Huawei has announced two new smartphones today, the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max.

These two smartphones are monstrous in size, with the 8X having a 6.5-inch screen while the 8X Max is equipped with a 7.12-inch display. Their predecessor, the Honor 7X, only has a 5.93-inch screen, so it looks like Honor is rebranding the X-series to the almost-tablet category  a really niche market without much success for the past couple of years.

While they have huge displays, the overall footprint may not be as massive as people might expect. It’s because they have 19.5:9 aspect ratios, which make them taller instead of wider. Holding it should still feel comfortable, as it’s narrow enough to be grasped with one hand.

Honor 8X

The Honor 8X has a traditional notch similar to the iPhone X, but the Honor 8X Max features a tiny notch akin to the “waterdrop” and “halo”screen of OPPO and Vivo. Like other smartphones with a notch, the bottom bezel is a little bit thicker compared to the other sides, but it’s not really that noticeable.

Honor 8X Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (nano, hybrid)
  • 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS display, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~396ppi
  • 2.2GHz HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • 20-megapixel (f/1.8) + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras, LED flash
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP
  • microUSB, USB on-the-go (OTG) support
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Colors: Pink, Blue, Red, Black
  • Dimensions: 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • 3,750mAh non-removable battery
Honor 8X Max

Several differences between the Honor 8X Max and 8X can be found in the chipset, cameras, and batteries. The standard has more pixel-packed sensors for photography compared to the former. Meanwhile, the Honor 8X Max has an enormous 5,000mAh battery capacity.

Both phones have fingerprint scanners and face unlock for security purposes. Unfortunately, they are still stuck with microUSB, as USB Type-C was left out.

Honor 8X Max Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (nano, hybrid)
  • 7.12-inch Full HD+ IPS display, 2244 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~350ppi
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 16-megapixel (f/2.0) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, depth sensor) dual rear cameras, PDAF, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera
  • microUSB, USB OTG support
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, FM Radio
  • Colors: Red, Blue, Black
  • Dimensions: 177.6 x 86.3 x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 210 g
  • 5,000mAh non-removable battery


As of the moment, the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max will be released in China next week. The regular 8X is priced at CNY 1,399 (~Php10,100) for the 4GB + 64GB version, CNY 1,599 (~Php12,600) for the 6GB + 64GB, and CNY 1,899 (~Php15,000) for the top-of-the-line 6GB+128GB model.

On the other hand, the Honor 8X Max’s price starts at CNY 1,499 (~Php11,800) for the 4GB + 64GB variant and CNY 1,799 (~Php14,200) for the 4GB + 128GB version. Honor is expected to release a Snapdragon 660 version on October, but the price for that model is still unknown.

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