2015 was the year of the fingerprint-toting smartphone. When the craze around fingerprint sensors started, it was only available with the flagship or high-end smartphones. However, now we have smartphones like Intex Cloud String HD, which offers a fingerprint sensor for as little as Rs 5,000. This year seems to be the year of the dual-camera smartphone. HTC was one of the firsts to introduce a dual-camera setup on the back of the One M8 in 2014. This year, we have a lot of devices with dual primary cameras like the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G5, Huawei P9, and the Honor 8. While the phones like the Huawei P9, iPhone 7 and LG G5 offer this technology at a premium price tag, the Honor 8 seems to be a mid-range device to flaunt this tech.
For those unaware, Honor is the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei’s sub-brand. The Honor 8 is all set to launch in the Indian market next month. The phone offers an impressive set of features along with a premium design. If you are eagerly waiting for the phone to land in India, let’s dive into the features of the phone.
Honor 8 – mid-range smartphone with dual cameras
As mentioned above, the Honor 8’s main trade is the dual-camera setup, so let’s talk about it first. The phone gets two 12-megapixel cameras at the rear, which are located on the top left corner alongside a laser autofocus sensor and dual-LED flash. One of these cameras is a monochrome sensor, which captures black and white images, while the other is an RGP sensor that captures colours. When the images captured from both the cameras are merged into a single one, the resulting photo is impressive. As for the selfies, the Honor 8 gets an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.
The Honor 8 is a compact smartphone with a premium appealing design. The phone sports a glass sandwich design, featuring 2.5D curved glass at both the front and back, with an aluminium alloy frame holding them together. At the top, the phone has an IR blaster and a secondary microphone, while the bottom holds a 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, loudspeaker grill, and a USB Type-C port. The phone measures 7.5mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 153g. Overall, the Honor 8 is one of the best looking devices in its range.
Display and OS
The Honor 8 is a compact smartphone featuring a 5.2-inch full HD display. The content on the phone’s screen is bright thanks to the high pixel density count of 423ppi. As for the software, the Honor 8 is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 skin on top. The phone ditches physical capacitive navigation keys in favour of onscreen controls. Apart from the usual Google apps, the phone also packs in a few apps from the company.
Moving on to the configuration, the Honor 8 is powered by the brand’s in-house octa-core Kirin 950 processor, which is in par with some of Snapdragon’s top-notch processors. The SoC is further supported by meaty 4GB of RAM and a Mali T880-MP4 GPU. The phone is capable of running almost every high-end, at least on the paper. As far as the storage is concerned, it comes with 32GB of memory, out of which, only 23GB is available out of the box. So, in the configuration section, the Honor 8 sounds like a decent device for its price range.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Honor 8 packs a bag. The phone gets a fingerprint sensor, which is located on its back panel. It offers 4G LTE, hybrid dual-SIM slots, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (Near Field Communication), and a USB Type-C port. As far as the battery is concerned, the phone is fuelled by a beefy 3,000mAh unit, which thanks to the bundled charger fuels up pretty fast.
The Honor 8 offers an attractive design, a fast fingerprint sensor, and good performance. The phone offers some of the best specifications available in its price range. The device doesn’t get the Leica branding for the primary dual cameras like the Huawei P9, but still it is capable of delivering better photos compared to other devices in its range. The phone gets good storage, decent battery, decent selfie camera, and Marshmallow. However, the handset comes with Honor’s built in apps and other tweaks, which may be disappointing for those looking for stock Android experience. The Honor 8 will land in the Indian market in October. In China, the phone is being offered for around Rs 23,000, but we expect it to be priced more competitively when it lands in India.