A year later, the company has now launched its upgraded variant. Honor 8 has been launched. Like the previous phone, the new handset also makes its place in the upper mid-range segment. that this phone oneplus 3 ,review) And Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE553KL) will hit.
Right now the OnePlus 3 remains our only suggestion in this price segment. But will Honor 8 be able to change this mindset of ours? Will this phone be able to garner praise with attractive features and specifications that appear on paper? Know the pros and cons of this phone in our review.
design and design
Honor has completely changed its design and the new handset looks attractive. This phone has a glimpse of the 2016 variant of Samsung’s A series. For beauty in the phone, a metal frame has been given between two curved glass sheets. With this look, the Honor 8 gives a completely premium look but fingerprints falling on it look very bad. If you do not take care, then there is also the fear of slipping from the hand of the phone.
The Honor 8 sports a 5.2-inch display and the full HD resolution makes text look sharp. The quality of the display panel of Honor 8 is good and colors also look good on it. Viewing angles are good and the phone is easy to use in sunlight. You can toggle the color temperature and a blue light filter by going to the Settings app. The thin border on the edge of the display makes the phone easy to use with one hand. It is a lightweight phone with a weight of 153 grams.
The buttons given in the phone are easy to use. There’s also a hidden notification LED on the earpiece grille, an infrared ammeter on the top, a USB Type-C port on the bottom, and a SIM and a microSD card tray (up to 128GB) on the left. Although there is a cutout in the SIM slot for the second Nano SIM, the phone does not recognize it.
The rear of the phone has dual cameras, laser autofocus sensor and a dual tone LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is very sensitive and it unlocks the phone fast. Apart from this, the fingerprint sensor can also be used as a gesture to lock apps, access hidden files and answer a call, take selfies and view the notification shade. Honor has gone a step ahead and has given a sensor above the physical button, which the company has named as Smart Key. By pressing your finger on it (once, twice and long), you can perform various functions such as voice recording, toggling the flashlight, taking a screenshot or launching an app.
The Honor 8 comes with an 18W charger, data cable, SIM projector tool and an instruction leaflet in the box.
Specifications and features
Honor has given Huawei processor in this smartphone. Kirin 950 octa-core processor is a useless processor for most of the popular apps. We got good numbers from this smartphone in the benchmark test. Although these figures are better than any other smartphone with Snapdragon 820 processor. But it is quite difficult to tell the difference between the two phones at the time of actual use.
Honor 8 has 4 GB RAM. The phone has 32 GB inbuilt storage. Apart from this, features like Dual Band Wi-Fi B / G / N / AC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB OTG and NFC have been provided for connectivity. FM radio is not provided in this phone which can be disappointing for some people. Honor 8 supports 4G LTE for FDD and TDD bands. VoLTE support is not currently available in India. But the company says that this feature will be available in future through software updates.
The biggest feature of this smartphone is the company’s custom UI given on Android Marshmallow. Now-on-tap feature of Android has also been given with the latest version (4.1). Apart from this, there are many new customization features as well. It is a single layer interface that comes with its own icons, Settings app and notification shade. The layout of the buttons onscreen can be changed at any time which is nice.
Improved signaling from the Link+ section in ‘Wireless & networks’, connecting networks faster when roaming, enabling auto updates and Wi-Fi+ (automatic switching between Wi-Fi and mobile data) can be seen with improvements.
EMUI also has many gesture based features and voice control feature can also be accessed in ‘Smart Assistance’ by going to Settings. Single-handed mode can be activated for the dial pad or the entire display by swapping right on the navigation bun. Apart from this, if you say ‘Where Are You’ via voice control, the phone will ring, vibration and turn on the LED flash light so that you can easily locate the phone. Voice control works well and most of the time it was able to recognize our commands.
Apart from this, there is also another gesture feature in the phone called Nakal Sense, so that you can take a screenshot or touch the screen with your fingertips or make a circle, the screen is recorded. Tapping on the display with knuckles is fine but we had to push a lot to make circles which is quite awkward. Apart from this, there is a floating dock for normal functions, which is similar to the Quick Ball of MIUI.
Honor 8 doesn’t come with a lot of apps pre-installed. But you will get Google app suite, smart controllers in the phone which work well for basic functions with IR appliances.
Performance and Battery Life
Multitasking can be done very easily in Honor 8. The popular game like Mortal Kombat X Work also runs smoothly in the phone. We did not face any heat issue in the phone. But in our review unit, we encountered the problem of the phone getting very hot while using the camera. Honor says this is the only such incident as this was a preproduction unit and the retail device will function normally.
The display and support for high-resolution video files (including 4K) ensure a smooth media playback experience. The stock music and video player has a sleek design and supports DTS audio (only for headphones). The mono speaker at the bottom makes a lot of noise but it does sound weak when using apps like YouTube. The audio quality from the headphones is good but the sound could have been better.
The smartphone that the company is presenting as the most special feature of Honor 8 is its dual camera. Dual camera has 12 megapixel color and monochrome sensor. The rear camera has F / 2.2 aperture while the 8-megapixel camera comes with aperture F / 2.4. Landscape and macro photos come with good detail and colors are also good in natural light. The camera gets a good background blur but it can be improved with the wide aperture mode. Apart from this, the blurred background can be adjusted using a slide near the focus. Photos taken in low light lack detail but still the quality is decent.
The features provided in the camera app are easily controlled and the camera app gets used to using it quickly. Pre mode is available for videos and pictures. Controls like HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion, Light Painting (Slow Shutter), Time Lapse and Beauty are given. Recorded video quality is also good. Video can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. But 4K video recording cannot be done from the phone. We liked the quality taken with the front camera, which takes pictures with good detail even in low light.
Honor 8 packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging. Using the adapter and cable that comes with the phone, we were able to charge the battery up to 45 percent in half an hour. On charging the phone once, we could easily run it for a whole day. The battery lasted for 11 hours and 7 minutes in our video loop test. We found the ROG Power Saving Mode to be of great use. On activating it, the display comes to 720 pixels, which reduces battery consumption.
If you have read our full review, it is clear that the Honor 8 is as good a handset as it attracts on paper. There are some drawbacks like lack of VoLTE support (for now), lack of FM radio, slippery body and poor camera performance in low light.
Talking about the price, Rs 29,999 is a bit high. Because OnePlus 3 and Asus Zenfone 3 are much better phones for less than this. But like most other smartphones, we expect the prices to drop slightly after the launch.
The Honor 8 is overall a great all-rounder in every way. And if you are looking for something different then the OnePlus 3 and Zenfone 3 are much better. It has many features like a powerful processor, handy software tricks, very good display, powerful cameras and a battery that lasts all day.