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Honor 8X vs. Moto G7: Which should you buy?

Honor 8X

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The Honor 8X combines a gorgeous two-tone design at the back with powerful internal hardware. The phone also has a great rear camera and a 3750mAh battery, and there really isn't a whole lot wrong with it. The main issue, however, is the fact that you can't (officially) buy one in the U.S.

Honor 8X

Simply stunning

Powerful hardware
Astounding design
Great cameras
Long-lasting battery
Charges over Micro-USB
Not officially supported in the U.S.

Moto G7

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Like years past, Motorola's offering in this space will be the default choice for those looking to get their hands on a reliable budget phone. The Moto G7 offers a considerable upgrade on the hardware front, with the phone powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset, and providing a 12MP + 5MP camera configuration at the back, as well as a 3000mAh battery with fast charging.

Moto G7

Mainstream choice

Tiny waterdrop notch
Premium design
Decent hardware
USB-C with fast charging
No NFC
Considerably more expensive

Both the Honor 8X and the Moto G7 are surprisingly powerful for low-budget phones. However, only one is officially sold/supported in the U.S., which makes the decision between the two easy for a lot of customers.

Should you buy the Honor 8X or the Moto G7?

Honor has shown over the last several years that it knows how to make a reliable budget phone. But then again, budget phones are Motorola's bread and butter, with the Moto G series being the yardstick for this segment. With the Moto G7, Motorola has a vastly upgraded phone that goes toe-to-toe with Honor in a lot of areas, albeit at a considerably higher price.

Honor 8X offers incredible value for money, but the Moto G7 isn't far behind.

The Honor 8X is running the Kirin 710 chipset, which has four Cortex A73 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz and four energy-efficient A53 cores. The A73 cores do a great job when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, and the energy-efficient A53 cores kick in during browsing and messaging. Motorola is also using the Snapdragon 632 chipset in the Moto G7, a much-needed upgrade from last year's SD450.

Both phones come with 64GB of base storage, and you also get a dedicated microSD card slot — up to 400GB in the case of the Honor 8X and up to 512GB on the Moto G7.

CategoryHonor 8XMoto G7
Operating systemAndroid 9 Pie
EMUI 9.0
Android 9 Pie
Display6.5-inch IPS LCD, 2340x1080 (19.5:9)
Gorilla Glass 3
6.2-inch IPS LCD, 2270x1080 (19:9)
Gorilla Glass 3
ChipsetKirin 710
4 x 2.2GHz Cortex A73 +
4 x 1.7GHz Cortex A53
Mali-G51 MP4
Snapdragon 632
4 x 1.8GHZ Kryo 250 Gold +
4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Silver
Adreno 506
RAM4GB/6GB4GB
Storage64GB/128GB64GB
MicroSD slotYes (up to 400GB)
Dedicated slot
Yes (up to 512GB)
Dedicated slot
Rear camera 120MP f/1.8 PDAF12MP f/1.8 PDAF
Rear camera 22MP5MP
Front camera16MP f/2.08MP f/2.0
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFCWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Audio3.5mm jack
Single speaker
3.5mm jack
Single speaker
Battery3750mAh
Non-removable
3000mAh
Non-removable
ChargingMicro-USB
10W
USB-C
15W
Water resistanceNo ratingNo rating
SecurityFingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
Dimensions160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8mm
175 g
157 x 75.3 x 8mm
172g
ColorsBlue, Black, Red, PinkCeramic Black, Clear White

Onto the software side of things, if you're a fan of clean, unadulterated Android, you'll definitely prefer the Moto G7. Motorola offers one of the best third-party skins on Android, and the Moto G7 easily edges out the Honor 8X in this regard. Motorola has done a great job layering useful features on top of an uncluttered skin, with the likes of Moto Actions and Moto Display offering valuable additions that enhance the user experience.

The Moto G7 also comes with Android Pie out of the box, though after months on Oreo, the Honor 8X is finally caught up with its build of Pie based on EMUI 9.0. Motorola initially claimed that it would deliver bi-monthly security updates to the G7, but unsurprisingly given the company's track record, the Moto G7's most recent security update arrived back in April.

Motorola takes the lead when it comes to software, but its track record when it comes to software updates is abysmal.

The Honor 8X wins out on the battery side of things thanks to a 3750mAh battery and aggressive memory management, but the Moto G7 isn't far behind. If anything, the fact that it charges over USB-C and offers fast charging puts the device on an equal footing with the Honor 8X.

In the end, there's no outright winner. Both phones offer great value and should easily last two years, and choosing between the two may come down to where you're located. The Honor 8X edges out the Moto G7 when it comes to the design, overall performance, and battery life. But if you do buy one in the United States, it won't work with all of the country's LTE bands and doesn't come with a warranty. The Moto G7 has better software and USB-C charging and is a much better choice if you're in the U.S.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.