After announcing it in China last month, Huawei sub-brand Honor has now launched the Honor 8X smartphone in the Indian market. The smartphone sports a premium look, glass-finish back, dual camera setup, a display notch, and supports the company's GPU Turbo Technology. At its [price point]https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/honor-8x-price-14999-india-launch-specifications-features-1932819), the Honor 8X is set to compete with a host of smartphones in the Indian smartphone segment. Honor will face stiff competition from companies like Xiaomi, Realme](https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/realme-phones), and Nokia in the fiercely contested mid-range segment.
Before it goes on sale on October 24 via Amazon India, we pit the Honor 8X (4GB RAM + 64GB Storage) with the Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM + 64GB Storage), Realme 2 Pro (4GB RAM + 64GB Storage), and Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM + 64GB Storage) to see how it fares on paper. Of course we will have a comprehensive review of the smartphone coming up soon, so stay tuned for that as well.
Starting with the newly launched Honor 8X, the smartphone is priced in India starting at Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option, and it will go on sale exclusively via Amazon India from October 24 onwards. The smartphone will be available in Black, Red, and Blue colour options.
Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in the country priced at Rs. 13,999, but it was later raised to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. Colour options for the smartphone are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold, and it is sold across Flipkart and Mi.com.
Comparatively, the price in India of Nokia 6.1 Plus is Rs. 15,999 for the sole 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. It comes in Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Gloss Midnight Blue colour options, and is sold via Flipkart and Nokia online store.
Lastly, the Realme 2 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 13,990 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model, and is the cheapest of this lot. The smartphone comes in three colour variants - Black Sea, Blue Ocean, and Ice Lake, and is sold exclusively via Flipkart.
All the phones support dual-SIM slots and run on Android 8.1 Oreo with customised skins on top, except for the Nokia 6.1 Plus which delivers the stock Android experience, and is also a part of the Android One program.
The Honor 8X sports the largest 6.5-inch display, with the Realme 2 Pro coming in second with a 6.3-inch, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus following suit with a 5.99-inch and 5.8-inch displays respectively. All the panels have full-HD resolution, and only the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the only one that doesn't sport a notch.
The Xiaomi and Nokia phones are powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor, the Realme 2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor, while the Honor 8X is powered by the HiSilicon Kiron 710 processor. At the price point, all phones offer 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, however other RAM and storage options are offered by the companies at a slightly higher price tag. The Nokia 6.1 Plus offers only one RAM + storage model. Expansion of storage is supported on all phones via microSD card slot (up to 256GB).
Coming to the optics, all the phones sport a rear dual camera setup and one selfie sensor. The Honor 8X comes with one 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and fixed focus. The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel monochrome sensor, with a 16-megapixel sensor at the front. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, sports one 12-megapixel primary sensor, a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 20-megapixel selfie camera sensor with a LED flash. Lastly, the Realme 2 Pro bears a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor, and houses a 16-megapixel front sensor as well.
The largest battery is found on the Redmi Note 5 Pro at 4,000mAh, and the Honor 8X comes in second at 3,750mAh, followed by the Realme 2 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus at 3,500mAh and 3,060mAh respectively.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also the heaviest at 181 grams, and the lightest is the Nokia 6.1 Plus at 151 grams. The Honor 8X is the thinnest at 7.8mm, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus is the thickest at 8.59mm. All the phones also support 3.5mm audio jack.
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|Release date||September 2018||September 2018||July 2018||February 2018|
|Launched in India||Yes||-||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||156.70 x 74.00 x 8.50||160.40 x 76.60 x 7.80||147.20 x 70.98 x 8.59||158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3500||3750||3060||4000|
|Colours||Ice Lake, Blue Ocean, Black Sea||Black, Blue||Gloss White, Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Black||Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold|
|Screen size (inches)||6.30||6.50||5.80||5.99|
|Resolution||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2280 pixels||1080x2160 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||-||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||409||396||-||-|
|Processor||1.8GHz octa-core||2.2GHz octa-core||octa-core||1.8GHz octa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660||HiSilicon Kirin 710||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256||256||400||128|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||-||-||-|
|Rear camera||16-megapixel (f/1.7) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)||20-megapixel (f/1.8) + 2-megapixel||16-megapixel (f/2.0) + 5-megapixel||12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)|
|Rear autofocus||Yes||Phase detection autofocus||-||Phase detection autofocus|
|Rear flash||Yes||-||Dual LED||LED|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||16-megapixel (f/2.0)||20-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 8.1||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.1||Android 7.1.1|
|Skin||ColorOS 5.2||EMUI 8.2||-||MIUI 9|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 4.20||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2||2||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||-||-||-|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3D face recognition||-||-||-||No|