
Huawei Honor 7X
2633 Points ∼57%
Bluboo S8
1754 Points ∼38% -33%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1506 Points ∼33% -43%
Storage score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
14687 Points ∼100% +124%
Huawei Honor 7X
6565 Points ∼45%
Bluboo S8
3445 Points ∼23% -48%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
3100 Points ∼21% -53%
Work 2.0 performance score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6932 Points ∼100% +43%
HTC U11
6828 Points ∼98% +41%
Huawei Honor 7X
4859 Points ∼70%
Huawei Nova 2
4822 Points ∼70% -1%
Huawei Y7
3928 Points ∼57% -19%
Honor 6A
3710 Points ∼54% -24%
Motorola Moto G5s
3604 Points ∼52% -26%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
3363 Points ∼49% -31%
Bluboo S8
3347 Points ∼48% -31%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
3118 Points ∼45% -36%
Work performance score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
8439 Points ∼100% +36%
HTC U11
8295 Points ∼98% +34%
Huawei Nova 2
6252 Points ∼74% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
6213 Points ∼74%
Huawei Y7
5365 Points ∼64% -14%
Honor 6A
4820 Points ∼57% -22%
Motorola Moto G5s
4669 Points ∼55% -25%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
4491 Points ∼53% -28%
Honor 6X
4383 Points ∼52% -29%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Apple iPhone X
1682 Points ∼100% +132%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1234 Points ∼73% +70%
HTC U11
1221 Points ∼73% +69%
Huawei Nova 2
847 Points ∼50% +17%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
802 Points ∼48% +11%
Huawei Honor 7X
724 Points ∼43%
Honor 6X
720 Points ∼43% -1%
Motorola Moto G5s
703 Points ∼42% -3%
Bluboo S8
701 Points ∼42% -3%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
664 Points ∼39% -8%
Honor 6A
606 Points ∼36% -16%
Huawei Y7
606 Points ∼36% -16%
Graphics
Apple iPhone X
9248 Points ∼100% +994%
HTC U11
5976 Points ∼65% +607%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3657 Points ∼40% +333%
Huawei Honor 7X
845 Points ∼9%
Huawei Nova 2
843 Points ∼9% 0%
Honor 6X
819 Points ∼9% -3%
Huawei Y7
768 Points ∼8% -9%
Honor 6A
734 Points ∼8% -13%
Motorola Moto G5s
723 Points ∼8% -14%
Bluboo S8
644 Points ∼7% -24%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
638 Points ∼7% -24%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
436 Points ∼5% -48%
Memory
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4142 Points ∼100% +132%
HTC U11
2085 Points ∼50% +17%
Huawei Nova 2
2011 Points ∼49% +12%
Huawei Honor 7X
1788 Points ∼43%
Honor 6X
1779 Points ∼43% -1%
Apple iPhone X
1219 Points ∼29% -32%
Bluboo S8
974 Points ∼24% -46%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
786 Points ∼19% -56%
Honor 6A
765 Points ∼18% -57%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
689 Points ∼17% -61%
Huawei Y7
686 Points ∼17% -62%
Motorola Moto G5s
656 Points ∼16% -63%
System
Apple iPhone X
10281 Points ∼100% +255%
HTC U11
5570 Points ∼54% +92%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
5244 Points ∼51% +81%
Huawei Nova 2
2959 Points ∼29% +2%
Huawei Honor 7X
2899 Points ∼28%
Honor 6X
2721 Points ∼26% -6%
Bluboo S8
1971 Points ∼19% -32%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1870 Points ∼18% -35%
Huawei Y7
1790 Points ∼17% -38%
Honor 6A
1678 Points ∼16% -42%
Motorola Moto G5s
1553 Points ∼15% -46%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
1195 Points ∼12% -59%
Overall
Apple iPhone X
3737 Points ∼100% +180%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3147 Points ∼84% +136%
HTC U11
3034 Points ∼81% +127%
Huawei Nova 2
1436 Points ∼38% +8%
Huawei Honor 7X
1334 Points ∼36%
Honor 6X
1300 Points ∼35% -3%
Bluboo S8
965 Points ∼26% -28%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
888 Points ∼24% -33%
Honor 6A
870 Points ∼23% -35%
Huawei Y7
869 Points ∼23% -35%
Motorola Moto G5s
848 Points ∼23% -36%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
733 Points ∼20% -45%

