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HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition : What You Need To Know!

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition : What You Need To Know!

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition smartphone is now out, promising to deliver 48 MP photography on the cheap.

Find out how the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition compares against the HONOR 8X, and the HONOR 9X Global Edition!

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition

Released just over a year after the HONOR 8X, the HONOR 9X promises a few nice improvements, and a pop-up camera design. Let’s take a closer look!

Pop-Up Camera + Slightly Larger Display

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition joins the pop-up camera fad, just to squeeze out the display notch. Together with a slightly larger 6.59-inch display, HONOR eked out a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

The pop-up camera takes about a second to extend and retract, which may be problematic if you need to quickly snap a selfie. It sports the same 16 MP sensor, but with a smaller f/2.2 aperture.

Triple Rear Cameras

The biggest upgrade is, arguably, the 8 MP ultra-wide camera – it offers a more dramatic viewpoint, especially for architectural or scenery shots.

Its headlining 48 MP main camera looks nice on paper, but defaults to 12 MP for better image quality. Unless you manually switch to the 48 MP mode, the HONOR 8X actually has a higher resolution 20 MP camera.

This camera now supports video stabilisation, albeit only for 720p videos. Its Kirin 710F processor just isn’t fast enough to handle 1080p video stabilisation.

The third “camera” is a 2 MP depth sensor that captures depth information to help the main camera differentiate the subject from its background, to deliver more accurate software bokeh effects.

Same Platform, In A New Package

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition runs on the Kirin 710F, which is the same Kirin 710 platform used by the HONOR 8X, just assembled with a different package.

In other words – it has the same performance as the HONOR 8X. The only real difference is that you have the option of buying the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro Global Edition comes with the newer and faster Kirin 810, which pairs two faster ARM Cortex-A76 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores.

In addition, it has a faster six-core ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU and is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, which means it runs cooler and uses less power than the Kirin 710 or Kirin 710F.

Larger Battery + USB Type C Port

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition comes with a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery – just 250 mAh (6.7%) more than the HONOR 8X.

The big upgrade though comes in the form of the USB 2.0 Type C port. It still charges at 18 watts, but at least it is bidirectional!

Recommended : HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro : Everything You Need To Know!

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition vs Global Edition Differences

For your convenience, here is a table highlighting the KEY DIFFERENCES of the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with the Global Edition models.

Specifications HONOR 9X
Malaysia
HONOR 9X
Global
HONOR 9X Pro
Global
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 710F HiSilicon Kirin 810
Processor 4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G51 MP4 ARM Mali-G52 MP6
Memory 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB 64 GB / 128 GB 128 GB / 256 GB
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
No ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou
4G LTE UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted Yes, Side-Mounted
NFC Support No Yes

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition vs HONOR 8X Specifications

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the specifications of the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition with the HONOR 8X.

Specifications HONOR 9X
Malaysia Edition
HONOR 8X
Display 6.59-inch IPS display 6.5-inch IPS display
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi) 1080 x 2340 pixels (396 ppi)
Protection None None
Operating System Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 710F HiSilicon Kirin 710
Processor 4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G51 MP4 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB internal memory
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
64 GB internal memory
microSD slot (up to 400 GB)
Front Camera 16 MP camera (f/2.2)
– pop-up design
16 MP camera (f/2.0)
– 720p video recording
Rear Cameras 48 MP main camera (f/1.8)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
20 MP PDAF main camera (f/1.8)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM Support Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTE UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz only)
802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Connectivity Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear-Mounted Yes, Rear-Mounted
Infra-Red Emitter No No
NFC Support No No
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
3,750 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions 77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
76.6 mm wide
160.4 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight 197 g 175 g

 

HONOR 9X Malaysia Price + Availability

The HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition is available in either Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue colour options beginning 28 November 2019 in a single variant.

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 999 / ~S$326 / ~USD239 / ~£185 / ~A$353

Here in Malaysia, HONOR is bundling it with a free HONOR Band 5 Sport.

