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Honor 8X Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Katherine Bodner), 11/07/2018

An extravagant phablet. The Honor 8X offers a large 6.5-inch display, extravagant looks as well as a good mid-range configuration. Find out how the new mid-range processor Kirin 710 can handle everyday tasks in our review.

The 8X is a typical Honor smartphone. It offers attractive technical specifications at an affordable price. The subsidiary of the telecommunications company Huawei has given its new mid-range phone a high screen-to-body ratio with slim bezels on either side of the 6.5-inch Full HD+ display and the by now almost traditional display notch. This contains the 16-MP selfie camera as well as sensors and a status LED.

The Honor 8X is powered by the new HiSilicon Kirin 710 with its four Cortex A73 cores and four more Cortex A53 cores. The Mali-G51 graphics chip should reach its full potential thanks to GPU turbo technology. On the back, the manufacturer has placed a dual camera with a 20-MP main sensor and a 2-MP lens for more depth. The selfie camera on the front of the device offers 16 MP.

There is no price information available for the US at the time of writing. The configurations currently available in Europe offer 4 GB of RAM and either 64 GB (for 250€/ ~$290) or 128 GB of storage (for 300€/ ~$340). Competition is high in this price range and smartphones from the Far East in particular often offer very good technical specifications. Among these is the Xiaomi Mi 6X - also known as the Mi A2 available with Android One. But also more affordable mid-range devices such as the Nokia 6 (2018), the BQ Aquaris X2 and the very similar Huawei Mate 20 Lite are possible alternatives and have been included into our comparison field.

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Honor 8X (8 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.5 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 396 PPI, capacitive, LCD IPS, LTPS display with 16700000 colors, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 111 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 400 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: gravity sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, microUSB, OTG, Miracast, WiFi-Calling, VoLTE
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; 3G: 900, 2100 MHz; 4G: 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 160.4 x 76.6 ( = 0.31 x 6.31 x 3.02 in)
Battery
3750 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 21 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 667 h
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 20 MPix Dual: 20MP (f/1.8) + 2MP
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: single speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, modular power supply, USB cable, case, EMUI 8.2, 24 Months Warranty, SAR values: body: 0.81 W/kg, head: 1.02 W/kg, fanless
Weight
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
279 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - a good-looking Honor phone

Color options of the Honor 8X
Color options of the Honor 8X

At 160 x 77 mm (~6.3 x 3 in) the Honor 8X cannot really be considered a compact phone. It weighs 175 grams (~6.2 oz) and is made of glass and metal, which gives it a high-quality feel. Due to the flat back and wide metal frame, the phablet feels quite large despite only being 7.8 mm (~0.31 in) thick. The device is very stable for a mid-range device. Our warping attempts did not have any effects on the device.

The 2.5D screen glass is slightly curved and flows into the case almost seamlessly. The sides of the 6.5-inch "SuperScreen FullView display" are very narrow. The chin below the display is also pleasingly small considering the price range of the Honor 8X. The display-to-surface ratio is 85%.

The fingerprint reader is positioned on the back, which looks very attractive thanks to a reflective lattice structure and 15 glass layers. The available colors are black, blue and red, although only black and blue are available at the time of writing.

The volume control and power button are of high quality. They sit tightly in the case and have good pressure points. However, these buttons are placed a little too high for normal-sized hands.

Size Comparison

Connectivity - Honor 8X with 3.5-mm audio jack

The mid-range smartphone is equipped with a 3.5-inch audio jack, a status LED, a fingerprint reader and FaceUnlock. The wireless transmission of display content to external screens is supported via Miracast and worked very well in our test with a Sony Android TV. 

The Dual-SIM smartphone has an additional slot for microSD cards. This enables users to expand the 128-GB internal eMMC storage by up to 400 GB. The microSD card cannot be configured as internal storage, but does support the exFAT file system. Users have 111 GB of internal storage available after initial setup.

The USB port has the old microUSB shape with a USB 2.0 connector. It works as a power supply and also supports USB OTG, which means that it can connect to external storage or input devices.

Right side of the case
Right side of the case
Top of the case
Top of the case
Left side of the case
Left side of the case
Bottom of the case
Bottom of the case

Software - Honor Smartphone with EMUI 8.2

As usual, Huawei has installed its own user interface, EMUI 8.2, on the Honor smartphone. This is based on the current Google Android version 8.2 and we can expect an update to Android 9 at the beginning of 2019, although there is no official date yet. The security patch in our test unit is dated September 2018.

The operating system is quite different compared to Vanilla Android with a different look for the user interface and additional software features. One of these is the "eye comfort" mode, which reduces the emission of blue light in order to avoid overstraining the eyes.

Honor 8X Software
Honor 8X Software
Honor 8X Software
Honor 8X Software

Communication and GPS - NFC is included

Users can use Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless communication between mobile devices. The Honor 8X also supports near field communication (NFC).

Honor has equipped its mid-range model with two Nano-SIM slots. The smartphone uses the LTE standard for both slots. 

The Wi-Fi module supports the IEEE 802.11 standards a/b/g/n/ac and both the 2.4 and 5.0-GHz bands. We measured a relatively strong attenuation of -41 dBm at close vicinity to the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V). 

Our Wi-Fi test measured transfer rates of around 200 MBit/s. These are slower than those of our comparison devices and not particularly good for a mid-range smartphone. The results with our reference router Linksys EA8500 are particularly low when sending data.

