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October 24, 2018

Compare HONOR Mobile Phones: HONOR 8X vs HONOR Play

honor 8x vs honor play- honor 8x screen

As we all known, the HONOR Play born for game is with a big screen. The HONOR 8X is also claimed to own a large display. So which large-screen smartphone is more powerful?

Take a look at the internal differences between the two devices.

Specs HONOR 8X HONOR Play
NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2,
CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA - China
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - China
Speed HSPA, LTE-A HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, September 2018, July
Status Available. Released 2018, September Available. Released 2018, August
BODY Dimensions 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm (6.31 x 3.02 x 0.31 in) 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm (6.22 x 2.93 x 0.30 in)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz) 176 g (6.21 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.5 inches, 103.7 cm2 (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio) 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~396 ppi density) 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Firmware version EMUI 8.2 EMUI 8.2
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo) Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm) Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G72 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 400 GB (dedicated slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Modules 20 MP, f/1,8, PDAF 16 MP, f/2.2, PDAF
2 MP, depth sensor 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Features LED flash, panorama, HDR LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Modules 16 MP, f/2.0 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Noise cancellation Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC No Yes
Infrared port No No
USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Java No No
Charging Charging 5V/2A 10W Fast battery charging 18W
Player MP4/H.264 player MP4/H.264 player
MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
Features Document viewer Document viewer
Photo/video editor Photo/video editor
BATTERY Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery
MISC Colors Black, Blue, Red, Pink Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Violet, Player Edition Red, Player Edition Black
Price HONOR 8X price in your country HONOR Play price in your country

Display: As for the screen, both of the two devices use the FullView display. The HONOR new model, the HONOR 8X, is 6.5 inches and the HONOR Play is 6.3 inches. The 8X looks a bit bigger than the HONOR Play. But the HONOR Play has clear screen resolution for it has more ppi density.

Design: The weight of the two phones is nearly the same. However, the HONOR Play’s aluminum body is firmer and the HONOR 8X’s glass body is more shining.

Hardware: The HONOR 8X comes with the Hisilicon Kirin 710 whereas the HONOR Play is equipped with the Hisilicon Kirin 970. The HONOR Play seems to have more powerful chipset. The stronger the chipset is, the smoother experience you will have. If you are keen on playing games and have a high demand for the phone performance, the HONOR Play is still a more suitable choice.

Camera: The main difference between the two devices’ cameras is their rear camera. The HONOR 8X’s camera has 2MP more than the HONOR 10, which will bring slight better picture quality.

Price: The two smartphones sell for similar price and the new model, HONOR 8X, is a bit more expensive than the HONOR 10. If you have limited budget, you can consider buying the HONOR Play.

In brief, the two modern mobile phones both have their own characteristics. Buying the HONOR 8X or the HONOR Play depends on your own situation.