Choose smartphones at a price of 12-15 to 20 thousand rubles, perhaps the most difficult. First, it is in this category on the market are some absolutely outrageous number of different models. Second, the gadgets with the same Znojmo capabilities can vary very much. Finally, every additional 2-3 thousand rubles allow you to get a much more interesting device.

With a brand new Honor 8X, Huawei broke into this price category and

on horseback with his sword unsheathed. In terms of price and service options, the gadget immediately claims the title of optimal of purchase in its class. Well, let’s see whether the deceptive first impression.

8X Honor Asus ZenFone Max M1 Pro Xiaomi Mi A2
Display 6.5 inch, IPS, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 396 ppi, capacitive multitouch 5.99 inch, IPS, 2160 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi; capacitive, multi-touch 5.99 inch, IPS, 2160 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi; capacitive, multi-touch
Safety glass No information No information No information
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 710: eight cores (4 x Cortex A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 at 1.7 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 636: eight cores Kryo 260 (8 × 1.8 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 660: eight cores (4 × Kryo 260 2.2 GHz + 4 × Kryo 260 1.8 GHz)
Graphics controller ARM Mali-G51 MP4, 650 MHz Adreno 509, 720 MHz Adreno 512, 850 MHz
RAM 4/6 GB 3/4 GB 4 GB
Flash memory 64/128 GB 32/64 GB 64 GB
Memory card support Has a (separate slot for microSD) There There
Connectors MicroUSB, mini-Jack 3.5 mm MicroUSB, mini-Jack 3.5 mm USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm
SIM card 2 x nano-SIM 2 x nano-SIM 2 x nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G cellular communications HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 4 (up to 150 Mbit/c) ranges 1, 3, 7, 8, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 13 (400 Mbps), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 40 LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth 4.2 (aptX) 5.0 5.0
NFC There There No
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
Fingerprint scanner There There There
The main camera Double module: 20 f/1.8 + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, led flash Double module: 13 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 5 MP, phase detection autofocus, led flash Double module: 20 MP, ƒ/1,75 + 12 MP, f/1,75, phase detection autofocus, led flash
Front camera 16 MP, f/2.0, autofocus, no flash 8 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without autofocus, no flash 20 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, flash
Food Removable battery: 3750 mAh Removable battery: 19 WH (5000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 3010 mAh
Size Of 160.4 × 76,6 × 7.8 mm 159 × 76 × 8.45 mm Space of 158.7 × 75,4 × 7.3 mm
Weight 175 g 180 g 168 g
Protection case No No No
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo, shell EMUI Android 8.1 Oreo 8.1 Oreo Android, Android One
Current price 17 or 19 990 990 rubles depending on memory size Or 13 990 15 990 rubles depending on memory size 21 990 rubles

Design and ergonomics

Honor 8X – representative of the class of smartphones average price level, and with an emphasis in the budget side: the device costs less than 20 000 rubles. And it is for this mark manufacturers usually start hard to save, first and foremost, go under the knife all the design delights. Surprisingly, the hero of today’s review this sad fate safely passed. The smartphone looks very attractive, and not yielding in appearance in 2-3 times more expensive Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.

In fact, the design concept is exactly the same. The basis of the gadget is metal, behind glass with a beautiful iridescent in the light texture under it, the front is quite small “the unibrow”. No physical buttons on the front panel no display takes a maximum of its area. Almost 85% of, among other things, which is pretty good for this price range.

8X Honor, right side: power button and volume controls

Such is the signature style of Huawei and its Honor sub-brand. It can be treated in different ways: know people who are not happy, but personally, I like: positive, bright, but not too pretentious. The color of solutions of three – red, blue, and black well for fans of strictly classical. The second option, in my personal taste.

To Honor the ergonomics of the 8X after my personal Samsung Galaxy S8+ to get used to was not necessary at all – the dimensions of the buildings are almost identical. But objectively, the gadget with a screen diagonal of 6.5 inches is, of course, that still shovel. If you had some kind of a 5.5 – or 5.2-inch smartphone, a new experience.

Be afraid of them, however, do not – get used to it quickly. The more matte the frame does not slip in your hand, the glass back panel is also from the palm of your hand does not slip, and the volume buttons and the inclusion of the developers conveniently placed on the right side, exactly in the place where lies the thumb. If you hold the camera with your left hand, then those buttons get the index and middle fingers. In theory, left-handers can also be useful in this respect, however I’m no expert.

