Honor X50 GT Review: Power, Battery, 108MP Camera

“Still Using Snapdragon 8+ in 2024?”

After the release of the Honor X50 GT, some online users expressed their thoughts in this way. Indeed, as a processor launched in 2022, the Snapdragon 8+ seems a bit outdated in the ever-evolving smartphone industry. However, let’s consider this: the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen3 phones start at over three thousand, while the Honor X50 GT is available for just over two thousand, a solid one-third cheaper, my friends.

Moreover, let’s be honest, the performance of the Snapdragon 8+ is still quite impressive, standing out in the current mobile processor market and ranking among the top ten in the “Mobile Processor Tier List.” Therefore, theoretically applying it to a 2K-priced model can indeed guarantee excellent performance.

Coupled with Honor’s historically excellent chip tuning capabilities, we should definitely give considerable respect to the overall performance experience of this Honor X50 GT.

But the true experience can only be known by trying it out. Luckily, I have the Honor X50 GT in hand, let’s give it a go~

“Squeezing Out the Best of Snapdragon 8+? Definitely!”

Let’s briefly recap the phone’s specifications. The Honor X50 GT is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ chip, supporting up to 16GB+1TB of storage combination (the variant in my hand is 16GB+1TB). More importantly, to enhance the gaming experience, Honor has equipped this phone with the Honor GPU Turbo X engine, theoretically bringing some improvements to the gaming experience.

So, with Snapdragon 8+, 16GB+1TB, and the support of Honor GPU Turbo X, how does the Honor X50 GT’s performance fare? I ran several standard performance testing software to find out, take a look.

▲AnTuTu

▲3D Mark

▲Geekbench 6 CPU Benchmark

▲Geekbench 6 GPU Benchmark

From the software benchmarks, it’s clear that the Honor X50 GT delivers good performance. According to the AnTuTu test results, the score exceeds 1.3 million, and the performance in 3D Mark and Andro Bench memory tests is also impressive. These results prove that the Honor X50 GT has been finely tuned on the Snapdragon 8+ processor, effectively harnessing its performance potential. In terms of performance in the 2K price range, it is indeed quite competitive.
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Certainly, theoretical performance tests are just a part of evaluating a phone’s performance; the actual gaming experience is more convincing. To have a more comprehensive understanding of the performance of the Honor X50 GT, I purposely selected the two most popular mobile games at present, “King of Glory” and “Peace Elite,” for testing.

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“King of Glory,” as a popular mobile game, attracts players’ attention for its graphics and gaming performance. To fully assess the gaming performance, I adjusted the game settings to the highest level, including high frame rate, high resolution, standard camera height, anti-aliasing enabled, dynamic resolution off, high total image quality, and water surface reflection effects on. After completing the game settings, I played a match for about 18 minutes. Throughout the game, there were no significant frame drops. Even during peak 5v5 team fights, the graphics remained smooth with no lag.

Next, I checked the data from the background testing software (DevEco Testing). The results showed that the average frame rate reached 119.9 frames per second throughout the game, almost consistently maintaining full frames. Looking at the frame rate curve, it’s evident that the game had high stability and smoothness throughout.

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▲ Frame rate test for “King of Glory”

Moving on to the game settings for “Peace Elite,” all parameters were adjusted to: ultra-HD image quality, 90fps mode, classic image style, anti-aliasing enabled, shadow effects enabled, and lobby mirror reflection effects activated. Compared to “King of Glory,” this game consumes more resources. However, during actual gameplay such as driving and combat scenes with high frame rates, the phone still maintained decent smoothness. Analyzing the data from the background testing software, the frame rate curve remained very stable, with an average frame rate of 89.7 frames per second.

While playing “Peace Elite,” I specifically tested the camera’s performance by rotating it on a mountain with a deep depth of field to check for screen tearing issues, which are common in first-person shooter (FPS) games. Surprisingly, this issue did not occur during gameplay. This could be attributed to the Honor X50 GT’s built-in Honor GPU Turbo X engine, which fine-tunes the system at a lower level, ensuring stable frame rates even under high loads. For gamers, this is indeed very user-friendly.

