Huawei has launched the new Huawei Honor 8 in the Indian market today. The smartphone was originally launched in China in July 2016. The Honor 8 is priced at Rs. 29,999 and will be available for purchase both from Flipkart and Amazon India.
The Huawei Honor 8 is the successor to the successful Huawei Honor 7 and comes with significant upgrades. The smartphone will compete with the Asus Zenfone 3 , Gionee F1 Plus and the OnePlus 3 in this price range.
Design – The Huawei Honor 8 has stunning looks and offers immaculate build quality. The smartphone has layered glass design at the back which reflects light in a manner that it creates an aura. The front side has 2.5 D curve glass which seamlessly merges in the curved metallic edges.
The smartphone looks bit similar to the Samsung S7 and is definitely one of the most gorgeous looking smartphones made by Huawei. The Huawei Honor 8 like the Samsung S7 also suffers from a slippery glass surface and will be prudent to use it with a cover.
The Huawei Honor 8 comes with 5.2 inch display with IPS LCD screen and offers Full HD resolution with 423 PPI. The smartphone weighs 150 grams and has a thickness of 7.9 mm.
Dual Camera – The key highlight of the Honor 8 are the 2 Rear camera, similar to the recently launched Google Pixel & iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. The Dual rear camera are in vogue with modern smartphones. The Dual rear camera works together to create a greater depth of field and offer a more immersive bokeh effect.
One camera has a monochromatic lens which captures the image in black and white while the other lens captures RGB colored image. The image signal processors work to merge both the images and get a final shot with more details and contrasts.
Overall the rear camera offers great details and colors and is a worthy camera as per initial reports. Huawei Honor 8 is the second Huawei smartphone in India (this year) with Dual camera , first being the Huawei P9.
There is a front camera with 8 Mega pixel resolution which can click decent selfies in all light conditions.
The Huawei Honor 8 comes with 3 Axis Electronic Image stabilization and has f/2.2 aperture lens with laser Autofocus and dual tone flash. It can record 1080P videos but misses on 4K video recording.
Performance – Beyond having a good camera, the Honor 8 promises decent performance. It is powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 950 Octa-Core 64 Bit processor. The processor is clocked at 2.3 GHz for the high performance cores and the 4 low performance cores are clocked at 1.8 GHz.
The Kirin 950 is definitely better compared to the Snapdragon 625 (Asus Zenfone 3) and Snapdragon 650 or even the Snapdragon 810 (One Plus 2). But it is no match for the Snapdragon 820 used in the One Plus 3 as far as benchmark score goes. Kirin 950 scored 95354 on the Antutu benchmark compared to the 13567 for the Snapdragon 820.
The processor is accompanied by the Mali-T880 GPU and there is 4 GB of ram for lag free multi-tasking.
Operating System – The Huawei Honor 8 runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the Huawei custom UI – EMUI 4.1. Huawei has promised that the smartphone will get 2 years of software updates, which essentially means that buyers would get at least the Android Nougat 7.0 on the Honor 8.
Storage – The smartphone comes with ample storage as it has 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
Battery Life – Device offers decent battery back and has 3000 mAH battery capacity which can last all day at least without need for charging.
Connectivity options include USB Type C port , NFC and 4G LTE / VOLTE, everything we expect from a modern high end smartphone. The Huawei Honor 8 comes with 2 years of warranty and Huawei is also offering 3 months of free screen replacement in case you fumble and drop your Honor 8.
Initial Thoughts – While everything looks great the price is not convivial for everyone, we would have liked it a bit cheaper. The Honor 8 impresses with the premium design, build quality and camera capabilities. But on the same time there are other good options too in the market like One Plus 3 and Xiaomi Mi5 which are powered by superior Snapdragon 820 processor and offer decent performance.
The Huawei Honor 8 will be available in 3 colors – Sapphire Blue , Ice White and Gold. The rose gold color is not available in India. The sale for smartphone has already started and can be purchased from Flipkart or Amazon.
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