It’s got the right specs, it’s got the coolest cameras, it’s got the smoothest OS. Is the Honor 8 the perfect candidate for your festive season smartphone hunt? Of course.
The Honor 8 created a stir even before it made it to store shelves. And for quite a good reason. It’s fast, turns out some great photos and offers smart features you won’t find elsewhere.
Dual-cameras for the best vacation photos
The Honor 8’s dual-camera system is perhaps one of the most innovative features to come out this year. With one of the two 12MP sensors working in monochrome to capture more light, you’re guaranteed low-light snaps better than anyone else’s. Dimly lit restaurants or sunsets on a far-away beach? Carry the Honor 8 and you’ll have an opportunity to preserve your memories forever.
But the dual-camera system has another neat trick up its sleeve - you can take photos and tweak the depth-of-field later on. Artsy photos of handicrafts, portraits of your grandparents or Instagram-ready shots of a gourmet meal, it’s all possible.
There’s still more to keep the mobile shutterbug happy. With plenty of modes (light painting, pro / manual, good food…), the Honor 8 has a remarkably versatile camera system. And if you’re more into selfies, fear not, as the 8MP front camera and its beauty mode will make every photo a perfect Facebook profile pic.
Call us vain but we care a lot about how our gadgets look. And the Honor 8 passes this test with flying colours. It’s slim and easy to hold, has a metal alloy body and is wrapped in 2.5D glass on the back and front. On the whole, it looks classy. Wait, that’s an understatement - it’s drop-dead gorgeous, okay? And it also makes everything else look stunning thanks to its vibrant and crisp Full HD display. A perfect 10...
The Kirin 950 is everything the power-user wants
The octa-core, 64-bit Kirin 950 is the flagship processor of the year. It runs cool, handles multitasking like a champ, and has graphics chops to please even the most hardened gamer. And since you also get 4GB RAM, daily usage is, well, flawless. The Honor 8 runs smooth, fast, cool and keeps up with even the most intensely workaholic user. To top this all is a 3000mAh battery. Yes, even we’re wondering how on earth Honor’s designers managed to fit that in the Honor 8’s super-slim profile, but the point is that if you’re looking for all-day (and then some more) battery life, you’ve come to the right place.
A fingerprint scanner that’s super-smart
You’re probably wondering why we’ve reserved a separate section for the Honor 8’s fingerprint scanner. You want the short version? It's absolutely brilliant. Sceptical? Don’t be. For starters, it’s breathtakingly fast at unlocking the phone. But it does a lot more than that. It supports gestures, so you can swipe down to pull the notification shade, and since it works as a clickable ‘smart key’ you can assign various apps and actions. A long press to launch the camera? Double click to jump to Facebook? A click to launch Chrome? It’s all up to you.
EMUI 4.1 is the slickest OS around
Based on Android Marshmallow, EMUI 4.1 is a helluva OS. It’s fast - with smooth animations and transitions - and it’s very intuitive. Digging into the settings to customise your Honor 8 is easy, and there’s plenty of cool new stuff you should try out - like the knuckle gestures and the floating dock. In a nutshell, it saves you time on common tasks - and isn’t that the true mark of a great OS?