Honor 8X – a wallet friendly powerhouse

Date:28 November 2018 Author: Brendon Petersen Tags:, ,

Honor might not be very familiar to you, but their sister company – Huawei – is.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Honor is merely a sub-brand of its more popular sibling – many people think that, however, according to Gartner “Huawei is shipping its Honor smartphones into 70 markets worldwide and is emerging as Huawei’s key growth driver.”

This global leading smartphone e-brand has finally brought its flagship challenging range of handsets to South Africa with the launch of its latest addition to its X-series line up – the Honor 8X.

Honor says that South Africa is a very strategic market for them, which makes the 8X launch (just a month after the global release) well timed in terms of the brand launching in the country.

If you’re looking for a phone with flagship specs but without the hefty pricing then the Honor 8X is worth taking a look at.

Honor 8X key highlights include:

  • 6.5” full-view display
  • 64 GB internal storage
  • 20 MP AI dual-lens rear camera with super night shot photography
  • 3750mAh battery with Honor’s intelligent power – saving technology
  • New Kirin 710 chipsets (first ever in an Honor phone)

Aesthetically pleasing design with Full View Display and a slim, elegant body made possible by chip-on-film (COF)

Honor 8X is the first Honor phone to have a 6.5” full-view display with a 91% screen to body ratio. Furthermore, the device uses a metal middle frame equipped with advanced COF technology and a patented antenna design, while also adopting a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect, providing an elegant and smooth look and feel. The smartphone comes in three striking colour choices: blue, black and red(red being my personal favourite).

Fantastic internal storage and extended battery life

Honor 8X has 64GB ROM. It also features intelligent power saving technology and a 3750mAh battery, which can last for more than one day on a single charge.  Additionally, the power-packed configuration under the hood guarantees a fast and smooth user experience.

Powerful AI cameras, with breathtaking super night shooting

Honor 8X has dual-lens 20 MP + 2 MP rear and 16 MP front facing cameras. Plus, the cameras have AI which recognises 22 different categories and 500 scenarios in real-time. Furthermore, the AI technology optimises camera settings and enhances photo quality based on what users are shooting. The new night shooting mode enabled by AI technology eliminates the blurring of photos when taking night shots under a maximum 6-second exposure, even with a shaky hand.

* Photo shot by Honor 8X


Superb performance driven by the latest chipset technology

The octa-core Kirin 710 chipsets deliver excellent performance in Honor 8X. Compared to the previous generation, the CPU single-core performance has increased by 75%. Honor 8X has a Mali G51 GPU, which is enhanced by revolutionary GPU turbo. The overall GPU performance is increased by 130% compared to the previous generation, providing exceptional experience to demanding gamers.

AI telecommunication enhances connectivity and voice quality

Honor 8X deploys the latest in AI Communications. If a person is in a noisy environment, such as on the subway or in brisk wind, the smartphone will recognise the background noise and enable AI noise cancellation to improve voice quality and enable clearer conversations. AI Communications can also detect variations in signal strength, such as in an elevator, quickly restoring 4G connections to maximum speed right after you leave the lift – users won’t miss a thing.

It is also the first smartphone ever to come equipped with a new generation eye comfort mode certified by TüV Rheinland – a feature which can reduce blue light radiation emitted by the screen to prevent eye fatigue.

Mr. Chris Sunbaigong, President of Honor MEA, said: “With the newly unveiled Honor 8X, Honor is setting out to hit new benchmarks in terms of balance between value, design and performance. We have launched a device that enjoys flagship features at a budget-friendly price to cater to our digital natives, the millennials. We know that millennials are super tech-savvy and that is why we have maxed out all the features found in a flagship and wrapped a price tag on the Honor 8X that does not burn a hole in their pockets.”

I asked Honor whether this is the only device that we’ll be seeing in South Africa and was told that they will “be bringing a range of devices to South Africa in the coming few months.”

There will also be limited Honor accessories being brought into the country in 2019.

The Honor 8X is available at select Foschini stores across South Africa as of this past Monday – 26 Novemeber 2018 – at a RRP (recommended retail price) of R5 499.00

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