Here are the online pre-order or purchase links :

Its lower price point and freebie gives the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition a fighting chance against the Xiaomi Mi 9T, which has been out for several months now, with better features like :

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  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 mobile platform
  • higher-resolution 20 MP front camera, with wider f/2.0 aperture
  • extra 8 MP telephoto camera
  • Bluetooth 5.0 support
  • Comes with an IR emitter
  • Comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor

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HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro : Everything You Need To Know!

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro smartphones promise to deliver 48 MP photography on the cheap.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro, and how they compare against the HONOR 8X!

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro

Released just over a year after the HONOR 8X, the HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro promise a few nice improvements, with a pop-up camera design. Let’s take a closer look!

Pop-Up Camera + Slightly Larger Display

The HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Pro smartphones join the pop-up camera fad, just to squeeze out the display notch. Together with a slightly larger 6.59-inch display, HONOR eked out a 91% screen-to-body ratio.

The pop-up camera takes about a second to extend and retract, which may be problematic if you need to quickly snap a selfie. It sports the same 16 MP sensor, but with a smaller f/2.2 aperture.

Triple Rear Cameras

The biggest upgrade is, arguably, the 8 MP ultra-wide camera – available only in the HONOR 9X Pro – it offers a more dramatic viewpoint, especially for architectural or scenery shots.

The headline 48 MP main camera – available in both models – looks nice on paper, but defaults to 12 MP for better image quality. Unless you manually switch to the 48 MP mode, the HONOR 8X actually has a higher resolution 20 MP camera.

The last “camera” is a 2 MP depth sensor that captures depth information to help the main camera differentiate the subject from its background, to deliver more accurate software bokeh effects.

Same Platform, In A New Package

Both models run on the Kirin 810, which is the replacement for the Kirin 710 platform used by the HONOR 8X., and the Kirin 710F used in the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition.

Specifications Kirin 810 Kirin 710 / Kirin 710F
Process Technology 7 nm 12 nm
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.27 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.55 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics Processor ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
4G LTE UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
802.11a/ac (5 GHz only)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2

The Kirin 810 offers two faster ARM Cortex-A76 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A55 cores, and a faster six-core ARM Mali-G52 MP6 GPU.

In addition, the Kirin 810 is fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, which means it runs cooler and uses less power than the Kirin 710 or Kirin 710F.

Side Fingerprint Sensor

Unlike the HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition, both HONOR 9X and HONOR 9X Global Edition feature a side fingerprint sensor.

Larger Battery + USB Type C Port

Both models come with a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery – just 250 mAh (6.7%) more than the HONOR 8X.

The big upgrade though comes in the form of the USB 2.0 Type C port. It still charges at 18 watts, but at least it is bidirectional!

Recommended : HONOR 9X Malaysia Edition : What You Need To Know!

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro vs HONOR 8X

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the specifications of the two HONOR 9X models against the HONOR 8X :

Specifications HONOR 9X Pro Global HONOR 9X Global HONOR 8X
Display 6.59-inch IPS display 6.5-inch IPS display
Display Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 ppi) 1080 x 2340 pixels (396 ppi)
Protection None
Operating System Android 9 with EMUI 9.1 Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
Platform HiSilicon Kirin 810 HiSilicon Kirin 710
Processor 2 x ARM Cortex-A76
6 x ARM Cortex-A55
4 x ARM Cortex-A73
4 x ARM Cortex-A53
Graphice Processor ARM Mali-G52 MP6 ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory 8 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB / 6 GB LPDDR4X 4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
microSD slot
64 GB / 128 GB
microSD slot
64 GB
microSD slot
Front Camera 16 MP sensor, f/2.2
– pop-up design
16 MP sensor, f/2.0
– 720p video recording
Main Camera 48 MP main camera
8 MP ultra-wide camera
2 MP depth sensor
48 MP main camera
2 MP depth sensor
20 MP PDAF main camera
2 MP depth sensor
GPS GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Beidou GPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM Support Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTE UL : Cat18 (200 Mbps)
DL : Cat21 (1.4 Gbps)
UL : Cat13 (150 Mbps)
DL : Cat12 (600 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Connectivity Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
USB : microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted Yes, Rear-Mounted
NFC Support Yes No
Battery 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
3,750 mAh Li-Po battery
18 W fast-charging
Dimensions 77.3 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
76.6 mm wide
160.4 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight 197 g 175 g

