A low price tag coupled with high-end performance defines the new Honor X40 GT. There is still no mid-range chip on the market today that can match Qualcomm’s flagship chipset from last year. It even sports extra cooling features to ensure that you can play for extended periods of time. While no full-fledged gaming phone, the Honor X40 GT does look like one from its design. A green accent lines the main camera and the rear panel with a striped pattern. With a screen size of 6.81 inches and a 144Hz refresh rate paired with a 480Hz touch sampling rate, it has a high resolution and is equipped with a 1080p IPS LCD display on the front.

Thermals are kept under control by an 8-layer graphite cooling pad.

The software and internals

The main chipset here is the Snapdragon 888 from last year, which does not match the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 but is still very capable. Only 256 GB of storage is available and only 8-12 GB of RAM. The storage cannot be expanded with a memory card.

The Honor phone runs Android 12 with Honor’s Magic UI 6.1.

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A basic camera setup is found on most gaming phones. The camera features a 50MP sensor along with two 2MP sensors for macro photography and depth sensing. You can capture up to 4K videos at 30 FPS or 1080p videos at 60 FPS.The selfie camera is a 16 MP (f/2.5) wide-angle sensor, but it is limited to 1080p video recording.

Battery and Pricing

Despite its low battery capacity at 4,800 mAh, its 66W wired charging allows it to recharge quickly. If you want to power other accessories, there’s reverse wireless charging support.

Honor X40 GT is the most affordable gaming phone in China, with a starting price of $290. Color options include Racing Black, Black, and Silver. Honor X40 GT specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Adreno 660
  • OS: Android 12, Magic UI 6.1
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Display:
    • 6.81″ IPS LCD with 1080 x 2388 pixels resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 8 GB, 12 GB
    • Internal: 256 GB
    • Card slot: No
  • Camera:
    • Rear (Triple): 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
      2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
      2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
    • Front: 16MP
  • Colors: Racing Black, Black, Silver
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
  • Battery: 4,800 mAh, 66W fast charging, reverse charging
  • Price: $290


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