Honor has officially released the 8X and 8X Max budget-friendly devices, although as of now they’re only set for a Chinese release. They’re still rocking some flagship-caliber features, however, including a dual-camera setup and a notched display. Yep, 2018. You know we had to mention the notch.
First up, we’ll talk about the Honor 8X. The device sports a spacious 6.5-inch display and is powered by a Kirin 710 CPU, which is able to handle some AI processing that we’ve previously only seen in higher end Kirin chips. Other specs include either 4 or 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, and Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2. Small detail, but notably this phone does support 5GHz WiFi networks, which is not ubiquitous in budget phones just yet, so that’s nice to see.
The Honor 8X will start at ¥1399 for the 64GB and ¥1599 for the 128GB variants, which equate to roughly $200 and $235, respectively. They’ll be available for purchase starting September 11th in China, with more countries to follow next month.
The Honor 8X Max is the sister device that was announced today, and this phone really wants to make phablets a thing again. Sporting a 7.12-inch display, the 8X Max is just as big as some current tablets and it’s got hardware to match. Instead of the Kirin CPU you’ll find a Snapdragon 636 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the battery has been bumped up to a whopping 5,000mAh capacity. I think you might be able to pull three days out of a single charge with that combination.
The Honor 8X Max will go on sale for ¥1499, or $219, while the more expensive version with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and an upgraded Snapdragon 660 will be ¥1799, or around $260. No details on a global release for this one, unfortunately, but those of you in China will have something to look forward to.