Honor 8X vs. Honor Play: Smartphones in comparison

ByIngrid Wilhelmina 2019-06-05 644

This is how the Honor phones differ from each other. Are you interested in an inexpensive smartphone? Then Honor 8X and Honor Play are currently promising models. We have compared the two phones for their differences and similarities in order to find out which one is the best choice for you.

Honor 8X and Honor Play belong to the Android middle class and attract with attractive prices. Honor advertises Honor Play as a gaming smartphone, but the two China smartphones look very similar at first glance. So what are the differences between the models and what are the special features of the mobile phones? We will answer these questions below.

Strengths and weaknesses at a glance

The Honor 8X has a slightly larger display (0.2 inches) than the Honor Play with 6.5 inches, but both smartphones have approximately the same dimensions. This is due to the extremely high screen-to-body ratios of the devices. 89 and 91 percent of the front are respectively covered by the display. In order to achieve these values, both smartphones have a notch in the display (notch), although it is somewhat narrower in the 8X. Otherwise, the mobile phones with 2,340 x 1,080 pixels each offer a sharp picture resolution.

Both Honor 8X and Honor Play scored relatively well in the test in terms of processing. Of course, premium cell phones like the Mate 20 Pro can't beat them here, but the Huawei subsidiary has a different price range with these two models anyway. In this price range, the Honorary mobile phones are among the devices with the best workmanship. There are only small things to criticize - like the missing USB-C port of the Honor 8X.

The performance of the two mid-range mobile phones is impressive. The processor of the Honor Play delivers the somewhat better results in the benchmark test. But you won't notice anything of this in everyday life, a difference in performance is only noticeable when playing. However, the Smart Shock vibration functions of the gaming smartphone are rather a gimmick, whereas the Histen sound effects turned out to be quite positive. With the exception of the Smart Shock function, the Honor 8X doesn't offer such features, but it's a good deal cheaper than the Honor Play.

In terms of camera quality, the 8X is slightly ahead in terms of resolution and difficult lighting conditions. In contrast to Play, however, it can't record videos in 4K.

Both Honor phones offer 4 Gigabyte RAM and 64 Gigabyte mass storage, but the 8X is also available with 128 Gigabyte for an additional 30 Euro. With a microSD card you can expand the memory on both smartphones, but you can't move apps to them.

Apropos price: The Honor Play is currently with 319 Euro exactly 70 Euro more expensive than the 8X with 64 Gigabyte. The 8X version with 128 Gigabyte memory is still 40 Euro cheaper than Honor Play.


If a better performance in games, as well as video recordings in 4K are not worth 70 Euro surcharge, you can confidently grab the fee 8X. Although you won't use a USB-C port there, you won't notice any differences to the Play in everyday life. In our opinion, the 128 gigabyte version is worth its small extra charge if you like to have more memory, since a microSD card is not much cheaper and no apps can be moved to it.

Below you will find our test results at a glance. Make your own picture of the devices by clicking on "To the test report" in the following table. Please note: The "+" and "-" are not intended as a comparison, but show the main strengths and weaknesses of the individual devices at the original test time.

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