Review: Huawei Honor 4X

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The affordable smartphone market is already crowded with several excellent handsets, such as the second-generation Moto G, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Micromax’s Yu Yureka. And joining their league is the Huawei Honor 4X, the successor to last year’s Honor 3C.

The new budget Huawei smartphone has a lot to offer, such as a big HD display, 4G support in India, huge battery, 2GB RAM and high-resolution camera, but then so the rivals. In fact, at Rs 10,499 it is a little more expensive than them. So, does the Honor 4X have enough in its arsenal to beat the rivals at the game they have almost perfected to lure away the buyers? We find out in our Huawei Honor 4X review…

Design
The front of Huawei Honor 4X is dominated by a huge 5.5-inch touchscreen with the usual array of sensors and the front camera. Though there are no physical buttons on the front, you still get the soft-touch Home, Back and Task Switcher keys that offer decent feedback. Sadly, these haptic keys are not backlit, so identifying their location in the dark is a bit of a problem.

The volume and power keys are placed at the right edge, while the micro-USB port and 3.5mm headset jack are located at the bottom and top edge, respectively. Removing the cover reveals two micro-sim card slots and a microSD card slot along with a non-removable battery.

Display
The 5.5-inch IPS display of Huawei Honor 4X sports HD (720x1280p) resolution, with pixel density of 276ppi. Though the pixel density is not perfect, you would be hard pressed to notice individual pixels due to the colour saturation. By default, the colours seem a little oversaturated, but you can change the colour temperature to your liking in settings.

Software
Huawei Honor 4X runs Android 4.4 with the company’s Emotion UI 3.0 layered on top. The apps in the smartphone are spread across homescreens as there is no app drawer, as is the case with Huawei’s Honor 6 and 6 Plus. On the lock screen, an upward swipe from the bottom shows music controls as well as shortcuts to camera, torch, calculator and ultra-power-saving mode.

Hardware & performance
Honor 4X smartphone is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB RAM. It comes with 8GB internal storage and also features a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB capacities.

The 3,000mAh battery of Huawei Honor 4X is one of its biggest strengths. It can last up to a day and half easily with moderate usage, but if you are a heavy user, you will get only one day of juice from this smartphone.

Camera
The Honor 4X sports a 13MP rear camera (with LED flash) and 5MP front-facing camera. The rear camera supports 1080p video recording.

The camera app offers settings for all optical attributes, HDR, Panorama, Timer modes. It also has smile detection, super focus and personalized watermark. Unfortunately, the camera app takes a little time to focus on the object in question.

Verdict
At Rs 10,499, Huawei Honor 4X offers a good display, high-end hardware and a good camera. It packs the category — leading hardware, but falls short of what the rivals offer by a (very) small margin.

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