Reviewed: Honor 8

In the search for a good smartphone at a reasonable price you land quickly with Honor. The subsidiary company of Huawei now has now with the Honor 8 a new top model out which costs you just around 400 euro. Having had the Honor 7 previously and as well the Honor 6 Plus  I have tried now out the Honor 8 and tell you my opinion.

The Design

The body is a real eye-catcher. 15 glass layers have been applied to the back and together with a diamond cut pattern ensure that the Honor 8 shimmers and glitters. Particularly striking is the blue model, but also the black and white devices do look really impressive.

The already mentioned Gorilla Glass 3 is used in front and back, the device is enclosed in a metal frame which has been interrupted by ceramic elements for the antennas only. Nothing about this design and the built-in materials gives the feeling that we are dealing here actually with only a 400 euro smartphone. Unfotuntaltely the back is very sensitive, just a little of a hit, despite having been very carefully, created a massive crack in the backside glass cover. .

However, on the left side are the slots for the cards, on the right you will find both the power button and the volume control. The USB type C connector on the bottom is flanked by a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the one and the speaker on the other side, above you will find the IR blaster and a microphone. Both the main camera and the fingerprint sensor – now in round shape – can be found on the back.

The Hardware

The phoney comes in two variants. For the 32 GB version, the manufacturer requires around 400 euros. If you want to double the memory, you have to put another 50 euros on it. Currently, however, the larger version is not yet available. At the end, the customer here gets a 5.2-inch display, which dissolves in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). In the measurements the Honor 8 convinces with a solid contrast of 125: 1 and good color space. Inside the Honor 8 works the in-house build Kirin 950  eight-core processor, the 4 GB of RAM stand aside. Speed and performance of the Honor 8 are even on the top level of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which still costs you around 622 euros.

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The Software

Here you get exactly what you are accustomed to from the Huawei flagship: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1.

In the fingerprint sensor, you have now activated the smart key feature, which allows you to call any app as fast as possible. The really great feature, however, has a small catch: the smart key is not deactivated when you accept a call. When testing it happened to me that sometimes while on a call the music player startet.

From this, the Smart button works but very reliably, although I think how regularly I will open my music player in this way. Let’s see – maybe I think about it differently and put Uber on the button: If you drunk one over the thirst, the smart-key for the way home could be coming out as a killer feature.

The Camera

While Huawei was still focusing on cooperation with Leica on the P9, the logo of the camera manufacturer is missing on the Honor 8. However, the technical data of the camera allows the conclusion that the same technology as the P9 is used here. The main camera of the Honor 8 also has two sensors. As well the camera app resembles that one of the P9. Only the monochrome mode is missing. The second sensor is only used as a support for Honor 8. A total of 12 megapixels are triggered, and a dual LED flash is available for shooting in the dark. Especially the recordings in daylight are very good in the test. And even in poorer light conditions, there are still enough details to be seen, the noise is quite limited.

The Summary

The Honor 8 is probably the most beautiful smartphone which you can get for around 400 euro. It does not need to hide behind the likes of the Galaxy S7 from Samsung. The camera convinces and the battery brings you smoothly through the day.

Maybe the glass back was not the best decision – maybe I just had bad luck with my test device. The display is also only average, but even this is in this price category fully OK.

Honor 8

Honor 8
8.8

Value for Money

10/10

    Battery

    9/10

      Display

      8/10

        Camera

        9/10

          Performance

          9/10

            Pros

            • Good Value for Money
            • Great Battery
            • Good build quality
            • Top Performance

            Cons

            • sensitive back cover
            • slow charging

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