The idea of making a big screen smartphone is quite straightforward – to make it suitable for multimedia content – that the videos and games look good on it. After all, a small screen will likely make all such stuff appear cramped. Secondly, a larger body (due to the large screen) also allows manufacturers to fit in a bigger battery with more juice, which is ideal if one intends to extensively indulge in playing games and watching videos.
And while it is the various flagship smartphones, with powerful processors and GPUs, that are mostly preferred especially when it comes to graphic heavy games, the mid-range handsets are usually looked at as undesirable compromise. Mostly, they are not packed with enough punch to handle various game activities without making it look like as if every single thing that powers a handset is being tortured.
This is even more apparent in the lower mid-range phones, and we have two of them today – Honor 6X and Honor 7X – to see how they handle heavy game usage as well as regular day-to-day tasks including basic multitasking.
We have already put these two phones against each other in an extensive camera comparison (read here). The Honor 6X is available in India at a starting price of Rs 11,999 while the Honor 7X is expected to be launched on the coming December 7. Its price is speculated to be around Rs 13,999.
Processor – HiSilicon Kirin 655 Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU – Mali – T830 MP2
RAM – 3 GB with 32 GB internal storage
OS – Android 7.0 with EMUI version 5.0.1
Display – 5.5 inches and 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD)
Processor – HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU – Mali – T830 MP2
RAM – 4 GB with 32 GB internal storage
OS – Android 7.0 with EMUI version 5.1
Display – 5.93 inches and 1080 x 2160 pixels (Full HD+)
The Honor 6X and 7X are different in terms of the processor and the RAM where the 7X gets 1 GB more RAM (at 4 GB) than the 6X as well as the slightly faster processor with Kirin 659 (compared to Kirin 655 in the 6X). However, both the smartphones are evenly matched when it comes to the GPU with the Mali–T830 MP2 doing the duty in both of them.
It should be interesting to observe how close the two smartphones are when it comes to playing games having equipped with the same GPU, but with the slightly powerful chipset and RAM in the Honor 7X. Let’s see how the two handsets perform in pure numbers when they are put through the 3D Mark and Geekbench 4.
3D Mark represents the gaming capability of a handset based on a number of tests performed on selected parameters like the Physics and the Graphics depending on the processor clock speed and the framerate.
Honor 6X score on 3D Mark.
And below is the 3D Mark score of the Honor 7X.
Geekbench 4 is a widely used benchmarking system which is used to determine the performance of a mobile phone (or a computer) chipset in two categories – Single core and Multi core. Usually, the score reflects the real world performance potential of a smartphone, which means, a high score indicates correspondingly good real-world performance.
Both the Honor 6X and the Honor 7X have Octa-core processors (with 4 high performance cores and 4 low performance cores). However, since the 7X has a slightly more powerful processor in Kirin 659, its four high performance cores are clocked at 2.36 Ghz (compared to 2.1 GHz speed of the 4 high performance cores in Honor 6X’s Kirin 655 processor) while the remaining 4 low performance cores in both handsets are equally fast at 1.7 GHz.
Let’s see how the two Honor siblings do in the Geekbench 4.
Results in 3D Mark and Geekbench 4 are hardly surprising. The higher numbers for the Honor 7X in both categories are a result of the slightly faster processor and 1 GB extra RAM. However, the Honor 6X managed to kept the scores close because its processor is only marginally slower while it shares the same GPU with its elder sibling.
Real-world Performance (Day-to-Day tasks and Gaming)
This is the real deal. No matter what the benchmark numbers might say, what essentially matters to a person is how his smartphone handles the various day-to-day tasks which could include surfing internet, social media, playing songs, perhaps watching a few videos, making calls and sending messages. To a gamer though, it could mean that his favorite games run as smoothly as they can on regular basis.
Starting with the gaming performance first, we ran a variety of games from different genres like Racing, First Person Shooters, Arcade and the titles included Need for Speed No Limits, Modern Combat 5 and Spiderman to name a few.
If we look purely from the perspective of a comparison, the Honor 7X has an overall edge in perhaps everything it does. While the Honor 6X was quite impressive on its own in almost all kinds of tasks, things on the Honor 7X looked more in control. The motion when switching between the apps has an extra touch of smoothness on the 7X which we believe is absent when doing similar activities on the 6X. Almost all navigation between various screens and apps on the 7X appear polished whereas 6X looks like it is utilizing the full potential of its processor and the RAM more often. The 6X, on its own, is not bad, but running it side by side against the 7X highlights its shortcomings clearly.
When it comes to more challenging tasks like gaming, both handsets impressed us almost equally. But just like in the case of regular activities, even the games appeared to run a hair better on the Honor 7X than on the Honor 6X. Interestingly, we observed that both handsets heat up in about the same time while playing games. In an ambient temperature of about 21-degree, both handsets rose to near about 10-degree (from around 23-degree to 33-degree) in a span of 20-25 minutes. These temperatures were maintained when the gaming was continued to over an hour. Please understand that in hotter conditions the temperature output of both handsets will vary.
Also, we would like to point out the fact that the Honor 7X is a brand new handset while the Honor 6x is being used occasionally for the past few months.
The Honor 7X will be launched on the coming December 7 and it should have a starting price of not more than Rs 13,999. This is still an educated guess on our part considering its mostly a marginal upgrade over the Honor 6X in terms of specifications (but the 7X manages to look a bit premium). Taking the real world performance into consideration (backed by significantly better looks), the Honor 7X is the winner in this test.
Are you looking forward to the launch of the Honor 7X as well? Let us know in the comment section below.