Honor 7X update: No Oreo yet, B141 rolling out, Face unlock promised!

Honor 7X Oreo release news

Honor 7X comes with Android Nougat out of the box, even when the company has already released a few handsets with Oreo pre-installed, and also when they had already promised the Oreo for the very device’s predecessor in the Honor 6X.

if you are still wondering about the Oreo rollout for the Honor 7X, here’s where you will learn all about the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the device, as well other updates as and when they drop by. This is the page where we give you all the information regarding the Huawei Honor 7X updates.

Honor 7X: Everything you need to know

At a fans’ meetup event back in September, Huawei confirmed that it will be rolling out Android Oreo to the budget Huawei Honor 6X alongside the Honor 8 Pro in early 2018. Which was basically our first solid confirmation that the Oreo update for the Honor 7X is not a doubt, only that company couldn’t talk about it already because, at that time, the Honor 7X wasn’t even launched.

Well, as at the time of this writing, January 2018, the Huawei Honor 8 Pro is already receiving the Oreo treat, but while there’s still no word on when the same will come to the Honor 6X, we do think the Honor 7X could be among the next few devices from Huawei that will be upgraded to Android Oreo.

Released in December 2017, the Honor 7X is exactly what you expect as a successor to the highly popular Honor 6X. Despite coming at a time when Huawei had already released devices with Android Oreo, the Honor 7X came with Nougat out of the box. With this in mind, everyone rocking the device must already be wondering about Oreo, so let’s talk about Honor 7X Oreo release date and all other info that you must know.


Honor 7X Oreo update: When to expect

  • Official confirmed! No date mentioned though
  • Next in line in Huawei Oreo roadmap
  • Q1 2018 release looks likely

Back in early December 2017, Huawei president of the Honor brand, George Zhao, confirmed that the Android 8.0 upgrade is under the plans for the Honor 7X, along with the Honor 8, Honor 8 Pro, Honor 9, and Honor V9.

Given that except the Honor 8 and 7X, all other devices from that announcement are now running Android Oreo.Which means the Honor 8 and the Honor 7X are next in line, along with recently released Honor View 10.

But when would Huawei release Oreo update for the Honor 7X? You might ask.

Looking at what happened with the Honor 6X, where the Nougat update started rolling out in May 2017 (device was launched in October 2016, BTW), it might not look like the Oreo for 7X would be arriving within Q1 2018.

But as things stand now, Huawei has already finished Oreo distribution for most of its 2017 releases, which means the 7X remains the only popular handset of theirs, which is both eligible for Oreo, along with the Honor View 10, no doubt.

Hence, we think hoping for the Q1 2018 Oreo release for the Honor 7X isn’t daydreaming, but yes, don’t take it to heart if the OTA rollout takes place only in W2 2018, which is easily possible, too, given the attention — or lack, thereof — budget devices get from OEMs as regards major Android OS release.

Hope Huawei gives us a word on this soon, which will make a lot of lives easier.

Honor 7X Oreo update: What to expect?

Despite the release date uncertainties, as discussed above, you can rest assured that the Oreo update will land on the Honor 7X at some point in future.

In addition to Oreo, the phone will also receive a new EMUI 8.0 skin that runs on top of the OS, adding the company’s customizations on top of stock Android. Lately, Huawei has been doing a great job of toning down the EMUI skin that was in the past criticized for its heavy customizations, but it’s still nowhere near the feel you get with stock Android.

As pointed out earlier, Huawei already has the Mate 10 series running Android Oreo out of the box while the P10, P10 Plus and Mate 9 have already received the update. This essentially gives the company an upper hand as far as rolling out Oreo updates to its other devices is concerned. And this is good news for the 7X users eagerly anticipating the release of Oreo OTA, as their device is the next one in our eyes, if not among the next ones, along with the Honor View 10, a device that can actually pip Honor 7X to Android 8.0 release.

And that is cool. Becuase if you look at the competition — we’re looking at you, Samsung! — they are yet to touch their super-duper flagships like Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 with a stable build of Oreo yet. As for Huawei, we’re already anticipating Oreo for a $200 device in Honor 7X, which says a lot about Huawei’s devotion to updates, or simply the Oreo release, as others OEM sit up and take notice.

Recent Honor 7X Updates

Update [January 14, 2018]: Huawei has begun seeding out a new OTA update for the Honor 7X sets in India, which ups the software version to B141. As the screenshots below show, the B141 update is already available for the users whose 7X is currently running the B101, the pre-installed OS version.

The B141 update brings VoLTE for the Vodafone India, while also stabilizing the camera app, which was in dire need of a fix. The latest update also brings the January security patch, the latest at the moment, so that’s great even though Huawei doesn’t release patches month-by-month, which they should.


Update [January 13, 2018]: Huawei has promised that the Face Unlock feature would arrive soon to the Honor 7X. They have also revealed that they plan to launch the Honor 7X Android 8.0 Oreo update too pretty soon, while it’s already well-known that they plan to release a new red color variant of the Honor 7X that is also set to launch in few days.

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