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