- The selfies are quite nice, too
- The camera snaps good enough pictures during the day, and great at night
- Powerful processor and graphics for the class
- Dependable battery life
- Large screen with very good contrast
- Eye-catchy glass design
- The daylight pictures could have been better
- No 4K video capturing
- MicroUSB port
- No fast charging
the new owner detects is aimed at the relatively popular 15,000 rupees price point, with the xiaomi redmi note 5 Pro is quite the top seller, but that’s not the only smartphone, that the honor 8x is up against .
there are other great options in the market such as the Nokia 6.1 plus, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1), the Motorola One Power (P30 Note) and the Realme 2 Pro, so does honors latest launch deliver enough performance and features to take on the might of these heavy hitters all of which have received positive reviews from us we put the honor 8x to the test .
one of the marquee features of the analytics is its design, something that differentiates it in its price segment, it boasts of a glossy dual tone design, that makes the glass back look and feel premium for a phone that starts at just 14 triple-line rupees .
honor calls this a visual greeting effect and says that it has used multiple layers of glass to achieve it, however the glossy back is extremely prone to smudges and even scratches, putting a case on this phone is the only way to safeguard the otherwise beautiful design .
fortunately a soft TPU one is bundled in the box, another highlight of the Honor 8X is it’s impressive 91% screen to body ratio, with a much smaller button chin compared to previously launched honor phones .
there is a 19.5 mr9 screen on the front with a small launch on top and minimal bezels all around, the phone sports are 6.5 inch display but has roughly the same dimensions as an iPhone 8 plus .
it is definitely not made for comfortable one-handed usage and we ended up using both hands for most functions, the honor 8x has a vertically stacked pair of cameras, with individual bumps rather than a module in casing both .
there is also a rear mounted fingerprint sensor, the phone has two nano SIM slots as well as a separate slot for a micro SD card, it supports 4G vo LT on both sims .
the build quality is decent however we noticed a couple of scratches on the glass back panel within a few hours of regular usage, considering there is no reinforced glass for protection at the back the case is recommended .
one aspect of the honor 8X that is not very pleasant is the size of the earpiece, in an attempt to make the notch as small as possible honor has compromised with the tiny ear piece that makes listening to calls frustrating .
a slight shift of the phone against your ear can completely block sound during calls, the honor 8x is a sub-branch first smartphone in India with a high silicon cadence 710 SOC, though we first saw it in the huawei Nova 3i, it is refreshing to see a mid range on a phone powered by something other than the overused Kirin 659 .
it takes on the likes of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 both of which are currently popular in this price range .
the review unit we tested was the best variant with 4gb of RAM and 64gb of storage priced at 14000 triple-line rupees, there are two other options 6c B RAM 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM 128 GB storage .
they were absolutely no problems for the honor 8x in handling moderate multitasking and storage was enough for a few dozen apps and lots of photos .
the massive 6.5 inch screen has a resolution of 1080 by 23 40 pixels which should be crisp and clear enough for most people, honor doubts that the display has a blue light filter making it easy on the eyes .
the unit we tested was running emui 8 point 2.0 on top of Android 8.1 oreo, an Android Pi update is coming to the honor 8x but the company has not announced any official timelines .
the phone was running the September 2018 security patch when we got it, you just get a few preloaded apps such as facebook messenger, netflix, camera 360 and a freemium game called Lords mobile .
the responsiveness and fluidity of Honor’s emui has improved a lot over the past couple of years, the honor 8x is a great example of that, it offered a largely lag free experience and had no issues while multitasking with several apps at a time .
the phone did however experience some stutter particularly while using facebook Messenger, gestures on emui were our choice of navigation on the Honor 8X, given its humongous display and lack of reach ability .
you can swipe up from the bottom center to go back to the home screen, swipe up and hold to reveal the app switcher or swipe up from the bottom left or bottom right trigger Google assistant .
