Honor 8X Malaysia: So much for less

First sales on 12 October 2018
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Huawei’s sub-brand continues to push the price-performance envelope with its latest Honor 8X. The beautiful flagship mid-range device will kick off first sales online in Malaysia on 12 October and will retail for just MYR949. The new swim-proof Honor Band 3 also took the stage, priced at a cool MYR119.

Since its inception, honor has grown into an expansive lineup ranging from the V, N, X, C/A/S series and niche off-shoots like the Magic, Note, Play and Lite. The Honor X series is the flagship hero series targeted at the youth, so says Honor.

Looking back, the honor 5X was the first to feature a fingerprint sensor, followed by the honor 6X with the first dual-camera system. Then the honor 7X boasted a FullView Display.

So, what does the Honor 8X bring to the plate? For one, a whole lot of screen real estate. In fact, at 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, it’s the highest ever for a device in its price point. It pips the new VIVO V11 by a whisker, and isn’t too behind from the VIVO NEX and OPPO Find X.

Honor calls the new display on the Honor 8X, “FullView Display 2.0.” It’s mighty impressive, especially when it manages to squeeze the chin down to just 4.25mm. There’s a small notch in the 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD display (2340×1080) with a 19.5:9 screen aspect ratio. If you enjoy watching videos and playing games, I think you’ll love the big display on the Honor 8X.

The Honor 8X is also the world’s first smartphone to receive TUV Rheinland certification for its blue-light filtering. Blue-light filtering isn’t a headline feature per se, but still useful especially if you spend a lot of time staring at the screen for long hours.

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The octa-core Kirin 710 chip powers the device, the energy-efficient mid-range chip from the HiSilicon stable. This is coupled with 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of storage. It has GPU Turbo support out-of-the-box and if you need to expand storage, you can plonk in a microSD card into its triple-slot SIM tray.

Keeping the device juiced is a big 3,750mAh battery that charges via microUSB. Unfortunately, no fast-charging but that’s not at all surprising for a device at this price segment.

One of the Honor 8X’s key features is its camera. On the back, there’s a 20MP + 2MP f/1.8 dual-lens camera system while the front gets a 16MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. The front camera uses large 2.0-micron pixels that uses pixel-binning technology (combines four pixels into one super pixel) to capture well-lit photos in low light. Both camera systems get AI-enhanced capabilities including object and scene recognition, selfie backlight, and AIS (AI image stabilisation).

AIS is the magic that makes Night Mode, a feature borrowed from the Huawei P20 Pro, possible. In Night Mode, the rear camera captures multiple exposures over six seconds then combines them into a single, well-exposed photo. It’s outstanding. Check out some of the photos I shot here.

Design-wise, the honor 8X will remind you a lot of the flagship honor 10. You’ll get the stunning Aurora Glass build and finish and in your hand, you’ll forget how much this device costs.

The Honor 8X runs EMUI 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.

Honor 8X pricing and availability

The Honor 8X retails at MYR949 (incl. 6% SST) and is available in two colour options: Common Black and Blue.

First sales online will commence on 12 October at hihonor.com/my and Shopee.

Honor Malaysia in partnership with MyTown Shopping Mall will host a Honor 8X roadshow where first sales (offline) will commence on 13 October 2018.

As part of its first sales promo, buyers of the Honor 8X will get a free Honor Band 3, flip cover, MYR100 voucher, and a gif box. Buyers at the roadshow at MyTown will also get a free backpack.

The Honor Band 3 retails for MYR119 and will be available starting 15 October 2018. Only in Black.

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