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Huawei Honor 7X goes big on the display

Slim bezels and a cool blue metal shell makes this phone look good. The low price is the cherry on top.

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Huawei's latest Honor phone, the 7X, packs a huge screen and dual camera setup into this blue, metal body. 

It doesn't have the glitz and glamour of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it has a saving grace: a much lower price.

There's no official price as yet, but it's expected to be below £300 (the previous Honor 6X went on sale for £225). There's no word on when the phone will land in the US or Australia, but for reference, even an estimated £280 price converts to $369 and AU$485.

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It's the display where the excitement lies. It measures 5.93-inches and has a 2,160 by 1,080-pixel resolution.

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But it's the narrow bezels on all sides that make it stand out.

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There's a fingerprint scanner on the back.

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I like the blue metal.

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The main camera has a 16-megapixel resolution. The second lens is a depth sensor, letting you shoot 'Portrait Mode' photos with DSLR-style depth of field.

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The display dominates almost all of the front of the phone.

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There's a Huawei-made Kirin 659 processor inside.

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It runs Android Nougat software, with an update to the more recent Oreo due to arrive sometime early next year.

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There's no waterproofing on this phone so keep it safely away from drinks.

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It charges using the older Micro-USB standard, but at least there's still a headphone jack in place.

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The blue stands out among a sea of black or silver smartphones.

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