Honor 8X First Impressions Review Competing in an aggressive sub-20K range, Honor 8X is impressive and packs a potential to give Redmi Note 5 Pro a run for its money


IT’S NOT uncommon for brands to release several devices in a month. It has almost become the norm. A recent example of this is Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei. It has launched over five phones so far this year and is ready with yet another smartphone which will compete against  Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro series. Meet Honor 8X, a dual-camera, AI-based smartphone that’s about to change perceptions about premium devices in this segment.

Honor 8X is a mid-range device and is expected to be priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. Honor devices are known for their flashy colours and stunning design language—traits that can be seen on Honor 8X. The device which we’ve been using is in Honor’s trademark blue colour.

The division of reflectivity and dual-tone is clearly visible on the device, making it distinct from Honor 10. To add to its uniqueness, the company branding and camera are horizontally placed as opposed to vertically as seen in other devices.

Another distinct feature on Honor 8X is its display. Honor, through its engineering prowess, has wrapped the display driver around the bottom of the device. You must be wondering why this is special. Well, it isn’t really in terms of performance but it makes a big difference when it comes to the aesthetics of the device.

The new design has resulted in the phone having a small chin at the bottom (we’ve seen this on the new iPhone XS and XS Max). This results in a high screen to body ratio as well as greater real estate when it comes to the display.

Honor 8X

Honor 8X is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC octa-core processor and offers up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Kirin 710 SoC is not a powerful chipset but an equivalent of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. This is not Honor Play territory but still would do the job for you. It also has a 3,750mAh battery which is pretty impressive.

The one drawback, though, is that the phone still uses a USB Type-A port for charging and data transfers. But Honor might have done this to give users a 3.5 mm audio jack which seems to be fast disappearing from phones.

So far, the device has been smooth to use even while playing graphics-heavy games, with no lags or frame drops.

Like almost every Honor device released this year, Honor 8X also comes with a dual-camera setup which is AI-enabled. The dual-camera has a 20-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera module. It also has the fancy Bokeh effects and scene and objects recognition that every user wants nowadays.

Honor 8X’s design, stable performance and impressive cameras are its strongest points.

The phone will compete in a highly aggressive sub-20,000 price range and the question everybody would like the answer to is: how will it fare?

Well, we’ll be telling you that in a detailed review very soon. For now, the Honor 8X has managed to impress us and it does have the potential to dethrone Redmi Note 5 Pro.




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