About Huawei Honor 8X - Review, Specs + more If you do not want to spend a lot of money on a smartphone, you're looking at perhaps the perfect phone for you - the Honor 8X. Created by Honor, which is actually a subsidiary of Huawei, it's available in the UK on pay monthly contract right now. But should you opt for this, or one of it's bigger more powerful brothers from Honor/Huawei? Let's find out... Bigger display - but the same size? In contrast to its nearly equal predecessor the 8S, the Honor 8X makes better use of its size. So the display could grow to 6.5 inches. There is also a material change, so to speak - only the frame is made of metal now. Huawei have decided to make the rear side out of glass (strengthened) so this inevitably means lots of fingerprints, but classy looks. The side buttons and the fingerprint scanner are easily accessible and made a big impression on our reviewer. There is no IP certification here, even though Huawei claim the phone is waterproof to an extent, it would have been nice to get that tested in the lab to be sure. More power and more megapixels In terms of performance, the new Kirin 710 CPU offers 20% greater performance than its predecessor. Not only for everyday tasks, but also for games, such as PUBG Mobile, the processor is well suited, as per this review. Honor 8X Display The display is high-resolution and offers a perfect coluor representation for the price, although it would be wrong to compare this richness an depth to higher end models like the P30 Pro as they are about 3x the price. So in terms of testing this we are only going on other phones within the budget sector, for fairness. And just to continue with that point, as far as the brightness is concerned, the reviews are not in agreement here so it's worth testing it out for yourself first if unsure. Some reviews say that there is not enough brightness when exposed to sunlight, while others describe the value of the screen at 469 candelas/ m² as above average. With a 91.6% sRGB gamut coverage and a contrast ratio of 1273:1, the phone’s display is vivid, full of colour, and thanks to the use of an IPS panel, there’s no visible colour shift when viewing the phone at extreme angles. At a peak brightness of 400cd/m², this isn't the most blinding smartphone display around, though, which means you may struggle to read your emails on particularly sunny days. Neither is it the most colour accurate display; with an average Delta E of 4.17 and a maximum of 12.62, it's less accurate than the Moto G6 Play, which achieves an average Delta E of 2.4 and a maximum of 6.82. Neither display is perfect, but they're both acceptable. About the Cameras The two cameras have been improved, too. They offer more megapixels and a depth sensor that allows photos with bokeh effect - often only seen in higher-end phones. Again the Honor brand brings things from the upper reaches of the market down into their lower-end phones, and why not? The photos from the cameras are sharp in daylight, but in low light, the quality decreases noticeably. Honor 8X Battery The battery capacity has also grown. It is now 3750 mAh which means it'll go and go, indeed some testers found that it lasted more than a day with even medium-level usage! Great news but this is clouded by the slow charging time. There is no fast charge system here sadly. What alternatives are there? It’s also worth considering the impressive Honor Play, which has a slightly smaller display, an even faster and more capable Kirin 970 processor and a similar camera configuration to the 8X. It is, however, more expensive. Away from Honor, its chief competitor Motorola has a number of attractive handsets. The Moto G6 Play and the G7 Play offers incredible value for money, particularly with their camera performance, which punch well above their low prices. These, however, don’t have the large 6.5in display; instead you have a 720p and 1080p 5.7in display, respectively. The Honor 9X, which supercedes this model, is now available in the UK and the price to buy is only £250. Check out our review and compare monthly Honor 9X deals here.