The HONOR 8 comes with a great design and a good camera. It’s sexy and affordable. Read on to see how we feel the phone fares in all areas besides just the looks department.
Honor 8 is a good-looking phone, with 15 light-reflecting glass panels on its back. The glass finish makes the phone look great, but you’ve got to keep it in a case as it’s very slippery. And of course, the glass finish attracts all those pesky fingerprints and smudges. It has a completely flat back – with two 12MP cameras at the top left corner and a Dual-LED flash and a fingerprint scanner. On the front, we have a 5.2” screen with an earpiece, an 8MP front camera & a notification LED on top of the display. At the bottom edge, there is a 3.5mm Headphone jack, a USB C-Type port and a speaker. There is an IR Blaster at the top edge. Volume Controls and the power button are placed intuitively on the right side. On the left, there is a hybrid sim tray.
The button placements are intuitive and accurate. The fingerprint scanner also doubles as a button, which is called ‘SMART KEY’ and it carries out various functions based on the type of press (double, single and long). We personally dig this feature, as it makes it extremely easy to use the phone with just one finger. The 5.2-inch screen is a 1080P full HD screen with a sharp display. The colours are bright and vivid.
Honor 8 is powered by Huawei-owned Octa-Core Kirin 950 Processor and Mali T880 GPU. The phone is fast and responsive. We did not experience any unnecessary app-crashing or reboots and were able to handle heavy gaming too. It comes with 4GB of RAM with two variants – one with 32GB of storage and the other one with 64GB of storage (both are expandable up to 256GB using a micro SD card). Honor 8 runs on Android Marshmallow with EMUI (Emotion UI) 4.0 skin on top. Once you get a hang of the User Interface, it is not so bad to live with. Honor 8 has a very iOS feel as there is no app drawer as in the case of most Android phones.
Huawei has marketed the Honor 8 for its camera and that’s mainly because of the dual lens camera that churns out 12 MegaPixel shots. The phone has enough manual controls ranging from a pro-mode, setting the aperture, to shooting videos in Time-Lapse and Slow Motion modes.
The dual lens setup allows you to take shots with a shallow depth of field. Basically, it blurs out the background like a professional DSLR.
Sometimes, the shots are brilliant:
And sometimes the phone doesn’t quite separate the subject well:
One more thing, while I started using this phone there were constant battery-saving notifications which is something that Huawei has built in to make your power usage more efficient. You can disable this from the settings and here you will also find three power plans to manage your phone’s battery. This is handy! Not just that, Honor has a unique power-saving option called ROG that lowers your screen resolution to 720P to give you a little more juice. It has USB type-C port and comes with an 18W fast charger. The phone has a 3000 mAh battery, which in our tests lasted a day on a single charge. This is decent enough considering we are always glued to our smartphones these days.