Huawei Honor 8

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has gained quite some fame in the Indian smartphone market, thanks to its well-specced yet affordable smartphones. But it seems that Honor now wants to come out of the shadows and compete in other segments as well.
Case in point is the recently launched Honor 8 , a smartphone that’s likely going to compete in the upper mid-range segment. It’s the first Honor smartphone to come with a dual rear-camera setup, similar to the one on Huawei’s P9 flagship.Priced at Rs 29,999 and having most specifications identical to the P9, the Honor 8 can be considered as a cheaper alternative of the P9. We played around with the device for a little while, and here are our first impressions

Design and build quality
The design of the Honor 8 is definitely something that Huawei could boast about. It has a slim profile and is available in refreshing colour variants. Honor 8 has a glass body with a metallic frame, which looks pretty great. However, it’s quite susceptible to fingerprints. The volume rocker and power button are placed on the right, while the SIM tray is on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C charging port and speaker grille are at the bottom.During our short time with the device, we found the Honor 8’s overall build quality to be great. The Sapphire Blue variant looks extremely good. The phone does heat up a little, but this is something we’ll only be able test out more in our detailed review.

The Honor 8 uses Huawei ‘s home-grown Kirin 950 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded using microSD cards. It has a 5.2 inch Full HD display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, powered with the company’s own Emotion UI layer. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging support.
In the camera department, Huawei Honor 8 boasts dual 12MP cameras at the rear with dual-tone LED flash. Interestingly, this dual-camera setup lacks the Leica branding that adorns the company’s primary flagship – P9. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies.

What we think about it
Glancing at raw specifications, the Honor 8 doesn’t seem to be very different from Huawei’s P9 flagship. It appears to be a promising mid-range device, and will likely compete against the likes of OnePlus 3 . But how well it performs in real-world usage conditions, is something we’ll only be able to find out in our detailed review of the device. Don’t forget to check back for the same.