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WHEN Honor first made its debut in the Philippines a few years back, I was among those who made the switch because of the Honor 6Plus. Back then, it was dubbed the “flagship killer” for bringing high-end specs and features to the midrange market.
With the return of the brand to the Philippines earlier this year, it quickly disrupted the local market with the consecutive releases of the Honor 9 lite, the premium Honor 10 and, most recently, the Honor Play.
Now, all eyes are on the brand once again as it is set to release the Honor 8X—a smartphone that boasts of a big screen with a nearly bezel-less display, a dual-rear camera setup powered by AI, and a Kirin 710 chipset all housed in an elegant glass and metal body.
The Honor 8X adopts a refreshing design philosophy that represents a fusion of cutting-edge technology and aesthetics that make it easily stand out. The back of the Honor 8X is made of 15 layers of 2.5D double texture aurora glass with a gradient finish. However, unlike the usual gradient effect you see on other smartphones, the Honor 8X has two separate textures—a parallel gradation body design that reflects light in different ways.
On the front is a 6.5-inch Full View Display (with a “hide-able” notch) and a 2340 x 1080 resolution at 396 ppi. The screen supports full high definition (FHD) resolution and is said to utilize a video-enhancement technology that provides clearer, more detailed views of videos and movies. The Honor 8X impresses with its 91-percent screen-to-body ratio and a chin that is only 4.25mm. This is achieved by the new-generation FullView Display 2.0 that uses an advanced chip-on-film (COF) technology and a patented antenna design.
Since you’ll probably be spending most of the time looking at the bright screen of the Honor 8X, you’ll be glad to know that it’s the very first smartphone to have an eye comfort mode that is certified by the TüV Rheinland. Turn on eye comfort mode to reduce blue light radiation emitted by the screen to prevent eye fatigue.
The Honor 8X is equipped with Honor’s octa-core Kirin 710 chipset. The chipset is a Cortex-A73 generation-based system on a chip (SoC) that uses 12nm process technology. Compared to the previous generation, the CPU single-core performance has increased by 75 percent, and provides excellent performance to support high-definition video playback, 3D gaming and everyday use.
To meet the needs of even the most demanding gamers, the Honor 8X is equipped with a Mali G51 GPU further enhanced by revolutionary GPU turbo. GPU Turbo is a graphics processing acceleration technology that optimizes the mobile gaming experience, increasing overall GPU performance by 130 percent compared to the previous generation.
Level up your photography game with the Honor 8X’s AI-powered cameras that capture social media-ready photos even without post editing.
The Honor 8X has a dual 20MP + 2MP, F/1.8 aperture rear camera setup with artificial intelligence (AI) allowing it to recognize 22 different categories and 500 scenarios in real time. The AI then automatically adjusts camera settings and enhances photo quality based on your subject in order to achieve the best results.
For those who love to take selfies, the 16MP front camera of the Honor 8X has an enhanced-ISO, with 4 Cell fusion technology and multi-frame image processing to allow two times more light to be captured by the camera.
But perhaps the most noteworthy camera feature of the Honor 8X is its new handheld night mode. The new Night Mode feature of the Honor 8X again uses AI to eliminate the blurring of photos when taking night shots under a maximum six-second exposure. The Honor 8X’s multi-frame stabilization technology is based upon machine learning allowing you to take those amazing night shots even without a tripod.
The Honor 8X comes with a 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM and supports an expandable microSD card up to 400GB, allowing you to store even more photos and videos. The Honor 8X is powered by a 3750mAh battery, which can last for more than one day on a single charge. It also adopts Intelligent Power Saving technology—increasing the battery life by 33 percent.
For security, the Honor 8X features both Face Unlock and a fingerprint sensor. The face unlock function, enabled by AI, can adapt to some difficult light conditions and small facial changes to make unlocking easier and more secure.
The Honor 8X is now available for preorders at a price of P12,990.