It levels with the elegance of the Samsung S7 Edge with its dual glass panel. But Honor 8 is less slippery to hold than the S7 Edge. The front is consumed by a 5.2 inches 1080p LTPS display, with sharp and vivid colors. It gives off a bluer shade compared to other phones, but worry not because it has built-in color temp settings. The navigation keys are on screen, and you can change the layout to your liking.
At the back, lies the tactile fingerprint scanner, it is also a programmable smart key to customize your shortcuts. I love its dual camera because it doesn’t bulge at all, letting the phone lay flat on its back, evenly. The back panel is prone to fingerprints and the light refracting from it is mesmerizing to look at.
On the right sits the volume rocker and textured power button. While on the left, you’ll find the dual SIM card slot, but if you’re only using one service provider, you can insert a microSD card up to 128GB on the other SIM slot instead. On the top, are two dots which are the IR Blaster to control appliances, and the microphone. And lastly, down below you’ll see the audio jack, USB Type-C charging port and speaker.
I find the Honor 8 very charming, easy to hold beyond its thin frame. It feels solid, the glass and metal unites fluidly.
OS, PERFORMANCE and GAMING
Honor8 is running on Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1 over Android Marshmallow out of the box. It looks closer to an iOS rather than an Android.
Honor 8 uses Huawei’s own processor – the HiSilicon Kirin 950 clocked at 2.3GHz, which is comparable to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. It didn’t disappoint us when we played a couple of games, because it is benchmarked at 94,597 which beats the Samsung C9 Pro and other phones.
Note: It’s now upgradable to Nougat and EMUI 5.0.
Honor 8 has an 8MP front camera that performs well and a dual 12MP camera with hybrid laser assisted autofocus. Honor8 has tons of modes to choose from including Pro Photo, Good Food, Light Painting Watermark, and Document Scan. It can also edit a photo’s focus point after you’ve already took the shot.
Video mode, on the other hand, can record 1080p clips at 60fps. There’s no OIS and 4K. Kinda lame, huh? But you just get what you pay for.
Powered by 3,000 mAh, it is long enough to get moderate users through a full day of use, but heavy users may need to charge up more than once per day. Huawei provides three battery profiles out of the box: performance, smart, and ultra. Draining it from full load took us, around 5 hours with only WiFi and YouTube streaming on full brightness. Honor 8 also comes with a 2A fast charger that fully powered up the phone in roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Awesome camera, fast and reliable performance, expandable memory in a premium built affordable phone. How can you say no to that?