Plenty to Play With Honor 7x

 

Tanvi Dhulia places Huawei’s latest budget offering, the Honor 7x on BP’s test bench.

Honor 7x

Honor 7x

Priced at Rs. 12,999 for its 4GB RAM and 32GB storage model, and Rs. 15,999 for its 64GB variant, the Honor 7x has been turning heads. Although a budget phone, it seems to have plenty of features packed into it.

What’s it Got?
The 7x is light and sits comfortably in one’s hand with its 5.93-inch IPS LCD Screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. As is becoming commonplace, it also comes with a dual lens set up with phase detection autofocus at the rear.

The primary lens is 16MP and the secondary one is 2MP. In the Pro Photo mode you have the freedom to adjust ISO, shutterspeed (8sec to 1/4000sec), metering (matrix, center, spot), white balance, exposure compensation, and Autofocus (AF-S, AF-C, MF). Besides this, the phone features wide aperture, HDR, Night shot, Panorama, Time lapse, Slow-mo, Portrait, and Pro Video modes. The 8MP camera on the front is also capable of creating the bokeh effect in Portrait mode which is executed by a software instead of a secondary lens. Strangely enough, the quality of bokeh here isn’t very different from that of the rear camera.

While I had to sharpen the image a bit in post processing, the 7x was otherwise swift enough to capture this intense moment

While I had to sharpen the image a bit in post processing, the 7x was otherwise swift enough to capture this intense moment. Photography / Tanvi Dhulia

On the Fence
I wasn’t very pleased with the quality of images shot in low light conditions as the camera failed to retain enough details when the images were viewed at 100 percent. Additionally, in extreme low light situations, the auto white balance can be a little all over the place.

Fortunately, besides offering the usual WB settings, the 7x also allows you to finetune it to suit your preferences. In optimal light, the 7x displayed good detail recovery. However, as was noted in our Honor 9i review, the camera has a tendency to overexpose. As a result, you’ll frequently find blown out highlights and subjects that appear far too bright.

Besides this, the camera doesn’t display any lag while shooting and it offers different options to customise your shooting experience. Apart from using the volume key to shoot, one can enable the fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone to make a picture too. There is also an option for the phone to automatically capture an image when a front-facing subject smiles widely. On the front camera, there is a gesture control which allows one to wave their palm before the lens to trigger a countdown to a selfie.

The 7x recovers details well. It did a good job here with capturing the chaos of the fishing nets.

The 7x recovers details well. It did a good job here with capturing the chaos of the fishing nets. Photography / Tanvi Dhulia

In Conclusion
Despite its shortcomings, the Honor 7x appears to be a good option for those seeking a smartphone with tons of features, and a sleek design.

What I like is their Pro Video mode which is often lacking in phones today, and the numerous options to customise how one can make a picture.

It’s crucial to note that the 7x is going to face considerable competition from the Mi A1 which is currently priced at Rs. 13,999 (4GB RAM+64GB) and has a decent portrait mode of its own.

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS 5.93-inch IPS LCD screen, Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, 16MP + 2MP rear camera, 8MP front camera 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage (expandable to 256GB), Rs. 12,999/Rs. 15,999
WHAT WE LIKE Light and sleek body, customisable shooting controls
WHAT WE DISLIKE Poor low light performance
WHY BUY IT For the price, there are not too many options out there that offer a similar specification list, and reasonably good dual cameras.
FINAL RATINGS 81%
CAMERA FEATURES 16MP+2MP primary camera and an 8MP front camera 20/25 
IMAGE QUALITY  Captures details well, depicts colours accurately  24/30
VIDEO QUALITY 1080p, average quality 11/15
HANDLING  Large phone but lightweight  13/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Speedy phone without too much lag 13/15

 

Tags: Better Cellphone, Better Photograhy, Honor 7x, January 2018, Tanvi Dhulia