 

HONOR 9X | HONOR 9X Pro Price + Availability

Here is the official price list for the two Global Edition models :

HONOR 9X Global Edition

4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : CNY 1,399 / ~RM 829 / ~S$272 / ~USD 200 / ~£155 / ~A$293
6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : CNY 1,599 / ~RM 948 / ~S$310 / ~USD 228 / ~£177 / ~A$335
6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : CNY 1,899 / ~RM 1,125 / ~S$369 / ~USD 271 / ~£210 / ~A$398

HONOR 9X Pro Global Edition

8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : CNY 2,199 / ~RM 1,303 / ~S$427 / ~USD 314 / ~£243 / ~A$461
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage : CNY 2,399 / ~RM 1,422 / ~S$466 / ~USD 342 / ~£265 / ~A$503

 

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The HONOR 20 Lite (HONOR 10i) Sneak Preview!

HONOR is about to launch the HONOR 20 Lite, also known as the HONOR 10i in some countries.

But before its official launch, we present to you – our sneak preview of the upcoming HONOR 20 Lite smartphone!

 

The Official HONOR 20 Lite Tech Briefing

Let’s start off with this HONOR 20 Lite tech briefing, for a quick overview of its key features!

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Up Close!

Like its predecessor, the HONOR 10 Lite, the HONOR 20 Lite has a 6.21-inch display, with a dewdrop notch. It is also powered by the same Kirin 710 mobile SOC, and uses the same design with a rear fingerprint sensor.

It does, however, have more memory and a lot more storage…. as well as a new triple-lens main camera, and a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera!

At the top, you will find the hybrid SIM tray, with a second microphone/

The Power and Volume control buttons are placed on the right side, with the left side completely clean.

Like the HONOR 10 Lite, the HONOR 20 Lite continues to use the old micro USB port. It also has the 3.5 mm audio port.

The row of holes on the left is the speaker port. The tiny hole between the micro USB port and the audio port is the main microphone.

Next Page > The HONOR 20 Lite Key Features

 

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The HONOR 20 Lite Cameras

The HONOR 20 Lite has a new, higher-resolution 32 MP front camera with a large and bright f/2.0 aperture. This is an upgrade from the 24 MP front camera of the HONOR 10 Lite.

The bright f/2.0 lens allows it to better handle low-light conditions – important since the front camera does not have any flash.

At the back, it sports a new triple-lens camera module. From left to right, they are the 8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4 aperture), 24 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture), and a 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4 aperture).

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

 

Rear Fingerprint Sensor

Like the HONOR 10 Lite, the HONOR 20 Lite uses a rear fingerprint sensor. It is very fast and accurate, and allows you to trigger specific actions with different fingers.

The only downside? You can’t use it to unlock the device while it’s attached to a car mount.

That’s when you need to use the Face Unlock feature. It uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity.

 

Hybrid SIM Tray

The HONOR 20 Lite retained the hybrid SIM tray. This means the SIM 2 slot doubles as a microSD card slot.

You can either use a second nanoSIM card, or a microSD card for extra storage capacity. But not both at the same time.

The microSD slot will come in handy, even though there is a whopping 128 GB of internal storage.

Using a microSD card helps to protect your data, including photos and videos, in the event your phone is physically damaged or destroyed.

Next Page > More HONOR 20 Lite Features + Full Specifications

 

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Dewdrop Notch Display

The HONOR 20 Lite has a Full HD+ display with a dewdrop notch, like the HONOR 10 Lite. This display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. However, HONOR swapped out the AMOLED panel for an IPS panel.

The display notch allows for notifications to be confined to the top, giving you more space for your work… or really, your games. Heh… In games or apps that do not support the notch, it will simply “disappear” by turning black.

 

GPU Turbo

GPU Turbo is a hardware and software combination that increases the “efficiency” of the GPU by up to 60%.

It does not mean you get a 60% boost in frame rate, although Honor says it will greatly reduce the jitter rate (variance between the highest and lowest frame rates), while appreciably increasing the overall frame rate.

How does GPU Turbo work? From what we understand, it uses a proprietary algorithm in the graphics driver to detect the change between the current frame being rendered, and the next one.

This allows the HONOR 20 Lite to boost CPU and GPU performance for completely new frames, and reduce them for frames with few changes.

The only downside? GPU Turbo support is currently limited. Extremely limited.

From what we understand – it will only work with PUBG MobileMobile Legends: Bang Bang and King Glory. Naturally, game support will be extended to more games over time.

 

HONOR 20 Lite vs HONOR 10 Lite

How does the HONOR 20 Lite compare against its predecessor, the HONOR 10 Lite? This table compares their key specifications :

SpecificationsHONOR 20 Lite (HONOR 10i)HONOR 10 Lite
Display6.21-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 710Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-G51 MP4
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
microSD card slot (share with SIM2)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera32 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 24 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 2 MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityNoNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight164 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom RedSky Blue / Blue / Red

 

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The HUAWEI nova 4e with 32 MP Selfie Camera Revealed!

HUAWEI just unveiled the nova 4e smartphone with a 32 MP selfie camera! Let’s find out what else the nova 4e offers, as well as its price and availability!

 

HUAWEI nova 4e with 32 MP Selfie Camera

HUAWEI invited us to an exclusive media briefing session, where Calvin Ho, HUAWEI Product GTM Specialist briefed us on the new HUAWEI nova 4e (Lazada | Shopee) smartphone’s key features :

Dewdrop Display

The HUAWEI nova 4e (Lazada | Shopee) boasts a large 6.15-inch dewdrop display, similar to Mate20 and Y Max smartphones. The small dewdrop notch and thin bezels give the nova 4e a massive 84.1% screen-to-body ratio.

Cameras Galore!

The nova 4e (Lazada | Shopee) will come with a very high-resolution 32 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 lens, allowing you to take studio-quality selfies and wefies. But that’s not all.

In the back, it boasts a triple camera system! The main camera has a 24 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens, supported by a 2 MP depth sensor. Its secondary camera is a ultra-wide angle camera with 8 MP sensor and a 120-degree field-of-view!

Performance

The nova 4e (Lazada | Shopee) runs on the Kirin 710 mobile SoC, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. It is powered by a 3,340 mAh lithium-ion battery.

 

HUAWEI nova 4e Colour Options

The HUAWEI nova 4e (Lazada | Shopee) will be available in three colour options – Peacock Blue, Midnight Black, Pearl White.

 

HUAWEI nova 4e Price + Availability

The nova 4e will be available for purchase from 16 March 2019 onwards, here in Malaysia, in a single configuration :

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 1,199 / ~US$ 293 / ~£ 222.
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It is also set to be sold in China starting 21 March 2019, in two variants :

  • 4 GB + 128 GB : CNY 1,999 / ~RM 1,217 / ~US$ 298 / ~£ 225
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : CNY 2,299 / ~RM 1,399 / ~US$ 342 / ~£ 259

 

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The HONOR 10 Lite Smartphone Review

The HONOR 10 arrived 8 months ago, impressing us with its five key features. Now they are introducing a Lite version – the HONOR 10 Lite, at a more affordable price point.

The HONOR 10 Lite is positioned below the HONOR 10, but offers a larger Full HD+ display and a microSD card slot. Let’s take a close look, and see what else it offers!

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefings

Let’s start with a video of the exclusive pre-launch tech briefing.

Now watch Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, who shares the HONOR 10 Lite’s key features at the launch.

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

The HONOR 10 Lite is avaialble in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

Unboxing The HONOR 10 Lite

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) comes in a plain an artic blue box, sealed by two security stickers. Let’s take a quick look and unbox it!

To keep costs low, Honor provided only the essentials in the Honor 10 package :

  • One Honor 10 Lite smartphone
  • One clear TPU bumper case
  • One 10 W Huawei fast charger
  • One micro USB cable
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

Next Page > The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close + Full Specifications

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The HONOR 10 Lite Up Close!

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is built around the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Its large 6.21-inch display has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and a dewdrop notch.

Even though it is a cheaper version of the HONOR 10, it also comes with the stunning Aurora Glass back, although the effect is more pronounced with the Sky Blue version, and less so with our Blue review sample.

Like the HONOR 10, it is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery, However, it only supports 10 watt fast charging, instead of the more advanced 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge technology.

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HONOR 10 vs HONOR 10 Lite Comparison

Look at how the new HONOR 10 Lite compares against the HONOR 10.

SpecificationsHONOR 10HONOR 10 Lite
Display5.84-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G51
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIntegrated Into Home ButtonYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight155 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier GreySky Blue / Blue / Red

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The HONOR 10 Lite Cameras

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) appears to use the same high-resolution 24 MP front camera, with a fast f/2.0 lens, as the HONOR 10.

The bright f/2.0 lens allows it to better handle low-light conditions – important since the front camera does not have any flash.

At the back, it sports an upgraded dual-lens camera from last year’s HONOR 9 Lite smartphone. It consists of a 13 MP camera with an f/1.8 lens, supported by a 2 MP depth sensor.

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

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Fingerprint Sensor

Honor opted to go with a rear fingerprint sensor with the Honor 10 Lite. It is very fast and accurate, and allows you to trigger specific actions with different fingers.

The only downside? You can’t use it to unlock the device while it’s attached to a car mount. That’s when you need to use the Face Unlock feature. It uses the front camera and facial recognition algorithms to authenticate your identity, so it will work even with the Honor 10 Lite mounted on your car’s dashboard.

Next Page > Hybrid SIM, Dewdrop Notch, GPU Turbo

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Hybrid SIM Tray

Unlike the Honor 10, the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a hybrid SIM tray. This means the SIM 2 slot doubles as a microSD card slot.

You can either use a second nanoSIM card, or a microSD card for extra storage capacity. But not both at the same time.

The microSD slot will come in handy, because the HONOR 10 Lite only has 32 GB of internal storage.

There is also a higher-capacity 64 GB model, but microSD storage offers additional peace of mind – even if the phone is physically damaged or destroyed, you can still recover your data or photos and videos from the microSD card.

Dewdrop Notch

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It features a dewdrop notch that is noticeably smaller than that of the Honor 10.

The display notch allows for notifications to be confined to the top, giving you more space for your work… or really, your games. Heh… In games or apps that do not support the notch, it will simply “disappear” by turning black.

GPU Turbo

GPU Turbo is a hardware and software combination that increases the “efficiency” of the GPU by up to 60%.

It does not mean you get a 60% boost in frame rate, although Honor says it will greatly reduce the jitter rate (variance between the highest and lowest frame rates), while appreciably increasing the overall frame rate.

How does GPU Turbo work? From what we understand, it uses a proprietary algorithm in the graphics driver to detect the change between the current frame being rendered, and the next one.

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This allows the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) to boost CPU and GPU performance for completely new frames, and reduce them for frames with few changes.

The only downside? GPU Turbo support is currently limited. Extremely limited.

From what we understand – it will only work with PUBG MobileMobile Legends: Bang Bang and King Glory. Naturally, game support will be extended to more games over time.

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Setting Up The HONOR 10 Lite

Setting up the HONOR 10 Lite is easy, and takes no more than 10 minutes if you are setting it up as a new device. Take a look at a video of the setup process.

Ergonomics

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is definitely much larger than the Honor 10(Price Check). In fact, it is about the same width as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the OPPO R17 Pro – they both have similar-sized displays, albeit shorter than both of those examples.

Its 6.21-inch IPS display is bright, although not as vivid as an AMOLED display. The non-standard 19.5:9 aspect ratio of the main display section gives you more screen space for gaming, but you will get some pillarboxing while watching movies.

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Available Memory + Storage

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) comes with 3 GB of memory, of which 1.83 GB (61%) is available for use. That’s actually pretty good, giving you enough free memory to run several memory-guzzling apps at the same time.

It also comes with 32 GB of internal storage, of which just over 22.6 GB (70%) is available for use. That’s enough for over 5,500 photos, or 4.25 hours of 1080p videos.

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Camera Performance – Photos

The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) has a depth-sensing dual-lens camera, with a 13 MP image sensor paired with f/1.8 lens.  Photos from this camera have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with 3264 × 2448 pixels and an average file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 6 high-resolution samples from this 13 MP camera for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The photos from the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) are surprisingly good for its price point. It also has the brightest lens we have seen at this price point.

Just note that it does not have a macro mode, so has trouble focusing on near objects. Also, its bright lens greatly narrows its depth of field, so make sure you focus properly on the subject, or it will appear out of focus.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Although its image sensor and processor is more than capable of handling 4K videos, the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) can only record 1080p videos.

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance

The image quality is not comparable with flagship smartphones, but is good for its price point. That said, there are some focus seeking issues, and a notable lack of stabilisation.

Video Sample #2 : Street Market

In this walkthrough of a street market, you can see that the HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) lacks image stabilisation. This is a shame, because electronic image stabilisation is not expensive from a software or performance point of view to implement.

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Benchmark Notes

For some odd reason, recent HONOR review samples (like the Honor 8X) appear to disable the installation of PCMark and AnTuTu. This prevents us from testing its work, as well as battery performance.

With that in mind, we would counsel that you take the 3DMark gaming performance results with a pinch of salt. We cannot be sure if this review sample is using the same firmware as an actual retail unit.

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

Here is the HONOR 10 Lite’s score running 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play HONOR 10 Lite OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 31622 16505 15354 15354
Graphics 37351 19183 15788 15788
Physics 20576 11087 14005 14005
Graphics Test 1 208.9 fps 120.7 fps 136.5 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 132.8 fps 63.7 fps 45.8 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 65.3 fps 35.2 fps 44.5 fps 44.5 fps
Review Links Honor Play Review   OPPO R17 Pro Review Galaxy A7 2018 Review
Price Check MY | US | UK MY MY | US MY | US | UK

The Kirin 710 appears to have a slight 7.5% performance advantage over its rival, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which powers the OPPO R17 Pro.

A closer examination of the results will show that its ARM Mali-G51 GPU is faster than the Snapdragon 710’s Adreno 616 GPU. On the other hand, it has a slower CPU.

Our Verdict

At first glance, the HONOR 10 Lite is hardly a notable smartphone. Those of us who are used to flagship devices will dismiss it. In fact, we would naturally favour the Honor 10 over it.

But we are not its target market. The HONOR 10 Lite (Price Check) is designed for the lower mid-range market, against rivals like the Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro. In that regard, it is a formidable competitor.

The HONOR 10 Lite offers a large dewdrop display with a new processor in an elegant package, and a great price point. It also boasts a dual-lens camera with very bright f/1.8 lens.

Unfortunately, we are unable to give you a complete verdict because we are unable to test its work and battery performance. But we hope we have provided you with enough information in this review to make an informed decision if this is the right smartphone for you.

Where To Buy The HONOR 10 Lite

The HONOR 10 Lite is available in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

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The HONOR 10 Lite Price, Offer + Tech Briefing!

Today, HONOR officially revealed the HONOR 10 Lite smartphone at a very attractive price point. We will have a review of it shortly, but in the meantime, here are the official HONOR 10 Lite tech briefing, price and offer!

The HONOR 10 Lite Tech Briefing

Zhao Zhiwei, Head of HONOR Malaysia, shares the HONOR 10 Lite’s key features in this video!

HONOR 10 Lite Specification Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of the new HONOR 10 Lite, and its big brother, the HONOR 10.