Legend

 
Huawei Honor 7X HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 10 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970, ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Nova 2 HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 6A Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 6X HiSilicon Kirin 655, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPhone X Apple A11 Bionic, Apple A11 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Bluboo S8 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC U11 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Motorola Moto G5s Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Browser-based benchmarks show the Honor 7X performing extremely well against other smartphones in its price range. The Samsung Galaxy J3, for example, retails for about the same price but scores disappointingly low even against smartphones with the slow Snapdragon 435. Nonetheless, there is still a very large gap between the budget Huawei and costlier flagships like the HTC U11 and Galaxy Note 8.

Subjectively, performance is generally steady when navigating between apps and throughout the OS. Transitions are not always smooth and frame skips are more frequent compared to flagship alternatives, but the slight pauses are never distracting enough to hinder usability. Heavier websites, like our own homepage, do not scroll completely smoothly whilst loading.

Sunspider 1.0.2
Sunspider 1.0.2
Octane v2
Octane v2
Jetstream
Jetstream
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Apple iPhone X
354 Points ∼100% +219%
HTC U11
162 Points ∼46% +46%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
159 Points ∼45% +43%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
158 Points ∼45% +42%
Huawei Honor 7X
111 Points ∼31%
Huawei Nova 2
95 Points ∼27% -14%
Honor 6X
73 Points ∼21% -34%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
69 Points ∼19% -38%
Honor 7
67 Points ∼19% -40%
Motorola Moto G5s
61 Points ∼17% -45%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
60 Points ∼17% -46%
Huawei Y7
44 Points ∼12% -60%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone X
35255 Points ∼100% +565%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
13265 Points ∼38% +150%
HTC U11
11781 Points ∼33% +122%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
10406 Points ∼30% +96%
Huawei Honor 7X
5302 Points ∼15%
Huawei Nova 2
4864 Points ∼14% -8%
Honor 7
4646 Points ∼13% -12%
Honor 6X
4199 Points ∼12% -21%
Huawei Y7
3209 Points ∼9% -39%
Motorola Moto G5s
3035 Points ∼9% -43%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
3030 Points ∼9% -43%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
2921 Points ∼8% -45%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Honor 7
16876 ms * ∼100% -94%
Motorola Moto G5s
13057 ms * ∼77% -50%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
12791 ms * ∼76% -47%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
12561.3 ms * ∼74% -45%
Huawei Y7
11007 ms * ∼65% -27%
Honor 6X
9373.3 ms * ∼56% -8%
Huawei Nova 2
8863 ms * ∼53% -2%
Huawei Honor 7X
8684.3 ms * ∼51%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3590.6 ms * ∼21% +59%
HTC U11
2760.3 ms * ∼16% +68%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
1876.8 ms * ∼11% +78%
Apple iPhone X
718 ms * ∼4% +92%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Apple iPhone X
224 Points ∼100% +616%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
69.57 Points ∼31% +122%
HTC U11
69.51 Points ∼31% +122%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
56.63 Points ∼25% +81%
Honor 7
32.121 Points ∼14% +3%
Huawei Honor 7X
31.299 Points ∼14%
Huawei Nova 2
27.692 Points ∼12% -12%
Honor 6X
26.464 Points ∼12% -15%
Huawei Y7
20.6 Points ∼9% -34%
Motorola Moto G5s
18.661 Points ∼8% -40%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
18.284 Points ∼8% -42%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
17.17 Points ∼8% -45%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

MicroSD slot (up to 256 GB) shared with the secondary nano-SIM slot
MicroSD slot (up to 256 GB) shared with the secondary nano-SIM slot

Sequential Transfer rates from the internal 32 GB eMMC are almost 2x faster than the internal storage for the standard Honor 7. Otherwise, it appears that Huawei has made no significant changes to storage performance from the Honor 6X. Pricier smartphones with UFS modules, such as the Mate 10 Pro or Google Pixel 2, have sequential transfer rates well north of 700 MB/s.

