Honor 8X: Unboxing and first look

Honor to use at this price point?

Honor’s 8X is its latest budget flagship smartphone. Priced at Dh999, it offers some good value. But what accessories do you get out of the box.

Box contents

Inside the box, you find the Honor 8X smartphone alongside a SIM tool, some documentation and a silicone case, the latter being a pleasant surprise. Additionally, there is the charging brick and a pair of 3.5mm jack headphones.

In spite of its budget pricing, you get quite a few accessories out of the box

One of the drawbacks for the phone though might be the outdated micro-USB charging cable which has seen decreased popularity since the introduction of the UBS-C port.

First impressions

In a stunning red finish, Honor’s phone doesn’t fail to impress at first glance. The front sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a bezel-less look. The combination of build and design makes the phone feel much like a premium handset. Like many higher-end flagships, the Honor 8X also has a notch cut-out at the top of the display. But having made the bottom bezel so thin and providing a face unlock feature, the notch is justified.

The front of the phone has a modern day flagship like design

Speaking of face unlock, it is definitely not as secure as Apple or Huawei’s 3D facial recognition. But it functions well and serves at least a certain degree of purpose. Of course, for a more secure authentication feature, you can always use the on-board fingerprint scanner.

EMUI 8.2 is a bloated skin and we wish this phone came with a more clean skin like phones with Android One

Like many Honor phones, the software is based on EMUI 8.2 draped over Android 8.0. This is not the latest EMUI software but the functionality is similar. Combined with the octa-core Kirin 710 chipset and 4GB RAM, I do not foresee any problems with performance.

The dual 20/2MP camera unit at the back is capable of AI processing

What is interesting though is the camera module. It is a 20 and 2MP artificial intelligence (AI) enabled camera which is unique. While I have not had an in-depth look at the camera, my first impressions are that the features are a bit of a hit or miss.

Conclusion

So far, the Honor 8X is an interesting proposition. It is an extremely budget friendly phone and with more usage, we will be able to gauge battery life and performance more accurately.