Yes, we know looks aren’t everything. But when it comes to smartphones, it sure helps a lot.
And looks like Honor’s well aware of this, ‘cos the new Honor 8 is one stylish bit-o-kit thanks to its gorgeous glass exterior. The ‘2.5D’ treatment carries over to the back, and the compact, shimmery body is sure to turn a few heads. And since it’s got a 5.2in display (Full HD), it’s compact enough for people sick of phones that force you to wear cargo shorts.
Even better, it’s just 7.45mm thick and weighs 153g, making it right for anyone who refuses to step outside in anything except skinny-leg vintage jeans (hey, don’t stare at us, we’re just big fans of old-school rock and metal).
But there’s a lot more to the Honor 8 than its looks, and while you’ll have to wait for our review to see whether those tasty specs manage to live up to our expectations, here’s what all you’ll get:
Huawei’s new Kirin 950
Huawei’s flagship Kirin 950 octa-core processor makes an appearance here (it’s also there in the Huawei P9), with 4GB of DDR4 RAM. As for storage, there’s 32GB on board, with a hybrid-SIM solution that lets you pick between a second SIM or a microSD card. At the back is a fingerprint scanner that doubles up as a ‘smart key’ - supporting gestures and clicking.
There’s also infrared (great for when you can’t find the aircon remote or have grouchy colleagues who seem to prefer a sauna-like atmosphere), NFC, a 3000mAh battery with USB Type-C (although we don’t get Fast Charging) and 4G with VoLTE. On the OS front, the Honor 8 runs EMUI 4.1, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s not the skin for you if you prefer stock Android, but has a few enhancements you might like - gestures, motion control, one-hand mode...
But if you ask us, the Honor 8’s camera has to be the highlight. Quite like the Huawei P9, there’s a dual-camera system at the back with 12MP sensors. According to Honor, the dual camera system should help in boosting low-light image quality (the second monochrome sensor captures more light data) and in allowing for effects like tweaking depth-of-field.
While we miss out on the special ‘Leica’ touches of the P9 (no Leica UI or film emulation), the camera app also has plenty to offer - there’s even a ‘food mode’ (a bit of an Honor / Huawei trademark) which should make your nights out a lot more Instagram-worthy. And before you ask, there’s an 8MP camera up front for selfies, with a special beautification mode (useful if you’re worried about wrinkles).
The Honor 8 float your boat? Then save up ₹29,999 and hop over to Honor India.