Honor 8 Specifications And Review
Honor, the sub-brand of the Chinese company, Huawei is known for cheaper range smartphones. It is just round the corner of its release. It was announced on the 5th of April. This is the first highly priced device among the Honor series. The pricing of the phone is not yet confirmed but is expected to have a tough competition with the OnePlus 5 which has already been released in India. Honor 8 Pro is though available in Black, Navy Blue and Gold color variants in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland for 549 EUR. Inside the box, you also get some freebies and the Google Cardboard VR with lenses. Well, let’s find out if it’s worth the hype or not.
Design & Display
Honor 8 Pro feels premium and is thin and stylish in looks. It is 6.97mm thin and 184g in weight. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear like the Honor 8. It features a 5.7 inch Quad HD LCD display with 2560 x 1440 pixels screen resolution. The device also offers to lower the screen resolution to 1080p or event to HD. It has a pixel density of up to 515 PPI which offer great viewing angles and good amount of brightness. Colors are super vibrant and the color temperature is also adjustable. Thus, it is overall a phablet which is stylish, slim and pretty in looks.
Honor 8 Pro features a 12MP dual lens camera at the rear with RGB and monochrome sensors. The image displays with more light, contrast and punch. The f2.2 lenses do offer impressive results. The images turn out to be very well and at par to other phones available in the at the same price range. Low-light image turned out to be fine not something extraordinary. The front facing camera features 8MP shooter. Its performance is fair. But, the low light images were not up to expectations. Also, the camera struggles to focus more often which in turn produces noisy images. Video recording can be done up to 4K at 30fps. And, the quality of the video turns out to be crisp and sharp. A new feature, Highlights co-developed by GoPro allows organizing of photos by category smartly, which can generate video stories that are easily customizable, straight from the gallery.
The Honor 8 Pro is clocked at 2.4 GHz Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 960 Processor with Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. The processor uses four ARM’s new Cortex-A73 and four low-powered A53 cores. It comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. The dual sim Honor 8 runs on the Emotion UI 5.1 based on Android Nougat 7.0. Also, it supports 4G VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2 and NFC. USB Type-C is used for charging and data syncing. The device seems to be a full package in terms of good hardware.
The Honor 8 Pro powers a 4000 mAH battery which is similar to the Mate 9’s juice pack. It touts to offer two days or about one and a half of battery back-up with heavy usage. Despite having a Quad HD display which eats a lot of battery at a fast rate than a Full HD display. Rest, it depends upon the user and his/her usage. If this phone had a Full HD screen, the battery would have lasted for much longer. It does support fast charging which is not that fast though. The battery gets fully charged in approx. one hour and fifty minutes or so. It gets a 2A charger out of the box.
The Honor 8 seems to be a compelling offer in the high-end segment. The bright and crisp display gives it good viewing angles. The visual appeal of this device is high with the slim and stylish design scheme. The hardware specifications seem to be top notch. While, the interface is fine with rich gesture support. Overall, the device is great for the flagship lovers.