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Honor launches the X30i and X30 Max as its new big-screen phones for the Chinese market

The "new" X30 Max teaser. (Source: Honor)
The "new" X30 Max teaser. (Source: Honor)
Honor has ostensibly targeted Singles' Day shoppers with its launch of the X30i and X30 Max. They might indeed appeal to those looking for a lot of display for not a lot of money; furthermore, the 2 new phones also offer new 5G-ready MediaTek Dimensity silicon and up to 8GB of RAM. They can be pre-ordered from today, although their general sale does indeed start on November 11, 2021.

Honor recently teased the debut of 2 new phones scheduled for today (October 28, 2021); however, the OEM declined to include a name for either of them in those posters. However, it has now confirmed that the devices in question are the X30 Max and X30i. The initial mystery might not be that big of a deal, as both new handsets have been well served in terms of leaks already.

Accordingly, the X30 Max is indeed a very direct reboot of the X10 Max, albeit with an updated Dimensity 900 processor. On the one hand, this means it benefits from its patent forebear's extra-large 7.09-inch FHD+ display, which, when combined with its dual side-firing speakers and 5,000mAh battery, might be a boon for gaming or content consumption.

On the other hand, Honor has neglected to update the X30 Max' true-phablet display with anything like an above-standard refresh rate. The slightly more novel X30i has this covered, however, with a 90Hz spec for its own 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD display. It is powered by the Dimensity 810 SoC, paired with 6 to 8GB of RAM.

This phone starts at 1,399 yuan (~US$219), whereas the X30 Max does so at 2,399 yuan (~US$375) for an 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage base model.

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Honor unveils the X30i and X30 Max with 3 colorways each. (Source: Honor via Weibo)
Honor unveils the X30i and X30 Max with 3 colorways each. (Source: Honor via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-10-28 (Update: 2021-10-28)