Caution: If you are thinking about importing the Honor 8X from China, you should make sure to purchase the model JSN-L21. The other versions of the phablet do not have dual-band Wi-Fi or NFC.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
339 MBit/s ∼100% +64%
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
289 MBit/s ∼85% +40%
BQ Aquaris X2
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
275 MBit/s ∼81% +33%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
246 MBit/s ∼73% +19%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 64 GB eMMC Flash
207 MBit/s ∼61% 0%
Honor 8X
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 128 GB eMMC Flash
207 (min: 162, max: 243) MBit/s ∼61%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=295)
202 MBit/s ∼60% -2%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
345 MBit/s ∼100% +90%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
Adreno 512, 660, 64 GB eMMC Flash
333 MBit/s ∼97% +83%
BQ Aquaris X2
Adreno 509, 636, 32 GB eMMC Flash
322 (min: 275) MBit/s ∼93% +77%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
308 MBit/s ∼89% +69%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 64 GB eMMC Flash
233 MBit/s ∼68% +28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=295)
197 MBit/s ∼57% +8%
Honor 8X
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 128 GB eMMC Flash
182 (min: 136, max: 231) MBit/s ∼53%
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Honor 8X HiSilicon Kirin 710, ARM Mali-G51 MP4; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø207 (162-243)
Honor 8X HiSilicon Kirin 710, ARM Mali-G51 MP4; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø182 (136-231)
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

The Honor 8X uses the satellite systems GPS, Beidou and GLONASS for localization. This works quite quickly outdoors where our test unit positions us within 5 meters (~16 ft). Indoors, the phone needed a little longer to locate us due to a less stable connection, but it still worked.

In order to find out how precise our test unit is in practice, we compared it against the bike navigation system Garmin Edge 500. After a 9-km (~5.6 mi) bike ride, during which both devices tracked our movements, the difference in the measured route length was 30 meters (~98 ft). This is very good for a device of this price range.

GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Honor 8X
GPS Honor 8X
GPS Honor 8X
GPS Honor 8X
GPS Honor 8X
GPS Honor 8X

Telephone and Voice Quality

Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software

The voice quality of the Honor smartphone is good using the German Vodafone network and enables clear communication on both sides. The phablet also supports modern standards such as VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling. 

In addition, the manufacturer has advertised its AI communication feature, with which artificial intelligence recognizes weak signals or strong interference automatically in order to optimize the signal and voice quality. It also recognizes changes to the signal strength, for example, when you are in an elevator, and automatically restores 4G connections immediately after leaving the elevator.

Cameras - good selfie camera

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera

The main camera on the back has two lenses. While the main lens has an aperture of f/1.8 and 3968x2976 pixels (20 MP) in the 4:3 format, the second lens only has 2 MP. This can be used to give the image more depth, which enables good Bokeh effects with blurry backgrounds. The AI multi scene recognition differentiates between 22 different categories and 500 scenes in real time.

The main camera has access to a dual-tone LED flash for taking photos in bad lighting conditions. Image stabilization is only software-based and there is no optical image stabilizer (OIS). The camera does not support recording videos in 4K resolution either.

The camera quality of the Honor 8X is good - particularly in good lighting conditions. The dynamics are rather low, however, which means that certain details are often lost. Portraits can look rather unnatural.

The biggest weakness of the back camera is its bad low-light performance. There is significant image noise in bad lighting and the images are blurrier. The night mode works well on unmoving objects, although colors are not always displayed accurately and tend to be oversaturated.

Lovers of selfies will not be disappointed by the Honor 8X. The quality of photos taken with the front camera is good and the images are sharp, as long as users keep the necessary distance for the fixed focus. Like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, the front camera of the Honor 8X supports the so-called "4-in-1 Light Fusion" mode, which combines four pixels to one super pixel with a pixel size of 1.8 μm. This enables pictures taken with the 16-MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0 to be sufficiently light even in bad lighting. The front camera records videos at 1080p with up to 30 frames per second.  

Photo mode
Photo mode
Portrait mode
Portrait mode
Photo mode
Photo mode
Night mode
Night mode
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Honor 8X

Accessories and Warranty - silicone case included

The Honor 8X comes with a QuickStart guide, a modular power supply with a rated output of 10 watts (5V, 2A), a USB cable, a screen protector (already applied) and a silicone case. Headphones are not included.

Huawei and its various subsidiaries, including Honor, give their smartphones a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices & Handling - Honor 8X with FaceUnlock

Navigation options
Navigation options

Honor has given its mid-range model the OnScreen navigation buttons typical for Android (in the bottom third of the screen). Alternatively, the display can also be controlled using a single navigation key. The capacitive touchscreen recognizes up to nine inputs simultaneously and has a smooth glass surface with good gliding properties. The multi-touch screen responds precisely to inputs even at the sides.

The Chinese manufacturer has pre-installed the SwiftKey keyboard on the Honor 8X.

The mid-range smartphone can be unlocked using biometric identification via the fingerprint sensor and/or face recognition software. The active fingerprint sensor on the back works reliably, but is not particularly quick. The same can be said for the FaceUnlock function.

Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software

Display - IPS panel with mediocre contrast

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 6.5-inch LC display in the Honor 8X has a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels (Full HD+) and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The resulting pixel density of around 400 PPI makes the content appear quite sharp on the smartphone. This is fully sufficient for everyday use despite the large display.

The maximum display brightness is 484 cd/m² and the brightness distribution is 93%. The ambient light sensor does not change the maximum brightness. Our realistic APL50 measurement, which simulates the even distribution of light and dark areas on the IPS panel, results in 468 cd/m².

474
cd/m²
480
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
454
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 484 cd/m² Average: 468.8 cd/m² Minimum: 3.64 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 484 cd/m²
Contrast: 880:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.3 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 7.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.16
Honor 8X
LCD IPS, 2340x1080, 6.5
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.3
Xiaomi Mi 6X
LCD IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
IPS, 2246x1080, 6.2
BQ Aquaris X2
IPS LCD, 2160x1080, 5.65
Nokia 6 2018
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Screen
-3%
5%
24%
18%
-5%
Brightness middle
484
453
-6%
459
-5%
595
23%
631
30%
417
-14%
Brightness
469
460
-2%
441
-6%
561
20%
622
33%
421
-10%
Brightness Distribution
93
89
-4%
91
-2%
87
-6%
96
3%
88
-5%
Black Level *
0.55
0.52
5%
0.47
15%
0.54
2%
0.61
-11%
0.61
-11%
Contrast
880
871
-1%
977
11%
1102
25%
1034
18%
684
-22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.3
7.1
3%
5.8
21%
4.2
42%
5.5
25%
6.1
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.1
11.6
-5%
10.7
4%
6
46%
8.5
23%
11.2
-1%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.4
8.3
-12%
7.3
1%
4.7
36%
5.6
24%
7.1
4%
Gamma
2.16 102%
2.35 94%
2.28 96%
2.12 104%
2.38 92%
2.16 102%
CCT
8534 76%
9082 72%
7984 81%
7577 86%
7531 86%
8362 78%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8651 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Both the black value of 0.55 cd/m² and the contrast ratio of 900:1 are average for this price range. The contrast ratio is even worse in our APL50 test. We measured 851:1 here while the black value remained the same. 

The analysis with the spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software showed average DeltaE deviations from the sRGB color space (7.3 for colors and 7.4 for grayscales). The ideal value is below three. As with the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, the color temperature is far from ideal at 8500 K instead of 6500 K. The IPS panel covers the sRGB color space almost completely.

Color accuracy (sRGB)
Color accuracy (sRGB)
Color space (sRGB)
Color space (sRGB)
Grayscales (sRGB)
Grayscales (sRGB)
Color saturation (sRGB)
Color saturation (sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
19.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Thanks to the bright LD display, the content is still readable under direct sunlight. The viewing angle stability is very good. Brightness reduces slightly when looking at the display from an angle, but colors remain the same.

Performance - the Kirin 710 often reaches its limits

The HiSilicon Kirin 710 chip that powers the Honor 8X has four ARM Cortex A73 cores that clock at up to 2.2 GHz and four Cortex A53 cores that clock at up to 1.7 GHz (big.LITTLE, manufactured using the 12-nm process). Like the Kirin 970, this mid-range SoC supports GPU turbo and an integrated neural processing unit NPU that is responsible for AI functions in the smartphone. The integrated graphics card is an ARM Mali-G51 MP4

The Kirin 710 working in combination with 4 GB of RAM is on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. The results of graphically demanding test are quite far behind devices such as the Xiaomi Mi 6X (Mi A2), which is equipped with a Snapdragon 660. However, recent information on several Huawei devices falsifying their benchmark results should be taken into account when looking at these values.

The system performance is usually good, although there are some minor hiccups and lags during multi-tasking. Like its predecessor, the mid-range processor cannot always handle everyday tasks - or at least not with the current EMUI OS.

Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
4083 Points ∼74%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
3909 Points ∼71% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
5486 Points ∼100% +34%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
5041 Points ∼92% +23%
BQ Aquaris X2
4309 Points ∼79% +6%
Nokia 6 2018
3690 Points ∼67% -10%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (3909 - 4083, n=2)
3996 Points ∼73% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=183)
4438 Points ∼81% +9%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
5557 Points ∼95%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
5615 Points ∼96% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
5843 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
5426 Points ∼93% -2%
BQ Aquaris X2
4974 Points ∼85% -10%
Nokia 6 2018
883 Points ∼15% -84%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (5557 - 5615, n=2)
5586 Points ∼96% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=232)
4239 Points ∼73% -24%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1614 Points ∼38%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1612 Points ∼38% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1620 Points ∼38% 0%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1506 Points ∼36% -7%
BQ Aquaris X2
1323 Points ∼31% -18%
Nokia 6 2018
4210 Points ∼100% +161%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1612 - 1614, n=2)
1613 Points ∼38% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=233)
1252 Points ∼30% -22%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
7141 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
5995 Points ∼84% -16%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
6068 Points ∼85% -15%
BQ Aquaris X2
5706 Points ∼80% -20%
Nokia 6 2018
4719 Points ∼66% -34%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (7141 - 7141, n=2)
3571 Points ∼50% -50%
Average of class Smartphone (2829 - 9868, n=243)
4492 Points ∼63% -37%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
8939 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
8525 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
6723 Points ∼75% -25%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
6999 Points ∼78% -22%
BQ Aquaris X2
6437 Points ∼72% -28%
Nokia 6 2018
5484 Points ∼61% -39%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (8525 - 8939, n=2)
8732 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (3681 - 13211, n=410)
4890 Points ∼55% -45%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
2702 Points ∼98%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
2699 Points ∼98% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1851 Points ∼67% -31%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2764 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2644 Points ∼96% -2%
BQ Aquaris X2
2396 Points ∼87% -11%
Nokia 6 2018
1686 Points ∼61% -38%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1851 - 2702, n=3)
2417 Points ∼87% -11%
Average of class Smartphone (611 - 4364, n=265)
1697 Points ∼61% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
801 Points ∼55%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
803 Points ∼55% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
470 Points ∼32% -41%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1244 Points ∼85% +55%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
823 Points ∼56% +3%
BQ Aquaris X2
872 Points ∼60% +9%
Nokia 6 2018
801 Points ∼55% 0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (470 - 803, n=3)
691 Points ∼47% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (75 - 8206, n=265)
1460 Points ∼100% +82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Honor 8X
950 Points ∼67%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
952 Points ∼67% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
563 Points ∼40% -41%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1417 Points ∼100% +49%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
972 Points ∼69% +2%
BQ Aquaris X2
1016 Points ∼72% +7%
Nokia 6 2018
907 Points ∼64% -5%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (563 - 952, n=3)
822 Points ∼58% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (93 - 5189, n=268)
1352 Points ∼95% +42%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
2697 Points ∼96%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
2637 Points ∼94% -2%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1656 Points ∼59% -39%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2815 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2683 Points ∼95% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2
2359 Points ∼84% -13%
Nokia 6 2018
1740 Points ∼62% -35%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1656 - 2697, n=3)
2330 Points ∼83% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (375 - 4407, n=279)
1665 Points ∼59% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1316 Points ∼65%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1316 Points ∼65% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
740 Points ∼36% -44%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1981 Points ∼98% +51%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1358 Points ∼67% +3%
BQ Aquaris X2
1402 Points ∼69% +7%
Nokia 6 2018
1320 Points ∼65% 0%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (740 - 1316, n=3)
1124 Points ∼55% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (131 - 14951, n=279)
2031 Points ∼100% +54%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1485 Points ∼70%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1481 Points ∼70% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
844 Points ∼40% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2121 Points ∼100% +43%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1525 Points ∼72% +3%
BQ Aquaris X2
1540 Points ∼73% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
1395 Points ∼66% -6%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (844 - 1485, n=3)
1270 Points ∼60% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (159 - 7856, n=280)
1699 Points ∼80% +14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
2663 Points ∼97%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
2641 Points ∼96% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1924 Points ∼70% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2757 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2634 Points ∼96% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2
2353 Points ∼85% -12%
Nokia 6 2018
1738 Points ∼63% -35%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1924 - 2663, n=3)
2409 Points ∼87% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (549 - 4183, n=340)
1630 Points ∼59% -39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
798 Points ∼68%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
812 Points ∼69% +2%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
457 Points ∼39% -43%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1164 Points ∼99% +46%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
814 Points ∼69% +2%
BQ Aquaris X2
816 Points ∼69% +2%
Nokia 6 2018
707 Points ∼60% -11%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (457 - 812, n=3)
689 Points ∼59% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 5241, n=340)
1175 Points ∼100% +47%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Honor 8X
945 Points ∼71%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
960 Points ∼72% +2%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
550 Points ∼41% -42%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1335 Points ∼100% +41%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
962 Points ∼72% +2%
BQ Aquaris X2
955 Points ∼72% +1%
Nokia 6 2018
814 Points ∼61% -14%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (550 - 960, n=3)
818 Points ∼61% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (86 - 4734, n=348)
1121 Points ∼84% +19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
2645 Points ∼99%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
2625 Points ∼98% -1%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1907 Points ∼71% -28%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2680 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2626 Points ∼98% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2
2338 Points ∼87% -12%
Nokia 6 2018
1733 Points ∼65% -34%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1907 - 2645, n=3)
2392 Points ∼89% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4150, n=371)
1517 Points ∼57% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1280 Points ∼68%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1277 Points ∼68% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
568 Points ∼30% -56%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1891 Points ∼100% +48%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1329 Points ∼70% +4%
BQ Aquaris X2
1337 Points ∼71% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
1249 Points ∼66% -2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (568 - 1280, n=3)
1042 Points ∼55% -19%
Average of class Smartphone (55 - 8312, n=371)
1592 Points ∼84% +24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1445 Points ∼71%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1441 Points ∼71% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
673 Points ∼33% -53%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2023 Points ∼100% +40%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1493 Points ∼74% +3%
BQ Aquaris X2
1478 Points ∼73% +2%
Nokia 6 2018
1332 Points ∼66% -8%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (673 - 1445, n=3)
1186 Points ∼59% -18%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 6378, n=379)
1354 Points ∼67% -6%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
17450 Points ∼83%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
17598 Points ∼84% +1%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
11158 Points ∼53% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
21016 Points ∼100% +20%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
19365 Points ∼92% +11%
BQ Aquaris X2
16747 Points ∼80% -4%
Nokia 6 2018
13196 Points ∼63% -24%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (11158 - 17598, n=3)
15402 Points ∼73% -12%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 36794, n=525)
12683 Points ∼60% -27%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
21533 Points ∼74%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
21465 Points ∼74% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
12426 Points ∼43% -42%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
28984 Points ∼100% +35%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
20722 Points ∼71% -4%
BQ Aquaris X2
20806 Points ∼72% -3%
Nokia 6 2018
18572 Points ∼64% -14%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (12426 - 21533, n=3)
18475 Points ∼64% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=525)
17522 Points ∼60% -19%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
20468 Points ∼77%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
20466 Points ∼77% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
12120 Points ∼45% -41%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
26731 Points ∼100% +31%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
