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October 25, 2018

Compare HONOR Mobile Phones: HONOR 6x vs HONOR 8

As the HONOR mobile phones are often at similar prices, which one is better value for money, the HONOR 6X or the HONOR 8?

The following table can eliminate your confusion to a certain extent. Let's take a look at it below:

Specs HONOR 6X HONOR 8
NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 38(2600) LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2016, October 2016, July
Status Available. Released 2016, October Available. Released 2016, July
BODY Dimensions 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm (5.94 x 3.00 x 0.32 in) 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm (5.73 x 2.80 x 0.30 in)
Weight 162 g (5.71 oz) 153 g (5.40 oz)
Build Aluminum body Front/back glass & aluminum frame
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches, 82.6 cm2 (~71.8% screen-to-body ratio) 5.2 inches, 74.9 cm2 (~72.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~423 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Firmware version EMUI 5.0 EMUI 8.0
PLATFORM OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat) Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 655 (16 nm) HiSilicon Kirin 950 (16 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Mali-T830MP2 Mali-T880 MP4
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Modules 12 MP, 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF 12 MP, f/2.2, 35mm (standard), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF
2 MP, depth sensor 12 MP B/W, f/2.2, 35mm (standard), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
SELFIE CAMERA Modules 8 MP 8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2", 1.4µm
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
DTS sound Yes Yes
Noise cancellation Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC No Yes
Infrared port No Yes
Radio FM radio No
USB microUSB 2.0 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, 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
Player MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
MP4/H.265 player MP4/H.264 player
Features Photo/video editor Photo/video editor
Document viewer Document viewer
BATTERY Battery Non-removable 3340 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Gray, Gold, Silver Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Gold
Price HONOR 6X price in your country HONOR 8 price in your country

Now let’s take a look at their detailed differences.

Performance: The HONOR 6X sports the HiSilicon Kirin 655 chipset with 3GB RAM, while the HONOR 8 is powered by the stronger Qualcomm's Octa-core Kirin 950 and there is more RAM. More RAM means more applications can run at the same time, which makes the device faster.

HONOR 8’s EMUL 4.1+Android 6.0

Design: The 6X is a metallic beast, with lustrous chamfers and a sturdy in-hand feel. On the other hand, the smaller HONOR 8 combines two sheets of 2.5D glass with an anodized aluminum trim and has a slimmer body, which has an eye-catching effect.

Screen: The HONOR 6X sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display panel with 1080 x 1920 pixels whereas the HONOR 8 comes with a slightly smaller 5.2- inch screen with the same pixels. So with the HONOR 6X, you get more screen space yet less pixel density.

HONOR 8

Battery: The HONOR 6X comes with 3340mAh battery, which has 11% more battery capacity than the HONOR 8. It may be longer standby.

In brief, the HONOR 8 looks like better value for money than the more budget-oriented 6X. Do you agree with this viewpoint?