During my gaming session with “Peace Elite,” I noticed that the Honor X50 GT generated more heat compared to playing “King of Glory, but it did not reach uncomfortable levels, measuring around 40°C. Frankly, the temperature control is quite effective, especially considering the high image quality settings I used. This is where the credit goes to the Honor X50 GT’s “Cangqiong” cooling system, with a 5100mm² VC heat dissipation area and bio-inspired heat dissipation architecture, which truly lived up to its reputation.

▲ Frame rate test for “Peace Elite”

“Mid-range phones lack imaging capabilities? Not really!”

I’ve noticed that many people have misconceptions about the imaging capabilities of mid-range phones. While high-end models have always been the focus of attention in the smartphone market, mid-range models seem to be somewhat overlooked, with some believing that mid-range models perform poorly in terms of imaging.

However, this statement is not entirely accurate—especially now, with the market becoming increasingly competitive. Major manufacturers are intensifying their research and development efforts on camera technologies for mid-range models, equipping many mid-range products with high-megapixel main cameras, multiple camera combinations, and advanced image processing algorithms. This makes the products more competitive and appealing to a wider range of consumers.

The imaging capabilities of the Honor X50 GT are impressive, despite its primary focus on gaming performance. It boasts a good camera setup, featuring a 100-megapixel ultra-clear main camera, a 1/1.67-inch large sensor, an f/1.75 large aperture, and full-scene RAW domain algorithm support, in addition to 3x lossless zoom.

During actual shooting, I took some sample shots of flowers and plants downstairs with the Honor X50 GT. Although there wasn’t bright sunlight at the time, the outdoor lighting contrast was quite significant. Fortunately, the Honor X50 GT excelled in dynamic range performance, with no “black crush” in the image, preserving details in the shadows without overexposure or loss of dark areas.

As I continued shooting, the sky darkened, prompting me to have dinner before capturing some night scenes to experience the full potential of the 100-megapixel ultra-clear camera of the Honor X50 GT with a 1/1.67-inch large sensor, f/1.75 large aperture, and full-scene RAW domain algorithm. The samples below demonstrate that the night photography capabilities of the Honor X50 GT are impressive, delivering clean images with minimal noise, high purity, and decent highlight control, although the sharpness was slightly lacking.

I then tried the night mode with 3x zoom. In the sample below, enabling night mode noticeably brightened the dark areas compared to the default automatic mode, making some details clearer. However, there was a slight loss in image quality and an increase in noise.

“Other Experiences”

There are some other aspects of the Honor X50 GT that are worth discussing. One thing that left a deep impression on me is the remarkable battery life of this phone. After a 5-hour battery test involving 30 minutes of “King of Glory,” 30 minutes of “Genshin Impact,” 60 minutes of TikTok, 30 minutes of Taobao, 30 minutes of Today’s Headlines, 30 minutes of Weibo, and 90 minutes of video streaming, the battery still had 37% remaining. With a 5800mAh battery and efficient power consumption from the Snapdragon 8+, its performance is quite impressive.

On the other hand, the charging speed is somewhat lacking. The Honor X50 GT only supports 35W charging power, and coupled with its large battery capacity, the charging process naturally takes longer. In real tests, it takes 10 minutes to charge from 0% to 21%, half an hour to 59%, and around 70 minutes to fully charge the battery. The charging speed of the Honor X50 GT can be considered adequate but not fast.

Another noteworthy feature is the display. The Honor X50 GT boasts a 6.78-inch OLED high-definition curved screen with a resolution of 1200×2652. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate, displays 1.07 billion colors, has a screen contrast ratio of 1000000:1, and supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut and cinema-grade wide color gamut. More importantly, this screen incorporates a natural light eye protection technology and a 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, providing a comfortable viewing experience.

In conclusion, the Honor X50 GT is a well-balanced gaming phone that excels in performance, battery life, imaging, and display quality. Therefore, if you are looking for a smartphone that can meet high-performance gaming demands while offering an excellent daily user experience, the Honor X50 GT in the 2000 yuan price range is undoubtedly a very good choice.

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