20404 Points ∼76% 0%
BQ Aquaris X2
19743 Points ∼74% -4%
Nokia 6 2018
17030 Points ∼64% -17%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (12120 - 20468, n=3)
17685 Points ∼66% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=526)
14738 Points ∼55% -28%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 8X
39 fps ∼78%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
39 fps ∼78% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
50 fps ∼100% +28%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
36 fps ∼72% -8%
BQ Aquaris X2
36 fps ∼72% -8%
Nokia 6 2018
30 fps ∼60% -23%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (39 - 39, n=2)
39 fps ∼78% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=549)
30.3 fps ∼61% -22%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 8X
36 fps ∼75%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
36 fps ∼75% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
48 fps ∼100% +33%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
34 fps ∼71% -6%
BQ Aquaris X2
34 fps ∼71% -6%
Nokia 6 2018
31 fps ∼65% -14%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (36 - 36, n=2)
36 fps ∼75% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=552)
24.5 fps ∼51% -32%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 8X
21 fps ∼91%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
21 fps ∼91% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
23 fps ∼100% +10%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
16 fps ∼70% -24%
BQ Aquaris X2
16 fps ∼70% -24%
Nokia 6 2018
14 fps ∼61% -33%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (21 - 21, n=2)
21 fps ∼91% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=471)
16.2 fps ∼70% -23%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 8X
19 fps ∼90%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
19 fps ∼90% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
21 fps ∼100% +11%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
15 fps ∼71% -21%
BQ Aquaris X2
15 fps ∼71% -21%
Nokia 6 2018
15 fps ∼71% -21%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (19 - 19, n=2)
19 fps ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=474)
15.6 fps ∼74% -18%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
14 fps ∼93%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
14 fps ∼93% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
15 fps ∼100% +7%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
10 fps ∼67% -29%
BQ Aquaris X2
10 fps ∼67% -29%
Nokia 6 2018
9.8 fps ∼65% -30%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (14 - 14, n=2)
14 fps ∼93% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1.3 - 88, n=335)
13.8 fps ∼92% -1%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
13 fps ∼93%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
13 fps ∼93% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
14 fps ∼100% +8%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
9.8 fps ∼70% -25%
BQ Aquaris X2
9.8 fps ∼70% -25%
Nokia 6 2018
10 fps ∼71% -23%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (13 - 13, n=2)
13 fps ∼93% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.6 - 110, n=337)
13.5 fps ∼96% +4%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
4.1 fps ∼39%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
7 fps ∼66% +71%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
3.4 fps ∼32% -17%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (4.1 - 7, n=2)
5.55 fps ∼52% +35%
Average of class Smartphone (1.3 - 59, n=48)
10.6 fps ∼100% +159%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
2.6 fps ∼41%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
3.1 fps ∼48% +19%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2.2 fps ∼34% -15%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (2.6 - 3.1, n=2)
2.85 fps ∼44% +10%
Average of class Smartphone (0.86 - 22, n=48)
6.41 fps ∼100% +147%
Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
5.2 fps ∼35%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
4.6 fps ∼31% -12%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
5.3 fps ∼36% +2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (4.6 - 5.2, n=2)
4.9 fps ∼33% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (2 - 59, n=48)
14.9 fps ∼100% +187%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
4.6 fps ∼28%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
5.1 fps ∼31% +11%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
6 fps ∼36% +30%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (4.6 - 5.1, n=2)
4.85 fps ∼29% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (2.3 - 63, n=48)
16.5 fps ∼100% +259%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
7.6 fps ∼79%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
7.6 fps ∼79% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
9 fps ∼93% +18%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
6.3 fps ∼65% -17%
BQ Aquaris X2
6.3 fps ∼65% -17%
Nokia 6 2018
5.6 fps ∼58% -26%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (7.6 - 7.6, n=2)
7.6 fps ∼79% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (0.72 - 54, n=266)
9.64 fps ∼100% +27%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
6.4 fps ∼73%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
6.8 fps ∼78% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
8.6 fps ∼99% +34%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
6 fps ∼69% -6%
BQ Aquaris X2
6 fps ∼69% -6%
Nokia 6 2018
5.9 fps ∼68% -8%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (6.4 - 6.8, n=2)
6.6 fps ∼76% +3%
Average of class Smartphone (1.1 - 58, n=269)
8.71 fps ∼100% +36%
Basemark GPU
1920x1080 OpenGL Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
10.26 (min: 5.41, max: 30.41) fps ∼31%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
10.3 (min: 5.11, max: 27.4) fps ∼31% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
10.11 fps ∼30% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2
7.5 fps ∼23% -27%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (10.3 - 10.3, n=2)
10.3 fps ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1.24 - 651, n=35)
33.3 fps ∼100% +225%
Vulkan Medium Native (sort by value)
Honor 8X
9.43 (min: 4.95, max: 26.06) fps ∼32%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
7.26 (min: 4.28, max: 15.89) fps ∼24% -23%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
8.96 fps ∼30% -5%
BQ Aquaris X2
6.63 fps ∼22% -30%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (7.26 - 9.43, n=2)
8.35 fps ∼28% -11%
Average of class Smartphone (2.79 - 606, n=33)
29.7 fps ∼100% +215%
1920x1080 Vulkan Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8X
7.38 (min: 4.38, max: 16.86) fps ∼20%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
8 (min: 4.37, max: 18.54) fps ∼21% +8%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (7.38 - 8, n=2)
7.69 fps ∼21% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (2.03 - 739, n=31)
37.3 fps ∼100% +405%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
140188 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
139050 Points ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
140714 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
138661 Points ∼99% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2
116748 Points ∼83% -17%
Nokia 6 2018
90435 Points ∼64% -35%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (139050 - 140188, n=2)
139619 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=160)
115872 Points ∼82% -17%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
112870 Points ∼90%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
111303 Points ∼89% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
110680 Points ∼88% -2%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
125213 Points ∼100% +11%
BQ Aquaris X2
96430 Points ∼77% -15%
Nokia 6 2018
72580 Points ∼58% -36%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (111303 - 112870, n=2)
112087 Points ∼90% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 250848, n=381)
74371 Points ∼59% -34%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1033 Score ∼56%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
961 Score ∼52% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
999 Score ∼54% -3%
BQ Aquaris X2
681 Score ∼37% -34%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (961 - 1033, n=2)
997 Score ∼54% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (758 - 5025, n=37)
1857 Score ∼100% +80%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1207 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1208 Points ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
1108 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1088 Points ∼90% -10%
BQ Aquaris X2
1059 Points ∼88% -12%
Nokia 6 2018
895 Points ∼74% -26%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1207 - 1208, n=2)
1208 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=485)
689 Points ∼57% -43%
Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8X
1456 Points ∼63%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
1450 Points ∼63% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2295 Points ∼100% +58%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
1605 Points ∼70% +10%
BQ Aquaris X2
1597 Points ∼70% +10%
Nokia 6 2018
1520 Points ∼66% +4%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (1450 - 1456, n=2)
1453 Points ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=485)
1675 Points ∼73% +15%
Memory (sort by value)
Honor 8X
4360 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
3507 Points ∼80% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2470 Points ∼57% -43%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2314 Points ∼53% -47%
BQ Aquaris X2
2016 Points ∼46% -54%
Nokia 6 2018
1161 Points ∼27% -73%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (3507 - 4360, n=2)
3934 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=485)
1205 Points ∼28% -72%
System (sort by value)
Honor 8X
5529 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
5556 Points ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
4797 Points ∼86% -13%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
5348 Points ∼96% -3%
BQ Aquaris X2
4434 Points ∼80% -20%
Nokia 6 2018
3237 Points ∼58% -41%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (5529 - 5556, n=2)
5543 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=485)
2435 Points ∼44% -56%
Overall (sort by value)
Honor 8X
2410 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
2417 (min: 5556) Points ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
2343 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
2156 Points ∼89% -11%
BQ Aquaris X2
1972 Points ∼82% -18%
Nokia 6 2018
1504 Points ∼62% -38%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (2410 - 2417, n=2)
2414 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=489)
1217 Points ∼50% -50%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Honor 8X
431 Points ∼61%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
431 Points ∼61% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6X
353 Points ∼50% -18%
BQ Aquaris X2
260 Points ∼37% -40%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (431 - 431, n=2)
431 Points ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=75)
701 Points ∼100% +63%

