Honor 8 Review
Honor 8 is basically an all new smartphone with that same camera found on the flagship Huawei P9, minus the Leica branding.
With Honor 8, Huawei is bringing all its Leica learnings to an even cheaper price point.Apart from that camera, Honor 8 also tries to offer a dynamic design and seamless experience with Android.
There is hardly anything to complain about Honor 8 technically. The battery of this phone lasted nearly a full day but with some moderate use. I could not get as much output as Asus Zenfone 3. Honor 8 uses USC-C and it charges really quick. So in all, the smartphone can last you a day but I would have loved it if I could have pushed it to a day and a half.
With 2.5D glasses made body, best leveraging the thickness and strength of glasses, diamond-cut elegant round assured by aluminum alloy and ultra-narrow bezel design, Honor 8 offers smooth, seamless design and a thorough feeling.
Honor 8 is powered by a 2.3 GHz octa-core CPU built on a 16nm architecture. 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM enables flawless multitasking and seamless gaming.
The CPU chipset contains an i5 co-processor, which controls Honor 8’s sensors and other features. The i5 co-processor works aligned with the Kirin 950 SoC chipset to increase processing speeds, response times and battery life.
Brighter color, smarter visibility control, more details! Honor 8’s 5.2-inch FHD display equipped with 96% high color gamut (NTSC), color enhancement and dynamic pixel-level contrast adjustment technology definitely brings a great view experience. By filtering out part of blue light to reduce eye strain, the eye-care mode makes the view experience even more comfortable and safer.
Featuring one RGB and one monochrome sensor, 1.25 um large pixel size, the dual 12MP lenses capture more lights, increase picture quality, bring bright color and crisper details to your photos. The build-in ISP, aligned with the depth measurement ISP, improve the focus, speeds and processing to your photo taken.
Wide aperture mode enables you to blur background from F0.95 to F16 and allows you to redefine the focus even after photo taking.
With an 8 megapixel front-facing camera, you can achieve superior selfies even in low light. Always on your very best look thru the unique perfect selfie from the 8 MP front-facing camera.
3000mAh large battery supported by Smart Power 4.0 maximizes its stand-by time: 1.77 days for normal usage and 1.22 days for heavy usage. Watching non-stop compete on twist? Honor 8 gets you covered with powerful 10-hour offline video playing.
3000mAh for typical rate, 2900mAh for rated rate.
With 0.4-second phone unlock, auto learning skills set and 3D fingerprint reading, level-4 fingerprint collection algorithm delivers advanced experience on speed, intelligence and security. While the build-in custom smart key function defines a new style of touch.
The dual cameras on the Honor 8 make up one of the highlight features which Honor is pushing. The dual-camera setup consists of individual 12-megapixel colour and monochrome sensors.
The rear sensors have an aperture of f/2.2 while the front 8-megapixel camera has an f/2.4 aperture. Landscapes and macros pack in good detail with near-accurate colours under natural light. The sensors produce good background blur but you can take this one step further with ‘Wide aperture’ mode. Here, you can adjust the amount of background blur using a slider near the focus reticule, from f/16 to a simulated f/0.95. It does a decent job as long as your subjects are in one plane, otherwise some edges of the subject might also get blurred in the process. Low-light stills exhibit a small degree of noise and detail level is a bit less, but quality is still well within bounds.
The phone is also very good for media playback thanks to the excellent display and support for high-resolution video files, including 4K. The stock music and video player have a slick design and support DTS audio (only for headphones). The mono speaker at the bottom is decently loud but feels a bit weak in some apps, like YouTube. Audio quality is good through the headphones but the sound lacks good definition and feels a bit flat, even with good earphones.
The Honor 8 also has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB OTG, and NFC. The one thing that’s missing is FM radio, which might be an issue for some. The Honor 8 supports 4G LTE for FDD and TDD bands. VoLTE is currently not supported in India but the company says it should be enabled by a software update in the future.
One of the highlights of the phone is Honor’s custom fork of Android Marshmallow called Emotion UI or EMUI. The latest version (4.1) retains features like Now-on-Tap from Android but also adds a bunch of new customisations. It’s a single-layered interface with its own icons, Settings app, and notifications shade. The layout of the onscreen buttons can be changed if needed.
The Honor 8 is a great all-rounder and is worth considering over the OnePlus 3 or Zenfone 3, if you’re looking for something different. It has a solid processor, useful software tricks, very good display, capable cameras and enough battery power to last you a day.