Chinese smartphone brand Honor had promised that it will roll out the latest EMUI 9.0 update for its Honor 8X handset. The company has kept its promise and has announced that it will begin rolling out the update for Honor 8X users starting March 18.
To recall, the smartphone was launched back in October 2018 and it came with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with EMUI 8.2.0. But now, the Honor 8X will be receiving the latest EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. The update will roll out to the devices in a phased manner, and since it is a staged rollout it would take some time for the update to reach to all of the Honor 8X devices.
The new update brings new features and a newer UI design that we have seen earlier in Android 9.0 Pie. One among the new features is Digital Balance, which helps the users track their smartphone habits. The Digital Balance sets an app usage timer to help and monitor the time the user is spending on the smartphone and also on the apps. It shows what app has the highest usage time and which app has the lowest and hence, the feature lets users curb their smartphone usage. The feature is already present on the Honor’s flagship smartphone, the Honor View 20, and users reported that the feature was extremely useful.
Along with features, the new update should also update the security patch of the Honor 8X with the latest patch. The details of the security patch are currently not known. The company also mentioned that the update will also support the AR scanning combined with image recognition technology which helps users identify an item and purchase it. In short, the feature is called the ‘reverse image search’ which lets the user identify an image and search about the details about the image online. The search uses an image for the search rather than words and sentences.
Honor announced about Honor 8X getting the Android Pie update alongside the Honor Days Sale currently going live on Amazon India. During the sale five of Honor smartphones are being offered for a discounted price namely – Honor 8X, Honor 8C, Honor Play, Honor 7C and Honor View 20.
During the five days’ sale (March 11 – March 15), the Honor 8X is getting Rs 4,000 discount on its original prices on both its variants. During the sale, the 4GB RAM/64GB storage is selling for Rs 13,999 while the 6GB RAM/64GB storage is selling for Rs 15,999.