With the Honor X8 and X7, the Chinese manufacturer has introduced two new mid-range smartphones that offer some technical highlights at an affordable price. Last year, they returned to the European market with the Honor 50 (our review), and only recently they announced the flagship models Magic4 and Honor Magic4 Pro.
Honor X8: Convincing features
With the Honor X8, the manufacturer brings out the heavy guns for the mid-range. The smartphone comes with a 6.7-inch HONOR FullView display that takes up 93.6 percent of the case and boasts a resolution of 2388 x 1080 pixels. 391 ppi and a refresh rate of 90 Hz are offered, the touch sampling rate is 180 Hz. The display is also TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certified.
The X8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (6nm) octa-core chip that consists of four A73 cores with 2.4 GHz and four A53 cores with 1.9 GHz. An Adreno 610 chip is used for the graphics work.
The Honor X8 is exclusively offered with 6 GB of working memory and 128 GB of system memory. The battery has a capacity of 4,000 mAh and can be charged quickly via USB Type-C with a maximum of 22.5 watts (HONOR SuperCharge). Magic UI 4.2 is used as the operating system based on Android 11, and dual-band WLAN and Bluetooth 5.0 are also offered.
The cameras of the Honor X8
The camera setup of the Honor X8 also looks quite exciting. At the back, the manufacturer relies on a quad-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel main camera (f/1.8), a 5-megapixel 120-degree wide-angle camera (f/2.2) and two 2-megapixel sensors for macro and bokeh shots. A 16-megapixel f/2.45 selfie camera sits in a centrally placed punch hole at the front.
The Honor X8 measures 163.4 mm x 74.7 mm x 7.45 mm (height x width x depth) and weighs around 177 grams. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the side, and the smartphone is also dual-sim capable.
Honor X7: Play 30 Plus with new chip
The Honor X7 is an adapted version of the Honor Play 30 Plus for the European market, which relies on the same design of the smartphone introduced for the Chinese market, but has a different SoC under the hood, among other things. It is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 instead of a Mediatek Dimensity 700.
Honor installs a 6.74-inch HONOR FullView display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.07 percent. The display is also TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certified and has a frame rate of up to 90 Hz.
Due to the larger display and the bigger battery, which has a capacity of 5,000 mAh, the X7 naturally turns out larger and heavier than the X8. 167.59 mm x 77.19 mm x 8.62 mm (H x W x D) is the size of the smartphone and it weighs around 198 grams. The battery is also fast-charged with a maximum of 22.5 watts. There is also dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1.
The X7 is offered with either 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of system storage or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of system storage. On the back, the cameras are composed of a 48-megapixel main camera (f/1.8), a 5 MP wide-angle lens (f/2.4) and two 2 MP sensors for macro and bokeh shots. On the front, an 8 megapixel selfie cam (f/2.0) is offered.
Prices and availability
The Honor X8 is expected to find its way into German stores from May 03. The RRP is 249 euros. The Honor X7, on the other hand, is still waiting until mid-May 2022 and will be offered for 199 euros.