Honor 8X Review

Honor 8X Review

I’ve had this phone for a while now, and I’ve released day-by-day video updates which will form the main part of this review.

So, in the place of what you’d normally expect to find here, I’d first like to discuss the state of the smartphone landscape right now and who “Honor” are exactly.

Why? Well, every single time I mention Honor or have an Honor phone in my hand, I get the same question..

Honor? Who are they?

It’s a good question, say the word “Honor” and most people will respond with a blank face. It’s why companies like Samsung do so well. They have a known brand. They have a utterly massive advertising budget and, because you’re aware of who they are, you have the confidence to buy one of their phones.

Then, online, you see a cheaper phone with very decent specs, but.. it’s from a company you’ve never heard before. Should you trust them? Honor? Who?

Well, it might be best if we start with Huawei, which is pronounced “Wah-Way”. Huawei are now doing very well here in the UK with their range of top-end and incredibly high-spec phones. The Mate 20 Pro was reviewed last week and the P20 – both are hitting big sales figures.

Honor 8X Review

The People Behind Honor

Honor is a sub-brand belonging to Huawei. Huawei, and therefore Honor, is based in Shenzhen, China. Let me tell you, it’s a massive operation. Huawei is a colossal company. I’ve been there. I’ve seen it myself. Read all about their huge headquarters – it’s worth your time, believe me. It’ll tell you who Honor / Huawei are, why you should trust them and where they’ve come from.

Here’s each featured article …

With Honor you’re getting the expertise, the technology and the build quality of the Huawei handsets, but at a much cheaper price. You’re also getting a CPU from HiSilicon – and guess what – Huawei own them too. Huawei use the same HiSilicon chips in their phones.

This, then, is where it gets interesting. Honor aren’t just some random Chinese import. They come from the same place as the Huawei handsets, and that – let me tell you – is a very good place indeed.

The smartphone market here in the UK is getting a huge shake-up. I’ll go into this more through a separate post, but there’s the likes of OnePlus, Xiaomi, Honor and Huawei causing a lot of changes. People are starting to wake up to the fact that you don’t have to pay a huge stack of cash to get a very decent handset.

Honor 8X Review

The Honor 8X

My review of the Honor 8X then is broken up into the five parts below. If you’re thinking of buying this, and are wondering whether the £229.99 price is going to get you “enough” of a phone, read the sections below. During testing, the Honor 8X showed up as the “Huawei Honor JSN-L21” in tests – it is, apart from the Honor logo on the back, a Huawei handset.

For those of you who want my quick thoughts on the phone, I can tell you that I’ve had this as my main phone – doing everything I’d normally do. It worked flawlessly. The screen fits 6 rows of icons, 4 columns apart and Android 8.1 showed no signs of slowing down throughout my testing. That 2340×1080 pixel screen performed well too, and at no time did I feel that I’d “saved money” or “gone with a cheaper option”. It’s a proper, solid performer with the looks, the design, the performance and specs of a top-end phone but at a more realistic and sensible price.

A quick comparison

The Honor 8X is £229.99. Buy one right here. Stick any SIM in it and off you go. Job done. However, many people will be out this weekend buying the Samsung Galaxy S9. This is £739, nearly £510 more expensive. Heck, for £739 you could buy three Honor 8X handsets and have £49 left over for beer.

However, as I touched on before, Samsung has had the ad money. They’ve got the big adverts and the brand awareness. Sure, in a lot of ways the Samsung Galaxy S9 is better. The screen is better and – although less megapixels – the camera is better too. The S9 does that trick slow-mo video at 960 FPS whereas the Honor 8X does it at 480 FPS. The 8X doesn’t appear to be waterproof. It doesn’t seem to do fast charging. It doesn’t have a USB-C port but…. that’s really about it. It’s not exactly £510-worth of stuff that you’re missing.

Here’s a side-by-side..

