Honor unveiled the latest addition to its Honor X series at a launch event in London on Tuesday. The Honor 7X, successor to the much-hyped budget offering Honor 6X by the Huawei sub-brand, boasts of a FullView display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Additionally, the smartphone also carries a dual-lens camera setup, a feat rarely seen at its price point. Set to go on sale starting Thursday as an Amazon exclusive, the Honor 7X will take on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Lenovo K8 Note and many other budget offerings by the other OEMs in the market. To find out the best buy around the budget of Rs 12,000, let us have a look at what the top performing smartphones in the category have to offer and how the Honor 7X competes with them.
Honor played along to the current industry trend and embedded a neat 5.93-inch near bezel-less Full HD display on the Honor 7X. With a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, an 18:9 aspect ratio and a Corning Gorilla Glass protection, the Honor 7X offers the largest display in this comparison list.
Lenovo K8 Note and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, both sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The K8 Note display is further topped by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which the Redmi Note 4 misses out on.
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The Honor 7X is powered by Huawei’s in-house production - HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core SoC. The Redmi Note 4, meanwhile, is powered by Qualcomm’s tried and tested Snapdragon 625 SoC with eight cores. The Lenovo K8 Note, gains an inch here with its deca-core Mediatek Helio X23 processor.
Coupled to these processors, the software running on these devices also vary. The Honor 7X runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top right out-of-the-box. The K8 Note runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is expected to get the Oreo update by next summer. Redmi Note 4 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow topped with MIUI 8.0 out-of-the-box. Users can now update the device to Android 7.0 Nougat though since the update’s OTA release.
At the price point at which the smartphones are being compared, the Honor 7X carries a 4GB RAM coupled with a 32GB internal storage, which is further expandable up to 256GB using an external microSD. The K8 Note on the contrary, comes with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, expandable up to 128GB.
Xiaomi is able to offer a larger memory variant at this price point (even lower) and hence the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, again expandable up to 256GB.
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A strong highlight of the Honor 7X is its dual camera setup at the back which carries a 16-megapixel lens coupled to a 2-megapixel secondary lens. Combined, the camera setup is able to deliver depth effect. In addition to this, Honor claims that the 8-megapixel front snapper is also able to add depth effect to the images.
The K8 Note matches equally to these claims with its 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup at the back. At the front, the smartphone comes with a 13-megapixel shooter with LED flash.
Probably the only point of criticism for the Redmi Note 4, the device carries a 13-megapixel camera at the back and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter at the front.
At 165 grams of weight, the Honor 7X runs on a 3340 mAh battery, while the Redmi Note 4 carries a much larger, 4100 mAh battery at the same weight class.
In comparison, the Lenovo K8 Note is a heavier device at 180 grams and carries a proportionately larger battery of 4000 mAh capacity.
The variants in comparison here carry a price tag of Rs 12,999 for the Honor 7X as well as the Lenovo K8 Note. Xiaomi is able to beat this price tag hands down with its Redmi Note 4 as it offers a larger memory variant at Rs 1000 less, pricing the Redmi Note 4 at Rs 11,999.
But then the smartphone misses out on a lot of features that the other two devices have to offer. An overall comparison of the features offered by these smartphones certainly puts the Honor 7X on the top, just edging over the Lenovo K8 Note, thanks to its near bezel-less display. Yet for those who would need a larger battery life for their daily use and can compromise on the screen size, the K8 Note or the Redmi Note 4 are the sure choices.Specifications Comparison - Honor 7X, Lenovo K8 Note, Redmi Note 4.