Huawei Honor 8: First Look

Honor, Huawei’s budget smartphone producing subsidiary, released its all-new Honor 8 recently. The device is quite a looker and comes with a decent load of specs too. And it’s pocket-friendly at Dh1,599. It’s available in all leading retail outlets as well as www.honorarabia.com.

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Specifications

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The Honor 8 has a 8-core CPU up to 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM, Kirin 950, i5 CO processor and Rapid-Smart file processing system. It comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. The device boasts a 12MP dual camera, set up with a RGB as well as a monochrome sensor on the back and a 8MP front snapper. The device is available with 32GB of internal storage and is expandable up to 128GB. The phone comes with a 3,000mAh battery and fast charging with a USB Type-C port. The OS is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1. When it comes to security, you have a fingerprint reader at the back of the device that doubles as a button too. 

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Body and build

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The unique thing about the all-new Honor 8 is its body. The device has a unibody design with a glass body.The 3D grate design has been created with two-sided 2.5D, 15 layer glass body, which reflects light producing an effect with intricate patterns, meaning no two phones appear the same. 

 

Daily use

I’ve been using the device for a few days now and here’s some of the things I’ve noted.

  1. It takes time to get used to the great design on the back. No jokes. I’ve stared at it for a few seconds at a time.
  2. Battery life is decent but not quite there. I don’t get the entire day, but at 100% I do need a charge by end of work day. That being said, Huawei Honor offers a varied amount of choices to increase battery life. From reducing the resolution of the display to 720p or enabling battery saver modes or even restricting individual apps from working in the background, there are loads of ways to stretch your device out the entire day.
  3. The camera is pretty good. Low-light photography wasn’t too bad either. Here’s a few samples from the device.
  4. Videos are a bit shaky.
  5. While the device is smooth and has no issues while multitasking, EMUI 4.1 still has loads of excess bloatware. Nothing that can’t be cancelled or switched off, but a slight disturbance altogether.
  6. The display is nice and crisp but is still decently visible in Dubai’s harsh sunlight.
  7. At the price point of Dh1,500, this device gives some serious competition to the big boys too.

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Conclusion

The Honor 8 is one of those devices that in its own way has upped the game for itself. Its unique design shows that a tried-and-tested device form can be modded to become something different. The Honor 8 also continues to prove that you don’t need to splurge out more than Dh3,000 to get a good-looking and functional device.

What do you think? Just a pretty phone? Stay tuned for our review to find out more.

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