Honor 8X Galaxy S9
Size 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8mm 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
Weight 175g 163g
Screen size 6.5″ 5.8″
Ratio 19.5:9 18:05.9
Resolution 1080×2340 1440×2960
PPI 396 568
CPU Octa-core Hisilicon Octa-core Exynos 9810
CPU Speed 4×2.2GHz & 4x 1.7GHz 4×2.7GHz & 4x 1.7GHz
Memory 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB on-board 64GB on-board
Storage Card Yes Yes
Rear cam 20 megapixel + 2 megapixel depth 12 megapixel
Front cam 16 megapixel 8 megapixel
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
WiFi Dual-band Dual-band
Battery 3750mAh 3000mAh
Wireless charging? No Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, aptX 5.0 ANT+
GPS Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Charging port microUSB USB-C
OS Android 8.1 Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Fast charging? No Yes
Water resistant No 1.5 metres, 30 minutes
NFC Yes Yes

The key things for me are the fact that, if you buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 over the Honor 8X, you’re getting wireless charging, fast charging, water resistance, slightly better Bluetooth, a lighter phone, a slightly better camera and a slightly better screen. Yes, the S9 wins if you get down to the nitty-gritty, but – in order to get your wireless charging and a slightly higher-resolution screen – you’re going to have to splash out a lot more cash. A lot more.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is where we are with the smartphone industry. We’ve reached a point where you can tick 85% of the things from your absolute top-end smartphone “want” list and you’ll be paying £229.99. To get the extra 15%, you’re going to have to pay another £510. That is… well, it’s just nuts when you think about it. Nuts. Nuts I tells you. NUTS.

Honor 8X Review

And this is nothing against the Samsung Galaxy S9. I could do a comparison with the Honor 8X and one of Huawei’s own handsets. I probably would’ve reached a similar conclusion.

I guess what I’m saying, after you’ve read my 5 days with the Honor 8X, is that the Honor 8X isn’t a compromise. It isn’t a “make do” handset or a “I can’t afford one of those mad-expensive phones, I’ll get this for now”-type phones.  This is a brilliant phone which produces great photos, with an epic battery life, with fantastic performance, with a good screen and a great design.

Honor 8X Review

Keep an eye out people. Like I said, the smartphone market isn’t just about the big brands. People like Honor, with phones like this and the View 10, they’re for the people who know. They’re for the clever people.

Be smart. Get yourself an Honor 8X. Do it. Do it now.



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Samsung Intros 48mp ISOCELL Camera Sensor for Phones

Samsung today announced two high-megapixel camera sensors bound for flagship smartphones. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and the ISOCELL Bright GD1 offer 48 megapixels and 32 megapixels, respectively. Both features 0.8-micrometer (μm) pixels, which is what allows Samsung to pack so many into the tiny sensors. The size is critical for phone makers seeking to put multiple cameras into a single phone. The ISOCELL technology prevents light bleed between pixels in order to help keep images sharp and free from noise. At the same time, the sensors support pixel binning, what Samsung calls Tetracell, which combines four pixels into one for better low-light performance. The sensors include gyro-supported EIS, and the GD1 includes real-time HDR for dynamic video capture and video streaming. Samsung expects the chips to be in mass production before the end of the year. It’s possible the GM1 and GD1 will appear in future Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy S10.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Waze to Keep You Rocking While You're Driving

Waze recently partnered with more music services so people can access and listen to their favorite content while navigating between points. Waze partnered with Spotify last year, but announced an expanded media player within the Waze mobile app that works with seven new content providers. The additional services include Pandora, Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn for a wide selection of music, news, and podcasts. Waze says support for these new services is rolling out over time. Beta testers can take them for a test drive right away, but Waze won’t finish integrating all eight services into both the Android and iOS Waze apps until the end of the year. Waze says users will need to update their favorite content app and sync it with Waze just once in order to get them working together. The feature supports multiple music apps, allowing people to switch from music to podcasts whenever they wish. Google, which owns Waze, recently added a similar feature to Google Maps.

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OnePlus 6T – Screen Unlock demo

OnePlus 6T   Screen Unlock demoYesterday we visited Londinium for the big OnePlus 6T reveal. The handset has a 6.41″ 2340×1080 19.5:9 screen at 402ppi with a smaller notch up top. This newer 6T also has a few more things which are an improvement over the OnePlus 6 we reviewed, including Android 9.0 with OxygenOS, a bigger 3700mAh battery, better night shots and a Smart Boost system which cranks everything up 11 when you want to play a resource-intensive game.