the Honor 8X comes with software-based face recognition, it registers your face in a jiffy but isn’t very secure compared to 3d sensors that some high-end smartphones have, interestingly it offered good results in low light and at night .
the screen brightness automatically increases to help recognize faces, call quality was top-notch with honor 8x huawei an honor both boast of excellent cellular reception on the smartphones thanks to a unique antenna design .
one of the things we liked was how quickly the smartphone D connected to a cellular signal once out of a no signal zone, as for gaming this is one of several decent on a smart phones to feature its GPU turbo gaming focused optimizations .
we tried heavy games such as asphalt 9 legends and pubG however the latter ran well only moderate settings, lighter games such as subway surfers and candy crush were breeze to use, heating was minimal and battery drain was reasonable during a scattered gaming sessions .
there is a dual camera setup at the back with a 20 megapixel primary sensor and a 2 megapixel depth sensor, for selfies a 16 megapixel fixed-focus camera is placed in the notch at the front .
honors camera app has a straightforward interface, it highlights five major modes, aperture night, portrait, photo and video, other options like Pro, slo-mo, panorama, air lense, HDR and time-lapse are stashed under the more section .
the app has an AI photography option much like other recent on the phones which can be turned off, an interesting addition is the ability to toggle AI mode even after the shot has been captured .
this is actually helpful considering that some of the shots we took using AI mode came out overexposed with extreme contrast, the rear camera supports slow-motion video recording at 480 fps slowed up to 1:16 the normal speed .
given its price point the photo quality of the honor 8x is nothing to write home about, autofocus with the rear camera is quick and mostly accurate in good lighting, but the resulting photos lack clarity .
night shots look possible on the phone itself but a lack of detail is clearly visible when seen at full size, the advertised ai camera mode is almost unusable in low-light, as it only ends up making shots look oversaturated by blowing out bright colors .
the 16 megapixel selfie camera is much better in terms of sharpness in picture quality and delivers good image definition in well-lit areas, the honor tech supports up to 1080p video recording at 60fps but has 720p set as the default .
the lack of any form of stabilization is evident considering how shaky videos turn out, beautification works for both cameras but the results appear extremely artificial, the front camera gets a screen flash for low-light selfies which helps in the dark .
we were initially skeptical about how the battery life might turn out given the massive 6.5 inch full HD plus display on the honor 8x, however, results were impressive and the phone lasted the entire day on a single full charge .
our users included browsing social media apps and checking emails all day as well as streaming a couple of YouTube videos and a 15-minute gaming session using both 4G and Wi-Fi networks .
the honorifics lasted 14 hours and 47 minutes in a proprietary HD video loop test, it charged up from zero to hundred percent and slightly more than to us with its bundle 10 watt charger .
owner is making an attempt to penetrate the market with a good-looking and relatively affordable family that offers good value for money, not only does this phone look good, it performs great for its price thanks to the new Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm) .
other things that work for the Honor 8X include its looks, vibrant display and fast biometric security features, however the camera results are below average the UI could have looked sharper and faster charging would have been useful .
the xiaomi redmi note 5 pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) have been in the market for around 6 months now, and are being challenged by newer options including the nokia 6.1 plus and the Motorola one power .
the Honor 8X could also be a tempting choice for a lot of people, so that was our review of the Honor 8X, Thank you for your trust in us, and See you later .
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Specification: Honor 8X
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Available. Released 2018, September
175 g (6.17 oz)
Front/back glass, aluminum frame
Front/back glass, aluminum frame
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.5 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~397 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.2
Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 400 GB (dedicated slot)
64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
2 MP, depth sensor, 20 MP, f/1.8, 27 mm (wide), PDAF, Dual
LED flash, panorama, HDR
1080p@30/60fps, 480fps, stereo sound rec.
16 MP, f/2.0, 26 mm (wide), Single
|Selfie Camera Video||
|Selfie Camera Features||
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fast battery charging 5V/2A 10W, Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery
Black, Blue, Red, Pink
About 270 EUR
|Specific Absorption Rate||
0.72 W/kg (head)