One of Honor’s latest releases, the Honor 8X, lives up to the name that Honor has created so far. Today we are going to compare it against the Oppo F9 to see which is a better buy. Both phones are of the similar price range but only one wins this showdown. Let’s start!
Design & Construction
If we are to base purely on aesthetics, the F9 is a much more fashionable choice. Boasting a tiny notch and a geometric pattern, the Oppo F9 is surely an eye-candy. It comes in three gradients: Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple, all of which are equally stunning. The Honor 8X is a bit modest with its solid color choices: Black, Blue, Red and Pink. The 8X also sports a notch but not as small as the F9’s as it houses the camera, a sensor and a LED flash. Both are well-built and stylish.
Thanks to its size, the Honor 8X was able to secure a larger display area of 6.5 inches compared to the F9’s 6.3 inches. Despite the bigger notch, the 8X also possesses a slightly larger screen-to-body ratio compared to the Oppo F9. But larger doesn’t necessarily mean better, as the F9’s pixel density of 409ppi is higher than the 8X’s 396ppi. It’s safe to call it a draw when it comes to display, as both phones have an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.
While equipped with amazing cameras, the 8X and F9 had differing priorities when it comes to subject. It’s still a draw technically, but it’s up to the user to decide which is better fit for their needs. The 8X has a 20MP+2MP dual rear camera and a 16MP front camera whereas the F9 has a 16MP+2MP dual rear camera and a 25MP front camera. If you are after taking amazing selfies or maybe even vlogging, you are better off with the Oppo F9. But if you are more into exploring mobile photography, the Honor 8x is a much more sensible choice. Both are equipped with cool shooting features that you can play around and experiment with.
Huawei is known to have their own chipsets that are also being used for Honor smartphones. The Honor 8X is powered by a Kirin 710 Octa-core processor that has roughly the same performance power as F9’s Helio P60 chipset. Much like the Honor Play, the 8X is better equipped for mobile gaming as it handles graphics processing well. The Oppo F9 on the other hand, while it falls behind in gaming, its processor is more geared towards camera performance and energy efficiency. But since the F9 consumes less power, it’s only built in with a non-removable 3,500mAH battery. Meanwhile, the 8X’s 3,750mAH capacity might just be a compromise.
All things considered, one of the advantages that the Honor 8X has is its price tag. At Php 12,990, it’s easy to judge that the 8X is a bang for your buck. The Kirin chipset made it possible for the 8X to go cheaper than any counterpart powered by a Helio P60. The Oppo F9 retails at Php 17,990, and that 5k difference doesn’t account for the slight differences in performance and features.