Fast Verdict

The Honor 8X is a discount at effectively underneath £300 nevertheless it does not skimp on photograph high quality or options which is good news. It is good for many who aren’t model loyal and easily desire a good performing telephone with a good digital camera, good battery life and magnificence at a worth that will not have them taking out a small mortgage. Nonetheless, for the extra discerning photographer, they are going to nonetheless in all probability favor the premium choices from the likes of Huawei, Apple or certainly Samsung. 

+ Professionals

  • Worth
  • Simple to make use of 
  • Twin digital camera
  • Huge display
  • Low Gentle mode

– Cons

  • Digital zoom 
  • No OIS 
  • MicroUSB socket (slightly than newer Kind-C)
  • AI can overcook photographs 
  • No 4K video 

 

 

 

In the event you do not recognise the Honor brand-name but, you must, as they’re actually beginning to make a reputation for themselves within the budget-friendly class of smartphones. After we say ‘budget-friendly’, we imply smartphones which can be underneath £300 (they do even have the Honor 10 and Honor View 10 that are barely over £300) however do not let the value put you off as for such discount costs, these smartphones do provide loads of attention-grabbing images options. 

To search out out what’s new, compared with the Honor 7X, and to see if the Honor 8X actually is a smartphone photographers might fortunately use, include us as we put the brand new Android smartphone to the take a look at. 

 

1/320 sec | f/4.5 | 12.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Honor 8X Options

The Honor 8X smartphone has a 6.5-inch Notched FullView Show with a 91% screen-to-body-ratio, 3750mAh battery, 64GB storage, 20MP (+ 2MP, to assist with bokeh and background blur) twin AI rear digital camera and a 16MP selfie digital camera. The built-in AI can recognise 22 completely different classes and 500 eventualities in real-time to optimise digital camera settings and improve photograph high quality, and there is additionally a brand new evening capturing mode which Honor says will remove the blurring of photographs when taking evening pictures underneath a most 6-second publicity. For eye consolation, the display comes geared up with a brand new era eye consolation mode licensed by TüV Rheinland – a function that reduces blue gentle radiation emitted by the display to stop eye fatigue. 

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The Honor 8X will report HD, Full HD and Slo-Mo video however not 4K and the telephone comes with 64/128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM or 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM which must be loads of storage however you need to use a MicroSD card in case you want to add extra. 

 

There is a new ‘evening capturing mode’ which Honor says will remove the blurring of photographs when taking evening pictures underneath a most 6-second publicity.

Key Options

  • Rear dual-lens (20MP f/1.8 + 2MP)
  • 16MP f/2.zero front-facing “selfie” digital camera
  • Evening mode
  • AI – recognises 22 completely different classes and 500 eventualities
  • Professional Mode 
  • ISO50 to ISO3200
  • LED Flash
  • HD, Full HD and Slo-Mo video (no 4K)
  • 6.5-inch show 
  • Kirkin 710 chipset
  • HDR, Panorama, Gentle Portray, Digital filters, time-lapse, watermarks
  • Rear fingerprint reader 
  • Borderless design 
  • 64GB Storage
  • 3750mAh battery

 

Honor 8X vs Honor 7X

Honor 8X Honor 7X
6.5-inch display 5.93-inch
20MP+2MP dual-lens rear digital camera, AI enabled 16MP+2MP twin lens digital camera
16MP entrance digital camera 8MP entrance digital camera
3750mAh battery 3340mAh battery
Kirin 710 Kirin 659
64GB Capability  64GB Capability 
Measurement: 160.four mm x 76.6 mm x 7.Eight mm Measurement: 156.5mm x 75.3mm x 7.6mm
£239 £220 (Amazon UK)

 

Honor 8X Dealing with

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The Honor 8X is a giant telephone however its dimension is akin to others out there and once I in contrast it in-hand with my iPhone Eight Plus, it truly felt simpler to carry and definitely slimmer. The Honor 8X is barely greater than the Honor 7X however the screen-to-body proportion ratio can also be greater, sitting at nearly 91%, with a curved boardless design, achieved by wrapping the display electronics again underneath the display on a second layer, framing the display. There is a small top-notch housing the front-facing digital camera nevertheless it does not intrude with viewing (our brains have gotten used to ignoring them., plus, it may be hidden) and total, the display is shiny, clear and viewing it outdoor is not an issue.

