When I reviewed the Honor 7X (review) last year it was a good budget-centric offering from Honor. What will this years X model be like, the Honor 8X seems like a worthy successor of the Honor 7X lets find out?

in the retail box you will get a clear case and a sim tool as well

The 8X boasts a 6.5-inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, feels like a 5.5 inch in your hands. The processor is also an upgrade as the handset ships with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, in comparison to the Kirin 659 chipset powering its predecessor.

The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB ROM for this review,  will come in Blue and Black colours for the Honor 8X and maybe a Red if people would like it (the red colour is really nice).

The cameras are another area of improvement as the rear of the new smartphone houses a 20MP sensor along with a 2MP depth sensor, while the front has a single 16MP shooter. The handset gets a beefy 3,750mAh juice pack, which is also a step up from the 3,340mAh capacity of last year on the Honor 7X.

Honor 8X does have a notch but a very small one, with a 6.5″ IPS LCD display, and a resolution of 2340×1080, the screen looks great for an LCD. Honor has slim the bezels down, by using a technique called CoF, or Chip on Film by mounting the display drivers on a flexible ribbon PCB in order to wrap them beneath and around the display. Honor says the bottom bezel on the 8X is just 4.25mm, which is smaller than alot of others flagships.

Honor says the 8X is the first phone to have a TÜV Rheinland-certified comfort mode to reduce blue light output.

The vertically-stacked dual 20-megapixel f/1.8 and 2-megapixel main cameras are located on the rear, snuggled at the top left corner with a LED flash situated right below them. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear as well.
There are plenty of other features to play with, ranging from a 3D portrait mode, slow-mo video, and the addition of a Night shot mode with Honor’s image stabilization powered by AI.  It opens the shutter for around four seconds and doesn’t require a tripod, and instead uses AI to steady the shot. it’s worth experimenting with, provided you take a photo in normal mode too as sometimes the Night mode shot can be very noisy.

The volume rocker is on the left alongside the power button.

The microSD/SIM slot can fit in two SIMs and a microSD card and is located on the left side of the phone.
The Honor 8X still has a 3.5mm jack thankfully, though annoyingly it still uses a micro USB port for charging like last years 7X.

The Honor 8X doesn’t support SuperCharge due to its use of a MicroUSB port, but the Honor 8X with a 9v2a quick charging is still present to top up the huge 3750mAh battery as well as normal charging.

With the 8X’s “AI” smarts to improve the cameras, but hardware wise, we have a 20MP RGB sensor with a 2MP depth data sensor on the rear, as well as a 16mp RGB sensor up front. the rear camera has an F1.8 aperture, and the front is an F2.0 aperture.

Honor 8X will have support for taking slow-motion videos of up to 480 frames-per-second, up to a resolution of 720p.

With face unlocking using the front camera as well, and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

Honor is also including A.I. noise cancelling for phone calls, this software will intelligently identify a caller’s voice and dampen down as much background noise as it can. I got just got over 6 hours of on-screen time using the Honor 8X that’s including gaming, emails, social media and photography as well.

Key Specs

CPU: Kirin 710
Memory: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
MicroSD storage: Yes
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 2,340 x 1,080
Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
Battery: 3,750mAh
Size: 160.4mm x 76.6 mm x 7.8 mm
Operating system: EMUI 8.2 (over Android 8.1 Oreo)

Games

From playing games like PUBG I had no problems with framerate at all in the time testing this device.

Video Samples

Camera Samples

Night Mode

Night mode taken at 5.50am in the morning in the Dark

Pro

  • Large screen and premium glass body
  • Good camera with plenty of features
  • Competitive price
  • Solid performance

Cons

Old style Micro-USB charger port

Verdict:

The Honor 8X phone is an amazing choice for great Android smartphone experience with most of the latest features that you may desire, from a massive 6.5″ inch screen to a 3750mAh battery.

Priced at £229 (4GB RAM 64GB ROM), the phone is a probably going to be the most favourite budget smartphone this year for anyone, just missing USB Type C, but still an amazing smartphone.

Honor 8X will be available to purchase from Three, Amazon, JLP, Very, Argos, AO and CPW.