SpecificationsHONOR 10HONOR 10 Lite
Display5.84-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
6.21-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (415 ppi)
- 90+% display-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.0.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970Hisilicon Kirin 710
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12ARM Mali-G51
Memory4 GB LPDDR4x memory3 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CamerasDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
Dual Lens Camera
13 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
- With 2 MP depth sensor
Connectivity4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
4G : LTE
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB : micro USB 2.0
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFC CapabilityYesNo
OTG CapabilityYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIntegrated Into Home ButtonYes, Rear Mounted
Other SensorsE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G SensorE-Compass, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, G Sensor
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 22.5 W SuperCharge fast charging
3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
- supports 10 W fast charging
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
73.6 mm wide
154.8 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight155 grams162 grams
Colour OptionsPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier GreySky Blue / Blue / Red

HONOR 10 Lite Price + Availability

The HONOR 10 Lite will come in two variants, at the following price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 749 / ~US$ 182 / ~£143
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 194 / ~£152

The 32 GB model will be available for sale starting 9 January 2019 in two colours – Midnight Black, and Sky Blue.

The 64 GB model, on the other hand, will be available for sale at a later date, in Sapphire Blue and Shiny Red colour options.

One Day HONOR 10 Lite Offer!

On 9 January 2019, Honor Malaysia will offer the 32 GB HONOR 10 Lite at a special price of RM 699 / ~US$ 170 / ~£133.

In addition, if you purchase before 1 PM on 9 January 2019, you will receive the HONOR 10 Lite on the same day! This express delivery offer is limited to the first 500 deliveries in the Klang Valley.

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The Honor 8X Sneak Preview – Fresh From The Oven!

Two years ago, Honor launched the honor 8 smartphone with its iconic Aurora Glass finish. Here is our sneak preview of the honor 8X that we got fresh from the oven!

Find out what’s new in the honor 8X, and see why it’s really quite different from its namesake!

 

The Honor 8X Specification Comparison

First, let’s compare the specifications of the new honor 8X against the honor 8. Look at the difference :

Specificationshonor 8Xhonor 8 (Premium)
ModelJSN-L22FRD-L14 (US), FRD-L19 (EU & Asia)
Available ColoursNASapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold
Display6.5-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 resolution (396 ppi)
5.2-inch LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionNACorning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 with EMUI 8.2.0Android 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
Processing PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 710HiSilicon Kirin 950
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)
System Memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (supports up to 400 GB)
64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L19)
Selfie Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- 720p video recording
8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
Main Camera20 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.8 lens
2 MP depth sensor
Dual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
GPS SupportGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM SupportDual nano SIM, Dual Standby Single nano SIM (L14)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L19)
Connectivity4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat13 : 150 Mbps (UL), LTE Cat12 : 600 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
WiFi Capability802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Hotspot supports up to 4 devices
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
USB PortmicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 with USB Type C interface
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear-mountedYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisation
Infra-Red TransmitterNoYes, with Smart Control 4.0
NFC SupportNoYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile payment
AudioHiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
Battery3,750 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
Dimensions76.6 mm wide x 160.4 mm tall x 7.8 mm thick71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick
Weight175 g153 g
Launch PriceNARM 1,899 (~US$ 475)

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The Honor 8X Up Close!

The new honor 8X looks deceptively small. It actually boasts the industry’s largest display, edging out the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and matching the Apple Xs Max. Yet it still fits comfortably in our hands, thanks to extremely thin bezels and a display notch.

Despite its more modern design, honor went back a little, reintroducing the old microUSB 2.0 port. This is surprising since they first introduced the bidirectional USB-C port in the honor 8 two years ago!

They also dropped the IR transmitted at the top, which allowed the.honor 8 to be used as a remote control.

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New Level Of Mid-Range Performance

The honor 8X smartphone boasts the new Kirin 710 mobile SoC from HUAWEI’s HiSilicon subsidiary.

It is not the flagship-class SoC like the Kirin 950 used in the honor 8, but thanks to advances in semiconductor design and fabrication, it offers better performance with lower power consumption.

The Kirin 710 is actually a mid-range version of the Kirin 970 SoC that powers the honor 10 smartphone.

It uses the same four high-performance Cortex-A73 cores, with the same four low-power Cortex-A53 cores – just with slightly lower clock speeds.

