Honor 8X Review
Honor launches its new flagship smartphone in the name of Honor 8X. Honor always surprise us with their technology and uniqueness about its smartphones.The X-series devices have always performed well with Honor and came with an aggressive price tag.
Honor is making an attempt to penetrate the market with a good-looking and relatively affordable phablet 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 SoC.
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.
There is a vertically stacked dual camera setup at the back, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and the handset supports Face Unlock, The Honor and “AI Camera” logos are aligned in landscape mode to emphasise that the Honor 8X was designed to show off its camera capabilities.
The Amazon-exclusive Honor 8X boasts of a premium design and goes up against the likes of the
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Rs.12,493,
- Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
- Nokia 6.1 Plus Rs. 15,999
- Motorola One Power
- Realme 2 Pro Rs. 13,990
Honor 8X design
One of the features of the Honor 8X is its design, something that differentiates it from the others in its price segment. It boasts of a glossy dual-tone design that makes the glass back look and feel premium, especially for a phone that starts at just Rs. 14,999. Honor calls this a “visual grating effect” and says it has used multiple layers of glass to achieve it.
However, the glossy back on the Honor 8X is extremely prone to smudges and even scratches. Putting a case on this phone — fortunately a soft TPU one is bundled in the box — is the only way to safeguard the beautiful design.
The Honor logo on the front is another change that we welcomed. The phone support a 6.5-inch display, but has roughly the same dimensions as an iPhone 8 Plus Rs. 62,450. It is definitely not made for comfortable one-handed usage, and we ended up using both hands for most functions. Still, this phone is relatively slim at about 7.8mm.
The Honor 8X is available in three colour options in India — a classic black, a trademark blue, and a bold red. The blue option which was a looker, It reflects light when you turn it in your hand. The black option is for users who like to keep it sober, while the red finish would be for those who really want to stand out.
The power and volume buttons are located on the right of the device and are decently large. The left of the phone only houses the SIM tray. This tray can take two Nano SIM cards as well as a microSD card at the same time.
Then, you get a Micro-USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, the loudspeaker, and the primary microphone on the bottom. A USB Type-C port would have been preferable, but Honor India says cost constraints led it to choose between a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, so it went with the latter. On top is the secondary microphone that helps in cancelling out external noise during calls.
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, a case is definitely recommended.
Honor 8X specifications and features
- Dual Sim slots (Nano + Nano + microSD)
- Voice Call
- EMUI 8.2.0 on top of Android Oreo
- 3750mAh Non-Rem. Battery, with support for 5V/2A (10W) charging and a power saving battery features.
- 6.5 inches full-HD+ display panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and pixel density of 397ppi
- 1080 x 2160 pixels
- 20 MP + 2 MP Dual Camera, coupled with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF.
- Video Recording
- 16 MP Front Camera, with f/2.0 aperture and fixed focus
- 2.36 GHz, Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC
- paired with a Mali G51 and 4GB or 6GB of RAM
- 64GB and 128GB, plus storage on the phone is expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB).
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Bluetooth v4.2 LE with aptX support
- GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Sensors on board include an ambient light sensor, compass, fingerprint sensor, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor.
- Music Player
- Video Player
- FM Radio
- 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
Honor 8X performance
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. Switching between apps was smooth, but the Recent Apps gesture could do with some improvement in terms of fluidity.
Call quality was top notch with the Honor 8X with decent reception even in areas with low cellular signals.
As for gaming, this is one of several recent Honor smartphones to feature the GPU Turbo technology out of the box. GPU Turbo is a gaming-focused optimisation that claims to offer a 60 percent improvement in performance and 30 percent better battery life when playing games.
We tried heavy games such as Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG, but the latter ran well only at moderate settings. Lighter games such as Subway Surfers and Candy Crush were a breeze to use. Heating was minimal, and battery drain was reasonable during our scattered gaming sessions.
In terms of benchmarks, the Honor 8X scored an impressive 140,435 in AnTuTu; 1,604 and 5,559 respectively in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests; and 7,176 in PCMark’s Work 2.0 test. These are better scores than what we have seen from Snapdragon 636-powered phones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 Rs. 8,199, and even Snapdragon 660-powered devices such as the Xiaomi Mi A2 Rs. 14,677 and Realme 2 Pro.
As for graphics benchmarks, the Honor 8X’s GPU managed 35fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex test and 13fps in the Manhattan 3.1 test. These scores are equal to or lower than what those same phones managed, showing that the Kirin 710’s graphics performance isn’t as strong as its general CPU performance.
Honor 8X cameras
Honor’s camera app has a straight forward interface. It highlights five major modes — Aperture, Night, Portrait, Photo, and Video. Other options like Pro, Slow-mo, Panorama, AR Lens, HDR, Time-lapse, and more are stashed under the “More” section. The app has an AI Photography option, much like other recent Honor phones, which can be turned off.
The rear camera setup consists of a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, both with f/1.8 apertures. It supports slow-motion video recording at 480fps slowed up to 1/16th the normal speed.
Given its price point, the Honor 8X’s photo quality 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 passable 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 colours.
The 16-megapixel selfie camera is much better in terms of sharpness in picture quality, and delivers good image definition in well-lit areas. Night shots are below average on the front camera too, and the screen flash does little to help.
The Honor 8X supports up to 1080p video recording at 60fps, but has 720p set as the default. The lack of any form of stabilisation 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.
Honor 8X battery life
The Honor 8X also lasted 14 hours and 47 minutes in our proprietary HD video loop test. It charged up from 0 to 100 percent in slightly more than 2 hours with its bundled 10W charger, the phone lasted the entire day on a single full charge.
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