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Honor 8X vs OPPO F9: Head-to-head comparison

Let’s compare the two!

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The Honor 8X is going global very soon! While we wait for the upcoming midranger to reach the international market, let’s compare it against one of its rivals — the OPPO F9.

In this head-to-head comparison, we’re going to take a look at the specs, camera performance, and battery life of the two smartphones.

Specs

Honor 8X
OPPO F9
Display 6.5-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio 6.3-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 710 MediaTek Helio P60
Graphics Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G72 MP3
Memory 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB 64GB
Rear camera 20MP f/1.8 + 2MP 16MP f/1.8 + 2MP
Front camera 16MP f/2.0 25MP f/2.0
Battery 3750mAh (non-removable) 3500mAh (non-removable)
Other features Rear fingerprint scanner, Face unlock Rear fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
OS Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2 Android 8.1 Oreo w/ ColorOS 5.2

 

The two phones sport pretty big and tall displays, but the Honor 8X has the larger of the two. Watching videos and playing games will feel more immersive on the Honor 8X’s 6.5-inch display versus on the OPPO F9’s 6.3-inch panel. Although, the notch on the OPPO F9 is less obtrusive and has a better appeal, at least for us.

Both phones are powered by an octa-core processor. The Honor 8X has the new Kirin 710 processor from HiSilicon, while the OPPO F9 is using MediaTek’s popular Helio P60 processor. Both are midrange-class processors and manufactured using the 12nm process, which makes them more efficient and closer to flagship performance. The Honor 8X has an edge with its software-based GPU Turbo on select games.

As for storage, both have 64GB of expandable storage, but the Honor 8X can go up to 128GB. When it comes to memory, the Honor 8X has a standard 4GB memory, while the OPPO F9 already has 6GB of memory. Having more memory is suited for multitasking, but both phones will be able to run smoothly even with multiple apps running in the background.

Like with other Android phones, the Honor 8X and OPPO F9 have their fingerprint reader on the back. This is pretty standard among smartphones today and both can read accurately and quickly.

When it comes to software, both run Android Oreo out of the box but each one has its own skin on top. The Honor 8X has EMUI 8.2, while OPPO has ColorOS 5.2.

Camera

You can find dual rear cameras and crisp selfie shooters on both the Honor 8X and the OPPO F9. Not only that, they’re AI-enabled everytime you take a shot, so it knows what to do to help you take a better photo.

Check out the samples below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a recap, the Honor 8X has a 20-megapixel main shooter paired with a 2-megapixel sensor for bokeh effect. The OPPO F9, on the other hand, has a 16-megapixel f/1.8 main camera plus a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front-facing camera of the Honor 8X is a 16-megapixel sensor, while the OPPO F9 has an impressive 25-megapixel shooter.

Battery

The Honor 8X has a bigger battery than the OPPO F9’s: 3750mAh versus 3500mAh. The additional 250mAh of the Honor 8X could help the phone last longer, but maybe not that much.

Using a standard 1080p video loop test on both phones, we were able to get 16 hours and 40 minutes on the Honor 8X and 18 hours and 10 minutes on the OPPO F9.

And that’s it! So, which of the two phones is your GadgetMatch?


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.

REVIEW: iPhone SE

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.

REVIEW: POCO X2

Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

August 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 400 to US$ 600.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

OnePlus Nord (EUR 499 / US$ 570)

The OnePlus Nord launched with plenty of fanfare from OnePlus fans. After a few phones that veered away from providing flagship-level phones for less, OnePlus is back in that game. What we have is almost all the necessities you can want from any really capable phone.

Review: OnePlus Nord

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (EUR 349/ US$ 448)

Xiaomi’s here with yet another fantastic value-for-money device. While we found this phone’s cameras to be less than ideal, that doesn’t mean they’re bad at all. And this can easily be addressed in a software update. The Mi Note 10 Lite is stellar at this price point, hitting most of what you’ll need on a smartphone.

Review: Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

OPPO Reno3 (PhP 28,990 / US$ 575)

The design of the Reno3 feels like a departure from the journey that OPPO took when they launched the first Reno phone. That said, this is still a solid all-around smartphone at this price point. It does about everything well enough to merit this inclusion. It’s not stellar, but it’s solid.

REVIEW: OPPO Reno3

POCO F2 Pro [6GB/128GB] (EUR 499/ US$ 560)

It feels premature adding this here but if the previous POCO phone was any indication, we probably have another worthy option at this price point. Worth noting though that the higher configuration (8GB/256GB) breached premium space — which is uncharted territory for the POCO brand.

LAUNCH: POCO F2 Pro

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (US$ 599)

Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life — that’s the LSS-inducing theme of the Galaxy A71 as it was being teased. Lo and behold, Samsung wasn’t lying. The phone certainly lives up to the hype and while specs-wise there may be cheaper options out there, the package that Samsung has put together is quite enticing. And in the US, it’s the most affordable phone with support for 5G.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (US$ 449)

Finally. A Galaxy Note sans the gimmicks. The Galaxy Note line has always been a premium offering. And while this isn’t exactly budget, it’s still a lot more affordable than the usual stylus-paired smartphone from Samsung.

WATCH HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy Note 10

realme X3 SuperZoom (Php 24,990 / US$ 509)

The realme X3 SuperZoom is equipped with late 2019 flagship specs — Snapdragon 855+, 64MP main camera, 120Hz screen refresh rate — while being priced at just a little over half the price of phones with comparable specs. realme is playing in that flagship killer territory and certainly deserves more attention.

Review: realme X3 SuperZoom

OnePlus 7T (US$ 499)

With the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro going the premium flagship route in terms of pricing, this leaves the OnePlus 7T as the last remaining remnant of their flagship killing ways. There is news of a One Plus Z looming in the horizon. However, until it arrives, the OnePlus 7T is the phone to get at this price point

UNBOXING & HANDS-ON: OnePlus 7

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