HONOR X8a Review – Promising 100MP Main Camera at such a low price point
Here’s my HONOR X8a review which is currently on pre-order in the market today which features a 100MP camera, 6.7-inch display and more for just P10,999!
The HONOR X8a comes in a matte finish at the back that easily gets rid of fingerprints sticking around the back. The HONOR logo is also placed at the bottom part and it’s as subtle as your good intentions gone wrong.
The camera set up at the back is also slightly tweaked because of the number of lens they placed on this mid-range but ultimately awesome smartphone. Unlike the HONOR X7a with two lens, this one has four attachments at the back with different lenses and uses.
The button placements follow the standard design with the power button and the volume rocker still on the side. Despite all that, the phone’s design is great because it’s light and slim while having a really promising tactile feel.
Plus this smartphone comes in three different colors that would fit with your personality namely Titanium Silver, Cyan Lake and Midnight Black. Personally I’m happy with Midnight Black.
The display for the HONOR X8a comes with 6.7-inch display that’s got nearly zero bezel along the sides. As you can see above, the bezels are just really there to put a divide and mark but they barely do anything. This means better viewing or gaming experience when you use the X8a. There’s really nothing left to say with regards to this phone’s 93.6% screen-to-body ratio.
If there’s any drawback to the display/design, it’s that we have a “fat” chin but no biggie really as the phone can still be tactile and light.
Because of the good balance between size of the display, the super thin bezel and the weight, its’ a perfect companion or as we like to refer to it – a ‘daily driver’.
Lastly the 90Hz refresh rate makes it pleasant to look at your screen the whole day.
The Honor X8a features a triple camera setup which includes:
- 100 MP, f/1.9, (wide), AF
- 5 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
As well as a 16 MP, f/2.5 front camera.
HONOR advertised this budget-friendly smartphone as a “100MP Ultra-clear Image Every Shot is a Masterpiece”
Here are some of the sample shots taken with the HONOR X8a. First, there’s the normal photo setting…
And here’s a sample shot using the front camera/ selfie camera.
Video using the front camera can go up to around 1080p at 30fps.
Here’s a sample of video coverage using the X8a…
Additionally, I have to give much credit to the phone’s color grading and color solution. The extraordinary color performance can vividly express the urban hustle and bustle, restoring a world of fascination. With the 100MP main camera, you can also play around with lights and shadows with your shots elevating your mobile photography game to the next level.
I promise if you’re a starter in mobile photography, you’ll start to be conscious when it came to shooting landscapes and outdoor.
In terms of gaming, the HONOR X8a is a good smartphone for gaming whether it’s those popular games like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile and more. The forward firing speakers sound great (not tunog lata) and pretty much OK when it comes to the quality.
You may experience some frame drops here even on bare minimum settings for these aforementioned games. Then there could also be some heating issues from time to time but again, I cannot stress enough that the MediaTek processor isn’t built to withstand big games but still passable.
I’m also quite happy with the HONOR X8a’s battery giving us 4800mAH with a special “power saving” system in place to keep things more energy efficient. They Type-C charger also features a 22.5 Watts fast charging system which I think is a great addition especially for a midrange smartphones.
Phone Settings/ UI / UX
I was surprised that you can multitask smoothly with a smartphone with this price range. I was floored that its not just a smartphone with a good camera, it’s also a great smartphone for work and play. The phone comes with a 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage. Going back to multitasking, its made easier because of the convenient with the MediaTek Helio G88 together with the Android 12 side by side with the Magic UI 6.1.
Biggest drawback for me is the lack of expandable memory on the phone.
Overall, the Honor X8a is an enjoyable smartphone that keeps it’s promise of giving us quality photos while maintaining a really good price point. The screen is good and the gaming’s just right for short bursts of gaming between your busy day. It’s also light that you’d wonder how they can fit a good photo processor in it.
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