Honor 8X Max Review: A Budget Smartphone Beasts With Massive Screen


The definition of the giant screen Smartphone industry has been constantly changing.  In just 2018, we saw two giant screen phones with screen sizes of 6.9 and 6.95 inches respectively. It can be said that the screen of the mobile phone has broken through 7 inches. On September 5, Honor released the Honor 8X Smartphone series at Xi’an University of Electronic Science and Technology.

The two new handsets are Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max, respectively, and the screen ratio is over 90%. What surprised us, even more, is that the Honor 8X Max has a screen size of 7.12 inches, which makes it a giant screen Smartphone.

Currently its simple version Honor 8X selling at geekbuying in just $258.99 (4GB + 64GB ) using the discount code ADIGQKHI, and its (6GB + 64GB) version price is 299.99 after applying this coupon code ABBTZUVP and if you want this Smartphone with extra ROM, so you can get it’s ( 6GB + 128GB) variant for $358.99 by using this coupon code: YETIHPBD.

In addition, for those who are likes large screen Smartphones, so its large screen version Honor 8X Max also available at geekbuying, its (6GB + 64GB) version price is 268.99 after applying this coupon code AJBQYJDS and if you want this large screen Smartphone with extra ROM, so you can buy it’s (4GB + 128GB) variant for $319.99 by using this coupon code: UBXITNIP.

How does Honor make the size of the phone so large, while maintaining a good grip? The difficulty of this can be imagined. It is necessary to break through the size of the existing giant screen mobile phone and to control the width of the fuselage to ensure a more comfortable grip, but it is an extremely complicated matter, which is not realized by simple hardware stacking. Let’s take a look at how Honor 8X Max is done.

7.12 inch Screen 90% + High Screen Ratio

The Honor 8X Max is equipped with an unprecedented 7.12-inch screen, which realizes the wonderful three sides border-less design. At the same time, the sleek pearl shape design is integrated into the mobile phone, and the screen ratio is as high as 90.05%. The 7.12-inch screen has a resolution of 2244×1080 and a full-field display ratio of 18.7:9. The narrow bezel design complements the further narrowed screen, giving the Honor 8X Max a grip that is only the size of a 6.3-inch phone.

As a giant screen audio and video equipment, Honor 8X Max use a screen, as low as a 2nit screen to make movies more comfortable in low light condition, and in strong sunlight the screen will automatically brighten, making the phone picture brighter and clearer. In order to further enhance the comfort of viewing, Honor 8X Max also added a low blue light filter to effectively filter the harmful blue light that causes eye fatigue, adjust the color temperature and brightness, and prevent visual fatigue. There is more than 4096 brightness adjustment technology, the brightness is more pleasant.

These also make it the world’s first Rhine eye-certified Smartphone series. For the first time, Honor and Rhein applied the low-blue and light bio-safety certification to the Honor 8X series, which gives the device an eye protection model 2.0 that meets the Rhine standard to better protect our eyes. Therefore, reading with Honor 8X Max, the experience is more comfortable, and its reading mode has a paper-like reading experience, quite powerful.

Honor 8X Max is certified by Rhein Eye Care

Honor 8X Max’s 3D composite panel design is quite different from the common glass phone. It has a double-engraved texture stitching design on a single back panel, with a lens broken texture on the back side and a lens texture on the other side.

The texture presents a different light perception that is very special. Its body thickness is only 8.13mm, and the large arc brought by the 3D composite sheet effectively enhances the grip feel, makes the big screen easier to hold, and easily fits into the pocket. In the choice of color, Honor 8X Max release in three colors, such as charm sea blue, magic night black, and charm flame red.

7.12 inches / 6.28 inches / 1.8 inches

In order to show the 7.12-inch giant screen of the Honor 8X Max, we took a 6.28-inch Smartphone (2280×1080) and a 1.8-inch function device (160×128) for comparison. Compared with the 6.28-inch Smartphone, the width of the Honor 8X Max is not too wide, but the length is really long, no wonder the size can be so high. Compared to this 1.8-inch function device, the Honor 8X Max is really a giant.

Dolby panoramic sound dual speaker 5000mAh large power large satisfaction

The Honor 8X Max features high-profile dual speakers, not just louder, it also supports Dolby Atmos! Dolby panoramic sound can combine the content of the film to present a dynamic sound effect, and more realistically create a sound effect from far and near. Achieve 360° omnidirectional sound field surround, showing more sound details and enhancing the audience’s viewing experience. At present, most only use a single speaker, and all the sounds come out from only one mouth, which can not fully display the sound field effects in the movie.

