Huawei Honor 8 Review: A Mid-Range Device With High-End Features That Can Match Samsung, Apple

20 September 2016, 8:40 am EDT By Kirsten Kane Mobile & Apps
Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies in Paris, May 7, 2014. The mobile - billed as the world's slimmest phone at 6.5 mm thick - will go on sale in 31 markets, including Britain, Germany and China, starting this month for 449 euros ($630) without a SIM card or service contract. It will not be sold in the United States.   ( REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer )

The Honor, which is a sub-brand of the Chinese tech company Huawei, unveiled its latest flagship handset, the Honor 8, which is roughly equivalent to the Huawei P9 launched early this year.

The Huawei 8 has presented today's trend of mid-range handsets which are starting to sport features that were once only found on the high-priced and best.

In terms of its design, the Honor 8 smartphone is relatively as it comes in pearl white, midnight black, and sapphire blue with a glass front and back and metal around the sides. It's simple, yet very attractive with a comfortable feeling on when held.

However, some reports said that the Honor 8 is too slippery as the aluminum lessesn the much-needed grip, so putting a protective case is highly recommended. In spite of all that glass, the phone weighs 153g and measures 145.5x71.0x7.45mm.

The Huawei Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch full HD resolution of 1920x1080 IPS display with a pixel density of 423ppi. It's good but not spectacular with highly saturated colors and good viewing angles.

The phone house a 32GB and 64GB variants with up to 128GB additional storages via microSD card, as reported by TechAdvisor. The microSD card, however, may take one of the SIM trays as the device supports dual SIMS, so it's all up to you if you either increase the storage capacity or add another contact or data connection.

Moreover, the device has 3.5mm headphone jack down at the bottom, with USB Type-C port and single speaker. A fingerprint sensor can be found at the back with an unlock time of 0.4 seconds.

The Honor 8 uses Huawei's octo-core Hisilicon Kirin 950 processor (four Cortex A72 running at 2.3GHz, and four Cortex A53 running at 1.8GHz, plus a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU running at 900MHz) along with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. With this, its performance is pretty impressive as one can do gaming or photo editing without much issue.

In addition, it runs Huawei's version of Android 6 Marshmallow called Emotion UI (EMUI) 4.1

Meanwhile, Honor 8 can combine sensor data from its twin snappers to improve overall picture quality. One camera, a traditional RGB sensor, captures color data, while the second, a monochrome sensor, measures brightness, which makes Honor 8 performs even better in low-light conditions.

The 8-megapixel selfie camera, however, produces good snaps that are a bit soft in detail.

Talking about its battery life, the Honor 8 packs a 3000mAH battery and is believed to last a full day depending on your usage. Although it supports fast charging, the Honor 8 doesn't support Qualcomm Quick Charge.

The Huawei Honor 8 is an excellent smartphone with a mid-range price. It has high-end features that will might make you doubt on buying other high-end phones.

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