Huawei seems to be doing remarkable job with releasing high quality budget smartphones giving a fit to current reigning brands like Micromax, Xiaomi and Lenovo. After using the device for almost 2 weeks now, we have come up with an in-depth review for the Huawei Honor 4x.
The Huawei Honor 4X has a resolution of 1280 x 720 display with a pixel density of approximately 267ppi. The viewing angles are good, the color depth and clarity is also amazing considering the price at which it is being launched. The EMUI 3.0 has a look and feel of Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Brightness is also great but not as great as the super AMOLED displays which are stocked in several Samsung smartphones.
The images are crisp and clear but as you zoom in a bit the images start to pixelate. The rear camera is a 13MP one which also has a single LED flash. The other plus point is you can snap images in around 1.5 seconds by simply just double tapping the lower volume rocker. This is quiet handy when you’d like to click images instantly.
Here are the images captured with the Honor 4x
The EMUI 3.0 has extracts of the lollipop version especially the notification bar. You have various gesture controls and also have a small LED placed on the top left side corner which blinks when you have received messages, missed calls or any other primary notification. As the display is huge it may be difficult to type, to counter this there is a “one-hand” feature which basically reduces the size of the keypad and then shifts it to a particular side. So if you a lefty the keypad shits to the left and shifts to the right when you a righty.
The UI has been designed smartly to cater basic needs for example on the lock screen you have the small drawer at the bottom where you have some shortcuts like the calculator, Flashlight, Camera etc. Thus helping you in case of emergencies.
We would not like to do the talking and let the device do the talking for itself, in this video we have covered the Quadrant Standard Benchmark test, Antutu Benchmarking as well as the Nena Mark 2.0 followed by a quick test on the gaming capabilities of the device.
Runs smooth as butter, We played games like beach buggy blitz and real racing 3 seen no lags whatsoever, the plus it just picks up from where you left the game in case you have picked a call or checked some notification. Multi-tasking is slippery smooth.
We have used this device for over a week now, charging takes around 2.5 hours to 3 hours and on average usage it may juice out in around a day and half. If you gaming for like 2-3 hours a day it may last up to 24 hours. Gaming for around an hour with 50% brightness heats up the rear but the back cover provided in the limited version dissipates quiet a lot of heat, so you would barely feel a thing. For those without a back cover may feel the tinge of heat.
We have tried the standard charger which is 1 Amp one, have not charged it with the faster 2.1 Amp chargers. Will update the with details after prolonged testing.
The Honor 4x is value for money. With more than average build quality, good battery life and great hardware specs this device is everything you could wish for. There are quite a few competitors out there like the Micromax Yu Yureka, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and the not so distant Lenovo A7000. If storage is priority go for the Micromax devices which feature 16GB of internal storage, if battery is a primary concern the Redmi Note, Honor 4x followed by the A7000 are better options.
Budget wise the Micromax Yureka falls at 8,999 , Xiaomi Redmi Note at 9,999 , Lenovo A7000 at 8,999 and the Honor 4X at 10,499. Even though it’s a bit expensive it does seems to be value for money. Certain Accessories like the headphones is missing but considering the hardware packed inside this may be a deal breaker.
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