Performance from the MicroSD slot remains the same as on the Honor 6X with read rates in the low 50 MB/s range when using a Toshiba UHS-II MicroSDXC card.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 81CG
75.6 MB/s ∼100% +36%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
67.37 MB/s ∼89% +21%
Huawei Honor 7X
55.7 MB/s ∼74%
Huawei Honor 7X
32 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Honor 7
64 GB eMMC Flash
Honor 6X
32 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei Nova 2
64 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
16 GB eMMC Flash
AndroBench 3-5
254%
-48%
8%
21%
-15%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
30.55
34.53
13%
36.22
19%
59.6
95%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
52.65
52.02
-1%
68.88
31%
70.3
34%
Random Write 4KB
20.24
164.45
713%
11.3
-44%
45.05
123%
25.41
26%
9.5
-53%
Random Read 4KB
81.4
132.27
62%
24.92
-69%
39.55
-51%
69.03
-15%
24
-71%
Sequential Write 256KB
127.87
208.72
63%
86.99
-32%
73.85
-42%
192.8
51%
51
-60%
Sequential Read 256KB
265.31
732.46
176%
140.64
-47%
283.37
7%
300.35
13%
177.7
-33%

Games

3DMark tests show the Kirin 659 performing only marginally faster than the Kirin 655 in the Honor 6X yet again. When taking into account that the Honor 7X GPU must power a slightly higher resolution display (2160 x 1080) than on the Honor 6X, the overall gaming experience should be very similar between the two smartphones in terms of fidelity and frame rates.

We tested the 3D-intensive titles Asphalt 8 and N.O.V.A. Legacy from the Play Store to see how smoothly they would run. Asphalt 8 would default to the Very High graphics setting and frame rates were stuttering as a result. Manually adjusting the graphics to the lowest setting resulted in significantly smoother gameplay and responsiveness. Meanwhile, N.O.V.A. Legacy played smoothly and without any hiccups throughout its tutorial level.

Huawei says it will be working closely with app developers in order to bolster native support for the growing 18:9 aspect ratiod. Both titles above do indeed utilize the full display without any stretching, but smaller or less well-known games like Neko Atsume are less likely to be updated with native 18:9 support and must run with black bars as a result.

