Honor 8X: Will HiSilicon Kirin 710 Processor Make It a Better Pick Over Its Competitors? Find Out

The Kirin 710 processor benefits from 12nm processing as against the 14nm nodes of the Snapdragon 660, but the latter gets Adreno 512 GPU with Vulkan API support


The much-awaited Honor 8X is coming to India, with Honor confirming the launch date for October 16. This superb mid-range smartphone is expected to launch at a really aggressive price to make it a strong challenger to the numerous Oriental offerings in the mid-range segment that promise premium smartphone experience for a budget.

Apart from a dual rear camera with a primary 20MP sensor, the new Honor 8X will have GPU Turbo and Huawei’s new HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, which is an improved replacement for the Kirin 659. In this post, we shall discuss whether or not you should fall for the Kirin 710 processor if the handset releases for a price point of less than Rs. 18,000 as is being speculated.

Kirin 710 and Snapdragon 660 Face-off

The HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset is a new mid-range processor by Huawei and it is octa-core. Essentially a new and improved version of the Kirin 659, the chipset is in direct competition with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, which itself is an improved version of Snapdragon 653. The popularity of the Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset is only on the rise now, with Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro, Vivo V11 Pro and Nokia 7 Plus flaunting it already. All of these are rather popular in the mid-range segment, and are known to perform well.

The Kirin 710 chipset has a tough task competing against Snapdragon 660, because the latter has AI built-in with a Neural Processing Engine that aids machine learning without dependency on cloud technologies. Also, the octa-core Snapdragon 660 has all of its cores clocked at 2.2GHz while the Kirin 710 has four of its cores clocked at 2.2GHz and the rest at 1.7GHz. While the Kirin processor benefits from 12nm processing as against the 14nm nodes of the Snapdragon 660, the latter gets Adreno 512 GPU with Vulkan API support and is known to have performed better at benchmark ratings. The Qualcomm chipset also provides Qualcomm’s Clear Sight and Spectra 160 ISP chip, with help cameras capture more light and reduce noise.

Hence, even with the GPU Turbo and the 12nm nodes, the Kirin 710 lags behind the Snapdragon 660, so it may not make much sense to make a run for it. What can be a deciding factor is the price, so if the Honor 8X is released at, say, Rs. 15,000, then the Kirin 710 chipset makes much sense because it will be cheaper than most Snapdragon 660-powered smartphones, except for the Realme 2 Pro.

Top Features of Honor 8X

The Honor 8X will be a popular buy in India, since it comes with a premium-looking all glass body and has a tall 6.5-inch FHD+ notched display. It also gets a 20MP+2MP rear dual camera and a 16MP front shooter, as well as two RAM options: 4GB and 6GB. The battery is 3750mAh with fast charging support, and the phone will boot Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 skin.