Honor 4X Review

June 29th, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , ,

Honor 4X

A few weeks back, I met with Honor UK at the Three UK launch of the Honor 6+ (see here for more information on the Honor 6+). Whilst I was there, I was offered a loan of the Honor 4X, which is more of a budget phone than the Honor 6+, coming in at roughly £150 (at time of writing, £145 on Amazon direct from Honor). I wasn’t expecting a lot from the phone, given the fantastic spec of the Honor 6+ and the price of this device, but I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by the phone.

First of all, if you are a “brand snob” and want a phone with a well known brand behind it, then whilst you are less likely to buy this phone, you are also likely to pay a lot more money for either the same spec, or, I suspect, actually a lower spec.

So, let’s get to those specs (click more to find out the specs and my overall opinion of the phone)…

The phone has a massive 5.5″ 1280×720 screen and is powered by a 64 bit processor that has 2Gb of RAM (the phone has 8Gb of storage), and is a 4G phone supporting LTE bands 3, 7, 8, and 20. Like the Honor 6+, the phone has a massive battery (3000mAh), allowing it to last a lot longer than many other phones, and I had no problems getting more than 2 days out of the phone between charges. The phone is a dual SIM phone, meaning you can have two SIMs inside the phone (for example your personal and work SIMs, or just a 2nd PAYG SIM for when your primary network has no signal). Also, Honor tell me that both SIM slots can be configured for 4G access (some dual SIM phones can’t utilise 4G on the 2nd SIM slot).

The phone comes in either Black, or Black/White, has a 13megapixel rear camera (5mp front facing), and is 152.9 x 77.2 x 8.65mm (yes, it’s rather thin too!).

Whilst other phones have dual SIM support, often the 2nd SIM card slot is a dual purpose slot, allowing you to choose between a SIM or a microSD card; not so with the Honor 4X, which has 2 SIM card slots *and* a separate microSD card slot.

Despite being a small brand, Honor have still provided a number of customisations to the launcher and to the phone itself. First of all, the phone has no menu button for apps; similar to an iPhone, you place all the apps on the main screens instead (although like both the iPhone and most Android devices, you can create groups, which may be useful for those less used apps).

Honor 4X

Also, Honor have customised the drop down Notifications / Settings menu, and have created a very nice white menu structure as seen here.

Honor 4X
The settings menu can also be extended further to access more options, and pretty much all the options you can ever need are accessible…

Honor 4X

The phone also uses real capacitive off screen buttons, and whilst these already match the style of Lollilop, my review phone actually still had Android 4.4 (KitKat) installed, although Honor say Lollilop will come to the phone soon.

Overall, this is a fantastic phone with great specs and a wonderful price. Are there any downsides? Yes, one; the rear case is made of plastic, and feels like very cheap plastic. My advice? Buy the Honor 4X, buy a cheap silicon case, and never worry about the feel of the back cover again.

Honor 4X


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