There’s 6GB or RAM in the base model with 128GB of RAM, but it was that on-screen fingerprint sensor that a lot of you were asking us about. So we filmed this demo of it in action…

A few of you emailed us in to say, “Hey man, you cut the start of that video, it was a bit quick”, to which we responded with, “No, it was just really quick to unlock”. Then things got heated, we all had a fight and everything got out of hand. After a bit of discussion we decided to show you again and film it a second time, so here’s that…

Everyone was pretty happy with that, so we showed you then what happens if you put the wrong finger on, or if you get someone else to try and unlock it..

We liked the funky animation and user interface on this. Very nice indeed.

Want more ? Head to our detailed overview for everything you need to know about this phone. Or head to our Twitter spectacular, where we posted comparison shots with the OnePlus 6 and all our thoughts from the launch.



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iOS 12.1, with Group FaceTime and New Emoji, Lands Tuesday

Apple today said it will release iOS 12.1 to the iPhone and iPad on Tuesday, October 30. The updated platform contains a number of new features. For example, all devices will be able to conduct Group FaceTime calls with between 2 and 32 participants. Group FaceTime chats are able to intelligently and automatically prioritize the active speaker in group sessions. Group chats are also integrated with iMessage, feature a silent ringer, and are encrypted end-to-end for privacy. The system software also introduces 70 new emoji that are more representative of peoples’ individual appearances. The iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr gain real-time depth control when shooting portrait photos. Last, these same phones gain access to the built-in dual SIM functionality, allowing owners to add service from a second carrier if they wish. iOS 12.1 will be free to download and install starting midday.

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OnePlus 6T now official. Everything you need to know.

OnePlus 6T now official. Everything you need to know.

OnePlus have just announced their flagship device to the world, and as we thought it’s the OnePlus 6T.

It only felt like a few weeks ago we were live at the London event and bringing you our full review of the OnePlus 6, so it was exciting to see how the 6T would improve things.

First of all the notch has been slimmed down, and by a huge amount, with the new ‘drop design’ notch meaning you get more screen real estate.

OnePlus 6T now official. Everything you need to know.

The display is 6.41 inch AMOLED which will be really impressive to use, even in outdoor sunlight conditions, and this was one of the features we were impressed with on the OnePlus 6 before it.

The latest display features a breakthrough in unlocking technology and now has a built in display fingerprint reader, which now allows for the dedicated reader to be removed from the hardware on the back. OnePlus call the in-display fingerprint sensor “Screen Unlock” and means that there’s no space consumed for a separate one on the chassis. The unlock system can also be used to quick-launch apps if you press and hold.

OnePlus 6T now official. Everything you need to know.

Other key specifications include a massive 8GB of RAM, a 3,700mAh battery and an impressive dual camera setup on the rear. It’s now able to capture even better, clearer night shots thanks to an improvement in software called Nightscape. This will take low-light shots in less than 2 seconds. OnePlus are also boasting better portraits and selfies.

A new feature called “Smart Boost” will give up to 20% faster load times on the most demanding games, so everything will be cranked up full blast when you’re playing those intensive games.

Pricing is also very decent, thankfully not a big bump over the last flagship though. The 6T starts at £499 and goes up to £579 for the largest memory version at 256GB. The base model has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Colours at launch are Midnight Black and Mirror Black, no news yet on any White or Red versions, but the company are known for launching these after the initial batch so if you want a different colour than Black, maybe hold on to see if it happens.

This is also the first time OnePlus will be available on a wide range of networks. Before now O2 were the exclusive network here in the UK, however now EE and Vodafone will be carrying it too. It’ll also be available via third-party stores including Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis.

OnePlus 6T now official. Everything you need to know.

For those who love their specs, we can tell you that this weighs in at 185g and measures in at 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm. It’ll run Android 9.0 (Pie) with the OxygenOS on top. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core 2.8GHz CPU with an Adreno 630 GPU. As mentioned, the RAM depends on the model, so starts at 6GB but goes to 8GB. Meanwhile there’s either 128GB or 256GB of storage.