We talk about the immersive audio and video experience. The first is, of course, the huge screen with an immersive experience. The first element is the screen size, and then the screen ratio. Under the premise that the screen can meet our requirements, the sound effect has increasingly become great of mobile phone viewing.

The two speakers have appeared in the Honor flagship Smartphone Honor Note 10, this time finally released to the mid-range, Honor 8X Max benefited from this, even with Dolby panoramic sound dual speakers.

Honor 8X Max Dolby Panoramic Sound Dual Speaker

In the call experience, Honor 8X Max brings an innovation – hands-free dual ring. The principle of hands-free dual-sounding is that the hands-free external sound is sounded by the traditional lower sound chamber, optimized for the current upper and lower dual-pitched sounds. The hands-free calling dual speakers sound at the same time, and the ears in the noisy environment do not need to be close to the speakers and can have a clearer video and voice experience.

The hands-free calling sound position is in the center of the screen, and the user experience is closer to the real state. At the same time, it solves the problem that the sub-MIC and the upper sound chamber are too close when the dual sound is loud, and a large amount of voice is transmitted back to the MIC, resulting in the problem of hands-free echo.

One of the Honor 8X Max dual speakers

When the audio-visual experience made a leap, the time for the friends to watch the film increased a lot. If there is no large-capacity battery, there will be no electricity in minutes! The Honor 8X Max uses 5000mAh of the large battery, and users can also use it for one and a half days. Fully charged to support watching video for 20 hours, playing games for 12 hours, listening to music for 72 hours.

The most important thing is that Honor 8X Max supports 9V/2A fast charge, the highest 18W charging power, can charge 31% in 30 minutes, can be full in 2 hours! It also supports OTG fast reverse charging, supports reverse charging of mobile phone 0.5A, and supports fast reverse charging of rechargeable hardware 1A such as charging treasure. It is very convenient to use it to charge the Honor Band 4.

The Honor 8X Max is available in 2 versions, one with a Snapdragon 660 and one with a Snapdragon 636 in lower-priced. The Snapdragon 636 adopts a 14nm process, 8 core kyro260, and the highest frequency is 1.8Ghz. The Adreno 509 GPU is 10% better than the Adlonno 508 of the Snapdragon 630. Performance is 40% higher than Snapdragon 630. The Snapdragon 660 is equivalent to the enhanced version of the Snapdragon 636. The CPU has a higher frequency and the GPU is upgraded to Adreno 512.

The version we got this time is the Honor 8X Max standard version, with 4GB + 128GB storage combination. Although the performance of the standard version is not as strong as the high-end version, the performance of the Snapdragon 636 is quite strong from the past performance.

Honor 8X Max Geekbench Score


In the Geekbench 4 test, the Honor 8X Max Standard Edition scored 1329 points for a single-core and 4,933 points for a multi-core. There is a gap with the Snapdragon 660, but it is not obvious. Compared with the Snapdragon 630, the single-core score of the Snapdragon 636 has been strengthened. It is more convenient to handle large-scale applications and games, and the fluency is obviously improved.

Honor 8X Max Antutu Score

In the comprehensive performance review of Antutu, the comprehensive Antutu score of the Honor 8X Max standard version reached 115354 points, which the CPU score reached 55880 points, and the GPU score reached 21139 points. This performance is sufficient for most everyday applications, and has relatively good game performance and is more practical.

Honor 8X Max 3D Mark Points

In the 3D Mark test, which specifically tests GPU graphics performance, the Honor 8X Max Standard Edition scored 1463 points in the “Sling Shot” scene. 3D Mark’s evaluation is that more than 66% of other devices, the game performance is medium to the top, playing a game of “Glory of the King” is still not much pressure.

Honor 8X Max “Glory of the King” measured

In the subsequent “Glory of the Kings” test, the game performance of the Honor 8X Max Standard Edition proved our above inference. Game testing is performed in high frame rate, high quality, multi-threaded mode.

In most of the game, the Honor 8X Max standard version, the “Glory of the King” frame rate is maintained at 40 ~ 50FPS, large-scale group battle will fall back to 30 ~ 40FPS, GameBench average frame rate of 42FPS. Overall, it is better to experience than the non-high frame rate mode. If you want to make the game experience smoother, it is a good idea to adjust the picture quality properly.

Honor 8X Max Game Assistant

In addition, in the system interface, there is also a “game assistant” for the game. Turning on “game acceleration” can significantly improve the game performance, and can also turn on the message do not disturb function, shielding except for incoming calls, SMS, QQ. Other information outside of the game allows you to focus more on the game without missing important personal/work messages. Honor 8X Max also supports game network acceleration, wifi / seamless switching, intelligent selection of the optimal network, making the game faster and easier to bend.

