Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max offer incredible bang for your buck, only in China for now
While last year’s Honor 7X featured a 2:1 “FullView” display with symmetrically thin bezels, its successors follow the suit of every single Huawei and Honor-branded device released of late by adopting the oft-debated notch.
Interestingly, the larger, slightly lower-end Honor 8X Max comes with a smaller screen cutout, while the 6.5-inch 8X probably crams more technology into a wider notch. The display resolution is similar but not identical, as the 7.12-inch 8X Max sports 2244 x 1080 pixels, whereas the Honor 8X upgrades that number slightly to 2340 x 1080.
The Honor 8X packs a Huawei-designed Snapdragon 710 competitor aptly named Kirin 710, supporting up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space while unsurprisingly running an EMUI-skinned version of Android 8.1 Oreo on the software side of things.
The 8X and 8X Max are visually similar from behind, but the former model’s dual “AI camera” combines 20 and 2MP imaging sensors, downgraded to a 16 + 2MP system on the jumbo-sized phone.
The 8MP selfie shooter on the Honor 8X Max is also bumped up to a 16-megapixel unit for the “regular” 8X, but naturally, the bigger device offers the (substantially) bigger battery. We're talking a massive 5,000 mAh cell squeezed inside a metal-and-glass body measuring 8.1 mm in thickness, compared to a not-so-bad 3,750 mAh battery for the slimmer 7.8 mm Honor 8X.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Honor 8X Max uses a Qualcomm SoC in combination with 4 or 6GB RAM, although this is not the upper mid-range Snapdragon 710. Instead, you’ll apparently get a choice between Snapdragon 636 and 660 configurations, with prices starting at the equivalent of $220 in China. The Honor 8X will be available as cheap as CNY 1,399 ($205), going up to $280 or so (1,899 yuan) for a 6/128GB variant.