The Honor 8X was released to the market not too long ago, and we also covered the initial launch event here in Malaysia. Honor fans all over the country welcomed the new Honor 8X with open arms and made it Honor’s best-selling smartphone in Malaysia as of yet. The question is – why is the Honor 8X so popular in Malaysia?
Let’s start off with the price. For only RM949, you can purchase the brand new Honor 8X. It comes equipped with the latest Kirin 710 chipset, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. Of course, that’s only the surface of why the Honor 8X is sought out nationwide.
Looking at the Honor 8X for the first time, we can see the biggest highlight of the phone – and that’s the screen itself. The Honor 8X feels small but looks big, because of its massive 6.5-inch screen that has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and the resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. The notch is relatively tiny and hides all of the sensors and the selfie camera inside it.
With a large screen like this, you can literally #SeeMoreDoMore since you have a massive screen on your hands. The Honor 8X has a humongous 91% screen-to-body ratio, and that’s impressive for a smartphone that is priced at only RM949! Honestly speaking, I played PUBG Mobile on this phone and I realized that having a big screen is really beneficial.
Honor has been boasting the GPU Turbo feature which pre-renders the next frame to enable a smoother gameplay. Let’s not forget that there’s Game Suite to block any notifications, ensuring an uninterrupted gaming experience.
The Honor 8X is also certified by TÜV Rheinland as it ensures comfort with reduced blue light emission. That means you can work and play longer with the Honor 8X without your eyes getting tired.
One enticing feature that the Honor 8X has is the dedicated triple slot for the dual SIM and also microSD card. You can put in dual SIM and another microSD card and the Honor 8X can take it all in!
This is actually a very rare feature as only a few smartphones in the world actually has this feature. The microSD slot in the Honor 8X can house a 400GB microSD card too, and EMUI 8.2.0 has Twin App function where you can have two Facebooks, two Messengers, and two Instagrams concurrently.
Of course, you’ll need a big battery packed into the Honor 8X to fully utilize this feature as well.
With a big 3,750mAh battery packed into Honor 8X, the battery life is surprisingly good. In our usual battery life test in our Honor 8X in-depth review, we found out that it can last for nearly 14 hours – which means you can use the phone for a full day without using a power bank.
For those who are concerned about its performance, then don’t worry. Once again from our in-depth review, we found out that the Honor 8X has the efficient of the Snapdragon 636, but also has the performance of the Snapdragon 660 chipset. For a mid-range phone, it’s actually performing very well.
I played PUBG Mobile in the medium settings and I got quite a smooth experience out of it. The best thing is the efficiency of the Kirin 710 chipset can really prolong my gaming hours and Honor 8X doesn’t even get warm!
We can also take a look behind the phone and bask in the unique yet simple design. According to George Zhao Zhi Wei, the head of Honor Malaysia, this two-tone design with a strip at the top is reminiscent of the designs of retro cameras. Of course, the Honor 8X is packed with Honor’s AI photography for its 20MP rear-facing camera as well.
For those who want punchy colors with just the click of a button, you can enable the AI photography on the Honor 8X and start taking vibrant images. The AI will automatically sharpen, apply HDR, and optimize the colors depending on what scene was detected. There are a total of 22 different scenes that the AI can detect and optimize for you. The macro shots taken in low-light condition with the Honor 8X is surprisingly good as well.
If you don’t like the enhancements that the AI applied for you, you can always disable it in the gallery app. Here are some samples of AI vs. no AI. You can have a look at more images with all the metadata in our Flickr album here.
The Honor 8X also has AIS – which stands for AI-assisted image stabilization – that enables night shots of up to 6 second exposure without using a tripod. The Honor 8X can also take slow-motion footages of up to 120fps and 480fps. Usually, slow-motion videography is only available in high-end smartphones, but Honor broke the barrier here.