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HONOR X7b In-Depth Review

HONOR X7b

HONOR Philippines recently launched the HONOR X7b, its latest addition to the brand's X Series line-up, offering users a reliable, well-rounded device available at an affordable price.

HONOR X7b

The HONOR X7b represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor, the HONOR X7a, offering enhanced battery life, improved camera features, and upgraded hardware performance, ensuring a seamless and better user experience.

The HONOR X7b Specs:

Operating System: MagicOS 7.2, based on Android 13
Display: 6.8-inch Full HD+ IPS display, 2412 x 1080 pixel resolution, 389ppi, 90Hz refresh rate, 91.3% screen-to-body ratio, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification
Processor: 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 610
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 1TB
Rear Cameras: 108MP f/1.8, PDAF + 5MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth sensor with LED flash
Front Camera: 8MP
Biometric Security: Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
SIM: Dual SIM, Dual standby
Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NFC, USB Type-C, USB 2.0
Dimensions: 166.7 x 76.5 x 8.2mm
Battery: 6,000mAh battery with 35W fast charging support
Colors: Emerald Green, Flowing Silver, and Midnight Black
Weight: 199g

Design and Built Quality
This device offers a stylish and modern design that appeals to a wide range of users. It features a smooth curve with a 63-degree quad-curved design, which makes it slim at 8.24 mm and lightweight at just 199 grams. Available in three stunning colors: Flowing Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black.

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On the rear, you'll find an elegantly designed triple-camera setup that looks similar to the HONOR 90's camera design. Moving to the right side, you'll spot the volume rocker and the power button integrated with a fingerprint reader for easy access and added security.

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On the opposite side, there's the SIM slot capable of accommodating either two nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM card and one microSD card, offering flexibility in storage and connectivity options.

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Located at the bottom of the device are the standard Type-C port, microphone, speaker, and 3.5mm audio jack. The inclusion of the audio jack is a welcome feature, especially for users who prefer the superior audio experience offered by wired earphones when listening to their favorite tracks.

The HONOR X7b is a nicely designed, chic smartphone that not only feels great in the hand but also offers excellent build quality, especially considering its price point. With its sleek design and glossy finish, it has a premium look and feel that enhances the overall user experience.

Display and Sound Quality
At the front, the device showcases a 6.8-inch Full HD+ IPS display, boasting a resolution of 2412 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 389 ppi. Its 90Hz refresh rate offers fluid animations and smooth scrolling, enhancing the overall visual experience. With a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3%, it provides an immersive viewing experience, making it ideal for multimedia consumption and gaming.

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The screen boasts an impressive 850 nit peak brightness, ensuring clarity even in bright outdoor environments. Moreover, the device offers advanced eye protection features, including a minimum brightness of 2 nits for dimly lit environments. Paired with dark mode, eye protection mode, and Circadian Night Display, these functions work together to provide eye care, reducing strain and enhancing comfort during extended use.

HONOR X7b

The HONOR X7b features stereo speakers, that adequately handle notifications and phone call rings. However, for a more immersive audio experience while watching videos or playing games, it's best to use wired earphones or wireless earbuds since they ensure superior sound quality and enhance the overall multimedia experience on the device.

Performance
The HONOR X7b is equipped with a 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 octa-core processor paired with 8GB of RAM. Additionally, it features HONOR RAM Turbo technology, effectively doubling the RAM capacity to 16GB for seamless multitasking and smooth performance. The device offers ample storage with 256GB of internal storage, further expandable via a microSD card, providing users with plenty of space for their apps, games, photos, and videos.

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For daily use, this device proves to be a reliable companion. Whether browsing the web, watching videos, or using productivity, and social media apps, it maintains a consistent level of performance. App launches are quick, and transitions between tasks are seamless, which enhances the user experience.

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When it comes to gaming, it does not disappoint. Its processor and ample RAM ensure that demanding games run smoothly with minimal lag. Game titles like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile, and Genshin Impact performed admirably, delivering a fluid gaming experience with medium frame rates and responsive controls. The device's large display and vibrant colors further enhance the gaming experience.

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While the HONOR X7b offers good performance, it does face challenges with prolonged heavy usage, such as extended gaming sessions or running multiple resource-intensive apps simultaneously. In such scenarios, there's a slight increase in device temperature or a minor dip in performance. However, these limitations are typical for most smartphones in this category and are manageable with regular breaks or optimization settings.

Camera Capabilities
The camera capabilities of the HONOR X7b are one of its standout features. At the back, it boasts a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, complemented by an LED flash. While the 8-megapixel selfie camera excels at capturing selfies.

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This setup allows users to capture high-quality photos and videos that are vibrant in color and detail, making every shot a delight. Moreover, the camera offers a variety of modes, including Portrait Mode, 2X zoom, and more, which allow users to effortlessly capture photos.

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However, one of the weaknesses of the camera system is its video recording capabilities. It only supports 1080p video quality, which may not be as impressive compared to some competing brands that offer higher-resolution video recording options. This limitation may disappoint users who want high-definition video recording capabilities in their smartphone cameras.

Additionally, the absence of advanced features like optical image stabilization (OIS) might affect the stability of videos, especially during movement or in shaky conditions. Furthermore, while the camera setup excels at producing vibrant colors, it may tend to oversaturate certain scenes, leading to slightly unrealistic color reproduction in specific lighting conditions.

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You can view photos shot using the HONOR X7b on our Facebook page: Adobotech

Overall, while the HONOR X7b offers commendable camera performance with its impressive resolution and versatile shooting modes, it falls short in terms of advanced features and color accuracy consistency, making it suitable for casual photography needs.

Battery Life
The battery life of the HONOR X7b is impressive. Sporting a large 6000mAh battery, this device offers extended usage without the hassle of frequent recharging. It holds the prestigious DXOMARK Battery Gold Label, guaranteeing exceptional battery performance by industry standards.

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During our extensive testing, the HONOR X7b met our expectations, with a full charge lasting two days of active use. This included tasks such as playing games, staying connected on social media platforms, streaming videos, and engaging in productivity activities. Despite these demanding tasks, the battery maintained a robust performance, showcasing its reliability, which makes it a good companion for users on the go.

HONOR emphasizes the battery's durability over time, assuring users that even after three years of regular usage, the battery will retain over 80% of its original health.

When it comes to charging, the HONOR X7b supports a 35W HONOR SuperCharge Charger. While it may not be the fastest charging option available by today's market standards, it efficiently gets the job done without significant delays compared to devices equipped with only a 25W charger.

Pros
Stylish Design
Smooth Performance
Good Camera
Impressive Long Battery Life
Affordable Price

Cons
Subpar Camera Performance in Low Light
Plastic built
Camera Performance in Low Light
Slightly Heavier and Bulkier

Verdict
The HONOR X7b is a commendable smartphone thanks to its nice camera capabilities, generous storage capacity, and outstanding battery life. It presents a good value for budget-conscious users looking for a well-rounded device with advanced features. Its smooth performance and user-friendly interface ensure a joyful experience, making it a good option within its price bracket.

The HONOR X7b is now available for only ₱8,999 at the nearest HONOR Experience and Partner Stores or shop online via Shopee (https://bit.ly/Shop_X7b_PR), Lazada (https://bit.ly/Laz_X7b_PR) and TikTok Shop (https://bit.ly/TikTok_X7b_PR)!
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