It is comforting to know that among the increasing smartphone prices, there are still companies pushing out affordable devices that are not too shabby in both specifications and the look. The Honor 8X you see here is one such devices that really should have Superman’s ’S’ emblem on it because, ’S’ in the fictional Kryptonian’s world is the symbol of ‘hope’ and 8X gives us hope that we do not need to sacrifice our kidneys for a device that will go outdated in a year or two time.

Honor Unveiled $290 Honor 8X Smartphone

Key highlights include AI dual camera (20+2 MP rear and 16 MP front) with super night shot photography, Huawei’s very own all-new Kirin 710 chipsets (the first ever in an Honor phone, btw), AI telecommunication (yep, that’s a thing now), “elite” battery performance, and of course, a minimalist and yet beautiful design to please everyone’s eyes – as offered by the 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect.

Other noteworthy mentions include Mali G51 GPU with GPU turbo, 4 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of ROM, support microSD card up to 400 GB, EMUI 8.2 UI, facial recognition even in low light, fun augmented reality (AR), intelligent power saving technology, and a 3,750 mAh battery that offers more than a day use on a single charge.

Honor Unveiled $290 Honor 8X Smartphone

There’s a new feature called AI telecommunication that will recognize weak signal or strong interference and automatically adjust the signal and voice quality as you are using your phone. Moreover, it will recognize noisy environment, such as on the subway or in brisk wind, and automatically activate AI noise cancellation to enable clearer conversation. In the case of elevator, it can swiftly store 4G connectivity to maximum speed after you step out of the lift.

Honor 8X is not all about affordability, beauty and performance; it wants to look out for your eyes too and it does so with a new-generation eye comfort mode (the blue light radiation reducing technology) that is certified by TÜV Rheinland – the first in the smartphone market.

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Honor Unveiled $290 Honor 8X Smartphone

Honor 8X is available now in three countries, including France, Italy and Spain, priced at €249.90 and €299.90 (around US$287-344) for the 64 and 128 GB models, respectively. The device will be made available in more countries later this year.

Continue reading to find a summary of the key specifications.

OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
ChipsetKirin 710 CPU, octa-core, 4 x Cortex A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.7 GHz
GPUMali G51 GPU with GPU turbo
Display6.5-inch, FHD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio (2,340 x 1,080 pixels)
Pixel density at 397 ppi (pixel per inch)
TFT LCD (IPS) with 16M colors with advanced chip-on-film (COF) technology
Covering 85% of NTSC color gamut
4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM
6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM

Extended memory: expandable up to 400 GB via microSD card

Note: We read that International version only supports up to 4 GB RAM while China markets get the option of 6 GB RAM
NetworkSupport Mobile / China Unicom / Telecom 4G+/4G/3G/2G

4G network standard
Mobile 4G (TD-LTE) / Unicom 4G (TD-LTE / LTE FDD) / Telecom 4G (TD-LTE / LTE FDD)

3G network standard
Mobile 3G (TD-SCDMA) / Unicom 3G (WCDMA) / Telecom 3G (CDMA 2000)

2G network standard
Mobile 2G (GSM) / Unicom 2G (GSM) / Telecom 2G (CDMA 1X)

20 MP + 2 MP, f1.8 aperture, support for autofocus (phase focus/contrast focus)

Note: The photo pixels of different camera modes may differ, please refer to the actual.

16 MP, f2.0 aperture, fixed focal length

Note: The photo pixels of different camera modes may differ, please refer to the actual.

AI beauty, fun AR, portrait mode, large aperture photo, HDR, super night scene, panoramic photo, streamer shutter, watermark, etc.
Battery3,750 mAh non-removable Lithium Polymer battery
Fast charging NOT support, NO wireless charging
ConnectivityWireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHz

Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, micro USB, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Headset Jack, PC Data synchronization
SensorsAmbient light sensor, Compass, Gravity sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Rear fingerprint sensor
PositioningGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System
Dimension160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm (6.31 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches)
175g (6.17 oz)

All images courtesy of Honor.

Published by Mike

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