Honor 8X prices start from Rs 14,999.
Design is the USP featuring FullView display and glass body.
Under the hood is a 12nm Kirin 710 octa-core SoC.
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has lately been on a launch spree in the Indian market. In a short time, the company has launched a bunch of devices in the affordable to mid-range segments. Among the most recent launches is the Honor 8X with prices starting at Rs 14,999. In a segment dominated by the likes of Xiaomi, can the Honor 8X stand out? Having used it for a couple of weeks now, here’s my review of the Honor 8X.
When you lay your eyes on the Honor 8X for the first time, one thing is abundantly clear. It is among the best-looking devices in its price range. The glass body, gradient color scheme, and a near bezel-less display make the Honor 8X look much more premium than its price tag would suggest.
While there are three color options to choose from, the blue variant definitely looks best. The gradient color scheme or ‘visual grating effect’ as Honor calls it is quite unique, and makes the device stand out. That said, the glossy back panel is a fingerprint and smudge magnet. Fortunately, Honor bundles a clear case with the device that protects the device and also offers extra grip.
Another highlight of the Honor 8X is the FullView display upfront with minimal bezels surrounding it. There is a notch at the top, and a chin at the bottom is much slimmer than what is seen on rival devices.
The 6.5-inch screen with FHD+ resolution is good enough for playing games or watching videos on the go. Color reproduction is good, text look sharp, and viewing angles are quite decent as well. Based on one’s preference, users can tweak the color temperature or even reduce the display’s resolution to boost battery life. Those who don’t like the notch can head over to Settings to hide it by adding black bars on either side.
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While style remains the Honor 8X’s USP, the company has done well not to compromise on the performance bit. The smartphone is powered by a 12nm Kirin 710 octa-core SoC paired with up to 6GB of RAM. Buyers will be able to choose from three variants – 64GB+4GB RAM, 64GB+6GB RAM, and 128GB+6GB RAM.
The internals are more than capable of handling day-to-day tasks with ease. Though performance is largely lag free, you do come across a couple of stutters while using some apps. Much of the smooth performance is also down to EMUI 8.2.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Over time, Huawei’s UI has become leaner and comes with less bloatware out-of-the-box.
The Honor 8X is also able to handle games like Asphalt 9: Legends or the older Riptide GP2 with relative ease. Though you will have to tone down the graphics settings to ensure consistently smooth performance. As we have seen on a bunch of other Honor devices, there is also the GPU Turbo feature. During gaming, the device tends to heat up a bit, but not to uncomfortable levels.
Under the hood is also a 3,750mAh battery. During my usage, the battery was able to last for an entire day before I had to hunt for the charger. On a typical day, my usage includes constantly buzzing messaging apps, two email accounts, an hour of music and video playback, and a bit of gaming. On a more judicial usage, the battery was able to last for about a day and a half.
Below par cameras
One aspect of the Honor 8X that didn’t quite impress was its cameras. On paper, the device comes with a dual-camera setup at the back that includes a 20-megapixel primary sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. As is the trend these days, the cameras are backed by Artificial Intelligence that is claimed help you shoot better photos. For selfies, there’s a 16-megapixel fixed-focus camera placed in the notch at the front.
In ideal lighting conditions, the Honor 8X cameras are able to shoot decent photos though most of them lack a bit of clarity and that punchy-ness. Though the AI can help in shooting photos that look exciting, more often than not, it ends up oversaturating the photos.
The photos shot in less than ideal conditions are passable at best. There is a visible loss in clarity and details. Honor has included a dedicated Night mode, which needs you to hold the device stable for about five seconds. But the results leave you disappointed.
The selfie camera fares better in good lighting conditions, and the photos are good enough to share on your social accounts. There is support for Portrait mode on the front as well, which lets you click selfies with the background blurred.
Should you buy it?
With prices starting from Rs 14,999, the Honor 8X is placed in a segment where there are plenty of options for buyers to choose from. These include the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Motorola One Power, and Realme 2 Pro to name a few.
What really works for the Honor 8X is its design, which is aimed at buyers who want their devices to really stand out. As I have mentioned above, the glass design, full-screen display, and gradient color makes the device feel more premium than its price tag suggests. What also works is that Honor has not compromised on the performance bit. Only disappointing aspect of the device is its cameras.
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If you’re in the market with a budget of Rs 15,000, the Honor 8X should be worth your consideration. The more expensive variants of the device however do not offer the same level of value-for-money. These variants venture into the territory where you will be better placed opting for the likes of the Honor Play or the Xiaomi Poco F1.