Legend

 
Honor 8X HiSilicon Kirin 710, ARM Mali-G51 MP4, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 20 Lite HiSilicon Kirin 710, ARM Mali-G51 MP4, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Mi 6X Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Qualcomm Adreno 512, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Qualcomm Adreno 509, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris X2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Qualcomm Adreno 509, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 6 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 32 GB eMMC Flash

The phablet's browser performance using the pre-installed Chrome browser is satisfactory. Websites load quickly, and scrolling is smooth for the most part with occasional hiccups. This positions the Honor smartphone in the upper mid-range of its comparison field.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 88869, n=408)
254 Points ∼100% +440%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
52.139 Points ∼21% +11%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL (Chrome 67)
51.534 Points ∼20% +10%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite (Chrome 69)
47.321 Points ∼19% +1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (47 - 47.3, n=2)
47.2 Points ∼19% 0%
Honor 8X (Chrome 70)
47.012 Points ∼19%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
44.245 Points ∼17% -6%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
28.167 Points ∼11% -40%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
9995 Points ∼100% +10%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL (Chrome 67)
9746 Points ∼98% +7%
Honor 8X (Chrome 70)
9095 Points ∼91%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (9041 - 9095, n=2)
9068 Points ∼91% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite (Chrome 69)
9041 Points ∼90% -1%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
9004 Points ∼90% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=544)
5467 Points ∼55% -40%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
4993 Points ∼50% -45%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=563)
11582 ms * ∼100% -173%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
9922.7 ms * ∼86% -134%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
4768.9 ms * ∼41% -12%
BQ Aquaris X2
4733 ms * ∼41% -11%
Honor 8X
4247.7 ms * ∼37%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (4205 - 4248, n=2)
4226 ms * ∼36% +1%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite (Chrome 69)
4204.5 ms * ∼36% +1%
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL (Chrome 67)
4105.3 ms * ∼35% +3%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 161, n=51)
61.3 Points ∼100% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
61 Points ∼100% +5%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite (Chrome 69)
59 Points ∼96% +2%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (58 - 59, n=2)
58.5 Points ∼95% +1%
Honor 8X (Chrome 70)
58 Points ∼95%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
54 Points ∼88% -7%
Nokia 6 2018 (Chrome 66)
35 Points ∼57% -40%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Xiaomi Mi 6X (Chrome 67)
173 Points ∼100% +18%
BQ Aquaris X2 (Chrome 67)
164 Points ∼95% +12%
Huawei Mate 20 Lite (Chrome 69)
148 Points ∼86% +1%
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710 (147 - 148, n=2)
148 Points ∼86% +1%
Honor 8X (Chrome 70)
147 Points ∼85%
Nokia 6 2018
117 Points ∼68% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=275)
108 Points ∼62% -27%

