The Good The Honwei Honor 8 is a sleek little package that combines good dual-lens photography with a useful custom button and a fingerprint reader. And easy to use with one hand.
The Bad The battery life is not enough and the hand gestures are tricky. It’s a smear magnet.
The Bottom Line The Huawei Honor 8 is a nice mid-range phone with the added benefits, but its short battery life holds it back.
The Huawei Honor 8 is an Android 6.0 phone that has good enough convenience to get you noticed, and easy to hold and use in one hand. Any additional questions you are talking about? Two cameras on the back and a customizable button are located directly below them as a fingerprint reader.
Honor 8 gloss reflective channels Samsung Galaxy S7 the design of the phone (and easily smeared with your finger), but it’s essentially a rebrand Huawei P9 for less than the original, as well as for two premium dual-camera phones: LG V20 and iPhone 7 Plus .
Huawei’s Honor 8 has liquid-smooth looks
In the US, you can pick up 32GB for $ 400, and 64GB for $ 450. Australian prices are still valid, but prices in the US go up to around $ 525 and $ 590. In the UK, there is only a £ 32 version of £ 370 available, directly from Huawei or Amazon, where it comes with a free £ 30 Amazon Amazon Fire Stick TV. If you want to buy it as part of a phone contract, Three has an exclusive.
A fast, accurate fingerprint reader may seem a little small if you’re used to a larger target, like Huawei Nexus 6P , but since most of my finger is covered with a smaller scanner than a larger scanner, I felt I received more strokes than misses. This reader is also a feature of the custom button I programmed to launch the camera; I really liked it. The hand gestures are less successful. I think Huawei figures sometimes your fingers are not free but your joints? Either way, you can customize it to make gestures on the screen using needlework as a shortcut. Draw, for example, “C” to launch the camera. However, it felt cunning and unnatural.
Two 12MP rear cameras – one monochrome, one RBG – create a dual camera system that is also used by LG and Apple. But that doesn’t mean the photos are the same, and a lot of it applies to every phone’s software. Although we are planning a shootout when we have all three phones nearby (still waiting for the V20), I can now say that the Honor 8 makes good shots in different scenarios: indoors, outdoors, low-light, selfie ( with beauty mode if you like).
You can get clearer and more consistent photos on more expensive phones, but this is the only price that promises any depth of field. To some extent, this promise in the depth of field (which cleverly blurs the background) is a defect, as the software does not always blur the sharp edges when facing a more complex background. However, stand in the sky and your chances of getting the right photo are fired.
You may not recognize the processor made by Huawei, but in everyday use it felt smart. At times, it has lagged behind when stressed by too many tasks, though it is certainly not the only phone that temporarily slows down. Battery life was the weakest link, with an average of about 8.5 hours spent in three cycle video tests. It is 2 hours shy of similar prices Alcatel Idol 4S and 3 hours behind ZTE Axon 7 . Our current favorite phone for the price, OnePlus 3 lasted 6 hours longer than Honor 8.
This is too bad, since battery life is actually the only major issue with your phone that otherwise gives you tremendous value. This is a phone you can live with so long as you can recharge more often.
|Huawei Honor 8||OnePlus 3||Alcatel Idol 4S||ZTE Axon 7|
|Display size, resolution||5.2-inch; 1,920×1080 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920×1080 pixels||5.5-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels AMOLED||5.5-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||423 ppi||401ppi||534 ppi||538ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.7x 2.8×0.29 in||6.01×2.94×0.29 in||6.06×2.97×0.28 in||6x3x0.34 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||145x71x7.5 mm||152.7×74.7×7.35 mm||153.9×75.4×6.99 mm||151.8x75x8.7 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.4 oz; 153 g||5.57 oz; 158 g||5.26 oz; 149 g||6.53 oz; 185 g|
|Mobile software||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Processor||2.3GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor||2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||1.8GHz + 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652||2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820|
|Storage||32GB/64GB||64GB||32GB||64GB, 128GB (varies by region)|
|Expandable storage||Up to 128GB||None||Up to 200GB||Up to 128GB|
|Battery||3,000 mAh (nonremovable)||3,000mAh (nonremovable)||3,000mAh||3,000mAh (nonremovable)|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Home button||Back cover||Back cover|
|Special features||Dual-cameras, customizable rear button||Notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging||Boom Key (programable key), Dual 3.6-watt JBL speakers, Quick Charge 2.0, NFC, Reversible OS, Dual-SIM option||Dual-SIM option|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$400 (32GB), $450 (64GB)||$399||$400||$400|
|Price (GBP)||£370 (32GB only)||£329||£385||Converts to £345|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$525 (32GB), AU$590 (64GB)||Converts to AU$530||AU$470||Converts to AU$605|