The Huawei Honor 8 is no longer a speculation but a reality following the official unwrapping of the handset by the Chinese OEM.
The Honor 8 now makes it as the latest Android smartphone to join the growing list of Huawei handsets in the market. To makes matters even sweeter, the handset will keep the affordable price tag that has propelled Huawei to the current rank when it comes to global smartphone sales.
One thing that has actually made Huawei such a huge success is the fact that the company strives at packing high-end specs in a premium smartphone build, but the price stays as low as possible, in some cases halving almost similar offerings from Samsung, LG, Sony and Apple, just to name but a few. In essence, this is what Chinese companies do – they are great at killing flagships.
The Huawei Honor 8 does just this – it comes in to kill the huge range of flagship smartphones that are available for monstrous prices. One of the phone’s major highlights is the dual-lens rear camera, something that has also made the Huawei P9 quite a popular handset. The rear has two 12MP sensors. One is a black and white lens whereas the other is colored.
According to the company, having a dual-lens camera setup on the Honor 8 makes it possible to capture more light as opposed to using a single camera. With more light captured, it means the snapper will deliver great photography even when in low lighting conditions. As for the selfie camera, you still get a decent 8MP snapper, which should be great for video calling too.
As for the rest of the spec sheet, the Huawei Honor 8 has a decent 5.2-inch 1080p display screen that promises great views. Under the hood, there is a powerful 8-core Kirin 950 SoC that is paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. As for the storage, you get two options of 32GB and 64GB, but there is room for expanding this storage via a microSD card. Be very careful when buying the Huawei Honor 8 (32GB) since the variant has two RAM configurations of 3GB and 4GB. The Honor 8 comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s EMUI 4.1 UI on top.
All of these are enclosed in a 2.5D glass build that is only 7.45mm thick, which, as it has become a norm with Huawei handsets, gives it a premium look and feel.
In terms of pricing, you might be a little surprised at what is on offer here. To get the 32GB/3GB variant of the Huawei Honor 8, you’ll part with Yuan 1,999, which is about $299. The price goes up to Yuan 2,299 or $344 for the 32GB/4GB variant while the top end variant of 64GB/4GB is valued at Yuan 2,499 or an equivalent of $374.