The display decision of 2340p x 1080p is sweet contemplating the value level of the telephone however it will probably’t match what’s on provide from the likes of Huawei and Apple. It does enhance on the display constructed into the Honor 7X, although, which has a decision of 2160×1080 and for the value level, the all-screen look is spectacular, beating all of its price-point rivals thus far. Plus, because of the borderless design, the telephone can retain the identical physique dimension as a 5.5-inch telephone, making it simpler to grip although it has a 6.5-inch display.  You can even break up the display into two apps so you are able to do a number of issues without delay. 

As for display sharpness, it is truly fairly spectacular for the amount of money you may be spending on the smartphone however colors could seem somewhat bizarre, too ‘in your face’, while you first swap the smartphone on as by default it is set to as ‘vivid’ mode which appears to magnify all the things. Nonetheless, that is simply mounted by switching the color mode to ‘regular’ in settings. After doing so, colors do seem correct.

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The Honor 8X feels fairly weighty however no extra so than different smartphones at this worth level and undoubtedly not as heavy as, say, the iPhone XS (which is comprehensible for its worth) nevertheless it nonetheless feels solidly constructed.  

As for the general design, as quickly as you choose the Honor 8X up you may simply inform it is constructed rather well. The design is beautiful with its curved edges, glass design and barely contrasting strip on the again however it is vitally simply marked with fingerprints and smudges which is a very annoying however one thing that happens on most smartphones these days. Because the smartphone is constructed from a glass back and front (with aluminium sides), we advocate you buy a case to guard the smartphone from marks, scratches and, in case you do occur to be a bit clumsy, drops. It does include a display protector which is greater than you get with most smartphones however we won’t, as of but, say how lengthy it will final. It is also value noting that the Honor 8X does not have an official water resistance rating both. 

On the fingerprint-covered again is the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the gadget (or you may draw out a sample on the display in case you favor) which is simple to search out with out turning the smartphone over. It is also effectively out of the way in which of the twin lenses and built-in flash so you will not get smudgy marks on them. 

To the facet is the same old unlock / energy buttons and quantity controls and to the underside, you discover the speaker, a headphone jack (some will give Honor bonus factors for this) and a MicroUSB socket which is a bit annoying as most different Android telephones now use the newer Kind-C socket fashion. The Honor 8X does include a charging cable however you simply must be sure you do not misplace it as one of many many Kind-C cables you’ve mendacity round will not match it. 

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In the event you’re acquainted with Huawei or Honor smartphones you may be happy to see that the digital camera app has stayed very a lot the identical because it has been for some time (if it ain’t broke, do not repair it – proper?) and it is easy to make use of/navigate (even in case you’re new to utilizing Honor smartphones). There are a variety of completely different capturing modes out there together with Picture (auto mode), Professional (the place you may management shutter velocity, aperture, ISO and many others.), Video, Portrait (the place bokeh and sweetness results can be utilized), Aperture (the place you employ a slider to open/shut a digital iris), Sluggish-mo, Panorama, Time-Lapse, Digital Filters, Watermarks, HDR and Gentle Portray (together with star trails and silky water kinds). There’s additionally a brand new Evening Mode which reduces digital camera shake which often plagues smartphone photographs captured in low gentle and offers you photographs with way more element, too. 

Flash is in-built together with a transferring image mode and AI makes an look, as soon as once more, recognising 22 completely different classes and 500 eventualities that can assist you take a greater photograph with not an excessive amount of effort. You can even use AI algorithms (new to the Honor 8X, the Honor 7X did not have this function) to shoot four completely different studio-style portraits – mushy gentle, butterfly gentle, break up gentle and stage lighting. 

The rear dual-camera captures photographs with as much as 20MP decision (4MPs greater than the Honor 7X), has an f/1.Eight aperture to assist with these low gentle pictures and Section Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) for faster focus. On the entrance is a 16MP digital camera (8MPs greater than the Honor 7X) and bokeh/magnificence results will be utilized when taking selfies together with the bunny ears and glasses you may select to place in your face, so you must want. 

The digital camera app has gesture management, which suggests you may take photographs by waving on the entrance digital camera, and there is additionally smile seize however we did not have a lot pleasure when utilizing them and located it simpler to only faucet the shutter button.

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Battery Life – With a 3750mAh battery in-built, it’s possible you’ll assume it will not final a day however you may in all probability be stunned as even after capturing video, importing to Youtube, taking photographs and normal use, there was nonetheless a little bit of battery left on the finish of the day. As talked about, the Honor 8X makes use of a MicroUSB for charging which is a bit annoying however it’s suitable with quick charging.

For these of you who like numbers, AnTuTu benchmark provides the Honor 8X a rating of 140566 which is spectacular for a budget-friendly smartphone and is about what you bought from a premium smartphone from a few years in the past. 

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