Starting its debut as an entry-level phone maker in the mobile industry, Huawei has created a strong brand presence in growing markets around the globe. The Chinese manufacturer, however, still lacks awareness in the stateside despite making a steady growth in Asian and European markets.
The Honor 8 is the first hot offering from Huawei for US consumers to melt the icy barrier between the company and the largest electronic market in the world. But will the stylish dual-camera phone wins the Americans’ hearts? Let’s see the review.
Huawei seems reluctant to explore new hardware designs for the device that suppose to give them distinguished recognition. If you see the iPhone 6s and HTC A9 for example, you’ll know what we’re talking about. It is a curved edge device with slot dispositions – USB port, earphone jack – that are remarkably similar to the last year Cupertino models. While the bodywork is made from metal, both front and back are grilled with glass. Personally speaking, that’s quite a distinctive approach.
At the middle of the back panel, you’ll find a fingerprint scanner standing down from the glass surface. The dual 12-megapixel camera is perfectly immersed with the panel, so you won’t find any bump here. That makes the device look sleeker and crispier in style.
Speaking of the dual camera, both have a f/2.2 aperture assigned with different tasks. One is used mainly for collecting color information, while the others for light intensity (brightness, etc.) At the front, there’s an 8-megapixel shutter that is more than just decent in taking typical selfies.
Huawei Honor 8 sports 5.2-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The screen is capable of managing itself readable under harsh sunlight. However, it lacks the playability on the brightness level. We found that when scrolling from less to more brightness, the device will jump significantly, leaving big room to play in between.
The Android 6.0 Lollipop run under Huawei’s EMUI 4.1. The user interface is pretty darn simple since it curbs some of the standard Android menu-game. Nonetheless, if you are keen to Samsung TouchWiz UI, this wouldn’t be a problem.
There’s a Kirin 950 chipset that hands-down can easily beat any 2015 iteration of ultra high-end flagship models. Anyway, it’s 2016 and with the arrival of Snapdragon 820, the Kirin 950 is no longer the ultimate beast it used to be. Alongside the chipset, there’s 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB/64 GB storage options. The second SIM card tray acts hybrid, so it will allow you to insert expansionary microSD card. The battery comes in 3000 mAh capacity – a standard for mid- to upper-range devices these days – with its own quick charge technology that enables you to do a full recharge in 100 minutes.
The 32 GB version of Huawei Honor 8 is selling for $399, and will compete against other Chinese brands who exactly marketed their devices at the same level.