We recommend running Asphalt 8 on lower settings for noticeably faster frame rates
We recommend running Asphalt 8 on lower settings for noticeably faster frame rates
Unable to run Ice Storm at a steady 60 FPS. Note the black bars on two sides of the screen
Unable to run Ice Storm at a steady 60 FPS. Note the black bars on two sides of the screen
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
HTC U11
3085 Points ∼100% +83%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3002 Points ∼97% +78%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2417 Points ∼78% +44%
Apple iPhone X
2262 Points ∼73% +34%
Doogee Mix
1952 Points ∼63% +16%
Huawei Nova 2
1698 Points ∼55% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
1682 Points ∼55%
Honor 6X
1438 Points ∼47% -15%
Huawei Y7
1352 Points ∼44% -20%
Honor 6A
1338 Points ∼43% -20%
Motorola Moto G5s
1176 Points ∼38% -30%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
886 Points ∼29% -47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPhone X
3625 Points ∼100% +992%
HTC U11
3324 Points ∼92% +901%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3034 Points ∼84% +814%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
2723 Points ∼75% +720%
Doogee Mix
632 Points ∼17% +90%
Huawei Nova 2
334 Points ∼9% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
332 Points ∼9%
Huawei Y7
306 Points ∼8% -8%
Honor 6X
299 Points ∼8% -10%
Honor 6A
290 Points ∼8% -13%
Motorola Moto G5s
287 Points ∼8% -14%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
87 Points ∼2% -74%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Apple iPhone X
25633 Points ∼100% +92%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
22829 Points ∼89% +71%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22629 Points ∼88% +69%
HTC U11
20140 Points ∼79% +51%
Doogee Mix
16619 Points ∼65% +24%
Huawei Mate 8
15575 Points ∼61% +16%
Huawei Nova 2
14488 Points ∼57% +8%
Honor 6X
13535 Points ∼53% +1%
Honor 6X
13535 Points ∼53% +1%
Huawei Honor 7X
13372 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
11426 Points ∼45% -15%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
10466 Points ∼41% -22%
Honor 7
10360 Points ∼40% -23%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10081 Points ∼39% -25%
Huawei Y7
9345 Points ∼36% -30%
Honor 6A
9297 Points ∼36% -30%
Motorola Moto G5s
9045 Points ∼35% -32%
Bluboo S8
5926 Points ∼23% -56%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPhone X
112489 Points ∼100% +989%
HTC U11
55725 Points ∼50% +439%
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
36807 Points ∼33% +256%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
34008 Points ∼30% +229%
Huawei Mate 8
20537 Points ∼18% +99%
Doogee Mix
14288 Points ∼13% +38%
Huawei Nova 2
11688 Points ∼10% +13%
Honor 6X
11353 Points ∼10% +10%
Honor 6X
11353 Points ∼10% +10%
Honor 7
10579 Points ∼9% +2%
Huawei Honor 7X
10332 Points ∼9%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10296 Points ∼9% 0%
Huawei Y7
10152 Points ∼9% -2%
Honor 6A
9663 Points ∼9% -6%
Motorola Moto G5s
9626 Points ∼9% -7%
Bluboo S8
7155 Points ∼6% -31%
Huawei Y6 Pro 2017
5528 Points ∼5% -46%
Samsung Galaxy J3 2017
3725 Points ∼3% -64%

Emissions

Temperature

Surface temperatures are warmer on the lower front and upper back of the smartphone as shown by our temperature maps below. Simply idling on the Home screen for half an hour will cause the lower front to be as warm as 28 C. Extreme load with the CPU Throttling app test running for over an hour will induce a hot spot of 40 C. Fortunately, these hot spots are strategically away from the palms of the user when in the portrait orientation for comfortable handling no matter the onscreen load. Surfaces are warmer when in the landscape orientation, but never uncomfortably so.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, surface temperature development is very similar to the Honor 6X. Competing budget smartphones like the Moto G5s and Galaxy J3 run comparatively cooler in the low 30 C range. Of course, these alternatives are also a bit thicker and slower than our Honor 7X.

Running the GFXBench battery test shows consistent frametimes throughout the entirety of the 30-minute test. Thus, users can expect consistent performance with no major performance throttling during gaming loads.

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
CPU Throttling stress (front)
CPU Throttling stress (front)
CPU Throttling stress (back)
CPU Throttling stress (back)
GFXBench Long Term Battery Test
GFXBench Long Term Battery Test
CPU Throttling test. Core temperature can reach over 50 C
CPU Throttling test. Core temperature can reach over 50 C
Max. Load
 37 °C33.6 °C36.6 °C 
 38.4 °C34 °C40 °C 
 37 °C33.8 °C39.8 °C 
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 36.7 °C
32.6 °C33.6 °C35.6 °C
32.4 °C34.2 °C37 °C
32.8 °C33.8 °C35.6 °C
Maximum: 37 °C
Average: 34.2 °C
Room Temperature 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

The speakerphone is louder than on the Leagoo Kiicaa Mix and it introduces no static when on high volume settings. Bass is unsurprisingly poor as our microphone measurements show below. It certainly does its job well for voice calls, but a proper set of earphones is still recommended for a better multimedia experience.

