A design like no other!
09 Feb 2017 by Review
Huawei honor series has a new flagship to offer. The new Huawei flagship aims to take the premium market segment by storm with It's flashy feel. What are we getting with the Huawei honor 8? Let's find out.
Design: The phone is built out of a metal and glass combination. The metal grooms is sandwiched between a gorilla glass 5 on the front and a 3D glass on the rear. The entire device is beautifully made and shows off the premium craftsmanship and engineering brilliance of Huawei smartphones. The phone is 7.45 mm thick and weighs a surprisingly light 158 gm. The phone feels absolutely premium but slightly slippery in hand. But the 3D glass back plate ensures some grip in the hand as compared to Samsung galaxy devices. Display: The honor 8 has a 1080p IPS LCD panel at 424ppi with a 2.5D curved glass screen that uses LTPS technology for even heat dissipation. The screen is bright and sufficiently crispy in terms of clarity. The colors are not too saturated but maintain a more natural feel about them. Though this is less attractive than the pretty-looking over saturated Samsung AMOLED panels, it's nice to have them for a change. There haven't been any issues with outdoor visibility, but the screen definitely is quite reflective under direct sunlight. Using an oleo-phobic screen guard would be a good idea. Viewing angles are nice and contrast ratio is superb. Overall the display is definitely quite pleasing to look at. Performance: The phone runs in the company's home made chipset. It's powered by a Hisilicon KIRIN 950 octacore processor clocked at 2.3GHz and a quad core Mali MP-T880 MP4 GPU. It has 3GB/4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32GB/64GB of onboard storage. Apart from all the premium-ness, the storage is expandable upto another 64GB via microSD card✌. There is a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and it's really fast!!. What's unique about it is that it's also a physical button, so you can press down on it to launch your favourite apps quickly. This reminds me a little of LG phones, the V10 especially. But the fingerprint sensor here is faster and more flexible than the LG V10, in my opinion. The phone's UI is the company's own custom software known as Emotion UI running on top of Android 6.0 marshmallow. The UI is thankfully fast and very smooth, with lots of custom tweaks and some crazy trippy animations. Definitely worth playing around with it. The phone runs all heavy gaming titles without any issues, though it did seem to heat up a bit overtime and also while aggressive multitasking!. Camera: The phone houses a 12mp dual camera setup on the rear at f/2.2 aperture with laser auto focus and dual LED flash. The camera is incredibly good as expected. Photos have plenty of details and rich contrast though sometimes lack a bit of dynamic range. It can be easily fixed with HDR mode, so no major gripes there. Being a dual camera setup, you can take some background blurring (bolke) shots like a pro! Though shutter takes some time to snap the moment, if you choose to keep both rear camera sensors on. It's a common thing that I've seen even on the brilliant Huawei P9 camera. The front camera is an 8mp CMOS, BSI sensor with f/2.4 aperture and it snaps some gorgeous looking selfies. Those social media die-hards will definitely appreciate these modern day flagships that are getting more and more selfie centric. My only tiny little complaint with the camera is that, even though it has a laser autofocus system on the rear, it doesn't fix it's focus in lower light, as fast I thought. It's faster than most other phones, no doubt. But I feel it's not fast enough to compete on a flagship level yet. Overall it's a very satisfactory experience and I loved it. You'll love it too. Battery: The phone's battery unit is of 3000mAh capacity and is capable of quick charging. Huawei promises 0\%-80\% within an hour! The screen on time is also pretty acceptable, ranging more than 4.5hrs at a stretch. But the standby time is unpredictable. I'm sure it's just a software issue and can be fixed via an OTA update. The battery doesn't always give the same result when in standby. Sometimes it maintains itself brilliantly at just 1\% loss and other times it drains far too much! But it's okay since it charges up in no time at all! Price: There are 3 variants of the phone. -3GB/32GB costs 21,000 INR -4GB/32GB costs 24,000 INR -4GB/64GB costs 26,000 INR Huawei, as usual has delivered more than what we hoped for. The smartphone is slick, runs smoothly and performs brilliantly. Add soon as The battery standby issue is fixed, this thing definitely hold its own in the ever revolving world smartphone market. So, should you get it? I'd say absolutely! Go for it. You will have constant support from the company, at least for the next two years, being their flagship. And you're getting a great phone for far less cost than what its worth. Pros Unique patterned glass on the back Really good dual camera system Fingerprint sensor acts as a clickable button too! Cons Mediocre battery life Decent display, nothing extraordinary like the design