Huawei Honor 8 launched and arrived in the markets. The Huawei’s Honor brand has a worldwide response for every new release under its banner. The hype for the Honor 8 smartphone is also significant in the tech arena. We all know every Honor smartphone left their mark in the business. There is no doubt; we can expect the same in Honor 8.
At first look, Honor 8 is convincing in the specifications for such a mid-range price. But still, the competition is high in the mid-range price smartphones. Some of the close competitors for Honor 8 are Xiaomi Mi5, LeEco Le Max 2. OnePlus 3 etc. All of them have good flagship specifications and available for the mid-range price. The previous version Honor 7, was one of the best mid-range smartphone yesteryears. So, it keeps pressurizing the release of the successor, the Honor 8.
Huawei Honor 8 Design and Build
Honor 8 has a rectangular body with curved edges. An Aluminum metal alloy ring covered the borders and covered by a glass body. It makes it slippery when handling casually. The glass body is made of 2.5D arc curved glass.
On the backside top, it has dual cameras and flashes light. Few inches below, the fingerprint scanner, is located. The logo of Honor is found at the bottom. The 5.2-inch display on the front side has a black border around the edge of the screen. That looks bad for such a luxury design. At the bottom side, the USB type C port and 3.5mm headset jack are located. The power button and volume rocker found on the right side. It has a hybrid SIM slot in the left side with SIM Slot 2 can be used for microSD card. At the top side, the Infrared blaster is located.
There are three main color variants available – Black, White, and Blue. There is a special Gold color variant is available at select online retail stores. Overall, the design is good and attractive.
The display of Honor 8 is made of LTPS LCD technology. The 5.2-inch display has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It also has a 96% NTSC color gamut and 1500:1 contrast ratio. Under the sunlight, the display proved its quality. The screen is clearly visible in most of the lighting conditions, including sunlight.
There are no capacitive buttons on this display. The navigation buttons are on-screen. It takes a significant area of screen space in the 5.2-inches. The black border around the screen looks bad in this well-equipped smartphone.
Honor 8 uses HiSilicon Kirin 950 CPU which clocks at 2.3GHz and Mali T880MP4 GPU with 900MHz clock speed. There are two choices for RAM – a 3GB or 4GB RAM. With 4GB RAM, the smartphone boots fast and works at amazing speed. But, when compared to the Snapdragon 820, this is not a peak performer. The stability of the device on heavy use is very impressive. The battery management is also intelligent with background functions. It keeps analyze and close the battery draining apps in the background.
Coming to the Software, Honor 8 runs EMUI 4.1 which is based on Android Marshmallow. This UI is easy to use. One of the main advantages of EMUI is, pre-installed apps can easily be uninstalled. There is no app drawer in EMUI. But it allows users to pick their launcher.
The 3D fingerprint scanner in the rear side is unlocking the device in just 0.4 seconds. It is good timing when compared to the other branded smartphones. The fingerprint scanner includes functions such as swiping right or left to scroll the gallery pictures and to swipe down and up to open and close the notification panel, touch and hold function to stop an alarm, attend an incoming call or shoot the picture when the camera is on.
Honor 8 has fantastic dual cameras on the rear side. Also, this is a special attraction on this smartphone. There it has two 12MP Sony IMX286 cameras with aperture f/2.2. We can adjust the focus on multiple points after the picture captured.
The front camera has an 8MP sensor with aperture f/2.4. The beautification mode is tweaking the image too much sometimes. It is better not to use the beautification mode for selfies.
Both the rear and front cameras are producing high-quality pictures. The Camera settings have a lot of features to be tweaked by the user to meet his needs.
Honor 8 powered by a 3000mAh battery. It is managing the power well with many background functions. It informs and closes the battery draining apps and functions. The testing of the battery backup shows that this battery is standing more than 24 hours of casual use and more than 8 hours of continuous heavy use. The fast charging feature is available, and it gives more talk time on a few minutes of charging. It reaches 40-50% battery level on 30 minutes of charging using the provided charger. The battery is getting heat on playing games with high-level graphics.
The price of Honor 8 is around $399. This is a reasonable price for the specification and the performance of Honor 8. There is huge competition in this price segment. The main thing that keeps Honor 8 as special is the cameras. It is truly worth in this price segment. Next to it, the CPU, GPU, and RAM of Honor 8 are of great value in the mid-range price. The 4GB RAM is a great deal in the present market situation. The battery even though only a 3000mAh in capacity, has a good backup comparing to some of the high-end smartphones.
When it comes to the camera in the mid-range, we go with Honor 8 as of now. It gives more value than other smartphones out there in head to head competition with Honor 8. When it comes to the CPU, we miss the power and performance of Snapdragon.
Huawei Honor 8 Review
Huawei Honor 8 Summary
Huawei Honor 8 is a sleek designed and good performing smartphone.