8X Honor, right side: pull-out tray for SIM-cards and memory cards

Glass on the back, of course, very quickly covered with fingerprints, although Honor 8X in red color is not particularly striking. By the way, glass is pretty easy to scratch, so it is better to handle the gadget with care. The fingerprint scanner works quickly and accurately for all testing questions to him arose.

Questionable looks is that of two very prominently protruding outside the housing camera lens. They are always the clinging to the pocket of my jeans, scraping the table when put on his smart phone without a case. Well, collecting all sorts of dust and other small debris.

Honor 8X, top face: microphone

8X Honor, the bottom line: a speaker grille, microphone, microUSB, headphone Jack


Display, sound and software software

As mentioned earlier, the screen diagonal Honor 8X is 6.5 inches. It is built on the basis of widescreen IPS-matrix with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. Additional 420 pixels in height accounted for by on-screen buttons and framing “bangs” at the top of the screen. The aspect ratio is 19.5:9, and the density of the pixels reaches almost 400 pixels per inch.

From a subjective point of view, it is a high quality screen. He has a medium range of brightness (427 CD/m2), but if you Unscrew it to the maximum, the machine is absolutely comfortable to use on the street. The minimum level of brightness is also worthy of special praise – in the dark night to read e-books comfortably. The viewing angles are great, color reproduction is on the right, detail is excellent, a hint of graininess no. The contrast is average for mobile IPS-display level – 1056:1.

Keep in mind that the 8X Honor display at the factory glued protective film. The oleophobic coating on it, but the quality of it is… on the four big minus. Plus the material from which film is made, not very durable – on the second day of testing, it is unclear where there was a deep long scratch right under the “monopoly”. Of course, it’s better than nothing, but just keep in mind that it’s unlikely she will last a long time. On oleophobic coating of the screen Huawei this time saving was not (before there were precedents), it is, it’s normal, and it can not but rejoice.

8X Honor, bright mode, gamma. Yellow – indicators Honor 8X, dotted – reference gamma

Honor 8X, brightness level, color temperature. Blue line – performance 8X Honor, the dotted reference temperature

Honor 8X, brightness level, color gamut. The gray triangle is the sRGB coverage, white triangle – 8X coverage of Honor

Presets color in Honor of the 8X, as with all Huawei smartphones of the current year, two “bright” and “normal”. By default, the smartphone works with a bright palette involving the color space a little wider than sRGB, the colors in the area of 2.17 and a higher color temperature (over 8,000 in average with peaks up to 9,000 K). The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 6,50 (at a rate of 3.00). In this mode indeed achieves higher brightness and the colors look more vivid and cool than they really are.

Honor 8X, normal, gamma. Yellow – indicators Honor 8X, dotted – reference gamma

Honor 8X, normal mode color temperature. Blue line – performance 8X Honor, the dotted reference temperature

Honor 8X, normal mode color gamut. The gray triangle is the sRGB coverage, white triangle – 8X coverage of Honor

But if you change the mode to normal, color will be close to normal: is the gamma of 2.27, the temperature is extremely committed to 6500 K, and the curve almost does not jump, but the deviation DeltaE scale Color Checker is 2.90 that already fit within the boundaries of the norm. It should be recognized that the configured display Honor 8X very good by smartphone standards.

Honor 8X is running on Android operating system with EMUI 8.1 8.2. To the original shell Huawei as smartphone design, can also be treated differently. But one undoubted advantage it has is the presence of quite a large number of additional settings in the menu. Here and quite flexible adjustment of color and ability to hide “Bang”, and switching between HD+ and Full HD+ resolution and an excellent Manager of the phone, and the ability to select sound presets for different headphones.

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Honor itself is 8X, however, the title of the phone for lovers of high-quality audio does not claim. Yes, there is a headphone port and support for aptX, but without aptX HD. Even the Bluetooth version is only 4.2 and not 5.0. Well, about a separate audio chip of the question. However, is it fair to blame for the lack of all this, a smartphone that costs less than 20 000? In our opinion, no.

But is there unlock smartphone in the face. Without some clever sensors and infrared light, of course – just in front of the camera. Works quickly and is fairly accurate, but the latter is true only if light enough. The darker around, the harder “frontalka” recognize the face of the user. In General convenient, but the security of this approach has a lot of questions.


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