Honor 8X vs R20,000 flagship smartphones

Honor recently launched its 8X smartphone in South Africa, which is aimed at giving users a flagship experience at a low price point.

The device sells for R5,499 locally, but delivers a set of features which will make price-conscious consumers who want a top-end experience stop and take notice.

The 8X features a 6.5-inch LCD display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, Kirin 710 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and microSD 400GB support, LTE support, dual rear cameras with AI features, and a 3,750mAh battery.

One the software side, the phone runs EMUI 8.2 – a Huawei-skinned version of Android 8.

The combination of this hardware and software means it will handle almost all tasks an average user throws at it, and its stylish chassis and very high screen-to-body ratio provide good looks too.

Buying a flagship

While the Honor 8X is an attractive device, it is not a flagship phone, however.

Sporting similar screen sizes, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Apple iPhone Xs Max provide a superior offering in terms of technology and performance – albeit at a much higher price point.

The iPhone Xs with its 6.5-inch OLED display will set you back R23,999 for a 64GB model, while the Galaxy S9+ currently sells for R15,699.

The two flagships offer better displays thanks to their OLED technology and other improved aspects like superior cameras.

The argument for a cheaper phone over the flaships, though, is how much more are you willing to pay for incremental improvements or advantages?

While the iPhone and Galaxy phones will take superior photos, for example, are they so far superior to the 8X that you will pay or three or four time more for them?

The same can be said with LTE download speeds. A flagship may offer superior theoretical maximum download speeds, but will you ever take advantage of this in South Africa?

The 8X is not a replacement for a flagship device, but it is an alternative users may consider if price is a strong factor when deciding on which smartphone they will buy next.


The table below details the specifications of the devices.

Device Apple iPhone XS Max Samsung Galaxy S9+ Honor 8X
OS iOS 12 Android 8.0 EMUI 8.2
Dimensions 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm (208g) 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (189g) 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm (175g)
Display 6.5-inch OLED (2,688 x 1,242) 6.2-inch OLED (1,440 x 2,960) 6.5-inch LCD (2,340 x 1,080)
Processor A12 Bionic Exynos 9810 Kirin 710
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB 128GB, MicroSD 400GB 64GB, MicroSD 400GB
Rear camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP 20MP + 2MP
Front camera 7MP 8MP 16MP
Cellular 4G/LTE 4G/LTE 4G/LTE
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Lightning Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm Jack Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm Jack, MicroUSB
Biometrics Face ID Fingerprint, Face, Iris Fingerprint, Face Scan
Durability IP68 IP68
Battery 3,174mAh 3,500mAh 3,750mAh
Price R23,999 R15,699 R5,499

The devices

Honor 8X
Honor 8X
Galaxy S9+
Galaxy S9+
iPhone Xs Max
iPhone Xs Max

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