Review: Honor 8X

Honor’s back with yet another smartphone in its X-series. This one is called the Honor 8X, which replaces the company’s outgoing 7X.

Coming in at a very attractive price point of AED 999, the Honor 8X is beautiful, both inside and out. The Honor 8X comes with a 6.5-inch FullView Display, which boasts of a 91% screen-to-body ratio. You also get 128GB of storage space, 4GB of RAM and the phone runs on the new Kirin 710 octa-core chipset from Huawei.

At the rear, you also get a dual camera setup – one is a 20MP, f/1.8 lens and it is paired with a 2MP secondary lens. You also get a 16MP selfie camera up front. The cameras are AI-powered so it can recognise 22 different categories and 500 scenarios in real-time. The AI capability also helps stabilise low-light shots.

The phone also is powered by a huge 3750mAh battery that offer almost 1.5 days worth of battery life on a single charge. Colour choices include Blue, Black and Red and the phone’s construction has been done using a mix of metal, plastic and glass. You will however want to slide the phone into a casing to protect it from falls, because the rear is glossy and slippery.

On the bottom edge of the phone, you get a 3.5mm headphone jack and an “so yesterday” microUSB slot for all your charging and data syncing. The Honor 8X runs Android 8.1 Oreo, with Huawei’s EMUI 8.2.0 skin on top of it. The phone also comes with a traditional fingerprint sensor on its rear, which is still one of the fastest and most reliable way to get into your phone securely.

The Honor 8X also comes with a face unlock feature. You do need some time to get used to it and it did its job most of the times. Sometimes it did require a second attempt to recognise my face. A good thing about the face unlock on the Honor 8X is that works even in any orientation – whether it is sideways or upside down.

Like it is with most Honor phones out there, despite being mid-range devices, they excel in their photography and videography skills. As mentioned earlier, the Honor 8X comes packed with a dual AI-enabled camera setup. Honor says that the AI can recognise more than 500 scenes and split them into 22 categories such as food, portrait, sky and so on.

The AI does a very good job of adjusting the settings as per the composition of your shot. The Honor 8X takes some really good shots in low light, especially in the phone’s Night Mode. Video quality was also very good. I was very impressed by the image quality on the Honor 8X, considering the price bracket this one is available in.

There is a lot to like about the Honor 8X. The design and build quality is top-notch, the display size and quality is pretty good, and the battery life is excellent. You also get very good performance, excellent camera, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you want a mid-range phone that’s as good as a premium phone, the Honor 8X should on top of your list.

Price: AED 999

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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