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Honor 8 Official With 12MP Dual Cameras & Beautiful Glass Body, Starts At $300

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Huawei has just officially unveiled the brand new Honor 8 smartphone, which is the company’s mid-range flagship. The company seems to have given a lot of importance to the phone’s design, and to be honest, it looks like Huawei has done a good job in this department.

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Like expected, the Honor 8 comes with 2.5D double glass body. While this design is not new, as we have seen phones from brands like Nubia feature double glass design, it does make the device look premium and attractive. Also, for those who are not a big fan of metal, this glass design is worthy of your attention. Further, the dual camera setup along with the laser focus and dual LED flash module sits well on the top left corner of the back. The fingerprint sensor is also located on the back. The body measures 7.45mm in thickness, which is pretty slim and it weighs 153 grams.

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As for the specs, the Honor 8 comes with the Kirin 950 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.3GHz, which is the company’s SoC for flagships along with three memory variants —  3GB RAM + 32GB, 4GB RAM + 32GB and 4GB RAM + 64GB. There will be a 3000mAh battery (9V2A fast charging) on board, which has become the standard among mid-range phones. The screen will be of 5.2-inches with 1080p resolution (423 ppi). So, it’s much more compact than the Honor V8 flagship.

Coming to the camera, which is undoubtedly the highlight of the Honor 8, you get dual camera setup at the back. So there are two 12MP sensors at the back, one RGB sensor and a black and white sensor. These are IMX286 sensors from Sony. Like with other dual camera setups, you get features such as depth of field. Plus, there are Laser Autofocus and Contrast Focus. On the front, the Honor 8 features an 8MP sensor, which has large 1.4um pixels. So, expect the camera performance on the new flagship to be pretty good. The phone supports 1080p FHD video shooting and 720p 120fps slo-mo recording.

Huawei has also equipped the new Honor 8 with other essential connectivity features. For example, the phone comes with NFC with fingerprint payment, IR blaster which supports over 25,920 appliances from different brands, dual SIM dual standby, 4G+, VoLTE, intelligent dual antenna design, WLAN+ 3.0 etc. As for software, the phone runs on EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

LTE Band Support: 

TDD-LTE:B38/B39/B40/B41(2555MHz~2655MHz);

FDD-LTE:B1/B3/B4/B7;

TD-SCDMA:B34/B39;

WCDMA:B1/B2/B4/B5/B8

honor 8 prices

So, it’s basically equipped with most of the connectivity features found on a flagship smartphone. The Honor 8 starts at 1999 Yuan ($300) for the 3GB + 32GB model, then goes up to 2299 Yuan ($346) for the 4GB + 32GB model and 2499 Yuan ($375) for the top-end 4GB + 64GB of storage. The phone comes in five different colors namely Sapphire Blue, Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sunrise Gold and Sakura Pink.

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Dual cameras at $300 makes the Honor 8 stand out from the crowd. So, what do you think about the device?

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  • ARUN SUBRAMANIAN

    camera quality..if its worth the hype..i am in for it.

    • Nam Dang

      I am also interested, but don’t forget the dual lense camera of Huawei P9 was quite underwhelming.
      The Huawei Honor 8 should be badder. OIS, 4k could be also missing.

      • Arnie Linson

        Huawei’s implementation of dual lens camera is crap.

        • Ionut Johnny

          I heard different.

        • balcobomber25

          It works excellent on the P9…

          • Arnie Linson

            Is there a substantial gain in the low light performance? Because as per most reviews in any other condition they don’t see much improvement in pic quality.

          • balcobomber25

            Substantial gain? Not really. The problem with low light is the f/2.2 aperture. The monochrome lens does it make better but not as much as a f/2.0 or f/1.8 would. I am very picky of low light photos for phones though (because I use a DSLR) IMO most of them are terrible, even the “best” ones.

            The P9 isn’t a camera for novice users. Those people are much better off with a S7, G5 or even Mi5. The P9 requires a lot of work and playing around, but if you get the settings just right the results can be amazing.

      • balcobomber25

        The P9 was very good if you know how to take good photos. It’s not a camera for people who only use auto mode. For that get a Galaxy S7 or Lg G5, but for people who know the correct ISO to use for each shot the P9 can be excellent.

        • Nam Dang

          Did you watch the comparison video of JerryRigEverything between Huawei P9 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?
          The dual sensor system looks like a gimmick, one sensor is doing 99% work.

          • balcobomber25

            It’s not a gimmick it’s how a monochrome system is supposed to work.

  • Breathtaking design! This is my next phone!

  • jimberkas

    not bad, not bad at all.

  • tajo

    again b20 missing

    • balcobomber25

      It’s quite possible they will launch an international version.

    • RA1

      This phone will be available in the UK from Three network in September. So it’s very likely it will have B20 for the international version. As the Three network use B20..

  • Pitsiladas

    So… Probably no OIS, 1080p 60fps, FM radio and most likely worse battery life.. How is this an upgrade?

    • balcobomber25

      Worse battery life compared to what? The Honor 7 had a 3100mAh it also had a less efficient Kirin 935.

      • Pitsiladas

        That’s wy I said most likely. Is there anyone that excuses a company when they downgrade one of the most important thing a smartphone has? Even if it goes along with a more efficient CPU what it means in its direction is that they compromise battery life for looks and ultra-slimness.. Which sucks for many people

        • balcobomber25

          Everything could be considered “one of the most important” it just depends who you ask. For some it’s the SoC/GPU, RAM, Audio, Display etc. For me the single most important thing is Camera.

          mAh number is important but it is not the be all/end all of battery life. Just like MP doesn’t tell you how good or bad a camera is. There are phones with 3000mAh that have very good battery life and phones with 3500mAh that have below average. It depends on more than just the mAh number, it also depends on the Display technology, SoC, camera sensor, audio and even the materials of the phone.

          Let’s take a look at some phones with around 3000mAh and compare their battery life. For this comparison we will use GSMarena Battery test which provides an overall number in hours (this number isnt the overall battery life just a ranking system):

          Honor 7 – 3100mAh: 64h
          Meizu MX4 – 3100mAh: 89h
          Lumia 435 – 1560mAh: 64h
          Mate 8 – 4000mAh: 103h
          P9 – 3000mAh: 79h
          Mi5 – 3000mAh: 95h

          From this small table we can see a four phones all with right around 3000 and all with drastically different battery life. More specifically we can look at the two Huawei phones listed. Both of them use the Kirin 950 or 955. Both of them have much better battery life than the Honor 7, especially the Mate 8 (it has 900mAh more but it also has a much larger display). This is where efficiency comes into play, the older Kirin SoC’s were terribly inefficient as evident by the Honor 7. The newer 950 series is vastly improved. This just shows you can’t just look at the mAh number and say “they are sacrificing battery life”. Just look at the Luma it has nearly half off the mAh of the Honor 7 but the same battery rating. That’s because Windows Mobile is incredibly efficient.

          • Pitsiladas

            That’s a hell of a good explanation right there.

          • balcobomber25

            Battery life itself is very subjective. Everyone has different usage and more importantly is located in different places. I like to use sites like GSM for reference because all of their phones are subjected to the same conditions. But tests like those should be just a guide. Your individual usage might be completely different

  • Kieran M

    No band 20 is extremely disappointing.

  • PhoneFix

    V8 is better

  • Seth Alpine

    1080P ?Nope without 4k recording in h265 at this kind of price…