Design of Honor 8X
The design of Honor 8X makes it different from other companies’ handsets. The glassy dual-tone color scheme has been used in the phone. The back panel of the phone is made of glass which gives it a premium look. The company has named it the ‘Visual Grating Effect’, Honor says that there are many layers of glass (metal) to make it. The design of the phone is so good that it does not look like a phone in the budget segment less than Rs 20,000. Due to the glass panel, fingers and scratches are easily hit. To protect the phone, you can put the cover that comes in the retail box.
Another feature of Honor 8X is that it comes with 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. Like Honor Play, Honor 9N, this phone has a small border at the bottom. Honor 8X has a 6.5-inch (1080×2340 pixels) IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. The Honor logo is given at the bottom on the front panel of other smartphones of the company, but it has been removed in the Honor 8X. You cannot use the display easily with one hand. We needed to use both our hands while using many features. In India, this handset will be available in Classic Black, Trademark Blue and Bold Red colors. We have a blue color variant for review.
Vertical dual rear camera setup will be seen for photography on the back panel. The rear camera is a bit protruding. There will be a fingerprint sensor on the back panel for security. On the right side there is a button to increase and decrease the power and volume, while on the left side of the phone is the SIM-tray (two nano SIM and microSD card slot). At the bottom, you have a loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone and Micro-USB port. At this price, the company has decided not to give USB-Type C. The secondary microphone has got a place on the top of the phone. The build quality of the phone is good, but after using the phone for a while, we did notice that there were scratches on the glass back panel. To keep the size of the notch low, the company has kept the size of the earpiece small.
Honor 8X Specifications and Software
Honor 8X is the company’s first smartphone in India that comes with HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor. The same processor has also been used in the company’s Huawei Nova 3i smartphone. This processor will compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 chipset handsets coming in this price range. We have 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants of Honor 8X available for review.
There are two more variants of Honor 8X – 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage, and their prices are Rs 16,999 and Rs 18,999 respectively. We did not face any problem with the phone while multitasking. There is also no shortage of storage to keep apps and photos. It is possible to increase the storage up to 400 GB with the help of microSD card.
Honor 8X has a 6.5-inch Full HD + (1080×2340 pixels) TFT IPS display. The company says that the blue light filter (Eye Comfort Mode) has been used in the display, which is certified by TUV Rheinland. To bring life to the phone, there is a 3,750 mAh battery which comes with 5V / 2A (10W) charging support. On the back panel there is a 20-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There will be a 16-megapixel front camera for selfie and video calling, its arc is F / 2.0. Both the SIM slots support 4G VoLTE, the phone includes ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor and fingerprint sensor for security. For connectivity, dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth version 4.2 LE, GPS / A-GPS, GLONASS and 3.5mm headphone jack will be available.
Our nearby Honor 8X is running on Android 8.1 Oreo based on EMUI 8.2.0. The handset will get the Android Pie update but at the moment the company has not announced the date. Our handset is running on September 2018 security patch which is a good thing. You will already get Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Camera360 and Lords Mobile installed in the phone. The icons look quite large, apart from this you will find the Phone Manager app which will help you do many things like RAM, block selected apps, track data consumption, virus check and battery consumption. Now talk about gestures in EMUI. Swiping up from the bottom left or right on the home screen will open the Google Assistant. Software based face recognition support will be available in Honor 8X. Face Unlock unlocks the phone by scanning fast. Its special thing is that the screen brightness automatically increases in low-light and night, due to which Face Unlock is able to work properly.
Honor 8X performance, camera and battery life
GPU Turbo technology has been used in Honor 8X. GPU Turbo provides up to 60 percent performance improvement and up to 30 percent better battery life while gaming. If Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG are played on Moderate settings then it works properly. The experience of playing games like Subway Surfers and Candy Crush was quite good. During gaming, we found that the phone got very little hot and the battery consumption was also not high.
Honor 8X has scored 140,435 on Antutu benchmark, 1,604 and 5,559 in Geekbench single and multi score tests respectively. This result of Honor 8X is much better than the benchmark scores achieved by Redmi Note 5 Pro with Snapdragon 636 chipset, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 with Snapdragon 660 processor and Realme 2 Pro. In the camera app, you will find aperture, night, portrait, photo and video modes. Apart from this, Pro, Slo-mo, Panorama, AR Take, HDR, Time Lapse and other features are given in the More section. The rear camera is capable of recording slow-motion videos at a speed of 480 frames per second.
The focus of the rear camera works fast and works well in sufficient light but the quality of the phone is not that good. If we talk about sharpness in picture quality, then the 16-megapixel selfie camera is much better in this case. The quality of the picture taken at night is less than average. The Honor 8X is capable of recording videos at 1080p at 60 frames per second, but you’ll find the phone already set to 720p.
The battery life of Honor 8X with 6.5-inch Full HD+ display is quite good. Once the phone is charged, it will support you throughout the day. Even after using social media apps, checking email, videos on YouTube and playing games for 15 minutes, the battery of our handset supported us for the whole day. In the HD video test, the Honor 8X gave a backup of 14 hours and 47 minutes. It takes more than 2 hours to charge the phone from 0 to 100 percent.
Honor wants to keep its hold in the market strong by giving premium look to the phone and launching good smartphones at affordable prices. Not only the design of Honor 8X, but the performance of the handset is also very good at this price. This has been made possible with the help of the company’s new HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset. Apart from the performance of the phone, its vibrant display and fast-working biometric security feature is its specialty. However, the camera quality is below average. The fast charging facility in the phone will come in handy for you. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 have been keeping their hold in the market for the last six months, but now apart from Honor 8X, smartphones like Nokia 6.1 Plus and Motorola One Power are also included in the list to compete with them.