As we touched on, there’s a bigger battery – 3700mAh – which will deliver up to 23% more battery life and has fast charge. That screen is a 6.41″ Optic AMOLED display at a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution. Other details include NFC, dual-band WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth 5.0 aptX.

In terms of cameras, it’ll film 4K video footage at 60 frames per second. You also get Super Slow Mo at 1080p and 240fps / 720p and 480fps. Around back those two cameras are an f/1.7 16 megapixel and an f/1.7 20 megapixel. You get Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic Image Stabilization. Up front, an f/2.0 16 megapixel with Electronic Image Stabilization.

The full press release is found below. We’ll have a review device soon so we can bring you our full review at CoolSmartPhone.

OnePlus 6T now official. Everything you need to know.


Unlock the Speed with the OnePlus 6T

Screen Unlock on the immersive 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display, class-leading hardware and meticulous industrial design create the industry’s fastest and smoothest smartphone experience

London – October 29, 2018 – OnePlus has announced its latest premium flagship device, the OnePlus 6T. Featuring Screen Unlock, the industry’s fastest in-display fingerprint technology, the OnePlus 6T provides users with a fast, natural and intuitive way to unlock your device, while benefiting from a large display with minimal bezels. Taking just .34 seconds to unlock and supported by sophisticated self-learning algorithms, Screen Unlock sets a new standard for smartphones.

“We constantly challenge ourselves to give people the best experience possible, to do what’s right, no matter what,” said Pete Lau, founder and CEO. “A great user experience means your phone needs to get out of the way and make you feel free – it has to enhance your life instead of distracting you from it. I’m so proud of what we’ve built with the OnePlus 6T, and can’t wait to see what people think when they use it.”

Immersive Display, Meticulous Design

The OnePlus 6T has a rich and immersive display, with a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display at a 19.5:9 aspect ratio for great viewing angles whether you’re playing Fortnite or watching Netflix. As durable as it is beautiful, the front of the OnePlus 6T is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6, seamlessly flowing into the glass design. Over 40 different manufacturing steps go into crafting the 3D glass back of the OnePlus 6T, which is made from multiple layers of glass of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, it includes anti-glare coating and a texturized multilayer film.

Fast and Smooth

Fast and Smooth is not just about raw processing power, but about the optimization of hardware and software. The latest, most powerful platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with up to 8GB of RAM, creates an experience that continues to set the standard for performance. Smart Boost, a new feature of the OnePlus 6T, improves app cold start speeds by up to 20 percent through storing data from frequently used apps in the phone’s RAM. And when you need more power, OnePlus Fast Charge can quickly charge the OnePlus 6T’s 3,700mAh battery, which provides a 20 percent increase in battery life compared to OnePlus 6, for a full day of power in half an hour.

Introducing Nightscape 

The OnePlus 6T enhances the acclaimed camera experience of the OnePlus 6 with software optimizations and added features. The new Nightscape is perfect for capturing low-light urban environments with improved clarity, less noise, more accurate colour reproduction and better dynamic range. Working with critically acclaimed photographer and artist Kevin Abosch, the OnePlus 6T’s rear camera features Studio Lighting, a feature that has been fine-tuned to recognize faces and adjust the lighting accordingly to simulate professional lighting. Industry-leading HDR and portrait mode images are also improved, thanks to the clarity, dynamic range, and edge detection provided by OxygenOS. The OnePlus 6T rear cameras can capture 4K video footage at 60 frames per second, and Super Slow Motion at 1080p and 240fps / 720p and 480fps. Google Lens is also included as standard in the user interface. The camera hardware sees a combination of f/1.7 16 megapixel and f/1.7 20 megapixel rear-facing cameras, featuring Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic Image Stabilization, while the front-facing camera is f/2.0 16 megapixel, with Electronic Image Stabilization.

The OnePlus 6T will be available in Midnight Black and Mirror Black from November 6 on OnePlus.com, starting at £499. UK customers will also be able to purchase the OnePlus 6T from O2, EE, Vodafone, Amazon.co.uk, Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis and mobile distributor Data Select. 



