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Honor 8X global variant receiving EMUI 9 atop Android Pie

The back of the Honor 8X.

The Honor 8X is one of the Chinese brand’s best budget smartphones, so we’re happy to see the company bring Android Pie and EMUI 9 to the device.

A user on the XDA-Developers forum gave word that the update hit their device, with confirmation coming from a forum member in Macedonia. So what should you expect from the update?

EMUI 9 and Android Pie for the Honor 8X. XDA-Developers

Well, according to screenshots posted by the outlet, you’re looking at a 3.14GB update (if only it landed on Pi Day). The update brings a simplified UI, new audio recorder features, faster app launching, and Huawei Share 3.0.

Huawei revealed EMUI 9 back at IFA 2018, confirming several tweaks in more detail. For one, the company said the settings menu has been simplified from 940 items in EMUI 8 to 843 in the updated skin. Other noteworthy tweaks include moving menu tabs to the bottom, new gesture navigation options, a new password manager, and a 12.9 percent boost to system operation times.

Our own Robert Triggs reviewed the Honor 8X and thought it was a great buy, praising the design, performance, and battery life. But Rob also criticized the camera quality and dated hardware additions (i.e. micro-USB and a single bottom-firing speaker).

Have you received EMUI 9 and Android Pie on your Honor 8X? Let us know in the comments section!

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