Huawei Honor Note 8 Launched as an Upper Mid-Range Phablet

Huawei Honor Note 8

The Chinese manufacturer Huawei released its slightly highly priced Honor Note 8 phablet in the beginning of August.

Invites have been sent out for the launch that is scheduled to take place a week later in China.However, images and specifications of the dual SIM handset have already leaked on many sources. There are expectations of international releases taking place soon after this within the next couple of months. Interestingly the display size of the screen of this device is the largest offered by the manufacturer to date. This twin release was made along with the Huawei Honor 5 that is not as costly as its counterpart. The Honor 5 also has interesting features for its price.

Dimensions, Weight and Body Material

To make sure that the physical size of the phablet is not very big, the Huawei Honor Note 8 has opted for a huge screen-to-body ratio of 80%. Owing to this, the phablet is relatively thin for its size. Nevertheless, the ratio factor does not help in compromising on the weight and the handset may appear to be bulky to some people. The device has an overall size of 178.8 x 90.9 x 7.18mm and weighs 219g. To ensure the sturdiness of the gadget, the manufacturer has designed its Honor Note 8 with a metal body. This choice of metal combined with a glass back adds to giving the phablet a premium look as well.

Screen Size and Display, Pixel Resolution and Density

As can be expected from the statement mentioned above, the QHD screen of the Huawei phablet is really massive at 6.6 inches. The manufacturer claims the 2K Super AMOLED display screen will produce vibrant and rich colors and also play a significant role in conserving battery life, apart from resulting in 105% NTSC color gamut.The handset renders a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440 with a pixel density of very close to 443ppi. The display panel is made of 2.5D curved glass and Corning Gorilla Glass for eye protection and assurance of protection against scratches. A noteworthy feature is that the display is not surrounded by any bezels.

Honor Note 8

Primary and Secondary Shooters

The primary snapper in the Huawei Honor Note 8 is a 13MP camera with dual tone or dual LED flash and a RGBW sensor. Thanks to the support for optical image stabilization, this shooter captures good quality photos and videos in low light too. It also incorporates other common functionalities of rear cameras found in almost any handset. The camera records 2160p videos at 30fps and 4K videos that have excellent resolution. On the front, the device is integrated with a 5MP shooter with 85-degree wide angle lens for selfie photos, 1080p videos and chats. The lenses in both the shooters have the same f/2.0 aperture.

Under the Hood

The Honor Note 8 is being made available in more than one variant by the manufacturer. You can take your pick from either a 3GB or a 4GB device and opt for a corresponding inbuilt storage of 32GB or 64GB. This can be expanded still further using external sources. But, do note that there is no dedicated memory card slot and you must use one of the SIM card slots toinsert your memory card. Whichever option you choose, you have the benefit of Android 6.0 Marshmallow running out of the box along with the manufacturer’s very own EMUI 4.1 on the phablet. While the 3GB version uses a Kirin 950 chipset, the 4GB model comes with a Kirin 955 counterpart. Either way, the handset comes with an octa core central processor (or two quad core processors clocking at 2.5GHz and 1.8GHz) and an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 graphics processor.


Taking the large screen and powerful internal processors into account,the Huawei Honor Note 8 is equipped with a huge non-removable lithium-polymer battery. This will take into consideration better usage productivity and longer standby time.

Connectivity Sensor and Color Options

There is no shortage of options in the Honor Note 8. These include Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, hotspot and direct), 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.2, USB On the Go, USB Type C 1.0 reversible connector and GPS with A-GPS/GLONASS.

Just like the Huawei phablet has multiple choices for connectivity, there is no shortage of sensor types. The handset is loaded with a fingerprint sensor, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a compass, a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

For color lovers, the Huawei Honor Note 8 is available in gold, silver and gray variants.

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