The Honor 8X is all set to develop into the Huawei sub-brand’s newest mid-range smartphone, when it launches in India on October 16. The successor to the final yr’s Honor 7X, the brand new Honor 8X additionally has twin rear cameras, however with a refreshed vertical alignment. The new cellphone additionally makes use of Huawei’s newest in-house SoC, the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710. Honor India claims that the smartphone will tackle the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus, which leads us to consider the Honor 8X worth in India might be between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000.
The Honor 8X will discover itself in a market section that’s at the moment flooded with value-for-money choices from producers together with Xiaomi, Asus, Motorola, and Nokia. However, with its premium design and software program enhancements, can the Honor 8X supply a singular worth proposition to clients this festive season? We bought to spend a while with the Honor 8X on the a pre-launch briefing session, and listed here are our first impressions.
Honor 8X design and specs
Right out of the field, the Honor 8X feels extraordinarily strong and premium. Based solely on design, it doesn’t seem like a cellphone priced beneath Rs. 20,000. The again of the Honor 8X has a dual-tone color scheme which the corporate says is an evolution of the Honor 10’s rear gradient design. On the entrance is an enormous 6.5-inch IPS LCD with a decision of 1080×2340 pixels, a facet ratio of 19.5:9, and a pixel density of 397ppi. Much like different present Honor smartphones, there’s a notch, however it appears to be like comparatively small in proportion to the big show. One attention-grabbing characteristic of the Honor 8X is that this show has a minimal brightness of simply 2 nits, which ought to make it extraordinarily comfy to make use of at nighttime.
Compared to different Honor telephones such because the Honor 9N and the Honor Play, the Honor 8X has a comparatively skinny backside chin. There are not any capacitive or bodily buttons; you get to decide on between onscreen keys and EMUI’s gestures. The left of the smartphone has the SIM tray, which has two Nano-SIM slots and a devoted microSD card slot. On the precise, there’s the lock/ energy button and the quantity management keys. On the underside, you’ll discover a loudspeaker, a three.5mm headphone jack, the first microphone, and, disappointingly, a Micro-USB port. An Honor consultant advised Gadgets 360 that the corporate made the choice to not go for USB Type-C based mostly on value. The secondary microphone is positioned on the highest.
On the again, you get to see the vertically stacked twin digicam setup that consists of a 20-megapixel major sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, each with f/1.eight apertures. The single selfie digicam has a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.zero aperture. As with earlier fashions, the Honor 8X has AI enhancements for each the rear and entrance cameras. Users can flip off the AI options when capturing if they like.
We had a really quick period of time with a demo unit of the Honor 8X, and below beneficial indoor gentle, it appeared to take sharp close-up and wide-angle pictures. For rather more in depth exams of this cellphone’s cameras in many alternative situations, do keep tuned for our upcoming evaluate.
In phrases of safety, you get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and software-based face recognition. The fingerprint sensor was largely correct and fast in our preliminary expertise. Even the Face Unlock characteristic was fairly snappy, though it might need difficulties in low gentle. Honor has applied a nifty characteristic that will increase the brightness of the display screen at nighttime to assist the cellphone get a transparent shot of your face. We will reserve our ultimate judgement for the Honor 8X in our full evaluate, developing quickly.
At its core, the Honor 8X is powered by Huawei’s newest HiSilicon Kirin 710F, which has a devoted NPU (Neural Processing Unit). The firm claims to ship hardware-based device-level sensible AI options. The Honor 8X would be the first smartphone within the Indian market with this SoC, and Honor tells us that it provides higher efficiency than even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC. The cellphone might be obtainable in three variants — one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage; after which a top-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The smartphone additionally includes a three,750mAh battery, and helps charging at 5V/2A (10W). The bundled charger will ship this a lot energy. Honor India claims that though fast charging is capped at 10W, software program enhancements can truly increase charging velocity. We should take a look at that very attention-grabbing declare in our Honor 8X evaluate, through which we can even conduct battery loop exams and likewise look at this cellphone’s real-world battery efficiency.
Honor 8X software program
The Honor 8X runs Huawei’s customized EMUI eight.2 on prime of Android eight.1 Oreo. While there isn’t a official timeline, Honor says an Android Pie replace will come quickly.
As noted in the case of the Honor Play, the corporate has been steadily decreasing the the variety of preloaded apps on its telephones. We may spot only some apps, together with Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Digital camera360, and a sport known as Lords Mobile. However, there are a number of of Honor’s personal apps and options resembling Phone Manager, HiCare, AppGallery, Health, Honor Club, Ride Mode, and Party Mode. Obviously, like all different Android smartphones, there are a number of Google apps together with Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Photos as nicely.
Based on our first impressions, the UI appeared fairly easy. The Honor 8X additionally options the corporate’s GPU Turbo characteristic out-of-the-box, however gaming efficiency may be anticipated to be much less spectacular than that of the Honor Play. Honor claims that customers can run PUBG easily at medium settings on its newest mid-range cellphone, and naturally we’ll take a look at that too.
Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our in depth evaluate of the Honor 8X, through which we’ll consider this cellphone’s show, design, software program, efficiency, battery life, digicam, and worth for cash.
Adapted From: Gadgets360