Huawei Honor 8 Review

A smartphone with a price tag of $400 for most of the manufacturers means they have to put a lot of features in this category phones. Since this price range is most in demand, lots of great phones have been launched in this category. Honor 8 is Huawei’s bet in this category and has all the premium features to compete with any flagship phone from other manufacturers.

Let’s have a look at the features:

Specs: 5.2-inch (1080×1920) IPS LCD display | Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor | 4GB RAM | 32GB storage | 12MP+12MP dual rear camera + 8MP front | Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery | Android Marshmallow OS

Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display is deeply saturated and color accuracy was as good as it can get with an LCD display. The important aspect of this display is its ambient light sensor. The sensor intelligently switches the display brightness when you move from a dark environment to say direct sunlight. The Honor 8 uses Huawei’s octo-core Kirin 950 and has 4GB of RAM, making it a highly capable smartphone, especially while considering its price under $400.

Huawei and its Honor branded smartphones have got one thing really perfect since the start – which is a fingerprint sensor. You can have up to three of those actions assigned since it can differentiate between a single click, double click, and long press. Honor 8 also packs one of the fastest rear-mounted fingerprint scanner among smartphones. In fact, with Honor 8, Huawei has turned that sensor into a clickable button. Single click switches ON the flashlight while double click opens the camera. Long pressing the fingerprint scanner now gives access to Google now. If you continue placing your finger on the sensor, the camera shutter gets triggered too.

On the software side, the Honor 8 is pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow glazed with Huawei’s custom EMUI 4.1 interface skinned on top. Actually, it looks like more than IOS rather than Android. Pre-installed apps can be quickly and completely uninstalled, but some background ‘optimizations’ do interfere with the functions of some apps. This is a heavily modified version of Android and is clearly designed to look similar to iOS. Honor 8 is fast and its benchmark performance is both excellent and, surprising, especially in view of the relatively low price tag. The antennas swap easily between transmission towers for mobile internet, ensuring a fast and stable connection. The Honor 8 is fast in image processing, web surfing and it’s faster all-around than many more expensive devices.

Overall it is a quality phone to have and considering the price tag. One thing is clear that this phone gives you the feeling of having an iPhone and but if you have a soft spot for the iPhone but want something a little cheaper and more customizable, the Honor 8 is perfect.


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