Honor 8X hands on

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Honor 8X hands on

Meet the Honor 8X

Want to know a secret? You don’t have to spend big to get an amazing phone with all the features you love. Take a look at the Honor 8X for example. It’s got a huge screen for watching movies, a great camera and plenty more. Join us for a closer look…

Design and display

The large 6.5-inch FullView HD screen is the first thing that really made us sit up and take notice. Seriously – it’s even bigger than the screen on the Note9 – which we thought was massive at the time. It’s a joy to watch movies on thanks to an extremely thin 4.25mm border – the glass screen takes up almost the entire front of the phone so the screen just feels bigger even than it is. Even the notch takes up barely any space, and can be hidden from the display settings.

For its price range, we reckon the Honor 8X delivers one of the best pictures around. The Full HD screen shows off colours that are bright, sharp and full of life - they’re as realistic as you’ll find on more expensive phones.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll just love browsing through your social feeds on the Honor 8X, or previewing photos you’ve taken with its awesome camera (more on that below). In fact, there’s so much to enjoy here. And once you’ve watched movies on a screen this large, and this good, you won’t ever want to go back to a smaller display. It’s fair to say you won’t ever have any excuse for having a boring journey on the train – not when you can watch your favourite Netflix series or movies on your own miniature cinema, wherever you please.

Camera

You can always rely on Honor to put great cameras inside its phones, and that doesn’t change here. The Honor 8X has a shooter worth boasting about. On the back you have a dual 20MP+2MP camera with a f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture. And and on the front, is a 16MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture. Those are the specs, but what does it all mean?

Well, what it means is you can do some amazing things with it… like take wide-angle photos, achieve bokeh background blur shots, and take stunning low-light photos to make your friends jealous. Seriously – this is one special camera setup – especially for the price.

But what really stands out is the AI technology built-into the phone to help you take perfect photos at night or day. AI multi-scene recognition identifies up to 500 different scenarios in real-time.

So, as you’re taking the shot, artificial intelligence is automatically adjusting the camera for you. From a stunning sunset to your pet cat – the Honor 8X knows what you’re looking at, and chooses the ideal settings.

We tried it on our evening meal, and it genuinely made it look even more appetising. Brightening up those veggies, making the meat look juicier. And then we uploaded it to Instagram – come on, don’t tell us you’ve never tried that!

Our selfies came out great too, and we had lots of fun playing with the range of lighting features in portrait mode. And you can add bokeh effects for that professionally blurred background look you always wanted.

Under the hood

We didn’t have to spend too much time with the Honor 8X to realise just how much it acts like a more expensive phone. It’s performance is noticeably fast, thanks to a Kirin 710 octa—core processor. Pretty much all the app and games we tried out ran without a hitch, and we never had to worry about closing down apps to speed things up.

Storage is a generous 64GB – which you can always expand up to 256GB using a MicroSD card. That should give you plenty of space for photos, music and those super slow-motion videos.

There’s NFC built-in too – which means you can enter your bank card details to your phone to make payments. Just tap your phone at the supermarket till to pay for your groceries – it’s much easier and faster than counting out your loose change – and it’s a real lifesaver if you’ve left your wallet at home. You won’t know how you ever did without it.

Our verdict

We think the Honor 8X is one of the best phones you can get for its price. It offers the sort of features you’ll find on more expensive models such as a Full HD screen, a fast processor and a brilliant dual camera setup. If you’re looking to spend less, but still want an amazing camera phone, you can’t go wrong. Intrigued? You can purchase the new Honor 8X is available now at Carphone Warehouse in black or blue.

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