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First cut: Huawei Honor 4X

Huawei Honor 4X's specification sheet would impress many.

Off late, Huawei seems to have a renewed vigour to increase its smartphone sales in India. In the last one year, it has managed to get the eyeballs with its Honor Holly, Ascend P7, and Honor 6 smartphones.

The Chinese telecommunication giant has now come out with two new handsets - Honor 4X and Honor 6 Plus - in India. Meanwhile, we managed to get the Honor 4X for testing and here is our initial findings.


The Huawei Honor 4X looks great in white which we got for review. Though it is quite light as well as slim, the handset does feel quite tough. The plastic back panel is quite thick and is certainly much better than I found in affordable handsets. The rear cover has pattern design with a matte finish and is thus not slippery.

The rear panel has a camera unit and a flash light, neatly placed at the top left side inside a metal armour that not only gives a good contrast to the back panel but also prevents the camera lens and flash light from getting damaged.

The speaker grill lies at the bottom panel alongside the micro USB port and a tiny microphone hole. Another microphone hole is located at the top alongside a 3.5 mm jack. The volume rocker and the power button are placed side by side but with ample space in between in the right hand side.

Huawei Honor 4X

In the white model, the power button is painted black that further accentuates its looks.

The Honor 4X has fairly big 5.5 inch display that dominates the front panel. Under the display there are three touch buttons while above the screen lies a speaker grill, 5 megapixel front camera, proximity sensor and an indicator.

The display has superb brightness and you won't have any issues while using it outdoors. Besides, with high definition resolution and smooth touch response, the Honor 4X definitely looks quite good on paper.

Note that the Huawei Honor 4X has a non-removable battery (3000 mAh) and two micro SIM card slots and a micro SD card slot under the back cover.

Hardware and Software

The Huawei Honor 4X has the Snapdragon 410 chipset comprising of a 64 bit, 1.2 GHz quad core processor, Adreno 306 graphics processor and 2 GB RAM. The smartphone is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system but has a customised interface made by Huawei itself - Emotion 3.0 UI. The interface has no app drawer, so everything is on the home page itself. It has one handed option which is restricted to the calling app only – in this mode, the dialler can be placed either towards the right or left as per a user's preference. I will talk about its interface in detail later.

The phone also has a huge 3000 mAh Li-Po battery which claims to offer 15 hours of 3G talktime which is arguably quite decent for a 5.5 inch phone. There is ultra, smart and normal battery modes. I will ofcourse talk more about these modes' output and about its battery back up as well as performance later during an in-depth review.

Huawei Honor 4X

As far as our initial experience goes, the Honor 4X managed to run few normal games with ease and didn't have had any hiccups during any app usage either.

For connectivity, the Honor 4X offers two micro SD card slots. Notably, it comes with 4G-LTE capability and has WiFi, Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, micro USB port, and GPS.


The Honor 4X has a 13 megapixel rear autofocus camera and a 5 megapixel front fixed focus camera. The camera app is quite simple. As far as the quality goes, the rear camera captures plenty of details as well as colours. Even with full zoom, it offers manageable pictures.

Huawei Honor 4X

We have published few camera samples which you can check out here.

Images by Sushil Kumar

The Huawei Honor 4X is attractive. The phone also seems quite powerful. We will carry out some further tests to check if it has any chinks in the armour. Meanwhile, if you have any particular request vis-a-vis Honor 4X's review is concerned, do leave your opinion below in the comments section.

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First Published : Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:48