Giant screen dual-picture quality clear EMUI8.2 wisdom upgrade

The Honor 8X Max rear 16MP + 2MP HD dual camera, F2.0 aperture, support PDAF high-speed phase focusing technology, focusing speed as fast as 0.2s, not only can watch long movies, but also can grab long movies, and can easily grasp the movement you.

Outdoor Samples

The outdoor samples of the Honor 8X Max are amazing, the color reproduction is more accurate, the picture quality is clear and delicate, and it has a good imaging effect.

Indoor Samples

While shooting indoors, the Honor 8X Max is not particularly stunning, but the photo reproduction ability is basically in place, and there are not too many underexposed or overexposed photos in normal photography.

Portrait Mode Samples

Thanks to the good optimization ability of the dual camera, the portrait of the Honor 8X Max has taken a large-scale style, and the details of the picture are in place. The characters in the 2 samples are not leaking, and the foundation is solid.

Backlight and Side Light Samples

For the backlight of the Honor 8X Max, we were just taking a shot, but the results were unexpected. When the lens is facing the direction of the sun, the scenery under the sun does not become very dim, but it is naturally clear, the green leaves are full of vitality, and the sun that has become bigger due to exposure is full of charm, and friends who have purchased can try this photo shoot.

Selfie Camera

Honor 8X Max front 8MP lens, 1.12μm large size single pixel sensing area, also has F2.0 aperture. It has a level 10 beauty level, and the beauty is beautiful! From plain to makeup, the can help you easily. In the actual experience, the Honor 8X Max is still quite powerful, and the beauty of the 10th level is enough to be half.

Honor 8X Max front camera Samples
Honor 8X Max with EMUI 8.2 system

The EMUI 8.2 system has a lot of user-friendly features and upgrades. EMUI performs scalpel-style deep optimization on the underlying to make the system run more efficiently.

EMUI 8.2 also gives more care to different user groups. For example, the Honor 8X Max student mode supports great Internet access, filters illegal websites; can add anti-addiction applications, can limit the use time of restricted applications; at the same time support remote positioning, so that family members can be more assured.

Student mode/font size

If it is used by aged family members, Honor 8X Max can easily adjust the size of the font, the display is more clear, it has small, standard, large, extra large font size, choose the most suitable size. Honor 8X Max’s eye protection mode effectively reduces blue light radiation and prevents eye strain.

Fingerprint recognition and face recognition

The Honor 8X Max supports Face Unlock 2.0, which can be unlocked in low illumination and quickly unlocked in the evening. Face recognition also brings a better application lock function. When accessing a third-party app, you can set face to unlock to open a third-party app, which can only be opened by yourself, effectively protecting personal privacy. Of course, Honor 8X Max also supports rear fingerprint recognition, 0.35s unlock, chip-level security protection, and easier to use with face recognition.


The Honor 8X Max sets a new benchmark for the mid-range giant screen Smartphone. Its size is unmatched by other Smartphones, and the 7.12-inch giant screen makes it the largest smartphone ever. Honor 8X Max brings Dolby panoramic sound in mid-range with a large screen, bringing shocking surround sound effects to the big screen phone, allowing more people to enjoy the extraordinary charm of Dolby panoramic sound.

What’s even more surprising is that it gives the giant screen phone a full price/performance ratio. Compared with other competing phones, the Honor 8X Max has a larger screen, 18.7:9 full-screen view is wider, the audio and video experience is even better, the starting price of 1499 yuan (about $218) is very kind, and it becomes a portable theater that everyone can have. A new wave of smartphone screens.

Where to buy it?

For those who are interested in buying its simple version Honor 8X that is currently selling at geekbuying in just $258.99 (4GB + 64GB ) using the discount code ADIGQKHI, and its (6GB + 64GB) version price is 299.99 after applying this coupon code ABBTZUVP and if you want this Smartphone with extra ROM, so you can get it’s ( 6GB + 128GB) variant for $358.99 by using this coupon code: YETIHPBD.

In addition, for those who are likes large screen Smartphones, so its large screen version Honor 8X Max also available at geekbuying, its (6GB + 64GB) version price is 268.99 after applying this coupon code AJBQYJDS and if you want this large screen Smartphone with extra ROM, so you can buy it’s (4GB + 128GB) variant for $319.99 by using this coupon code: UBXITNIP.


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