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Honor 8X Review: High On Design and Photography The Honor 8X starts at Rs 14,999 with the top of the line variant priced at Rs 18,999

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HONOR has finally launched the much-awaited Honor 8X in India. The device is an Amazon exclusive and comes in three variants. Prices start at Rs 14,999 and the top of the line variant is priced at Rs 18,999. The phones will be available on sale starting October 24th, 2018.

We have been using the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant which is priced at Rs 14,999. In this review, we’ll tell you if it’s worth your money and whether it’s better than any of the Redmi phones out there.

Design

The 8X’s design language reflects that of Honor’s premium phones like the Honor 10. Neat design lines, lightweight yet sturdy are some of the words that come to mind the moment you hold this phone. There is also a FullView notch display that’s pretty much become standard on phones these days.

To further enhance the premium quotient, Honor has used a dual-tone back on the 8X. The Honor and AI Camera branding are placed horizontally on the phone as opposed to vertically.

Honor, through its engineering prowess, has wrapped the display driver around the bottom of the device giving it a very small chin at the front(we’ve seen this on the new iPhone XS and XS Max). This results in a high screen to body ratio at 91%. There is also a neatly integrated fingerprint sensor at the back.

Despite the dual-tone treatment with a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with grating effect, the back panel is shiny and you’ll most probably need to put a cover on it to avoid scratch marks and fingerprint smudges.

Display

The Honor 8X comes with a very bright display that measures at 6.5-inches (16.51 cms). The use of a 2.5D curved glass at the front gives it a rounded feel. The display houses a notch at the top and offers a 19:5:9 aspect ratio along with a big 91% screen to body ratio.

The display is vivid and has a bit more saturation to it. The smartphone features chip-on-film (COF) technology and a double L antenna design, narrowing the width of the bottom border to 4.25mm, providing more real estate.

To make things more interesting this is one of the first devices whose Eye Comfort mode on the display is certified by TüV Rheinland. This mode protects your vision and prevents eye fatigue by reducing the blue light radiation emitted by the screen.

The viewing angles are also brilliant and those who love to play games and watch videos online would love the experience on the Honor 8X.

Honor 8X

Performance and Battery

The Honor 8X sports Huawei’s own Kirin chipset. The one used on this phone is an Octa-core Kirin 710 chipset with a 12nm Cortex-A73 generation-based SoC which supports the AI functionality. According to Honor, compared to the previous generation the CPU single-core performance has increased by 75%, providing an enhanced user experience.

The phone is available in three variants and the one we used was paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The EMUI works great in creating a fluid ecosystem with minimalistic specifications. The device comes packed with the GPU turbo–which was seen on the Honor Play that was made for gaming. GPU Turbo is a hardware-software integration and graphics processing acceleration technology by Huawei, which delivers one of the best mobile gaming experiences.

The Honor 8X is also equipped with Dual VoLTE and a large 3750 mAh battery. The 8X does not use a USB Type-C connector for charging and data transfer. They chose the old school USB Type-A (Micro USB) connector instead. This was done to make space for a 3.5 mm audio jack. So all you 3.5 mm audio jack lovers, you’ll be happy to have the Honor.

In terms of overall usability, the device is stable and functions without any lags or hiccups. The Honor 8X is also good at multitasking as well as gaming thanks to performance-enhancing features like the GPU turbo. We played PUBG on the low-end Honor 8X and were pleasantly surprised to see it run smoothly. We bet if you go for the 6GB RAM variant of the Honor 8X you’ll even get an even better experience.

Cameras

The 8X comes with a dual AI 20MP + 2MP rear with F/1.8 aperture and 16MP front-facing camera. The smartphone uses AI to produce images, and no surprises there since most of the Honor phones post the launch of Honor View 10 in January 2018 have been doing this.

For night shots, the Honor 8X uses a multi-frame stabilization technology based on machine learning, the results are sharper and in focus images with very less distortion. There is also a portrait mode on offer since it has a dual-camera setup with a depth sensor in action. The bokeh images are in detail, sharp and worthy to upload on social media and even for professionals.

The 16MP front camera supports a new 4-in-1 fusion technology and multi-frame image processing technology for bright and clear selfies on this device. The selfies are in detail and also have all the beauty filters you need for your Instagram stories. In addition, the Honor 8X has a super slow-motion feature that can record videos at 16x slow motion (480fps).

There are several augmented reality (AR) effects for you to play with as well. The image quality on both the front and rear camera is way better than what you’ll get on any Redmi device out there and that’s where this phone scores the most over its Xiaomi counterparts.

Verdict

The Honor 8X is a device that competes not just with the Redmi phones but with also with phones in the crowded sub-20000 smartphone bracket. This is another device that adds to the wonderful choices that you have in this price segment.

However, it is a good phone and not an absolute disrupter in this space. Buy it if you are tired of waiting for f-codes and also if you are a sucker for great build quality, design and cameras. Overall, the Honor 8X checks all the right boxes to be a worthy first choice for many who are looking to buy a device even under Rs 15,000.

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