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[Review] Similar But Different- HONOR X8 5G



Larger battery

Notable downgrades

Decent performance


5G functionality


RM 999

Are you getting a feeling of déjà vu? Longtime readers of our reviews might have noticed that we already did a review of the HONOR X8. However, eagle-eyed readers might notice the “5G” next to the HONOR X8. What we have here is an updated model of the phone.

While some things in this phone might be similar to the old model, several changes have made it more different than you might expect.



The HONOR X8 5G weighs 194g and has a thickness of 8.68mm. Even though the overall size is slightly larger compared to the HONOR X8, it is a negligible difference that is unnoticeable.

For the back of the phone, the quad camera setup leaves a slight bump that might leave some people annoyed. But personally, it did not bother me as much as I thought it would.

The volume and lock button is on the right side of the phone, while the SIM card tray is on the left. The bottom of the phone has a USB 2.0 Type-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.


Display and Audio

The smartphone has a 6.5-inch FullView Display with a 1600x720 resolution and up to 90Hz refresh rate. It is a slight downgrade to the HONOR X8, which has a 6.7-inch screen with a 2388 x 1080 resolution.

There is also a setting to adjust the screen’s refresh rate, allowing users to change it for performance or to conserve battery power.

For the audio, the X8 5G has mono speakers that do not meet up to my expectations when watching videos and listening to music.



The HONOR X8 5G includes a quad camera setup, featuring a 48MP main camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth camera. The phone lacks the 5MP ultrawide-angle camera that is present in the HONOR X8.

Overall, I find the quality of the pictures I took are of decent quality and substantial for any casual photographer.



The phone comes with a Qualcomm SM4350-AC Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor and an Adreno 619 GPU.

It has 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM that can be expanded with an additional 2GB with HONOR RAM Turbo.

Testing the game out with Genshin Impact, I was able to run the game relatively smoothly at 45FPS on medium settings.



The phone comes with a 5000 mAh battery, an improvement from the 4000 mAh battery seen in the HONOR X8 and allowing for much longer usage before charging. However, it retains the 22.5W Fast Charging, taking around an hour to charge it from 20% to 100%.


Buy or no buy

Overall, I feel that the HONOR X8 5G might not be as big of an improvement as I had anticipated compared to the HONOR X8. While the larger battery and 5G functionality in the processor is a nice addition, the downgrade in the camera and display department might be a turnoff for some people.

For the price of RM799, it is a “you get what you pay for” type of smartphone that might be serviceable for anyone who wants a decent phone while on a tight budget.

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