Huawei’s sub brand, “Honor,” launched in the US in the beginning of the year, and now the company took the wraps off its newest addition in the US-bound phone, the Honor 8. Which maintains a careful balancing act: delivering a few, but not the all, of its pricier counterparts’ features at a palatable price point.
For $399, you get a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 LCD, an eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC, 4 gigabyte of RAM, 32 gigabyte of storage (with an SD card slot), and a 3000mAh battery. There is also the option of upgrading to a 64 gigabyte model for $449.99.
The Kirin 950 uses four 1.8GHz A53s and four 2.3GHz Cortex A72s, making it a high-end chip that should be within the ballpark of a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890. Other goodies on the new Honor 8 include a totally-not-optional 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, a USB Type C plug, IR LED, and an fingerprint sensor.
The sloping glass makes for a comfortable feel, fit, and finish, and the new Honor 8 feels surprising substantial at 185g. It’s solid, but balanced and it strikes a fine contrast with the feather-light mid-range smartphones made of plastic.
The front-facing cam is an 8-megapixel, f/2.2 aperture shooter, and rear module is a carryover from Huawei’s P9. It is a dual-sensor, 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 1.25 µm pixel size that is capable of impressive feats. By combining the color data from the module’s RGB sensor, the brightness data from a secondary and monochrome sensor, Huawei said the Honor 8, like the P9, is able to capture superior detail in the low light. The monochrome can be used independently, too, to snap black-and-white pics.
The Honor 8, as you might expect, is not lacking in connectivity, either. It boasts support for dual-band Wi-Fi, LTE, and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy. It is also got the typical accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass.