At an event in Prague, Czech Republic, Honor announced the availability of the Honor 8X smartphone in Central and Eastern European countries. The Honor 8X launched in China early last month and has since become available online in the United Kingdom and soon the United States. The device boasts a 6.5-inch display with an impressive 91% screen-to-body and 4.25mm bottom border width. It’s a mid-range device in terms of specifications and pricing, but Honor is hoping that the phone’s display and a plethora of AI software features will bring the company the same success in Europe that the Honor 10 achieved.
Honor is a top online brand in China, a top 2 brand in Russia and India, a top 5 brand in Spain, has seen 100% growth in the Czech Republic, and a 200% growth in the United Kingdom. Honor has entered into a partnership with Red Bull to promote their products. The company is rapidly growing overseas, and Honor is going all-in on promoting the Honor 8X in Europe. The Honor 8x launch in Central and Eastern Europe shows the company has big plans for the AI smartphone.
Honor 8X in Black, Blue, and Red
Honor 8X Display
Honor is boasting an incredible 91% screen-to-body ratio on the 8X. That’s made possible by the Chip-on-film (COF) technology which gives the 8X a really slim bottom bezel. Here’s a comparison of the Honor 8X’s bottom bezel width compared to several competing flagship smartphones.
The Honor 8X is the first smartphone with TÜV Rheinland’s Low Blue Standard Certification. That means the phone emits less blue light to help protect your eyes.
Honor 8X Specifications
|Dimensions and Weight||160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm
|Display||6.5-inch (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 notched display. 16.7M color, NTSC 85%. 91% screen-to-body ratio and 4.25mm bottom border width.|
|CPU/GPU||HiSilicon Kirin 710 with Mali-G51 MP4 GPU|
|Storage||64GB/128GB with support for up to 400GB microSD card slot|
|Rear Camera(s)||20MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 2 MP, LED flash, 480fps slow motion recording|
|Front Camera(s)||16MP (f/2.0 aperture), 4-in-1 pixel binning and AI beautify|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS, GLONASS
900MHz, 1800MHz, 800MHz, 2GHz, Band 38, Band 39, Band 40, Band 41 (2555-2575 MHZ, 2575-2635 MHZ, 2635-2655 MHZ), Band 1, Band 3, 1.9 GHz, I, VIII
|Security||Fingerprint scanner (rear)|
Honor 8X Software Features
On stage, the company detailed many of the AI camera features in the new smartphone:
- AI Scene Recognition: The Honor 8X can recognize more than 500 scenarios in 22 categories.
- AI Super Night Shooting: Take better pictures at night with a maximum of 6 second exposure time.
- AI Sports Shot: Capture pictures of fast moving objects.
- AI Super Slow Motion: Capture videos at 720p resolution at 480fps.
- AI Backlight Portrait: Compensate for over-exposed front-facing portrait shots to take better selfies.
- AI Night Selfie: Enlarge the light exposure to take brighter selfies.
Apart from the camera, AI is integrated into all parts of the software. The phone can boost brightness automatically in sunlight and dim the brightness all the way down to as low as 2 nit when needed. The built-in Elevator Mode can help you quickly reconnect to 4G when you lose data connection, and the Call Enhancement feature can dramatically improve call audio quality when you’re in weak-signal environments.
Honor 8X Pricing and Availability in CEE
The Honor 8X will be available in Black, Blue, and Red in Central and Eastern European countries. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model is €279 while the 4GB RAM and 128GB storage model is €309.
Honor Band 4
The Honor Band 4 smart wearable was also announced at the launch event. It has a full-color 0.95-inch AMOLED display, NFC chip for contactless payments, 100mAh battery, real-time heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, multiple workout types, is water-resistant, and can recognize how you’re swimming. The Honor Band 4 will cost €59 and will launch later this month.
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