- Page 1: Introduction
- Page 2: Design
- Page 3: Display
- Page 4: Connectivity & Ports
- Page 5: Cameras
- Page 6: Software - Android 8.1.0 with EMUI 8.2.0
- Page 7: Performance & Gaming
- Page 8: Battery & Charger
- Page 9: Wrapping up the Honor 8X review
Honor once again touts its AI-enhanced cameras and surprisingly, this is the first time an X-series smartphone from Honor has AI capabilities. We previously tested the AI capability previously but we found out that Honor 8X is different the others.
Let’s first take a look at the camera specs:
- Rear-facing cameras
- 20MP f/1.8 camera with PDAF
- 2MP depth sensor
- Selfie camera
- 16MP f/2.0 camera; fixed focus
I realized that the camera on the Honor 8X is a lot better than what we’ve experienced before. The AI camera still works the same as before – the color saturation is bumped all the way up with higher dynamic range and better contrast. Different enhancements are done towards different scenes that are detected by the AI camera. I also realized that the AI camera did add a very subtle vignette effect around some of the pictures taken.
The AI mode enhancements look surprisingly good in some scenes, but as a personal preference – I don’t like the amount of unreal color saturation for night shot as shown below.
For daylight photography, I switched off the AI and the picture looks more natural now. The color saturation and white balance is good as well.
Take a look at some other pictures taken with the Honor 8X.
One small quirk when it comes to the AI mode is that the resolution of pictures taken is locked down to 12MP only. To take the full 20MP picture, you’ll have to disable AI mode. There’s a few reasons to this – namely for stabilization and also for sharper image.
I’m not much of a selfie expert here and from the selfies taken with the Honor 8X, it’s not bad. It’s a fixed focus camera – so don’t expect sharp selfies. In dimly-lit conditions, the selfie cameras still take decent selfies – but the shutter is a little slow. Perhaps a firmware update can improve on this.
The camera UI itself didn’t change much from the previous Honor smartphone that we reviewed. The new AI toggle button is still there, and the detected scene/subject is shown at the bottom of the screen.
I actually wish that we as users can fine-tune the AI enhancements a little as I still find the saturation a little to extreme in some cases.