Honor 8X: Balancing great performance and cutting edge design, this is easily the best smartphone under AED 1,000!
November 8, 2018

In many ways, the Honor line is a shining example of how to do things right in a niche space. In just a matter of three years, it’s gone from being a new entry in a budget smartphone space to reinventing the space altogether. Agreed, reinvention is a tag thrown around all too easily in the tech arena, but the Honor brand is one deserving it. For as its devices have consistently shown, no longer need budget devices be synonymous with mid-level specifications and lackluster design. Twin color shades, gaming chipsets, IPS displays, all this in a sub-$250 price point, yes, Honor did shake things up quite a bit, forcing other competitors to tidy up their portfolios as well.

Which brings us to the Honor 8X. A tagline like Beyond Limits sets the cue, yet the first thing that’s striking is those design cues. Wonderfully comfortable in the hand and near sensual along with a brilliant gradient of red, the design proves a real conversation starter. The glossy textured glass back finish with dazzling light reflecting properties combine with a metal trim and notched display to make an individual statement.

The connected millennial is a key target audience for the Honor line, and the display doesn’t disappoint, for competing with premium flagships, the 8X boasts 6.5” FullView Display. Make that 6.5” display with a 91% screen-to-body ration, which only ensures it seems even larger and more impressive than the specs would suggest. The display beef makes it equally perfect for an immersive Black Panther viewing and able to handle Bjork at her creatively weirdest best. Aptly enough for the forever online TG, the 8X is also the first smartphone to come equipped with a new generation eye comfort mode with TüV Rheinland certification to reduce eye fatigue.

Gaming and multimedia are key strong points of the 8X, courtesy the octacore Kirin 710. In the case of the 8X four of its eight cores are the being the same as those found in the powerful Kirin 970 chip that graces the Huawei P20 Pro. Point to note, the Kirin 710 is the first 12nm processor in Kirin’s lineup and was first seen on the Huawei Nova 3 handset.  Gaming performance on the device is very fluent, whether it be a PUBG session or if you take to the tracks with MotoRider. Support for GPU Turbo is a point that needs to be keenly emphasized here, for this promises up to 60% higher performance while also being able to reduce SoC power by up to 30%.

That’s of course where battery life comes in, and with intelligent power saving features optimizing performance while reducing battery life, it’s no wonder the 8X lasts for more than a day at full performance, in the midst of video conference calls, impulsive gaming and all. Plus, the rather massive 3750mAh battery is quite an upgrade over the 3200mAh battery on the predecessor, the Honor 7X .


Come to the all-important camera, and the primary sensor offers 20-megapixels of resolution with a f/1.8 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus. Video recording is capped at 1080p 60fps, so there’s no 4K recording option here. The images, especially in morning, pop with vibrant colors which will look great on social media, Honor’s big selling point with all of its recent phones are their AI camera capabilities, and the 8X recognizes 500 scenarios in 22 different categories in real-time, which it will then use to adjust the camera settings accordingly. AI extends to night shots as well, with features like Super Night Shot which eliminates blurring of photos taken in low light.

In conclusion? The Honor 8X is easily the best smartphone under AED 1,000, with features and performance that rival premium flagship handsets!

The Honor 8X is available in three colors, blue, black and red, and priced at AED 999 in the United Arab Emirates and SAR 999 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


We Love:

Gaming Prowess

Design Cues

Battery Life

We Hate:

Volume rocket could have been placed a little lower

Glass finish –Careful!

T3 Middle East says:

The Honor 8X is a rarity, a true productivity and gaming behemoth under AED 1,000!



by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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