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Here’s everything we know about the Honor 8X

Last year’s Honor 7X quickly became one of our favorite budget phones. It had an appealing design, great specs, and came in at just $200. Rumors about an Honor 8X have been floating around for the past few months, but we now have confirmation that the phone is real after it was unveiled in China ahead of its impending international release. We think it will be landing in the U.S. and U.K. in October.

Design, display, and specs

Here’s everything we know about the Honor 8X

The Honor 8X is a seriously stylish-looking smartphone, despite its adoption of a notch in the display. It’s made from 2.5D textured aurora glass, which is layered to catch the light, like on the Honor 10. The eye-catching glass back sports a fingerprint sensor and folds into a metal frame, with the power and volume keys on the right spine as you gaze at the screen. The phone’s body is just 7.8mm thick.

The display is 6.5 inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. If you heard the rumors about a 7.12-inch display, that turned out to be the Honor 8X Max, which is also real but won’t be coming to the U.S.

You’re going to find the octa-core Kirin 710 chipset inside the Honor 8X — the same chip that’s in the Huawei Mate 20 Lite . It’s backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, though there may also be a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage version. We expect to see some interesting A.I. features on board, and there’s mention of an improved Eye Comfort mode to filter out blue light, as well as special display modes for night reading and sunlight legibility. It will likely run Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI over the top.

The dual-lens camera pairs a 20-megapixel lens with a 2-megapixel lens, and there’s a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s also a healthy 3,750mAh battery inside. The Honor 8X will come in black, blue, or red.

The specs are quite close to the Honor Play, which we just reviewed, but there are some tweaks and improvements that may make the Honor 8X more compelling for bargain hunters.

Release and pricing

Here’s everything we know about the Honor 8X

We know that the Honor 8X goes on sale in China soons for 1,399 Chinese Yuan, which is around $200 or 160 British pounds. We expect it to go on sale in the U.S. and U.K. in October, but we’ll have to confirm final pricing just as soon as we have it.

We’re keen to see if the Honor 8X can live up to its predecessor and claim a place on our best cheap phones list. Stay tuned for a full, in-depth Honor 8X review, which will be coming very soon.

Updated September 5, 2018: Added official details after Honor’s launch event.

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