Let’s talk about the affordable flagship smart phone from the Huawei known as Huawei Honor 8. This comes with lot of immense features a well as boundless performance. The phone comes with a LTPS display which has the highest mobility and high resolution lowering the stress on battery by reducing the power consumption.
The dual panel design is quite remarkable. There is actually 15 panels of light refracting glass here which are what creates such an enthralling light patterns. Both the front and back glass panels also curve down to meet with the chamfered aluminum band. So it feels like holding a single piece of hardware. One really cool feature that a lot of manufacturers exclude especially at this price is an IR blaster for controlling TVs and other house hold appliance. I’m pleasantly surprised that this smart phone has it at this particular price.
The honor 8 glass back can be slightly slippery with back glass panel. It is just like an ice cube falling out from the hands. However the built quality seems pretty strong. On the chin comes the Honor branding and the capacitive buttons are moved on to the display. The capacitive buttons are very easy to use. The back of the device is like a magnet for the finger prints and in addition with lot of smudges which makes it difficult to clean.
The device comes with hybrid sim slots. On the bottom you will find a USB type C port accompanied by a head phone jack and a speaker on the left. The provided finger print sensor at the back is a quick and easy way to authenticate but also a tactile smart key.
The honor 8 has a 5.2 inch LTPS LCD display with saturated and punchy colors. It displays around 16M colors. It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It is a multi-touch capacitive screen. The display looks very vibrant. It has a pixel density of 423ppi. It has a screen to body ratio of 72.5%.
It is not very color accurate however. But you can do some color settings in the color temperature making it warmer or cooler. The sunlight visibility is decent and brightness matches out to 455nits. Viewing angles could be better. Overall this is a fairly good display.
Huawei Honor 8 is a dual sim smart phone with hybrid sim card slot. It is powered by the powerful Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53) processor with HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset and Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. It is running on the OS Android v6.0 Marshmallow. It has an internal memory of 32/64GB and 4GB RAM. Expandable memory provided up to 256GB. Having primary camera of 12MP with f/2.2, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash.
It also features 1.25 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama. Stereo speakers are given. Wi-Fi, Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS options are available. 8MP f/2.4, 1.4 µm pixel size front shooter is provided. It has 3000mAh li-on non-removable battery which provides long lasting back up. The device does support 4G.
This is actually few affordable flagships that has a display smaller than the 5.5 inches. The Honor 8 definitely gives a better experience. This could be a major selling point on its own if you are looking for something more compact. Performance with the Honor 8 is absolutely excellent thanks to the one of the Huawei’s self-made processor make.
The HiSilicon Kirin 950 is pretty much comparable to the snapdragon 820 and with four gigabytes of RAM everything is buttery smooth and responsive. The GPU provided is good enough for virtually any game out there but it may not be the future proof like the Adreno 530. The device comes with a dual sim support. The speaker performance is decent. It gets the job done for sure but the audio output is hallow and distorted. You can give different shortcuts to the fingerprint sensor including flash light, fingerprint sensor or voice recording to tap, double tap to hold. Overall this is a very clever UI once you set it up as you like. Sadly the battery life is not good as I would have liked as the 3000mAh battery was only capable of achieving about 3 ½ hrs.’ of onscreen time. That’s not terrible but it’s not quite up there comparing to other phones in this range.
The phone feels quite different from the stock android. The power management tools are quite useful. The gaming is very smooth and there is no lag. The frame dropping are nowhere to be seen. The Geek bench mark score of the device is 1739 on single core and 6344 on multi core. The AnTuTu bench mark score of the device is 88926. The quadrant bench mark score is 31753.
Mostly all the smart phones in this price range fell short in providing a very good camera. Coming here this isn’t the case with the Honor 8. The 12Mp dual camera provided here produces great images.
The camera comes with dual lens setup one of the lens captures color while the other is monochrome. These lens helps to capture crisper and better looking photos.
The images taken with the camera are contrasting sharp and showcase exceptional dynamic range, it’s really impressive how well the phone can balance the highlights and shadows. Low light performance is also good enough. Which are good enough for most of the scenarios. But the camera here cannot outperform the Samsung Galaxy S7. Video recording is average. Colors are also not that great in video. The camera app is decent and manual mode is good.
The Huawei Honor 8 includes many features that many are looking for an affordable flagship like the gorgeous design, a smaller size display and a great camera, its excellent performance, good display and IR blaster made this phone better. The price range of the device is around 28K.