It is paired with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

Advances in LTE technology allows the Kirin 710 to deliver much faster Cat13 upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and Cat12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps.

However, its WiFi support is limited to a/b/g/n protocols, and only in the 2.4 GHz band.

 

Display Notch

The honor 8X has a Full HD+ display, with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It features the display notch made popular by the iPhone X, to maximise its display size.

Although the notification icons nearest to the notch can appear “cut-off”, the hnor 8X is smart enough to work around the notch. In games and applications that don’t support the notification area, it just displays the main 1080 x 2240 section.

 

The Honor 8X Cameras

Hidden in the display notch is a high-resolution 16 MP camera with f/2.0 lens. It is supposedly capable of recording 1080p videos, but in our early firmware, it is limited to 720p video recording.

We were hoping that the honor 8X’s AI Camera would be based on the dual-camera design of the honor 10 and the honor 8 smartphones, they went instead with a single 20 MP camera paired with a 2 MP depth sensor.

The 20 MP camera uses a PDAF (phase detection autofocus) sensor paired with a fast and bright f/1.8 lens.

The 2 MP depth sensor has only one job – to deliver better depth perception, so the honor 8X can better differentiate the background from the subjects and more accurately apply the software bokeh effects.

Despite its high-resolution image sensor, the 20 MP camera can only record 1080p videos at up to 60 fps. It is not optically-stabilised, and surprisingly lacks electronic image stabilisation.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

To maximise display size in a relatively small form factor, honor had to use a rear fingerprint sensor. You may recall that they used a front sensor for the honor 10.

The honor 8X’s rear fingerprint sensor is very good – easy to train and works fast and accurately. The only problem that all rear fingerprint sensors have – you can’t use it while it’s attached to a car mount. If you intend to use it while driving, make sure you set-up and use the Face unlock feature.

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Triple Slot Tray

honor smartphones all have dual SIM, dual standby capabilities. However, to save space, the honor 10 offered two nano SIM trays and removed the microSD card slot. The honor 8, on the other hand, opted for a hybrid SIM tray – the second nano SIM can be swapped out for a microSD card.

The honor 8X offers the ultimate option – a triple slot tray. You can use a microSD card to expand its storage, while still using two nano SIM cards.

 

Ergonomics

With its very large 6.5-inch display, the honor 8X is definitely a much larger smartphone than the honor 8 or honor 10 smartphones.

The honor 8X is just over 76 mm wide, and 160 mm tall, but remains under 8 mm thick. It is comparable in size to the new Apple iPhone Xs Max, but quite a bit lighter at just 175 grams.

The IPS display is very bright and vivid indoors, and does a decent job outdoors despite not being an AMOLED display. The non-standard 19:9 aspect ratio, while useful in giving you more screen space, will result in some pillarboxing for movies.

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honor 8X Camera Performance – Photos

honor did not reveal the model of the sensor used in the 20 MP main camera, but the photos have a resolution of 5120 x 3840 pixels, with the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Despite the high resolution, Honor appears to use a more efficient (or lossier) compression algorithm, resulting in a file size of between 3 MB and 4 MB in most photos.

Here are 8 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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honor 8X Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its high-resolution 20 MP sensor, the honor 8X can only record 1080p videos at up to 60 fps. Here are two videos we recorded to test its video recording capabilities.

Honor 8X Video Recording Sample #1 : Piano

First off – we can see that there is no optical or electrionic image stabilisation, so the video can get very jerky. The audio also lacks sufficient noise cancellation.

On the bright side, the image quality is very good, and the colours are vivid, albeit a little oversaturated. There is also very good control of the highlights. A shame about the lack of stabilisation.

Honor 8X Video Recording Sample #2 : Food Fair

The lack of image stabilisation is obvious from the jerkiness. A real shame because the image quality is very good.

 

Never Coming – The Full Review

When HONOR loaned us this unit, they said that it was a production unit running on a beta version of the firmware.

We were planning to upgrade this preview to a full review after testing with a production firmware, but the review sample never received it.

 

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