The recently launched Honor 8X is an exceptional device. It has all the qualities that one can imagine in a perfect mid-ranger.
The Honor 8X can certainly join that list as well. The phone has been launched in India with a starting price of Rs 14,999 and going up to Rs 18,999 for the top-end variant.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Honor 8X is its design. It boasts of a glossy dual-tone design that makes the glass back look and feel premium. Honor calls this a visual greeting effect. The smartphone uses a metal middle frame and adopts a 2.5D aurora glass double texture body with a grating effect, providing an elegant and smooth look and feel.
Another highlight of the Honor 8x is it’s impressive 91% screen to body ratio with a much smaller bottom chin compared to previously launched honor phones there is a 19.5:9 screen on the front with a small notch on top and minimal bezels all around the phone.
The Honor 8X sports a massive 6.5 inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels (~396 ppi density). the display is crisp and clear enough for most people. Honor says that the display has a blue light filter making it easy on the eyes.
The Honor 8X has a powerful Hi-Silicon octa-core Kirin 710 chipset. The CPU’s single-core performance has increased by 75% compared to the previous generations. The new custom chipset is manufactured by advanced 12nm process technology with 4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. The processor also has the revolutionary GPU turbo – a ground-breaking hardware-software integration and graphics processing acceleration technology that optimizes your mobile gaming experience.
The 8X comes in 3 variants – 6GB + 128GB, 6GB + 64GB and 4GB + 64GB with an option of expanding the internal storage up to 400GB using a dedicated MicroSD card slot.
The Honor 8X runs on EMUI 8.2.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and Android Pi update is coming to the honor 8x but the company has not announced any official timelines. the honor 8x comes with software-based face recognition it registers your face in a snap but isn’t very secure compared to 3d sensors that some high-end smartphones have.
The Honor 8x has a vertically stacked pair of cameras at the back with individual bumps rather than a module in a casing. there is also a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
The dual camera set up at the back comes 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. The camera app has a straightforward interface it highlights five major modes aperture, night, portrait, photo and video other options like Pro, slo-mo, panorama, 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.
Rear camera supports slow-motion video recording at 480 FPS slowed up to 1 by 16th the normal speed. Unfortunately, there is no 4K video recording, it supports video recording up to 1080p @ 60FPS.
The Honor 8x comes with a 3750mAh battery with Honor’s intelligent power-saving technology. It sadly lacks fast charging and takes at least 2-3 hours to charge to full capacity. But drainage is minimal if you’re using the phone for everyday stuff.
The battery lasts for a good 1.5-2 days if you’re not bent upon making it drain faster than usual. It comes with a standard 10W charger.