Honor 8X Brief Review and Pros Cons:
Honor 8X is the successor of Honor 7X which was launched in the first quarter of 2018. 7X was a big upgrade over the 6X and now 8X is a big upgrade over 7X. We are really impressed with what Honor has done here. Let's take a look at the brief review of Honor 8X.
First, let's talk about the design. The Honor 8X looks stunning. The phone redefines the midrange segment. The only phone which comes close to Honor 8X in looks is the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Honor 8X has a glass sandwich design. On the front, we have a large 6.5-inch display with very thin bezels. Even the chin at the bottom is one of thinnest we have seen on Android devices. The screen to body ratio is over 91% which is excellent. The back of the phone is also covered with glass has a beautiful reflective design with 2 colors. We love how the phone looks.
The 6.5-inch display is an IPS LCD notch display with a resolution of Full HD+. The display is very sharp with great colors, good saturation, and contrast. It is one of the best displays available in this segment. Looks wise, Honor 8X is the best phone available under Rs. 15000 as of October 2018.
Honor 8X is powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 710 which is the latest mid-range chip from Huawei. Kirin 710 is built on 12nm process and offers great performance and power efficiency as well. It has 4 Cortex A53 core and 4 Cortex A73 cores. Performance wise the Kirin 710 chipset is similar to Snapdragon 660 in performance. It scores around 135000 on Antutu benchmarks. With Kirin 710, Honor 8X comes with 4GB to 6GB RAM and 64GB to 128GB storage. The lowest variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and even that variant handles multitasking and gaming with ease. Normal day to day usage on 8X is a breeze with no lag. Heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 also run fine. If your usage is very heavy and involves switching between multiple heavy apps/games then going for the 6GB 128GB variant would be a good option.
Inside the Honor 8X, we get a 3750 mAh battery which is decent considering the large display size. The battery backup is decent and the phone would easily last for a day with medium use. With light usage, you might get a backup of around 1.5 days. The phone comes with a 10W 5V 2A charger in the box. Honor says it has fast charging but the charging time is around 2 hours for 0 to 100% which is very normal for a device with 3750mAh battery. The port is still MicroUSB. We think Honor should now move to USB Type C ports.
On the camera side, we have a lot of AI stuff going on. Honor has provided a dual 20MP+2MP dual camera on the back. The 20MP is a f/1.8 color sensor and the 2MP is a depth sensor for portrait shots. On the front, we have a 16MP single sensor. Honor is using AI for a lot of stuff. It can adjust settings depending on scene recognition. The AI also helps in improving the quality of low light pictures. The overall performance of the camera is good. Pictures taken in day light looks excellent. The color accuracy is not great and we hope that gets fixed via a software update. The portrait shots also look good with proper edge detection and natural looking bokeh in the background. The video recording also supports slow motion up to 480 fps which is something we don't see on midrange phones.
Honor 8X runs on Honor's EMUI 8.2 which is a skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. EMUI has some bloatware installed and doesn't have a clean look like stock Android but you can always install Nova launcher on it so it is not an issue. EMUI has useful features like dual apps using which you can have 2 WhatsApp on the same phone. EMUI is very stable and doesn't have any irritating bugs. The phone runs smoothly and you won't face any lags.
Honor 8X doesn't have any IP waterproofing certification so keep it away from water and dust. The phone is very slippery because of the glass back so covering it with a nice case would be a good choice. There is a dedicated MicroSD Card available using which you can increase the storage by up to 128GB. Dual VOLTE is also available which is great if you want to use 2 Jio sims at once.
The Honor 8X comes in 3 variants: 4-64GB is priced at 14999, 6-64GB is priced at 16999 and 6-128GB is priced at 18999. The lowest 4-64GB variant provides good performance and excellent value for money so if your usage is not very heavy, go for the lowest variant. The phone comes in 2 colors: Blue and Black. If you need something cool and flashy then go with the Blue color option.