Honor 8X review

ByLinky Johnson 2019-05-25 656

Honor is known for strong equipment at competitive prices. With the 8X for 250 Euro you might even think you're dealing with a premium smartphone. Is the first impression right or are technical pitfalls lurking? Our test at Honor 8X clarifies this.

 

The good

The bad

high-quality housing and great haptics

Radio weaknesses in all three networks

6.5" full-front display

no protection against dust and water

top equipped camera with good photo quality

old Micro-USB connection and no fast charging

Dual SIM and expandable memory

excellent runtime

 

good speech quality and acoustics

 

NFC and ac-WLAN

 

Outstanding price-performance ratio

 

 

Compared to its predecessor, the 7X, Honor has added another scoop to its new middle grader 8X in almost all areas - except the price. For 250 Euro you get almost an all-round carefree package. But can the smartphone also convince in the lab?


The huge LC display in 19.5:9 format, which extends over almost the entire front at 6.5 inches, is already remarkable for the price range. The edges are narrow, and the resolution is impressive with 2340 x 1080 pixels. Mobile gaming and watching movies is really fun with this combination, especially since the display quality is top. At 445 cd/m2, however, the screen could be a bit brighter at times.


Honor 8X image

Honor 8X: Superior look

In addition to the display, we also liked the good feel and look of the 8X. Usually the phones at Honor are not grey mice. The glass back of our test device is kept in a rich blue and offers a nice depth effect depending on the incidence of light. A nice detail is the colour-contrasting stripe along the camera. By the way, with a millimeter it doesn't stand as far out of the housing as it did with its predecessor. But even the 8X doesn't need any protection against dust and water.

Honor 8X: Equipment at top level

Data security, on the other hand, is a top priority: In addition to the fingerprint sensor, you can set up face recognition. This runs over the Selfie camera, but takes a little longer in difficult lighting conditions. Compared to its predecessor, Honor has also improved its connectivity: here you now have fast ac-WLAN and NFC. A USB-C connection is unfortunately not available.


The user can expect around 53 GB of memory, which can be expanded by up to 400 GB with a micro SD card. Two SIM cards also disappear in the same slot - so you don't have to choose between memory expansion and dual SIM operation. The phone is powered by the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC from the mother Huawei, which clocks at 2.2 GHz.


Together with the 4 GB RAM, it ensures smooth operation in everyday use, even when occasionally playing games, it cuts a fine figure. A GPU turbo (Graphic Processing Unit) is supposed to provide even more performance for graphic-intensive games. On the software side, Honor relies on the Huawei interface EMUI 8.2, which is based on Android 8.1. We would have liked to have seen the new Android Pie already. When this will find its way to the 8X is still to come - it will definitely come.


Nevertheless the operation is easy and the software also offers useful functions like a file safe. Important documents can be encrypted and stored with password or fingerprint protection. Another practical feature is the option of cloning an application and operating it with two different accounts. Honor calls this "App-Twin".

Honor 8X: Smart shooting

The Honor 8X offers for its price a good photo quality and can also adapt images with artificial intelligence.


On the back of the 8X Honor uses a double lens with 20 and 2 megapixels resolution, whereby the second sensor alone provides depth information. Like Huawei, Honor also relies on AI-based scene recognition. It automatically adjusts the camera settings as well as the contrast and color saturation to the photographed subject.


We were surprised by the good results, especially in difficult backlighting situations. However, the colours in AI mode are sometimes too saturated for our taste. Moreover, the resolution of the photos is reduced to 12 megapixels, which impairs the richness of detail. However, the lab certifies the normal mode to have a good image quality in both dark and bright environments - this is by no means a matter of course for the price range.


The photo equipment also includes a portrait mode, which convinces with the main and selfie camera. You can also get creative in Pro mode and adjust many settings manually. RAW shots, on the other hand, are not supported by the 8X. Movies are shot in full HD with a maximum of 60 fps. For action shots there are also slow motion modes with 120 and 480 fps at 720p.

Conclusion: Light and shadow in the laboratory

The 8X impresses in the laboratory above all with its endurance: In the runtime test, the lights only went out after an outstanding 9:18 hours. However, Honor could have gotten more out of the radio characteristics: In the GSM, UMTS and LTE ratings, the 8X only scored "satisfactory" in each case.


One could still criticize the low output voltage at the jack input, because the approximately 280 mV are too little for the full-fledged operation of a high-end headphone. When telephoning, the 8X shines with high volume, good noise suppression and speech quality. Perhaps the AI, which Honor planted in the phone, provides good values here.


It is designed to detect interference and loud background noise and automatically optimize speech quality. For most users, the 8X should be sufficient. Honor has once again managed to offer a very powerful device for an almost outrageously low price. We recommend to buy the 128 GB version for 30 Euro more.

 

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