Honor has become one of the biggest mid range and millennial brands in the market. The Honor brnad has become one of the foremost brands when it comes to getting the most value for your buck. They’ve built a name bringing flagship specifications to a price tier which is not only affordable but ups the ante when it comes to delivering value to the consumer.
The X series, as Honor puts it, has long been the brand’s foray into it’s definition of mid-range. Keep in mind that there hasn’t been many Honor flagships which have broken the RM2,000 threshold. In fact, the flagship Honor 10 barely skims that. As a mid-range flagship, the X series has tough job to do; it not only has to compete with other mid-range devices, it needs to compete with the brand’s own flagships.
The Honor 8X does this by being the first device in the Honor device portfolio to have 91% screen coverage. The 6.5-inch Full HD+ LTPS display covers nearly the whole front face of the smartphone thanks to a new innovation that Honor is pioneering. In the most simple terms, Honor has figured out a way to overlap the components in the bottom bezel to result in a 4.5mm bottom bezel – the smallest to date. The Full HD+ screen has a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and has a pixel density of about 397 pixels per inch (ppi). It can also replicate 16-million colours and is certified for low blue light emissions by TUV-Rheinland.
The Honor 8X runs on the new Huawei Kirin 710 processor designed with the mid-range flagship in mind. The octa-core (8-core) processor is one of the first to have an integrated NPU (neural processing unit) which is claimed to allow some artificial intelligence (A.I.) processing locally in the device instead of uploading to the cloud. This is supported by 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The storage is expandable by up to an additional 400GB via microSD card. You also won’t need to sacrifice the dual SIM capabilities as the Honor 8X has independent card slots for two SIMs and a microSD card. It also supports Huawei’s GPU turbo technology which promises a better, smoother graphics experience on the device.
The Honor 8X takes advantage of it’s built-in NPU with it’s AI enabled cameras. The main camera is dual sensor setup with a 20-megapixel sensor with a f/1.8 apeture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The main setup also has phase detection autofocus (PDAF). On the selfie front, the Honor 8X comes with a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 apeture.
On the connectivity front, the Honor 8X comes with 4G LTE connectivity. It also has support for WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2 LE. It has support for GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou navigation. Also along for the ride is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is powered by a 3,750mAh battery which is touted to have 21 hours talk time and 670 hours 4G standby.
Pricing & Availability
The Honor 8X will cost RM949 and will be available starting 12th October through Honor’s online portal (hihonor.com) and Shopee. If you’re looking for physical stores, it will be available starting 13th October.
Honor will be having a roadshow on the 13th to 14th of October at MyTown Mall in Kuala Lumpur; Prangin Mall, Penang and Aeon Bukit Indah, Johor Bharu.
If you pick up your Honor 8X online or at the roadshows, you will get freebies worth up to RM500 including the brand new Honor Band 3 fitness tracker worth RM119.
The phone is available in Blue and Black.
Also published on Medium.