Huawei Honor 8 - A Complete Review

The Honor 8 has now officially launched in India and will cost around 28,000 Indian rupees in India. The new phone is positioned in the upper mid-range along with its other competitors such as Asus Zenfone 3 and One plus 3T. Let's see whether this smartphone really stands out to be the best amongst the other.

Huawei-honor-8-6-840x560 The Huawei is expanding its portfolio with the new Honor 8. The Huawei-owned company wants to bring you a premium feel flagship without the flagship price. The Honor 8 CPU comes with the 6-inch Huawei Mate 8 and has the same dual-camera setup as the Huawei P9. The dual glass design is new for both honor and Huawei as both phone-makers. The Honor 8 unboxing experiences is quite different when you open the box you need to pull the phone out sideways and then the documentation charger compartment slide out as well. There's not much in the box beside the SIM tool and a nine volt two amp charger which, by the way, charges the Honor 8 from zero to fifty percent in 30 minutes. The Honor 8 is powered by Huawei's own Kirin 950 chipset with a plentiful 4 gigabytes of RAM. It comes in either 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal storage with an expandable microSD card slot. Honor-8-Review-002
The Honor 8 is stunning to look at and it reflects light so uniquely because the phone exteriors are made up with 15 layers of blacks to reflect light every which way. The result is something that photos won't do justice for. Both the sides of the Honor 8 are made up of 2.5D glass, which means that the glasses on both sides have a slight curvature to let the glass fit the frame more seamlessly. But on the other hand, this also means that the Honor 8 is very slippery.
On the front, there's a 5.2-inch screen which makes the phone comfortable to use on one hand or two. The bottom house has a large speaker grill next to a USB type c-port which does support on the go and at the top, there's even an IR blaster - a feature that used to be on Samsung, HTC devices for a few years but has since then been shelled. Honor promises that it will work with up 2,32,000 different appliances including AC units. The backside houses two 12 megapixel cameras laser-assisted focus, a dual tone flash and a rear- mounted fingerprint scanner with smart key. The fingerprint sensor itself is a button which can be used to configure up to three apps shortcuts. The Honor 8 runs Android marshmallow 6.0 with Huawei's EMUI 4.1 skin and offers advanced users an extensive amount of options and menus. The EMUI doesn't come up with an app drawer, though, but thanks to the flexibility of Android where you're allowed to change the launcher to your heart's content. The same can't be said for the notification shade or quick toggle menu which are a bit of eyesore and only allows for 9 shortcuts, so you need to choose them wisely. The Honor 8 is powered by a 3000mah battery and with EMUI's extensive power saving tool, you can enable or disable apps from running in the background. Usually, social media apps are pretty white listed but there's a possibility that your favorite app isn't, so you would need to whitelist it manually in order to get push notifications. The Honor 8 battery scored 70 solid hours in the endurance test, that being said that the Honor 8 should last you a full day without getting charged. There's even a battery optimization tool which scans the settings for potential battery saving options that can help save every bit of juice from the 3000mah battery. The Honor 8 display looks great, colors are more vivid without being too saturated and viewing angles are excellent as well, where the Honor 8 does fall short though is in the screen brightness. The display doesn't make it past 400 minutes and it usually takes more than 500 to see fairly well in sunlight. Another downside is the screen's automatic adjustment, it sometimes thinks it's darker than it really is. So the screen is really dim and hard to read unless you manually crank the brightness up. The Honor 8 supports T-mobile voice over LTE and band 12 out-of-the-box. The earpiece was loud and clear and the active noise cancellation is a great job. There's even a loud beep that comes on if you raise the volume past the highest notch. The Honor 8 also supports 5 gigahertz Wi-Fi and NFC for mobile payments. The Honor 8 dual camera uses two 12-megapixel sensors to take an image of black and white photo's blended with another photo in color. This lets the camera take two photos in two different exposure at the same time minimizing noise while maximizing details and textures. Sure enough, the camera delivered excellent shots and seams with bright sunlight. Shadows are sharp and contrast the rest of the scenes beautifully, even the selfie camera worked quite well. The 8-megapixel front-facing camera shoots great photos again in the bright light. Honor-8-Camera-Samples-FF-33-840x424Taking shots at night is a totally different story for a smartphone that has two cameras, it doesn't takes photos nicely as other 12-megapixel shooters without a tripod. The Honor 8 camera makes up for this with some really cool nighttime modes that work best on a tripod. There's a light painting mode which is one unique camera feature and there's a proper night mode which lets you take some spectacular nighttime shots. The video reported is capable of up to 1080p video at 60fps but the 30fps option offers image stabilization. The front-facing camera took some pretty good video as well so it works great for Snapchat or Instagram.
Honor-8-Camera-Samples-FF-51-1340x754The Honor 8 price point puts it in line with other premium value smartphones like the Oneplus 3 and the Alcatel Idol 4s. The Honor 8 starts at $400 (26,800 Indian rupees) for the 32 gigabytes version while the 64-gigabyte version will go for just fifty dollars more. If the Honor 8 was priced fifty dollars less, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it but the camera's average low light performance and underwhelming screen brightness don't justify the additional fifty dollars. Still, the Honor 8 has a super-fast fingerprint scanner, great battery life, and a comfortable 5.1-inch screen all wrapped in a beautiful package sure to please any smartphone buyer.

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