Huawei Honor 7X vs. Honor 6X – Should you upgrade?

Huawei Honor 7X

Huawei’s Honor entered the U.S. market with the Honor 5X and since then, the company hasn’t looked back. Last year, the Huawei Honor 6X was released and this year, a new Huawei Honor 7X is on the way.

It’s true that the Huawei Honor 6X won’t blow you away with a premium design or high-end features, however, at just $250, you’ll be getting a phone that ships with a decent display screen, expandable storage, a long-lasting battery unit and a fingerprint scanner, all wrapped in a metallic body that is way better than the plastic bodies that dominate this price category. It gets even better given that the Honor 6X also ships with a dual-lens camera, something that is not common at this price point.

To be specific, the Huawei Honor 6X ships with a 5.5-inch LCD screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution, a Kirin 655 processor mated with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, which supports up to 256GB. The back has a dual 12MP+2MP camera with PDAF, LED flash and support for 1080p video recording while the front gets an 8MP lens with the same video recording capabilities. Keeping the Honor 6X alive is a 3340mAh battery unit that is charged via a microUSB port and for the OS, you get Marshmallow out of the box, which is upgradable to Nougat.

Announced last month, the Huawei Honor 7X is here to replace the Honor 6X. There’s no doubt that the latter is a good phone, but Huawei is determined to give you the best with the Honor 7X. Although a budget phone, the Honor 7X brings you some of the features you are accustomed to seeing on 2017 flagship phones, more prominently the near bezel-less design.

The Huawei Honor 7X sheds off a huge chunk of the bezels you see on the Honor 6X, giving you an all-new FullView design that allows for the accommodation of an even bigger 5.93-inch LCD display screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Due to the changed design, you also get a tweaked resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, although still full HD.

Huawei Honor 7X

Huawei has already released the Mate 10 that is based on Android Oreo. It’s hard to understand why they chose to go with Android 7.0 Nougat on the Honor 7X, but that’s what you get alongside the EMUI 5.1 skin on top. Under the hood, there’s an upgraded Kirin 659 that is paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. There are also 64GB and 128GB storage options, but it’s unlikely these two will make it to the U.S. Still, you get a microSD card slot that can handle the same amount as the Honor 6X.

The rear camera setup hasn’t changed much, but the main lens has been bumped up from 12MP to 16MP. The supporting sensor remains a 2MP lens and you still get PDAF, LED flash and support for 1080p video recording. The front also sticks to an 8MP lens with the same video recording capabilities.

Other features that the Huawei Honor 7X borrows from the Honor 6X include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB and a 3340mAh non-removable battery unit. Also, note that the 7X doesn’t come with waterproofing, wireless charging or an NFC chip, but these are just some of the goodies you sacrifice for an affordable price tag.

The details of the Huawei Honor 7X’s U.S, debut and exact price are still unclear, but more details should be out at an event to be held on December 5th. Still, you can expect it to trade at under $300, which is pretty much a good deal. But is it good enough to convince you to ditch the Honor 6X? Let us know in your comments below.

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