Honor 7X vs Moto G5S Plus: Gaming And Performance Comparison

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It has been a week since the Honor 7X was launched in India. Having a starting price of Rs 12,999, the smartphone sold out in a matter of seconds during its first flash sale. The Honor 7X is a good-looking device, especially considering its price. It has a 5.93-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. Its body is made out of aluminium and feels nice to hold. The bezels are there, but they are well-managed, giving the impression of a bezel-less display.

Nevertheless, a display this good is adequate for a lot more stuff than just browsing social media. It can prove to be great for those who love playing games and watching movies. So just how good is the Honor 7X when it comes to gaming and performance?

To find out, we decided to pit it against perhaps the most popular smartphone in the Rs 15K segment – Moto G5S Plus. Here are our findings, but before you get to them, here’s a quick look at the specs of the Honor 7X and the Moto G5S Plus.

Specifications: Honor 7X

SoC – HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core (4×2.36GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU – Mali-T830 MP2

RAM – 4 GB / Internal Storage – 32 GB

OS – Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1

Display – 5.93-inch with 18:9 aspect ratio, 1080×2160 pixels resolution and 407ppi pixel density

Specifications: Moto G5S Plus

SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex A-53

GPU – Adreno 506

RAM – 4 GB / Internal Storage – 64 GB

OS – Android Nougat 7.1.1

Display – 5.5-inch with 16:9 aspect ratio, 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 401ppi pixel density

Basic specifications above indicate that the Moto G5S Plus might have an upper hand in terms of the processing power even though the RAM in both handsets is exactly the same. Interestingly, all 8 cores in the Snapdragon 625 chipset are clocked at 2.0 GHz while in the Kirin 659, they are divided into 4 high performance cores and 4 low performance cores. Furthermore, the high performance cores in the Kirin 659 chipset are faster at 2.36 GHz. However, generally the Snapdragon processors have an upper hand compared to their Kirin counterparts. Also, the slightly smaller screen on the G5S Plus should keep the performance load lighter, at least on paper.

Let’s see what numbers do these smartphones generate through 3D Mark and Geekbench 4.

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3D Mark

3D Mark showcases the capability of a handset in terms of graphics generation during gameplay. The application runs a number of inbuilt tests on parameters like the Physics and the Graphics to ascertain a conclusion.

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Honor 7X

Honor 7x 3D Mark score
Honor 7X – 3D Mark score


And below is the 3D Mark score of the Moto G5S Plus.

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Moto G5S Plus – 3D Mark score


The Moto G5S Plus has an upper hand in terms of the gaming performance as far as the numbers above show. The Adreno 506 GPU in the G5S Plus is keeping the framerates more consistent and smoother compared to the Mali-T830 MP2 in the Honor 7X.

Geekbench 4

This is considered the standard for representing the highest level of performance prowess of a smartphone’s processor and RAM in terms of the Single Core and Multi Core categories.

7x vs G5s Plus Geekbench results
Honor 7X || Moto G5S Plus


Interestingly, the Honor 7X scored a higher Single Core score of 914 points compared to the 844 points of the Moto G5S Plus. This is because of the faster high-performance cores in the 7X that are clocked at 2.36 GHz at their maximum. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 625 in the G5S Plus is clocked at 2.0 GHz.

However, the tables turn in favour of the Moto G5S Plus when it comes to the Multi Core performance as all of its 8 cores perform at 2.0 GHz at their maximum while the 7X has to do with 4 low-performance cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. We also believe that the optimization between the Snapdragon 625, the stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 and the hardware in the G5S Plus is better when compared to what we have experienced so far in the Honor 7X with its MIUI customization over the Nougat 7.0.

Real World Performance including Gaming

Numbers aside, it is the real world usage that renders a phone’s performance good or bad. Generally, as long as a phone is running smoothly enough, without showing any signs of slowing down, it is considered to be a winner in the books of the user. Although, when two similarly powerful phones are compared, the scrutiny becomes the only way to judge the performance.

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Honor 7X struggled with the framerates when running a car racing game like the Asphalt 8



The Honor 7X is the latest Honor device which has been launched in India recently. We have been using the phone for a couple of weeks now and we cannot reward it with very good marks even when it comes to the day-to-day usage. The phone is generally acceptably smooth given its processing power, yet, it has already hung twice in a span of 2 weeks while switching between apps which is one of the basic functions in the usage of a smartphone. In this scenario, we have either had to lock and unlock the phone in order to make it return to normality or simply been forced to reboot the phone. But otherwise, the phone has been maintaining the basic expectation with respect to smoothness.

The Moto G5S Plus, on the other hand, is noticeably better in this regard. Over the course of almost the same period of time, the G5S Plus hasn’t hung yet and it is overall smoother in execution of various tasks like launching the apps and switching between them. While it is obvious the G5S Plus is nearly not as smooth as a number of prominent flagship phones, it has been satisfying on its own as well as when compared to the Honor 7X.

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Moto G5S Plus, although far from being remarkably smooth, is satisfying enough when running graphic heavy games like the Asphalt 8


As far as Gaming is concerned, the Moto G5S Plus is better than the Honor 7X with a larger difference. Playing a car racing game like the Asphalt 8 revealed that the Honor 7X consistently struggled with the framerates and the game appeared to lag making it extremely difficult to play at times. When the same game is run on the G5S Plus, it is smoother and keeps the framerate fast enough to create an overall enjoyable gameplay experience.

At the same time, both handsets heat up a fair bit when indulging in gaming even for half n hour. In fact, temperatures rise up to over 10-degree in a span of 20 minutes in both smartphones. But neither handset heats up to alarming levels, and so the temperature levels remain acceptable. On a side note, many handsets warm up a bit while playing games so this is nothing surprising.

Our Verdict

The performance of the Moto G5S Plus in general and in gaming didn’t really leave any room for confusion in this comparison test. It is simply better than the Honor 7X in this regard, not significantly, of course, but it is noticeable. And while the Honor 7X struggled with graphic heavy racing games and such, it does absolutely fine with many other lighter games.

Let us know what kind of a performance user you are especially when it comes to gaming. It is clear that if you are on a tight budget but still want a phone with decent gaming performance, then between the Honor 7X and the Moto G5S Plus, it is the Motorola which is the better one.

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