The company Honor this year has released a lot of smartphones that offer excellent value for money. One of these is the new Honor 8X. The novelty has little in common with Honor 8 2016. The difference between them is significant, since during this time many changes have occurred in the smartphone market.
Modern smartphones are equipped with a frameless screen and a powerful set of internal components. I found out that in the end Honor had a smartphone, and what interesting things besides a large screen it can offer.
Design and construction
Honor 8X is a lightweight, beautiful and very capable phone with a large 6.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels, an 8-core processor, two main cameras with AI (artificial intelligence) and a low price.
In appearance, the 8X is an obvious update to the Honor 7X. The back panel is glass and is visually divided into two vertical parts, which makes the gadget unusual and distinctive against the background of devices with the same design. Honor calls this solution a “parallel gradient.” The smartphone comes in red and blue housing colors.
The aspect ratio of the display here is 19.5: 9. The long case is underlined by a reduced 4.25 mm wide bottom frame, thanks to which the smartphone has an impressive 91% screen to body ratio. The maximum brightness of the panel is 470 nits, which is an average figure for low-cost smartphones.
The Honor 8X screen is well read in the open air, however, the bright sun and glare greatly impair visibility. The edges of the case are rounded, and its thickness is 7.8 mm. Curved glass surface is perfectly combined with a metal frame. In hand, the smartphone feels like a solid and reliable device, without any complaints about the build quality.
Inexpensive Honor 8X is the first smartphone of the company, which is equipped with TÜV Rheinland mode – designed to reduce the blue tint. I found that the bright mode is turned on by default here, as a result of which the colors on the 8X screen look cooler. You can change the settings at your own discretion in the “Screen” section.
Components and functions
On the back there is a fingerprint scanner, which is set high enough, so you have to drag your finger to it. The battery in 8X at 3750 mAh, is available in the phone and a slot for MicroSD / SIM cards.
There is a processor Kirin 710 and 4 GB of RAM. The graphics chip is the weak side of the Honor 8X, so the developers tried to solve this problem by adding GPU Turbo technology. However, it is difficult to say how much it helps.
8X runs on Android 8.1 operating system with EMUI 8.2 user interface. In addition to some camera flaws, this smartphone disappoints me with the installed and outdated Micro USB port, instead of the faster USB Type-C.
Honor 8X cameras
On the back of the Honor 8X is a 20-megapixel lens paired with a 2-megapixel sensor for determining the depth and support for AI (artificial intelligence), which is activated by a special button. With good lighting, the camera provides high detail images. However, post-processing sometimes leads to oversaturated colors. In low light, photographs are much worse. Even with good exposure, digital noise appears, resulting in dark areas becoming blurry. The “bokeh” mode works fine here, it accurately determines the edges of the object and blurs the background.
In Honor, there are many other camera functions that can be played from portrait 3D mode to night mode with image stabilization supported by AI. In real tests, the results do not look as attractive as those of the Huawei P20 Pro, where I first tested this feature.
The front camera on a 16-megapixel f / 2.0 aperture is great for selfies. Image detail in good light is high. In low light noise and blur.
Honor 8X is a powerful middle class phone, the cost of which varies between € 250 and € 300. This is a balanced device with a large screen, sufficient performance, a good camera for its level and good battery life. Yes, outdated hardware components, like micro USB port and one speaker below, spoil the overall impression a bit, but in this price category it is impossible to get everything at once.
Overall, Honor’s 8X turned out to be a great smartphone for your money. However, whether it will be able to win a piece of cake from Xiaomi is not yet known.
- Big screen.
- Competitive price.
- High performance.
- High-quality glass design.
- A camera with lots of smart features.
- Not distinguished among others in the lineup.
- Outdated Micro USB port.