Huawei Launches Honor 8X Handset Range to Maintain China Lead

Huawei has said it hopes to ship over 20 million units of its newly introduced Honor 8X series of smartphones, according to sources from Taiwan, who indicated that the presence of the devices in the sub-1,500 Chinese yuan price range will heap pressure on the other vendors in the segment, which include Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.

The Honor 8X features a 6.5″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 × 2340, 396 ppi, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, a screen-to-body ratio of 84.4% and an iPhone X-style notch. Powered by a Kirin 710 chipset, the handset has a 20+2MP dual-lens primary camera and a 16MP internal camera, both capable of shooting video in up to 1080p30.

Meanwhile, its larger sibling, the Honor 8X Max, has a 7.12″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 × 2244, 350ppi, an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, a screen-to-body ratio of 83.4% and a smaller “waterdrop” notch. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset, but its cameras are actually inferior to the standard 8X — 16+2MP for the primary camera and 8MP for the internal camera, which can only shoot video in 720p30.

Both devices run Android 8.1 and feature rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, up to 6GB RAM, up to 128GB internal storage and micro SD card slots, allowing users to increase storage by up to 256GB. Both handsets’ rear-facing and internal cameras also shoot in HDR.

The Honor 8X starts at 1,399 yuan (about $205) , while the 8X Max is priced from 1,499 yuan (around $220). Sources also said that the range has been designed to cement Huawei’s position as leader of the Chinese smartphone market.