Performance & Gaming
We found it weird that the Honor 8X had an unlocked bootloader. There are a few apps which did not run at all – like Antutu and also Geekbench. Hence, we are unable to get the benchmark scores for both those apps – but we still managed to get scores from our other benchmarkers.
Here’s a quick rundown of the specs of the Honor 8X.
- 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with notched 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset
- 4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.2GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.7GHz
- Mali-G51 MP4 GPU with 4 GPU cores
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB internal storage (expandable with microSD)
- 3,750mAh battery
- Android 8.1.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
The Kirin 710 is a rather new chipset and we are curious about its performance. Take a look at the benchmarks below.
From the benchmarks, we can see that the Honor 8X is actually somewhat near the Snapdragon 636’s performance – like the Redmi Note 5 and the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) and the ASUS ZenFone 5 that we reviewed here. But our gaming experience tells a different story.
Gaming on the Honor 8X
The Honor 8X touts GPU Turbo, which learns how to optimize its GPU performance for the games according to the scene that’s being rendered. As of now, we know that PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends support GPU Turbo, but there is no official list of games that are supported.
We played our usual few games to test the gaming performance of the Honor 8X – PUBG Mobile, Honkai Impact 3, and also Asphalt 9. Surprisingly, this is where the Kirin 710 outperforms Snapdragon 636 – mainly because of the faster CPU.
Upon launching PUBG Mobile for the first time, the game tells us that it automatically selected to run at medium settings. We went into the settings and set the frame rate to high, disabled anti-aliasing and auto-adjust graphics. The Honor 8X runs fairly well, but does have frame rate drops from time to time. We recommend enabling auto-adjust graphics for a smoother gaming experience.
Then we started Honkai Impact 3. We are able to experience Honkai Impact 3 in the highest settings at 60FPS with only occasional frame rate drops while having intense fights. It can play the Sakura Samsara map without any hitch as well.
As for Asphalt 9, the Honor 8X can run it in highest quality without any issues at all. Bravo, Kirin 710.
To add another positive point, the Honor 8X is just a tad warmer after gaming for a very long time. I’m impressed by its efficiency. Speaking of its efficiency, let’s take a look at its battery life.