Honor is constantly updating its product range with models that are attractive in terms of value for money. Another offering is the Honor 8X, a 2018 model that looks impressive and is light in weight.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Huawei Honor 8X specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2018, September
- Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Pink
- Dimensions: 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm.
- Weight: 175 g.
- Screen: 6.5" inc, 1080 x 2340, LTPS IPS LCD
- Camera : Dual, 20MP
- Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Memory: 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
- Battery: 3750, Non-removable Li-Po
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
- Operating system: Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.2
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
A standout detail in the look of the Honor 8X is the metal frame around its perimeter, the rounded edges of the body and the glass on the front and back. The device is scratch resistant. However, we don't recommend keeping it in your pocket next to your keys.
The smartphone is available in several colours - black, red, pink and blue. In all three colours, the back panel has a gradient effect. Under the sunlight, it looks super spectacular. This gives the impression of a more expensive device.
On the front of the Honor 8X, we see a satisfactory solution. The screen occupies 91% of it. This indicator is higher even than that of a number of flagships. At the top of the display, you will notice the now fashionable notch. In it are positioned the front camera, the message indicator and the proximity sensor.
On the rear panel is a fingerprint scanner. There is no criticism to its work. It is fast and accurate. The Honor 8X also has the ability to protect your personal data with the help of facial recognition. In the first case, you will have your smartphone at your disposal in 0.3 seconds, in the second - in 0.6 seconds.
If you're looking for a smartphone with a big enough screen for gaming and watching videos, the Honor 8X is a good proposition. You'll be able to browse the web and read various documents on it with pleasure and comfort. Since the aspect ratio is 19.5:9, you can comfortably hold the device in one hand. The casing is narrow and elongated vertically.
At the heart of the screen is a good IPS matrix with a satisfactory brightness margin and maximum viewing angles. You can adjust the colours from the menu. The resolution is 2340 x 1080 pixels at a density per inch of almost 400 pixels. To the naked eye, distinguishing individual pixels is completely impossible.
The Honor 8X has a new-for-2018 platform that was developed by the company. The chipset is the Kirin 710 and successfully replaces the previous chip for mid-range smartphones - the Kirin 659. Now, the performance of just one core of Kirin 710 is 75% higher than before, and the performance of two cores is 68% higher.
The chipset itself consists of 8 compute cores, with half of them being power-efficient and the others being high-performance. They are coupled with Mali G51-MP4 graphics and 4 or 6 GB of RAM depending on the modification. As a result, you get a good level of performance that makes the operating system and the proprietary EMUI 8.2 interface run fast and flawlessly. All heavier games at minimum to medium settings are accessible. This is the time to mention the company's proprietary GPU Turbo technology that it has been consistently implementing in its products. In the Honor 8X, it does a great job. It boosts the speed of the graphics subsystem by up to 60%, lowering power consumption by up to 30%.
When considering whether to buy this Honor smartphone, keep in mind that it comes with 64 or 128 GB storage. Even if you choose the first option, you have a memory card slot available that is separate from the one for the two SIM cards.
The Honor 8X is equipped with a dual rear camera, whose performance is aided by artificial intelligence. The main module is 20-megapixel and is complemented by a 2-megapixel, with the help of which you can take photos with bokeh effect.
With this smartphone in hand, you can count on good daylight shots. In a room when light is scarce, their quality will drop slightly. The biggest challenge is night shots. We recommend activating the "Night" mode. It will improve your footage overall. With the help of artificial intelligence, the device recognizes a number of subjects.
Let's also say a few words about the front camera. It is 16-megapixel and supports a number of smart features, including augmented reality and automatic foreground processing when shooting against the sun.
The Honor 8X is equipped with a 3,750mAh battery and several charge-saving technologies. So in moderate use you can count on up to two days of autonomous operation. Compared to its competitors on the market, the Honor 8X offers a slightly above average performance. As a minus, we can point to the absence of fast charging technology and the presence of a simple microUSB port.
The Honor 8X is one of the best smartphones of the second half of 2018. It can be yours at a relatively low price, and in return offers an interesting design, a large and high-quality elongated screen, dual camera, NFC chip and high performance. To this we must add ample storage, a separate memory card slot, long autonomous operation and a good camera.
If something about the Honor 8X makes you look for its alternatives to compare with, we recommend you take a look at a few models. These are the Huawei P20 Lite, Honor Play, Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and Meizu 15 Lite.
Huawei Honor 8X video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Huawei Honor 8X and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Huawei.