Honor will be launching its next mid-range smartphone, the Honor 8X in India on October 16. The Honor 8X is one of the much-awaited smartphones to launch in India this year riding on the success of Honor 7X which offered an 18:9 display and dual rear cameras at an affordable price. Also, the 8X will be the first device from the house of Honor to launch with HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC. Notably, Huawei launched the Nova 3i with Kirin 710 chipset a couple of months back, but Honor so far relied on the older Kirin 659 chip. Even the relatively new Honor 9N also arrived with Kirin 659 which disappointed many users out there. The Indian launch details of Honor 8X was confirmed by the company on its global website with the device also set to arrive in other countries such as Malaysia on October 9, Russia on October 10 and UAE on October 2.
Honor 8X India Launch: What to Expect?
The Honor 8X is a powerful mid-range device thanks to the Kirin 710 chipset underneath. It takes on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Realme 2 Pro. In fact, the Kirin 710 has better power consumption than Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 as it’s built on the 12nm manufacturing process, same as the MediaTek Helio P60. Notably, the Honor 8X could be priced around Rs 15,000 because of the hardware it packs.
On paper, the Honor 8X has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display that carries a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. It will be Honor’ second smartphone to launch with notched display in the sub-continent and the after one is the Honor 9N. Powering the Honor 9N is the Kirin 710 chipset, coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. It will be interesting to see if Honor launches a 3GB+32GB variant of the Honor 8X at a low price in India. The storage can be expanded up to 128GB with a dedicated microSD card slot.
Cameras on the Honor 8X include a primary 20MP shooter on the rear side which comes paired with a 2MP secondary depth sensor. Frontal, the phone has a 16MP selfie camera with HDR mode. Like any other Honor device released in the eight months, the Honor 8X also looks gorgeous, especially in the mid-range category. The phone comes in various colour options- Black, Blue, Red and Pink with the Red one being the best-looking one of all.
The fingerprint scanner on the Honor 8X is placed on the rear side and the phone comes armed with a 3750mAh battery. This dual-SIM smartphone comes laden with Android 8.1 Oreo.
Honor 8X: Competitors in India
The Honor 8X will be launched in India on October 16, and by then, Realme will also be selling the Realme 2 Pro. The X series of phones from Honor are always aimed at Redmi Note series, but this around, it will also go against the Realme 2 Pro, which is the possibly the powerful smartphone under Rs 15,000. The Realme 2 Pro sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset and its prices start at Rs 13,990.
It also takes on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and even the Redmi Note 6 Pro (because both of them share the same set of hardware), but the Kirin 710 on Honor 8X is powerful than the Snapdragon 636 on the Note 5 Pro and Note 6 Pro. It all depends on how Honor prices the 8X in India. Generally, Honor goes into aggressive mode while launching new phones in India, so expect the same with the 8X too.
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