Available for purchase online only, this is a 4G phablet with a big battery life and an affordable price. That sentence applies just as aptly to the new Huawei Honor 4X as it does to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G (Read our review) and the Micromax Yureka Yu (Read our review).
Quick Specs: 5.5-inch IPS touchscreen (1280×720 pixels) | 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor | 2GB RAM | 8GB internal memory, microSD up to 32GB | 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera | 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB | 3000mAh battery | Android 4.4 KitKat with Emotion UI 3.0
Price: Rs 10,499
Do specs tell the full story?
To an extent, yes. The performance is what you would expect, the battery life is quite good (14 hours of average usage), and the Honor 4X has excellent network and voice quality. We aren’t fans of the Emotion UI, but you could easily get rid of that customization without rooting.
The lack of Gorilla Glass protection for the screen is disappointing. Don’t read too much into the 64-bit processor—there aren’t many apps at this time that leverage the power of a 64-bit CPU, and won’t be for some time.
What makes the Honor 4X better than others?
The camera. Really, that’s the only thing that makes the Honor 4X a better purchase than the Yureka Yu or Redmi Note. But it’s significantly better.
The rear camera of the Honor 4X clicks better shots than both its competitors, both in day light as well as low-light environments. The flash is especially strong. Some proprietary technology also gives you better photos in the dark. Plus, Huawei has thrown in some cool features like a shortcut to take a photo quickly. If your phone is locked and in your pocket, and you want to take a quick photo before you miss the moment, just take it out and double-click the Volume Down button. Honor 4X will take a shot immediately, before your screen even wakes up. It’s a small thing, but it makes a difference.
The front camera is also better than its competitors, but the built-in Beauty Shot mode is annoying. It doesn’t really do a good job of enhancing your features, it’ll be wiser to switch it off. That said, the front camera is again able to take better photos in low light than the front cams on the Yureka Yu or Redmi Note.
So, should you buy it?
If the camera matters more to you than other features in a smartphone, and you are specifically looking for a 4G phablet, then the Honor 4X is a good handset. The lack of Gorilla Glass is disappointing, so you will need to invest in a good screen protector. But overall, the Honor 4X isn’t a bad package.
But before you make your decision, you should read our comparison of the Honor 4X, Redmi Note and Yureka Yu.