* ... smaller is better

The speed of the internal eMMC storage is sufficient during sequential reading and when reading small amounts of data. The Honor 8X is also one of the front-runners when it comes to writing. Compared to a flagship smartphone from 2018, the access rates are very slow.

We also took a closer look at the microSD card slot. Its performance was tested with our reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 (writing: 270 MBit/s, reading: 150 MBit/s). The results are slightly below average for this price range.

Honor 8XHuawei Mate 20 LiteXiaomi Mi 6XAsus Zenfone 5 ZE620KLBQ Aquaris X2Nokia 6 2018Average 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
13%
-6%
19%
-13%
-22%
-1%
-37%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
68.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
67.76 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
65.19 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
62.28 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-9%
61.29 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-10%
65.8 (58.8 - 68.5, n=4)
-3%
45.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=313)
-34%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
75.24 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
76.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
85.79 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
14%
82.91 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
10%
83.42 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
11%
75.5 (72.3 - 78, n=4)
0%
63.5 (8.2 - 96.5, n=313)
-16%
Random Write 4KB
59.87
48.78
-19%
6.89
-88%
83.54
40%
14.4
-76%
15.3
-74%
40.3 (8.48 - 133, n=6)
-33%
15.4 (0.14 - 164, n=594)
-74%
Random Read 4KB
49.54
78.54
59%
72.98
47%
71.16
44%
43.9
-11%
38.78
-22%
64.1 (20.7 - 121, n=6)
29%
37.4 (1.59 - 173, n=594)
-25%
Sequential Write 256KB
169.98
217.34
28%
203.7
20%
201.75
19%
188.7
11%
118.32
-30%
163 (90 - 229, n=6)
-4%
78.2 (2.99 - 246, n=594)
-54%
Sequential Read 256KB
283.87
304.33
7%
271.98
-4%
286.61
1%
270.5
-5%
272.59
-4%
303 (144 - 633, n=6)
7%
226 (12.1 - 895, n=594)
-20%

Games - Current games can only be played under certain conditions with the Mali-G51

The ARM Mali-G51 MP4 is a mid-range graphics unit that is based on Bifrost architecture. The MP4 version in the Honor 8X uses 4 cores and clocks at up to 650 MHz. The GPU supports all modern graphics APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0 as well as DirectX 11 and Renderscript.  

Current Android games from the PlayStore that are graphically demanding such as “PUBG Mobile” cannot be displayed smoothly at high details by the Mali-G51. According to our measurements, made with the Gamebench app, the Honor smartphone reaches an average frame rate of 27 FPS. However, the frame rate regularly collapses at short intervals. Games that are not quite up-to-date anymore, such as the 3D shooter “Dead Trigger 2”, can be played smoothly at 60 FPS in maximum details.

Both the touchscreen and the sensors respond reliably.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 9 Legends
Asphalt 9 Legends
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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; Balanced: Ø29.7 (23-32)
; HD: Ø26.5 (15-32)
Asphalt 9 Legends
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: Ø29.7 (26-31)
Dead Trigger 2
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: Ø60 (59-61)

Emissions - the Honor 8X does not throttle under load

Temperature

The surface temperature is nothing to worry about. Even during long gaming sessions, the Honor 8X will never become uncomfortably warm. We measured a maximum of 36 °C (~97 °F) under strong continuous load. 

We used the battery test GFXBench 3.1 to find out whether the SoC throttled under strong load. During this test, the same sequence is repeated for 30 times and the results are recorded. The Honor 8X managed to keep up a very consistent frame rate with the fluctuations being limited to below 1%. This means that it is improbable that users will encounter any throttling under load.

Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Honor 8X software
Max. Load
 34 °C
93 F
34.2 °C
94 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 33.1 °C
92 F
32.1 °C
90 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
31.7 °C
89 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 35.7 °C = 96 F
Average: 33.3 °C = 92 F
31.3 °C
88 F
32.6 °C
91 F
35.5 °C
96 F
31.3 °C
88 F
32 °C
90 F
35.4 °C
96 F
30.7 °C
87 F
32.6 °C
91 F
34.1 °C
93 F
Maximum: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Average: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.8 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.3 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 35.5 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 326 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Honor 8X
Honor 8X

Speakers

Pink Noise diagram
Pink Noise diagram

The maximum volume of the single speaker, positioned on the bottom of the device, is sufficient at 85 dB(A). The sound quality is average and unbalanced. Our Pink Noise measurements show a rather irregular sound reproduction of mids and highs and the bass frequencies are low, as expected.