Honor 7X (Red: Background, Pink: Pink noise)
Honor 7X (Red: Background, Pink: Pink noise)
Bluboo S8
Bluboo S8
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.2362533.633.23131.429.94031.432.35031.431.56330.831.48028.329.710028.128.812527.427.91602627.720025.731.625024.939.13152445.340023.949.850023.75463022.557.380022.458.1100021.959.7125021.668160021.371.4200021.168.9250021.170.3315020.871.6400020.878.7500020.776.3630020.866.3800020.764.71000020.570.51250020.665.51600020.753.5SPL33.683.8N249.9median 21.6Huawei Honor 7Xmedian 59.7Delta2.211.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Huawei Honor 7X audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (34.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 90% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 94% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 20%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The system demands anywhere between 1 W when idling on the lowest brightness setting to 6 W when running benchmark loads at maximum brightness. The backlight alone is responsible for drawing about 1.3 W between the 0 percent and 100 percent setting while the CPU is responsible for about 3.8 W between idling and maximum utilization. The older Honor 6X is still a bit more efficient than the 7X likely due to its smaller size and resolution.

0s to 30s: Idling at minimum brightness setting, >30s: Idling at maximum brightness setting
0s to 30s: Idling at minimum brightness setting, >30s: Idling at maximum brightness setting
0s to 30s: Idling at maximum brightness setting, >30s: CPU Throttling test initiated
0s to 30s: Idling at maximum brightness setting, >30s: CPU Throttling test initiated
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.27 / 0.39 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.02 / 2.46 / 2.51 Watt
Load midlight 4.16 / 5.87 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Honor 7X
Kirin 659, Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 2160x1080, 5.93
Apple iPhone X
A11 Bionic, A11 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash, Super AMOLED, 2436x1125, 5.8
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, OLED, 2160x1080, 6
Honor 7
Kirin 935, Mali-T628 MP4, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Motorola Moto G5s
430, Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Honor 6X
Kirin 655, Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Power Consumption
3%
16%
-35%
17%
19%
Idle Minimum *
1.02
1.03
-1%
0.85
17%
1.7
-67%
0.67
34%
0.82
20%
Idle Average *
2.46
2.4
2%
1.15
53%
2.9
-18%
1.4
43%
2
19%
Idle Maximum *
2.51
2.6
-4%
1.23
51%
3.3
-31%
1.52
39%
2.03
19%
Load Average *
4.16
2.96
29%
4.12
1%
4.9
-18%
4.56
-10%
3.34
20%
Load Maximum *
5.87
6.6
-12%
8.42
-43%
8.2
-40%
7.05
-20%
4.92
16%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The model is equipped with a similar 3340 mAh battery pack as on the Honor 6X. Unfortunately, runtimes are significantly shorter on the Honor 7X when subjected to similar conditions. Our WLAN test, for example, lasts for 11 hours on the Honor 7X while the Honor 6X is able to reach almost 16 hours. We're not sure what background activity may be responsible for the truncated battery life compared to the previous generation. Nonetheless, 11 hours of real-world WiFi use is respectable and comparable to the iPhone X or Honor 7.

