Honor 8 Review: A Dual Camera and Awesome Battery Smartphone

  • Overall Rating

  • Performance

  • Features

  • Price

Price: ₹ 29,999

Key Specs

    5.20-inch 1080x1920 pixels Display, 1.8GHz octa-core CPU, Front Camera. 8-megapixel. RAM, 4GB, Android 6.0, Storage 32GB, Rear Camera 12-megapixel, 3000mAh

Pros: Premium design
Powerful processor and performance
Good camera

Cons: No FM
Slippery body

Bottomline: Honor 8 is a well-designed smartphone with a great combination of hardware. Though, in comparison with Oneplus 3, at some places, it wins and sometimes it loses the battle. Some missing features like FM and VoLTE made it not so preferred phone as compared to OnePlus 3 and Asus Zenfone 3. However, if are looking for a phone with good looks and great performance with clean UI and battery then Honor 8 is for you.

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has launched the Honor 8 a successor of Honor 7. This mid-range smartphone is a direct competitor of OnePlus 3 (Review) and ASUS Zenfone 3 (Review). Honor is promoting it with a special USP i.e Dual camera setup . Let’s see how much worthy is Honor 8 to become your primary phone.

Not so unique yet attractive

Honor 8  has very compact and aesthetic design. The uni-body metal design sandwiched between two glasses with the 2.5D curve, adding premium looks. We have seen phones with dual glasses, but its size, plane design along with dual lenses, makes it quite cool.  Though it looks cool, but the glasses are prone to fingerprints, also it is quite slippery. Honor 8  is only 153 grams and can easily manageable by one hand thanks to its great dimensions which reminds me previous Honor 5C. At first glance, the smartphone resembles the iPhones, 2.5 D glass on tech front and  metallic rims running along the edges .

Above the display the placement of the sensor, ear speaker grills and camera is as usual but the notification’s Led placement is something different. It placed inside the speaker grills at the left side and only visible when it glows. The beautiful embossed Honor logo is placed at space below the display. The top side of the phone has an IR blaster and bottom is accomplished by USB Type-C port and 3.5mm audio jack at the left side.  Right, side metallic frame comprised by the SIM card slot which is basically a Hybrid tray.

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The right metallic side of Honor 8 is comprised beautifully with two buttons: Volume rockers and power on/off.

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The Dual cameras, laser autofocus sensor, and dual tone flash at the left top back side.  The fingerprint scanner at the back has a silver ring and also pushable to trigger multiple tasks such voice assistant, gesture, locking apps etc.

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It sports an LTPS (Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon) 5.2 inches full HD  display which looks very sharp. It produces natural and punchy colors with great sharpness. The display is enough bright to read the text under the direct sunlight without any problem. Also, to save your eyes from the stress, there is a feature called ‘EYE’ that filter the blue light of the display.

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Dual lenses to capture every detail 

The camera of Honor is packed with a dual 12-megapixel configuration to captures the images with better depth and sharpness. For creating blur background effect the camera app has features called ‘Wide aperture”. It can blur the selective amount of image background using a slider. The images captured by the Honor 8 are crisp and possess a good amount of detailing along natural colors.  If you are a selfie lover, then the front camera of 8 megapixels is not going to disappoint you. Yes, the low-light selfies are a little bit noisy but still it not let you compromise the quality of the picture. At this price point, the OnePlus 3 has a 4K recording option but unfortunately the Honor 8 doesn’t. But if we talk about the overall performance of Honor 8 camera it is good and can capture your all moments in details.

Various interesting features

The Honor 8 is based on Android v6.0 Marshmallow with a customized layer of  EMUI v 4.1.  An interesting feature of this phone is Knuckle sense that allows you taking screenshot and screen recording using knuckles.  For controlling different electronics items it supports infrared sensor & comes with a pre-install app called smart controller.

Knuckle features for capturing screenshot and screen recording. 

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Runs smoothly 

For running smoothly it built with Huawei owns processor called HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core. If you are multitasker the phone is not going to disappoint you as it has 4 GB RAM and 32 GB for storage that can expandable up to 128 GB using Hybrid SIM card slot.  The processor is enough to run heavy apps and games smoothly, we didn’t find any major lag while multitasking. Also, we did notice some heat while updating and using the camera.

Great battery

Honor 8 use a 3000 mAh battery to power its hardware. The phone offers three different battery mode: Performance, Smart, and Ultra. The smart mode is a default battery mode and extent the phone’s battery life by limiting the high performance but without affecting the user experience. In our battery test, we ran a video loop test in which we got 8 hours and 10 minutes battery backup at high volume and brightness.

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