Honor is on a phone-launching spree and is continuously releasing new phones with minimum intervals in between. The brand has made quite a splash in the global industry by providing high-end specs in the mid-range price. Honor 8X is the best example of this. It was launched in a mesmerizing event in Dubai where we got our hands on the phone.
The attention-seeking element in the device is its large screen with a pretty impressive screen to body ratio. Before we test the phone for our real-life usage review, let’s look at our initial impressions to get hold of a better idea about the device.
Premium All-Glass Body
The Honor 8X is a major update over its predecessor, Honor 7X. In place of an all-metal design, Honor has gone ahead with a full glass body, which definitely makes a statement as soon as you hold the device, it gives the same premium feeling as we experienced with the Honor 10.
The Aurora glass body is made up of 15 layers of glass which undoubtedly pushes the phone to the class of premium flagships. It will be available in Blue, Black and Red Colors and will be the first Honor phone to come in Red with a glass back.
A ‘Notch’ Above
Another compartment where the Honor 8X supersedes in predecessor is the display. The phone features a 6.5 inches Full HD+ bezel-less display with an iPhone X inspired notch resulting in an impressive 91% screen to body ratio, as the company claims.
That being said, there’s still some bezel left on the chin of the smartphone. Though the phone doesn’t sport waterdrop screen like the Oppo F9, the notch is much smaller than the one on iPhone X.
Honor 8X rocks a new Kirin 710 octa-core processor. The inclusion of new processor promises an improved performance overall which we have already seen on the Huawei Nova 3i on which the new chipset debuted.
Additionally, the phone is also equipped with GPU Turbo technology which delivers amazing gaming performance as tested on Honor Play. For security, the phone features a fingerprint sensor and face unlock capability.
The cameras on the Honor 8X has received a much-needed boost. Just like its predecessor, it still features a dual camera setup, but now comes with a new set of sensors. The phone now rocks a 20MP f/1.8 primary and a 2MP secondary depth sensor.
The aperture size hints that the device is capable of capturing decent pictures even in low light conditions. Moreover, the Honor 8X comes with a 16MP f/2.0 selfie snapper that has the ability to detect 8 different scenarios with an AI boost.
An All-Day Battery
The Honor 8X also comes with an improved battery. It now packs a 3,750mAh battery inside which is about 10% larger than the one inside its predecessor.
It runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with Huawei EMUI 8.2 interface on top that is optimized for conserving battery so it can last a lot longer. With intelligent power saving, you don’t need to worry about losing the juice in the middle of the day.
Honor 8X: Price, Availability
Honor 8X will be available with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and is priced at 999 AED in Dubai. It will be available in the Middle Eastern market starting today, 2nd October.
The company has already been taking pre-orders for the phone for quite some time now and can be booked for Rs. 35,999. It will be available in Pakistan starting October 4.
We got a chance to cover the launch event live in Dubai. Check out the video for our first impressions about the phone.
Specs of Honor 8X
- Display: 6.5 inches
- Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
- Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
- RAM: 4GB
- Internal Storage: 128GB
- Rear Camera: 20MP + 2MP
- Front Camera: 16MP
- Battery: 3750mAh