Users can also use the 3.5-inch audio jack to connect external speakers or headphones. Subjectively, we would say that music is sufficiently loud and noise-free.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.740.3252531.93126.828.34026.333.65029.840.96327.425.1802125.410019.527.512518.825.516019.237.620017.642.125016.94431515.852.84001555.95001559.663014.764.180014.867100014.670.3125014.369160013.469.6200014.469.9250014.471.8315014.876.240001580500014.869.8630014.766.5800015701000014.968.11250015.2531600015.741.1SPL26.884.8N0.956.5median 15median 66.5Delta1.210.935.438.233.236.823.725.331.93539.739.330.232.225.224.621.922.522.324.319.326.616.636.916.344.116.548.81851.815.45315.653.714.26114.866.514.666.514.465.414.570.114.873.514.671.914.875.914.875.615.27514.674.315.172.314.671.915.359.527.184.10.952.6median 15.1median 65.41.213.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor 8XHuawei Mate 20 Lite
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor 8X audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei Mate 20 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 64% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Runtime - the Honor phone lasts a long time

Power Consumption

The Honor 8X with its Kirin 710 is not particularly energy-efficient. Still, its power consumption while idling and under load is acceptable.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.92 / 2.3 / 2.32 Watt
Load midlight 4.37 / 6.13 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Honor 8X
3750 mAh
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
3750 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 6X
3010 mAh
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
3300 mAh
BQ Aquaris X2
3100 mAh
Nokia 6 2018
3000 mAh
Average HiSilicon Kirin 710
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
0%
11%
-96%
7%
27%
0%
12%
Idle Minimum *
0.92
1.01
-10%
0.65
29%
1.75
-90%
0.65
29%
0.67
27%
0.965 (0.92 - 1.01, n=2)
-5%
0.882 (0.2 - 3.4, n=629)
4%
Idle Average *
2.3
2.21
4%
1.94
16%
4.48
-95%
2.24
3%
1.76
23%
2.26 (2.21 - 2.3, n=2)
2%
1.722 (0.6 - 6.2, n=628)
25%
Idle Maximum *
2.32
2.23
4%
1.97
15%
4.5
-94%
2.26
3%
1.78
23%
2.28 (2.23 - 2.32, n=2)
2%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=629)
14%
Load Average *
4.37
4.06
7%
4.65
-6%
7.92
-81%
3.87
11%
2.82
35%
4.22 (4.06 - 4.37, n=2)
3%
4.03 (0.8 - 10.8, n=623)
8%
Load Maximum *
6.13
6.32
-3%
5.93
3%
13.62
-122%
6.8
-11%
4.56
26%
6.23 (6.13 - 6.32, n=2)
-2%
5.72 (1.2 - 14.2, n=623)
7%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

With a battery runtime of over 14 hours during our Wi-Fi browsing test at adjusted brightness, the Honor 8X offers quite good results. The 3750-mAh battery needs over two hours to recharge fully with its 10-W power supply.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 12min
Honor 8X
3750 mAh
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
3750 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 6X
3010 mAh
Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL
3300 mAh
BQ Aquaris X2
3100 mAh
Nokia 6 2018
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
852
842
-1%
495
-42%
497
-42%
617
-28%
942
11%

Pros

+ long battery runtimes
+ design
+ GPS
+ good selfie camera

Cons

- ergonomics
- contrast of IPS panel
- Wi-Fi
- old USB standard

Verdict - appealing mid-range smartphone with a rather high retail price

Review: Honor 8X. Test unit provided by Honor Germany
Review: Honor 8X. Test unit provided by Honor Germany

The Honor 8X is a well-made and good-looking mid-range smartphone (despite having a display notch). The new mid-range processor Kirin 710 supplies the Honor phone with sufficient power, but does cause some hiccups during everyday use. The good battery runtimes, low temperature development and precise GPS make up for this weakness. In addition, the Honor 8X has great workmanship, although the position of the controls and fingerprint sensor as well as the flat back are not ideal when it comes to ergonomics.

We will most probably never know why the Honor 8 is already equipped with a modern USB Type-C port while the 8X model only has an old microUSB connector available.

In times of constantly improving quality of mid-range smartphones, not every Honor model automatically offers great value for money. If the street price drops a little, the Honor 8X could still be very attractive for lovers of phablets.    

The typically excellent price-to-performance ratio of the Chinese manufacturer's devices does not apply to the 8X - or at least not at its current price point of around 250€ (~$290, the US price for the Honor 8X has not yet been announced). Other smartphones offer a similar package for less money -  the Xiaomi Mi A2 in particular seems quite promising and offers better speeds and updates thanks to its Snapdragon 660 and the Android One program.

Honor 8X - 11/05/2018 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
90%
Battery
97%
Display
83%
Games Performance
49 / 63 → 78%
Application Performance
62 / 70 → 88%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
62 / 91 → 68%
Camera
72%
Average
76%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2018-11- 7 (Update: 2018-11- 7)