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 Vivo V11.
In this head-to-head, we’re going to take a look at the specs, camera performance, and battery life of the two smartphones.
Let’s start the comparison of the Honor 8X and the Vivo V11 on paper. As an overview, here’s a table of the phones’ specs:
|Display||6.5-inch IPS LCD (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio||6.41-inch Super AMOLED (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 710||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660|
|Graphics||Mali-G51 MP4||Adreno 512|
|Rear camera||20MP f/1.8 + 2MP||12MP f/1.8 + 5MP|
|Front camera||16MP f/2.0||25MP f/2.0|
|Battery||3750mAh (Non-removable)||3400mAh (Non-removable)|
|Other features||Rear fingerprint scanner, Face unlock||In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2||Android 8.1 Oreo w/ Funtouch OS 4.5|
Both phones sport pretty large and tall displays, but the Honor 8X has the bigger of the two. At 6.5 inches, your videos and games will feel more immersive on the Honor 8X’s display, but that doesn’t make the other phone’s display inferior. With a Super AMOLED panel, the Vivo V11 can show content with vibrant colors.
When it comes to processing power, both sport an octa-core processor. The Honor 8X is powered by the new Kirin 710 processor from HiSilicon, a fully owned company by Huawei. The Vivo V11, on the other hand, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Since the Kirin 710 is newer, it’s fabricated using the latest 12nm processor while the Snapdragon 660 is made with the older 14nm process. This makes the Kirin 710 more efficient — at least on paper — and it is software-enhanced with GPU Turbo to boost the gaming performance.
As for memory and storage, both phones have different configurations. The Honor 8X has a pretty standard 4GB memory and 64GB/128GB storage combo. The Vivo V11 takes it further with 6GB memory and 128GB storage. Having less memory won’t necessarily make the Honor 8X slower, but it’ll definitely get filled with active apps faster due to less space.
The fingerprint reader on both phones is applied differently. The Honor 8X has the fingerprint scanner on its back, making it easy to unlock using the index finger. This placement is pretty popular among other Android phones as well. The Vivo V11’s in-display reader is indeed impressive, but it’s not as accurate and fast as the Honor 8X’s.
On the software side of things, both run Android Oreo out of the box but with their respective customizations. The Honor 8X has EMUI 8.2, while the Vivo V11 has Funtouch OS 4.5.
With dual rear cameras and high-resolution selfie shooters, both phones have an edge in mobile photography. On top of the impressive hardware, they even have AI working with the camera to take the best possible photo.
Check out the samples below:
For a quick refresher, the Honor 8X has 20- and 2-megapixel rear shooters with an f/1.8 aperture, while the Vivo V11 has a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main camera accompanied by a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. The front-facing camera of the Honor 8X has a 16-megapixel sensor versus the 25-megapixel of the Vivo V11.
Both the Honor 8X and the Vivo V11 have large batteries at 3750mAh and 3400mAh, respectively. The extra 350mAh of the Honor 8X could help the phone last longer, but there are a lot of factors that affect battery life.
Using a 1080p video loop test on both phones, we were able to get 16 hours and 40 minutes on the Honor 8X, while the Vivo V11 was able to last for 18 hours and 8 minutes.
There you have it! So, which of the two phones is your GadgetMatch?
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor
The Honor 8X is a storage space beast
More space than you think you’ll need
Having some extra space can always come in handy. With the Honor 8X, you’ll have all the extra space you can possibly need.
Internally, the storage can go as high as 128GB but it doesn’t stop there. The phone has a microSD card slot that supports up to a whopping 400GB of additional storage.
The Honor 8X has the all the space to handle memories you take with the phone.
It can even hold files and other media from your other devices so you can take them wherever you go.
Photos, videos, documents, apps — it doesn’t matter what it is. You’ll have access to them whenever and wherever because the storage on the Honor 8X is just ridiculously massive.
It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “lost in space.”
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor Philippines
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HMD Global continues trying to lift the Nokia phone brand to where it was before. While they’re still far from being on top again, the current Nokia phones are quite compelling. The latest we have is the Nokia 6.1 Plus, which is practically the Nokia X6 we first heard of in China.
This is Nokia’s first notched phone. While that doesn’t necessarily make it any better, this is a stepping stone for Nokia as they embrace the popular design choice for modern bezel-less devices.
Is the Nokia 6.1 Plus any good? Here’s what I have to say.
It’s got a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display
The notch houses the front camera, earpiece, and sensors
The chin gives the phones a bit of a balance
There’s a hybrid card tray on the left…
… while on the right are the physical buttons
On top are the audio port and noise-canceling microphone
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The back is a slab of smooth glass
The fingerprint reader sits below the camera module
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It owns a common design
Design-wise, there’s not much to talk about. The look and feel of the Nokia 6.1 Plus are not that different from its competitors. It’s got the same aesthetic of the ASUS ZenFone 5 with an aluminum frame sandwiched by curved glass. Nokia claims to use Gorilla Glass 3 to make theirs stronger and scratch-resistant.
The display of the phone measures 5.8 inches, so it’s more pocketable than most smartphones today. It also has a tall aspect ratio of 19:9 which makes it easier to hold in one hand. The Full HD+ resolution is sharp at this size and there’s nothing to complain about the overall quality of the phone’s display.
The notch might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but to be fair to Nokia, this is their first attempt. There are other Nokia phones without a notch that consumers can buy if they dislike it. The cutout is not as obtrusive as the iPhone’s, but there are no complicated sensors for facial recognition. Good thing the rear fingerprint reader is accurate and fast.
Overall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus stays true to the notion of Nokia’s build quality. The design is nowhere near iconic, but you’re not paying much for the phone either.
Performance is smooth as butter
The smooth operation of Android that we come to expect from Nokia phones is also present on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor paired with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. It’s a pretty standard midrange setup that’s able to perform smoothly even with a number of apps running in the background.
I didn’t encounter any hiccups or notice any lag during my time with the phone, but I can say that it loads apps slightly slower than on flagship phones. Of course, there’s no bloatware that hogs resources since the phone is under the Android One program, and it’ll have consistent updates for up to three years.
I wouldn’t say that the Nokia 6.1 Plus is ideal for gaming, but it can handle popular titles. The Adreno 509 GPU that comes with the chipset is more than capable of rendering medium to high-quality graphics depending on the game’s demand. My staple Asphalt 9: Legends racing game runs fine, but it’s definitely not the smoothest I’ve seen.
The camera is more than okay
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is equipped with dual rear shooters and a single wide-angle selfie camera. The main sensor at the back is 16 megapixels accompanied by a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There’s also a dual-tone LED flash to help in taking photos in the dark. For selfies, it’s got a 16-megapixel sensor.
Check out the samples:
Even without Zeiss branding on its cameras, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is able to take decent photos using both the front and rear cameras. They’re not the most appealing stills, but they’ll do good for social media. You can apply bokeh effects with the rear cameras, but it’s a bit cumbersome to use.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
If you want to stick to Nokia, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a convincing choice among its midrange lineup. It’s not as impressive as the Nokia 7 Plus we loved before, but it’s cheaper and smaller. For PhP 15,990 (US$ 300) in the Philippines and MYR 1,149 in Malaysia (US$ 280), it’s a pretty good deal. It’s an even better deal in India for just INR 15,999 or roughly US$ 215.
The phone offers pure Android software with timely updates, a sturdy build, and good performance. It’s an all-around device, but don’t expect it to be an ideal phone for everyone.
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