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8/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor 8X currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 35 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Unless you’re looking for the best camera available, the Honor 8X offers a compelling package thanks to Huawei’s smart compromises.

What's good

  • Beautiful design
  • Great battery life
  • Vibrant display
  • Good performance
  • Great price

What's bad

  • Shutter lag
  • Cannot handle graphic intensive games
  • Hard to read in direct sunlight

Huawei has shown repeatedly that getting a good phone does not require spending a lot of money. The Honor 8X continues this tradition, offering exceptional value as long as you’re willing to overlook a few issues.

Despite its name, the Honor 8X is a departure from the Honor 8 in terms of design and internal components. The glossy glass back provides a modern and sleek appearance -- though it’s a fingerprint magnet. Still, the sleek look combined with the metal sides and very slim bezels work together to make it look like a much more expensive phone.

The big showstopper here is the screen. Featuring a 91% screen-to-body ratio, the LTPS LCD panel measures 6.5 inches and sports a resolution of 2340-by-1080 pixels. This makes it sharper than the iPhone XR .

And while it might be a bit too large to use comfortably with one hand, its size makes it perfect for multimedia enthusiasts. The large screen is ideal for gaming, watching videos, and reading articles.

However, the screen isn’t without flaws. Reviewers noted brightness concerns when reading in direct sunlight.

You’ll see where Huawei cut corners when you look at the hardware specs. It’s equipped with a mid-range Kirin processor -- not the tantalizing Snapdragon 845 you might see on more expensive handsets. But when combined with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM reviewers were happy with its performance and multitasking abilities.

Gaming posed some issues though as the phone includes a low-end GPU. While playing 3D games is possible, you must sacrifice a little quality to do so smoothly.

Thankfully, Huawei didn’t skimp on the battery. The 3,750mAh battery lasted experts a full day even with heavy use. Many reviewers felt most people could go two days without charging. 

At first glance, the specs for the 20MP rear camera impressed. It comes with the ultra-low light mode and dual lens system for forced “bokeh” found on Huawei’s P20 Pro. And yet, likely due to changes to hit the Honor 8X’s lower price, experts found these modes a little less effective. 

Still, for the price, most were thrilled with overall image quality. Daylight shots were sharp and detailed with good color reproduction. It even provided decent dynamic range in mixed lighting situations. Low light images came out good enough with the ultra-low light mode. Images were sharp with little noise. 

The caveat here is that the camera is fairly slow. So, you’ll need to stay still when snapping shots, otherwise you’ll see motion blur. There is also a bit of shutter lag so you might end up missing shots.

While it’s not perfect, most reviewers highly recommend the Honor 8X for people on a budget. Gadgets 360 states, “Not only does this phone look good, it performs great for its price…” Slash Gear adds, “Great battery life, decent performance, serviceable cameras and an eye-catching design, the Honor 8X has most of the things you need from a smartphone…”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
20+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Mobile

In true Honor style, it has crafted a device that does not look like it belongs in its price bracket. For those that want a bit more power can throw in another £50 to nab the Honor Play or even the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, but if that’s not important the 8X serves incredibly well. The camera feels featu...

- Manny Pham, What Mobile
Android Central

Honor continues its line of affordable smartphones with something that resembles a product worth hundreds more. It doesn't just look the part either, with capable internals and fun features tying it all together.

- Quentyn Kennemer, Android Central
Android Headlines

The 6.5-inch FullView Display, GPU Turbo, 20-Megapixel AI Camera and large capacity battery are only some of the features that make the HONOR 8X such a great smartphone. Most importantly, you are getting all of this for just €229, which is a great value, considering this is now a world where many sm...

- Alexander Maxham, Android Headlines
ZDNet

Flagships are getting more expensive yet aren't adding much more that consumers or businesses actually want in the way of features. Meanwhile the mid range is filling with phones that have pretty much all the features you will actually use on a day-to-day basis at good prices. It's not clear how thi...

- Steve Ranger, ZDNet
TechPP

Its design is certainly unparalleled, but it does not quite stand as alone when it comes to performance. But there definitely is a new beauty in cell town.

- Akriti Rana, TechPP


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Screen Size
6.5"

The Huawei Honor 8X's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 710 Octa -ore 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3750mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3750 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1941 minutes, 684 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 8X Specs

Overview
Release date October 11, 2018
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/850/900 /1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 710 Octa -ore 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.72 W/kg
Languages English, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Carrying case, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 733 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 684 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1941 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 27.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Blue, Red, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.04 x 7.66 x 0.78 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 175 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 396 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, Dual camera feature (2MP second camera)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Glory 8X

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