Huawei Honor 8x: The 5 Star Smartphone

Introduction

If you’re looking for a killer phone, with a mind blowing design, and you don’t want to spend much. Then Huawei honor 8x is just the perfect phone you need.

Honor 8x

This phone offers great value for money. Arguing against that idea is a tricky prospect.

The Honor 8X has a glass back and metal sides, extremely slim surrounds and fairly slimline notch. These factors combine to make the 8X look like a phone several price classes above.

It also has a very good Full HD-grade screen, a 20MP and 2MP dual-lens rear camera and a 16MP front camera. Again, they sound high-end for the price.

Design
  • Metal and glass design
  • micro USB charging
  • Very high screen-to-body ratio

The Honor 8X looks similar to some of the most expensive phones in the world, but is a quarter the price. This is not just the point of the phone, it sums up the entire Honor strategy at present. You get more for your money than other recognizable brands.

Very high screen-to-body ratio is the particular look the Honor 8X not just emulates, but achieves. When we first turned the phone on, we were slightly shocked. No model to date has offered such an all-screen look at this price.

The rear fingerprint scanner is very fast and reliable, and 64GB of storage is great at the price. There are spaces for an extra nanoSIM card and microSD card in the SIM tray too, earning it a few extra tech nerd points.

The ultra-slim screen surrounds also make the Honor 8X pleasant to use and hold for a phone with a 6.5-inch screen. This is not just for enthusiasts and those with big hands. Like just about every Honor phone, it’s slim too at 7.8mm thick.

Screen

  • 6.5-inch 19.5:9 LCD screen, 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Notch, which can be hidden
  • Customizable color profile

The Honor 8X has a large, very tall 6.5-inch 19.5:9 LCD screen with a fairly narrow notch. Notch-haters can block off the top area with a black bar too.

Honor 8x

Fresh out of the box the Honor 8X uses a slightly unruly ‘vivid’ color mode, one not quite as tasteful as that of more expensive phones. Some tones look more sickly than vivid, but switch to ‘normal’ color mode and you have one of the very best displays you’ll find in a phone for under $400/£400.

Slim borders of plastic sit between the metal and glass parts, and the finish of the back is quite plain.

Color looks accurate enough and well saturated, and as the Honor 8X has an ultra-long Full HD-grade resolution, with 1080 x 2340 pixels, it’s sharp too. It is sharper than the iPhone XR: amusing when you compare their prices.

Battery

  • 3,750mAh battery
  • micro USB charging

The Honor 8X has a 3,750mAh battery, which doesn’t seem huge for a phone with a 6.5-inch screen. However, like a lot of recent Huawei and Honor phones, its real-world stamina is well above average.

It lasts far longer than the iPhone XS. Among is Android peers, the Honor 8X isn’t a class leader, but it is a very solid smartphone.

Honor 8X

Camera

  • Dual rear 20MP/2MP cameras
  • AI-assisted photography including specialist Night mode
  • 16MP front camera

The Honor 8X’s camera seems, on the surface, almost as well-spec’d as that of top-end Huawei and Honor phones.

It has the celebrated ultra-low light mode of the Huawei P20 Pro, a dual-lens system for synthetic wide aperture (background blur) shots, and an AI mode. This recognizes the scene to aid processing, with the aim of producing punchier pics.

General image quality from the main 20MP sensor with f/1.8 is very good too. Daylight shots are sharp and detailed, with good pixel level integrity for a high-res sensor and some very solid dynamic range post auto-optimization. It handles mixed lighting levels well.

Video capture is limited, however. Despite all those pixels on tap, the Honor 8X caps out at 1080p, 60 frames per second. The front camera can manage 1080p at 30 frames per second.

That front camera has a 16MP sensor. Honor, as is often the case, puts more of an emphasis on selfies than some.

Honor 8x

Specifications

Phone Features
Phone Functions Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, flight mode, voice dialing, vibrating alert
Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyro sensor, gravity sensor
Additional Features Face Unlock
Security Devices Fingerprint reader, face recognition
Cellular
Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Type smartphone (Android OS)
Integrated Components audio player, dual rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, navigation, voice recorder
Navigation A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS
Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
Phone Form Factor touch
Service Provider not specified
Operating System Family Android
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
SIM Card Type nano SIM
SIM Card Slot Qty dual-SIM
Input Device Multi-touch, capacitive
Details
Integrated Components Front-facing camera, audio player, voice recorder, navigation, dual rear-facing camera
Body Color Black
Messaging & Internet
Messaging Services MMS, SMS
Supported Social Networks and Blogs Yes
Miscellaneous
Sensors accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gravity sensor, gyro sensor, proximity sensor
Communications
Data Transmission EDGE, FDD-LTE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA+, HSUPA, LTE, TDD-LTE
Wireless Interface Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC
Processor
Clock Speed 2.2 GHz
Type Hisilicon Kirin 710
Manufacturer Hisilicon
Processor Core Qty 8-core
Display
Technology LTPS IPS
Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Pixel Density (ppi) 397
Diagonal Size 6.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 16.5 cm
Smartphone Diagonal Size 6.5 in
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9
Color Support color
Features FullView Display
Memory
Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDXC – up to 400 GB
Battery
Run Time Details Talk: up to 1260 min
Standby: up to 697 hrs
Digital Camera
Special Effects Portrait
Header
Brand Honor
Product Line Honor
Packaged Quantity 1
CE Input Device
Type touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Touchscreen Technology capacitive
Features
Sensors accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gravity sensor, gyro sensor, proximity sensor
Phone Functions call timer, conference call, flight mode, speakerphone, vibrating alert, voice control, voice dialing
Security Devices face recognition, fingerprint reader
Additional Features Face Unlock
RAM
Installed Size 4 GB
Flash Memory
Internal Memory Capacity 128 GB
Max Supported Size 400 GB
Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDXC
Front-facing Camera
Sensor Resolution 16 Megapixel

Conclusions

The smartphone market is in a strange place right now. Flagships are getting more expensive yet aren’t adding much more that consumers or businesses actually want in the way of features. Meanwhile the mid range is filling with phones that have pretty much all the features you will actually use on a day-to-day basis at good prices. It’s not clear how this is going to play out, but right now the level of choice for buyers is great.

With its solid performance, versatile camera and metal and glass build, the Honor 8X is great way to get a phone that looks and feels expensive but does not cost the earth.

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