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REVIEW Honor X8 – A Cheap Phone Can Be That Good

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The market for affordable phones has started to be more and more interesting for several years now, and models like Honor X8 perfectly illustrate the fact that you don’t have to get a good smartphone in installments.

Honor X8 is a 1300 lei phone without a subscription. With this money, you get a handsome smartphone, with a thin to non-existent edge, headphone jack, 6GB RAM and a fingerprint sensor hidden in the power button.

On the one hand, when you start judging such a phone, you must always keep in mind that the purchase price of an iPhone 13 Pro starts at 5600 lei. At the same time, a Galaxy S22 starts at 4000 lei and easily reaches 7500 lei if you start flirting with the Ultra version equipped with a generous storage space.

On the other hand, no matter how cheap a new smartphone may be in 2022, it has to do a very good job of surfing the internet, taking photos, movies, and occasionally a few gaming sessions. From this point of view, the new Honor X8 is surprisingly good.

REVIEW Honor X8 – technical specifications and construction

At a time when the focus seems to be exclusively on the area of ​​top terminals, very easy to promote and attractive, Honor has gone to the other extreme with one of the newest gadgets in the portfolio. The new X8 is built around a polycarbonate housing only 7.5 millimeters thick with a height of 163.4 x 74.7 millimeters. It weighs only 177 grams and is very pleasant to hold in your hand. It is not overly easy and for this reason it does not look very fragile. It gives you confidence in handling.

The front is dominated almost exclusively by the screen, the edges are tiny on three of the four sides, and the front camera is hidden in a perforation at the top edge. The ratio between the screen and the front is 89.1%, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max, for example, is 87.4%. The same goes for the Galaxy S22 5G. This detail is one of the most important arguments that no design and construction compromises have been made. The back is as shiny and attractive as possible, but surprisingly, it doesn’t slip out of your hand, although it is still a fingerprint magnet and you may not be very happy with it.

At the bottom, next to the charging plug, you have a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, a rarity nowadays, but a detail that comes as great news for those who took some headphones back with some time they are proud of and do not want to give up on them, even if they are wired.

Charging the very generous 4000 mAh battery is via USB Type C at high speed, 22.5W, using the charger in the package, another rarity in 2022. As a reference, a Galaxy S22 three times more expensive has a 3700 mAh battery and charges to 25W.

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Inside, the slim hides a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor with 6GB of RAM, an Adreno 610 GPU and an Octa-Core CPU. The internal memory is 128GB. The connectivity part does not include 5G, an impossibility at the moment in the case of a smartphone of 1300 lei, but it still comes with 4G and in 99% of cases, you will be as satisfied as possible. In addition, you have Wi-Fi 802.11 ac Dual-Band, Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP and all the necessary protocols on the GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and BDS. There is also the NFC module, in case you want to make payments with your phone or quickly pair other compatible devices. It is Dual SIM.

REVIEW Honor X8 – performance

The new Honor is hidden behind an IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2388 pixels and a diagonal of 6.7 inches. The best part is the reason why you realize that we are talking about a smartphone from 2022 is related to the refresh rate. This is 90Hz and you can see it. Whether you’re surfing the Internet or watching Full HD frames at 60 frames per second on YouTube, the viewing experience is flawless. This easy-to-see detail helps you a lot in perceiving speed, navigating menus, playing games, reading and just about anything you do on your phone.

When it comes to benchmarks, we’ve gone through the new Honor X8 through a series of synthetic benchmarks and it’s done reasonably well. In AnTuTu 3DBench Lite I had 11.8 FPS in Marooned and 12.34 FPS in Coastline. In the 3DMark Wild Life test, the score of 446 points was not very high, but it moved significantly higher in Sling Shot Extreme with 1314 points, where it benefited from 2650 points in the physics (processor) test. PCMark gave me 16316 points in Storage 2.0, while in Work 3.0 I got 7421 points. Geekbench gave me 377 points in the Single-Core test, while in the Multi-Core it jumped to 1451 points. The score on the OpenCL test in the same benchmark was 424 points.

Beyond the numbers above, what surprised me most was the performance in the games, although no one would promote a phone as cheap as it is for this form of entertainment. I did several sessions of Call of Duty, probably the most demanding mobile game at the moment, and the experience was impeccable, at every moment. It warmed up a bit, a consequence of the fact that it probably increased the working frequency of the processor, but at least you could enjoy a top game on a smartphone 4-5 times cheaper than those “thought” for video games in travel.

As a last detail related to performance, the audio experience was another plus that, under normal circumstances, you would have expected to be a compromise. I listened to a series of songs with a significant variety of instrumentation and vocals, and the feeling of space was impressive, especially since the speakers are only on one side of the phone, the lower one, next to the jacks. You can watch a movie on the screen as bright as possible, and the audio experience will have a great shine, especially on the medium and high side, even at maximum volume. At no point did I hear any artifacts, squeaks or whistles, but I wish the low frequencies had a little more weight.

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REVIEW Honor X8 – camera and photo skills

When it comes to the Honor X8’s capture system, there are no less than 5 cameras, one for selfies and four on the back. We have a 64 MP main sensor with f / 1.8 (wide), a second 5 MP sensor with f / 2.2, (ultrawide), while a 2 MP sensor and f / 2.4 deals with macros. The package is complemented by a 2 MP and f / 2.4 sensor for depth measurement.

This set helps you capture pretty impressive frames in a cluttered set of scenarios, while video capture enthusiasts will be able to shoot at Full HD resolution at 30 frames per second. An LED flash does surprisingly well in illuminating dark scenes, and if you have a fascination with HDR captures, there is this possibility.

In practice, if you have a reasonable amount of light in a scene, at no time will you feel that you are taking pictures with a phone for 1300 lei. It doesn’t have an impressive zoom, it comes down to 2X, but the functions it offers you are implemented intelligently and without significant compromises. Background separation in portrait photos is done correctly in almost any scenario, and the colors are immortalized with good accuracy. I wish I could do a little better in low light, but, as I mentioned above, the LED flash helps you a lot, when needed.

For selfies, there is a 16 megapixel camera with F / 2.5 and the ability to capture Full HD video at 30 frames per second. In tests, the latter generated significantly brighter frames than those made with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with a more than reasonable level of detail and no color distortions or artifacts visible in gradient areas.

In the end, one of the cheapest gadgets in Honor’s portfolio, the new X8, came as a very pleasant surprise, especially if you consider the absolutely surprising budget. I am not necessarily sure, but there are very high chances that it will not have competition in this price area of ​​1300 lei, in terms of performance and construction quality. After a few days of use, there were very few instances in which I would have liked it, maybe a little faster, stronger.

In 95% of cases, there is a good chance that this is a very good phone for most people, in most of the usage scenarios you have in mind. From a point of view, it perfectly illustrates what a team of talented engineers can do when they aspire to see the final budget as a pretext for ambition, rather than an excuse for compromises.

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