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Huawei Honor 4X Review

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Huawei is on the right track on what they are doing now with their smartphone and tablet business. The Chinese company’s mid range brand HONOR has also been doing well when it comes to sales. We’ve been using the Huawei Honor 4X for 3 weeks now and we are definitely impressed. Find out why are we so impressed as you read on with the review.

IMG_20150724_091610Huawei Honor 4X:

  • 1.2GHz Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 620 64-bit processor
  • Mali 450 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 267 ppi
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash (f/2.0 aperture)
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat with EmotionUI 3.0 upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • SRP: P8,990
  • Status: Available on Huawei stores, retailers and Lazada
  • Buy on Lazada

Related article – Huawei Honor 4X Unboxing and First Impressions

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

The Huawei Honor 4X seems to take some design cues on Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones and added their own flavor of distinction like the patterned back cover. Obviously it is a big device because of the 5.5-inch display. It is still manageable to hold with one hand and good thing it not slippery thanks to its matte finish body.

IMG_20150724_091639Audio coming out from the bottom speakers are loud enough to hear calls and notifications. You can use your third party earphones for your music pleasure.

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DISPLAY:

The 5.5-inch display has HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and it is fairly decent. It is not as sharp and vivid compared to high end smartphones but is acceptable. Display has good viewing angles and can withstand harsh sunlight outdoors.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Just like any other Chinese smartphone, the Huawei Honor 4X ditched the typical Android app tray resulting to all your apps are scattered on the home screen just like what you see on Apple’s iPhone. It has a heavily skinned UI on top of Android called Emotion UI. We find Emotion UI clean, simple and easy to understand as compared with other Chinese custom UI of other brands. Plus, we also love that the carrier name is placed on top left corner of the screen but there’s an option on the settings menu to turn it off.

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The design of icons and menus can also be changed as Huawei has its own theme store. This is where you can download themes to change to look of your phone. Most of the themes there are free so don’t you worry.

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Does it have lags? On our 3 week-time with it, we never had encountered any lags even when loading games.

CAMERA:

Since it has a heavily skinned UI, expect its camera UI will be skinned as well. It took us some time getting used to but if you are an iPhone user, the camera UI here will be somewhat familiar to you. Photos taken from both front and back cameras are pretty good with right amount of sharpness, detail and ambient light.

Here are some of sample photos we’ve taken:

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Groupfie from the 5 megapixel front facing camera.

IMG_20150721_170647 IMG_20150721_190447 IMG_20150722_122236IMG_20150706_154708 IMG_20150716_210951CONNECTIVITY:

If you are a Globe subscriber and planning to buy this smartphone, you’ll be delighted to know that LTE connectivity is present on this device so expect blazing fast internet speeds on the go. The problem, however, is if you are a Smart user, you’ll only get 3G speeds. We did some research and we found out there are two models. One model supports LTE Band 3(1800) and 40(2300) only and the other supports LTE Bands 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500).

We think that our model that we have here only supports LTE Band 3(1800) which is used by Globe. Smart uses LTE Band 1 (2100).

BATTERY:

Battery performance is above average. With a huge 3,000 mAh battery included on the device, expect up to 2 days of juice with normal usage. On heavy use, we managed to get 5 hours and 10 minutes of screen on time – an hour of Clash of Clans, 2 hours of IWantv, an hour of You Tube plus social media, emails, Skype, Viber and calls.

IMG_20150724_092846VERDICT:

Using the Huawei Honor 4X feels like using a flagship smartphone. It is not hard to recommend the Huawei Honor 4X – good performance, nice camera, decent battery life, good display, above average build quality. If you are a Smart user, you’ll just have to forgive its lack of LTE since LTE only works with Globe.