Xiaomi is broadly thought of the chief of the mid-range and on-line smartphone segments in India, nevertheless it’s dealing with powerful competitors to remain in that place. Manufacturers resembling Honor, Realme, Nokia, Asus and Motorola are all adjusting their methods to offer the chief a run for its cash, and it’s paying off. As has been rightly mentioned by many, proper now is a good time to purchase a brand new smartphone.
And provided that new smartphones launch each week lately, the form of differentiating components on these gadgets additionally are likely to get extra artistic. Manufacturers additionally are likely to get related to sure options, as is the case with gadgets from Xiaomi and Honor. In the present day, we’re taking a fast take a look at the most recent system from the latter, the Honor 8X.
Whereas we don’t have a worth on this system but, we do count on it to compete intently in opposition to the Xiaomi Redmi Observe 5 Professional, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Realme 2 Pro and Motorola One Energy, thus suggesting that it may very well be priced between round Rs 15,000 to 20,000 (relying on the variant) upon launch. The Honor 8X pushes the boundaries of design on this worth phase, and performs on Honor’s technique of vibrant, eye-catching colours and attention-grabbing design cues. There’s additionally that extremely slim chin to talk of.
The place’s the chin?
Whereas the Apple iPhone X (and subsequently, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR) did away with the chin some time in the past, the Android ecosystem has endured with this side even because the concepts of edge-to-edge display screen and show notch have gained steam. Nonetheless, the Honor 8X presents what I imagine is the slimmest chin on any Android telephone but, and what makes it much more commendable is that it comes on a tool that’s more likely to be priced at underneath Rs 20,000.
Honor does this by wrapping the show driver across the backside of the system, not like different smartphones which have it occupy the world under the display screen upright. It’s the identical concept that Apple had, nevertheless it’s essential to level out that Apple can offset the price of the versatile driver by way of the clearly greater value of its telephones. On the Honor 8X, the corporate has pulled off a small engineering feat in doing this. The result’s that the display screen really stretches from the highest to (nearly) the underside, leading to the next screen-to-body ratio.
That, coupled with the massive 6.5-inch full-HD+ 19.5:9 display screen makes the Honor 8X all concerning the show. It does this whereas sustaining a type issue that’s solely barely bigger than that of the OnePlus 6, so it stays simply usable by way of hand-feel. On the high is a small notch that homes the earpiece, sensors and 16-megapixel entrance digital camera.
The rear of the telephone is glass, thus giving the Honor 8X a moderately stylish look that ties in with a lot of Honor and Huawei’s present line-up. Part of the again is shiny, whereas a strip seems with a matte end that homes the vertically positioned emblem and dual-camera setup. Additionally on the again is the fingerprint sensor, with the rear showing finest when the telephone is held horizontally (fairly like a compact digital camera). The body of the telephone is steel, so there are not any compromises in construct high quality both.
On paper, the Honor 8X has what it takes to compete with the competitors. You get the HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, as much as 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and a 3,750mAh battery. There are three variants obtainable on the system – 4GB / 64GB, 6GB / 64GB and 6GB / 128GB. Nonetheless, there are small drawbacks right here; the Honor 8X sports activities a micro-USB port for charging and knowledge transfers, and the included charger is a 10W unit that doesn’t cost too quick. Nonetheless, you do get a 3.5mm jack, which is more and more threatened with extinction at this level.
Whereas we haven’t examined the telephone extensively, my preliminary impressions are optimistic by way of efficiency. The telephone is essentially clean and fluid in its functioning, even on the 4GB RAM base variant shared with us. The HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC is the corporate’s new mid-tier chipset, which can also be current on the Huawei Nova 3i. It’s thought of to be on-par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, however we’ll have a greater reply for you on that in our evaluation.
You additionally get a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 20-megapixel main sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth, which allows portrait mode pictures. Honor additionally speaks of the digital camera’s AI capabilities, which we’ll put to the take a look at in our complete evaluation, coming quickly.
The Honor 8X does have sure drawbacks, nevertheless it’s largely managed to impress me because of its distinctive strategy to design. And it’s additionally gone additional in eliminating the ‘chin’ than any main current Android launch. For that, it’s a path breaker that has the potential to tackle the crowded sub-Rs 20,000 area that isn’t quick on choices.
Come subsequent week, we’ll have a greater thought of the pricing and availability of the Honor 8X as properly, and publish that, we’ll be bringing you our full evaluation of this new smartphone. Until then, keep tuned!