About OnePlus

OnePlus is a global mobile technology company challenging conventional concepts of technology. Created around the “Never Settle” mantra, OnePlus creates exquisitely designed devices with the premium build quality and high-performance hardware focused around user experience. OnePlus thrives on cultivating strong bonds and growing together with its community of users and fans. For more information, please visit oneplus.com.

Pricing for European markets can be found here:

Product Name Europe* UK
OnePlus 6T Mirror Black 6GB+128GB EUR 549 GBP 499
OnePlus 6T Mirror Black 8GB+128GB EUR 579 GBP 529
OnePlus 6T Midnight Black 8GB+128GB EUR 579 GBP 529
OnePlus 6T Midnight Black 8GB+256GB EUR 629 GBP 579

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OnePlus Intros Nightscape Mode for Better Night Shots

OnePlus today announced that its 6T flagship phone will ship with a new tool called Nightscape Mode. This shooting tool uses the principles of HDR photography to capture and blend several exposures. The resulting images should be brighter, clearer, and have less noise. Low-light photography has also been sped up in Nightscape, allowing phones to focus and capture images in less than 2 seconds. OnePlus said this feature will be made available to the OnePlus 6 through a software update later this week.

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OnePlus 6T Packs Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader, Teardrop Notch, Dual Cameras

OnePlus today announced its flagship phone for the back half of the year, the OnePlus 6T. The phone is a significant upgrade to the OnePlus 6. To start, it improves the 6.41-inch screen by reducing the size of the notch. The display now has a teardrop-shaped cutout at the top, rather than a saddle-shaped notch. The Super AMOLED panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. OnePlus is one of the first few phone makers to adopt an under-the-glass fingerprint reader. The tech made its real-world debut at CES earlier this year, but has yet to reach many phones. The reader can detect fingerprints through the display, which allows OnePlus to create a more seamless device. OnePlus says the technology is fast enough and secure enough for everyday unlocking and mobile payments. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor at 2.8 GHz, and an Adreno 680 PGU with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of storage. The phone includes a 3,700mAh battery that supports OnePlus’ Dash Charge rapid charging tech. A dual camera system on the rear ensures the phone can capture portrait / bokeh images. It has a 20-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor at f/1.7 and a 16-megapixel SonyIMX376K sensor with OIS and EIS. The phone can capture slow-motion at up to 480fps. The 6T supports Cat 16 LTE and 42 different global LTE bands with 4×4 MIMO and five-channel carrier aggregation. The phone runs OnePlus’ OxygenOS, which is based on Android 9 Pie. OnePlus created its own swiping gestures for controlling the UI that are simpler to master than those from Google. The OnePlus 6T goes on sale November 1 for $549 in both Mirror Black and Midnight Black.

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T-Mobile to Sell OnePlus 6T at 5,600 Stores This Week

OnePlus today announced that T-Mobile will be its first official carrier partner in the U.S. T-Mobile has agreed to sell the OnePlus 6T flagship phone, which goes on sale November 1. OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau said the device will be available at some 5,600 T-Mobile stores. This is significant for OnePlus, as scoring a carrier distribution deal is the best way to reach U.S. consumers. Before today, OnePlus devices were only available online and via popup stores. In support of the launch, T-Mobile is offering $300 off the price of the OnePlus 6T with an eligible trade-in. The company will accept more than 30 different devices on trade, including popular models from Apple, Samsung, LG, and others. The 6 GB / 128 GB model costs $549, with the 8 GB / 128 GB model costing $579 and the 8 GB / 256 GB model costing $629.

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Live from the OnePlus UK launch

New York? No. We’re in London. It’s almost the same. In just a few minutes we’ll get our hands on the new OnePlus 6T as it receives the official launch treatment. You can watch the live video at the bottom of this page or, just for the kicks, you can enjoy our live Twitter stream below.

What do we know about the phone? Well, there’ll be no headphone jack and Vodafone will be ranging it. Also, we’ve got leaked specs. However, we also want to get a proper look at the thing, snapping real photos along with hands-on video of the new 6T. We also want to munch on those little snacks on sticks.

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