Huawei Honor 8 Review – A Decent Mid-Range Phone

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Huawei is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has had international success in the smartphone industry for quite a few years now. Despite their international success, Huawei hasn’t been very popular in the U.S. However, they have been slowly increasing their presence and the recently released Huawei Honor 8 will hopefully contribute to the success of the Huawei smartphone brand here in the U.S.

Huawei Honor 8 Review

Huawei Honor 8

4.1
Battery Life 3.5
Camera 4.5
Software 4.0
Hardware 4.0
Performance 4.5

Pros

  • Great camera
  • Great IR scanner
  • MicroSD Card Slot

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life
  • The software could have been better
  • The glass on the back panel makes the phone a little slippery

 

Huawei Honor 8 Hardware:

 

The Huawei Honor 8 is unlocked this is a common characteristic of many of the Chinese smartphones that are currently on the market today.

 

The Honor 8 is a dual-SIM phone which also supports Band 12 LTE so if you have T-Mobile as your carrier you will have T-Mobile’s extended range coverage.

 

The phone comes with 32 – 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128 GB, a 5.2-inch display screen, 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, an IR scanner, a Kirin 950 chipset and an octa-core CPU and Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, dual 12MP cameras  with laser auto-focus and an aperture of f/2.2, a 3000mAh non-removable battery and fast charging technology.

 

Huawei Honor 8 Design:

 

The Huawei Honor 8 is an attractive phone that has curved edges and a metal chassis with glass on the front and back of the phone.

 

I’m not sure why Huawei opted for a glass back panel instead of metal, however, I think it looks really attractive.  The phone has a 15-layer light-catching glass finish.

 

There is a fingerprint scanner located at the back of the phone in the center and there are two 12MP cameras which are located at the top.

 

The fingerprint scanner and the cameras are not elevated from the back panel, they sit flush, the Honor 8 is a thin phone that’s 7.45mm thick.

 

Located at the top of the phone there’s an iris scanner and at the bottom, there’s a headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker grille.

 

Huawei Honor 8 Display Screen:

 

The Honor 8 does not have a quad HD screen like some of the other smartphones that were released this year.

 

However, the Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch display screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display screen is good but if you’re looking for the absolute best display screen you can find on a phone, then you will be disappointed.

 

I had an issue when trying to adjust the brightness of the display screen the software was made in a way that doesn’t give the user very much control when trying to adjust the brightness.

 

If the display screen is dim and you attempt you adjust it, it gets really bright, there’s no middle ground.

 

The Honor 8 comes with pre-set warm and soft modes which gives you the ability to adjust the tone of the display.

 

The Honor 8 comes with eye comfort mode, this is a new feature which has been recently implemented into some of the smartphones which were released this year.

 

The eye comfort mode works by filtering out the blue light at night which will reduce eye strain when viewing the display screen in a dark setting.

 

Huawei Honor 8 User Interface:

 

The Honor 8 originally came with the Android 6.0 operating system, however, it upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat in 2017.

 

The user interface (UI) is a bit more simple than your typical Android phone. The Honor 8 does not have an app drawer, LG also removed the app drawer in the LG G5 phone and this is something that disappointed many smartphone users.

 

I think this was a bad decision on the part of Huawei, because there is no app draw present when you install an app it will appear on the outer pages of your home screen, however, the apps can be placed into subfolders.

 

In many smartphones today quick settings and notifications share a shade, however, Huawei thought it would be better to separate them and place them side by side in an interface pull down from the top of the screen.

 

The Honor 8 comes with some pre-installed apps, an app that I really like is the Smart Controller, this app gives you the ability to transform the phone into a remote control for your appliances with the use of the iris scanner on the phone.

 

I believe that this is an innovative feature that other smartphone manufacturers will adopt in the near future.

 

Huawei Honor 8 Cameras:

 

Huawei Honor 8 Camera

 

The Huawei Honor 8 has dual rear cameras which are 12MP, one camera is used for brightness and the other is used for color, both cameras have an f/2.2 aperture.

 

The dual camera setup on this phone was a great decision on the part of Huawei. Whether taking pictures in a dark or light setting the cameras performed well. The front-facing camera is a 8MP camera that works well for taking selfies.

 

Huawei Honor 8 Battery Life And Performance:

 

The Honor 8 comes with a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, this battery will last for roughly 10 hours of moderate use.

 

The Honor 8 also has 9V/2A quick charging, this is similar to Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0, with this technology the battery will be at 50 percent after charging for half an hour.

 

That’s good but not as good as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 that can charge a phone to 80 percent capacity in approximately half an hour.

 

The Honor 8 is responsive, and whether I was texting, sending emails or playing video games the phone performed well. The overall performance of the phone can be attributed to the 4GB of RAM and the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU chipset.

 

My Final Thought:

 

The Huawei Honor 8 is a midrange smartphone that performs very well, the camera and the IR scanner are great and they will probably be the main selling point for this phone.

 

You can purchase the Huawei Honor 8 for US $400 on eBay, please let me know your thoughts about the Honor 8 in the comment section below.

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. I never really think as China being a great smartphone provider rather than Japan, but your review makes them sound pretty good. They make it okay for T Mobile’s extended range, but what you said about the screen not being so great is a little sad. I may have to look into these phones coming out of China or might just stick to my Samsungs. Anyway it was a great read. Keep the reviews coming!

  2. First of all thanks for the great review.
    Last year’s Huawei smartphones in my country are almost in the same popularity range as LG and HTC. Honestly, when it comes to Chinese electronics, I become a bit nervous due to my bad experience. Huawei is one of the exceptions. Honestly, I think that it is a South Korean brand.

  3. Be sure to keep up the great work 🙂 I am wondering… would you recommend any other smartphone over this one at the same price point? If yes, what is it? I’ve been needing a new phone recently and would be interested in one that you would recommend.

    Thanks,
    Ali.

  4. Seems like a very good phone regarding the price point… it ticks a lot of the boxes and by getting 4GB of RAM and an octa-core processor you really can’t go wrong. Great Review Marvin,
    Thanks,
    Ali.

    PS – your website is looking great 😉

  5. Great article on the Huawei honor 8. I had the 6x then I got the honor 9 and I love it. The thing about not having an app drawer can be fixed with a new launcher like Nova Launcher. That’s what I have but there are many more.
    You said the phone was unlocked and I wanted to know if it was a GSM like AT&T or CDMA like Verizon? Thank you for the good read and I look forward to your response.

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