Charging from empty to full capacity is slow. When using the provided 5 V/2 A adapter and micro-USB cable, a full charge will take between 2 and 2.5 hours. Needless to say, Quick Charge is not supported.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
18h 31min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
11h 04min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 19min
Huawei Honor 7X
Kirin 659, Mali-T830 MP2,  Wh
Apple iPhone X
A11 Bionic, A11 Bionic GPU,  Wh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Kirin 970, Mali-G72 MP12, 15.3 Wh
Honor 7
Kirin 935, Mali-T628 MP4, 12 Wh
Motorola Moto G5s
430, Adreno 505, 11.4 Wh
Honor 6X
Kirin 655, Mali-T830 MP2,  Wh
Battery Runtime
-3%
60%
-9%
1%
78%
Reader / Idle
1111
1292
16%
1744
57%
888
-20%
1233
11%
2250
103%
WiFi v1.3
664
564
-15%
818
23%
484
-27%
518
-22%
957
44%
Load
199
180
-10%
398
100%
241
21%
225
13%
375
88%

Pros

+ relatively accurate colors and high contrast
+ thin design, high screen-to-body ratio
+ fast fingerprint reader
+ dual-SIM w/ MicroSD
+ very inexpensive
+ 18:9 FHD display

Cons

- CPU and GPU performance benefits are minimal over the Honor 6X
- apparent brightness drops if not facing directly at the screen
- slow display response times; more ghosting
- no CDMA version for Sprint or Verizon
- no NFC, IR, 802.11ac, or Wi-Fi calling
- shorter battery life than Honor 6X
- no Quick Charge

Verdict

In review: Huawei Honor 7X. Test unit provided by Huawei
In review: Huawei Honor 7X. Test unit provided by Huawei

Android smartphones in the $200 to $250 USD range are quite common from Chinese manufacturers like Leagoo, Xiaomi, Bluboo, Oppo, and Vivo. What makes the Honor 7X so special compared to the deluge of other cheap alternatives is the harder worldwide marketing push from Huawei. Unlike most other smartphones from the aforementioned brands, the Honor 7X is actually compatible with 4G LTE networks in the US, is more widely available with no importing required, and has the financial backing of the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturer. Together, these advantages create a higher level of quality control that owners outside of Asia do not usually receive from lesser-known Chinese brands. The Huawei is much less of a gamble for the small investment.

There is tremendous value in the Honor 7X. Its small asking price nets users a 5.93-inch FHD display with the same 18:9 aspect ratio found on the latest flagships almost 5x the cost. Its fingerprint reader, dual 4G SIM slots, expandable storage, and 3.5 mm audio jack are features that even some costlier alternatives do not carry. The very slim form factor is another surprise as it looks similar to the expensive Mate 10 Pro down to the dimensions and placement of the buttons and ports. The end result is a smartphone that feels more expensive than its retail price.

Some corners had to be cut, though they thankfully seem limited to extraneous features rather than hardware quality. Owners will be missing out on NFC, IR, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi calling, wireless charging, and USB Type-C while some specific EMUI features are omitted including Hotspot and Navigation Dock. From this perspective, the barebones experience is not unexpected and will not likely dissuade the target budget-conscious audience.

More disappointing are the slower display response times, lack of Quick Charge, and the minimal raw performance benefits of the Kirin 659 over the Kirin 655 in the Honor 6X. Ghosting is more prevalent when browsing and the 2+ hour charge time can be a pain for heavy users. The Honor 7X doesn't necessarily feel any slower or faster than its immediate predecessor for better or worse. Higher quality cameras, a louder earpiece, and a potentially brighter backlight round up our list of what we'd like to see on the eventual successor.

The Honor 7X is being referred to by many in the press as the best Android smartphone $200 can buy and we can't disagree. North American users in particular will be hard press to find an Android smartphone this cheap with an equivalent set of features without resorting to hit-or-miss imports. We're hoping that future iterations will address the noticeable ghosting and slow charging rate without needing to budge the price any higher from its comfortable sweet spot.

Huawei Honor 7X - 01/09/2018 v6
Allen Ngo, Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
72 / 75 → 95%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 61%
Weight
91%
Battery
94%
Display
88%
Games Performance
22 / 63 → 35%
Application Performance
53 / 70 → 75%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 91 → 73%
Camera
70%
Average
73%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, Daniel Schmidt, 2018-01- 6 (Update: 2018-01-21)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.